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    Jeffrey Lord (via Instapundit) addresses the attempt to drive away Rush Limbaugh’s advertisers, focusing particularly on Carbonite:

    In other words, to put it politely, Mr. Friend’s woe-is-me I’m-withdrawing-my-company’s sponsorship-from-Rush Limbaugh-because of-my-lovely-daughters is as close to certifiable BS as one can imagine. Mr. Friend, one can only suspect, placed Carbonite’s ads with Rush Limbaugh because he knew it would make him money — which he obviously then funneled to MoveOn and the rest. Meanwhile, he keeps advertising on the Ed Slut Show… sorry… Ed Schultz Show. His daughters? His daughters? What a deeply cynical man.

    Not to mention Friend’s chutzpah calling for a “more civilized public discourse” when he is busy contributing to MoveOn.org, the self-same group that put together this charmingvideo comparing George W. Bush to Hitler. Not to mention MoveOn’s “Bush Lied” routine. This is pathetic….

    DO YOU GET the picture? The American Left — whether it pops up in the form of Media Matters, Color of Change, MoveOn.org, Texans for Truth or other groups — is determined to shut off conservative dissent from their agenda by whatever means necessary. Fueled in part by money like that they received from David Friend of Carbonite. To do this they are quite specifically going after conservative talk radio hosts and television commentators one by one by one. The fact that David Friend of MoveOn.org/Carbonite is there to stick it to Rush is all the better. The fact that Ed Schulz called Laura Ingraham a slut is one big no-big-deal to Sandra Fluke herself when she wants air time on with Mr. Ed. Why should David Friend care if Ms. Fluke doesn’t? So, Carbonite continues as Mr. Ed’s sponsor, sluts be damned.

    As noted earlier, what began with Don Imus, Lou Dobbs, and Glenn Beck has just hit Pat Buchanan.

    Now, they want Rush’s scalp.

    Reader Jasond has put together lists of alternative vendors for the companies boycotting Rush, including these online backup alternatives:

    5. Carbonite (online backup) – Competitors

    http://mozy.com/
    http://www.mypcbackup.com/
    http://www.justcloud.com/
    http://www.livedrive.com

    (source http://www.thetop10bestonlinebackup.com/ )

    Should be interesting to hear how Rush addresses the boycott, will he come out swinging, or just play it down?

    Update:  Rush brushed off the loss of advertisers, saying they will be replaced easily, and it’s their loss.  FYI, I’m not letting go of the Carbonite issue.

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    jimbo3 | March 5, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Gee, don’t remember seeing any of you condemning the Million Moms when they asked their followers to boycott JC Penney for hiring Ellen as a spokesman. Or condemning the American Family Association and the Southern Baptists for asking their followers to boycott Disney, Kraft, Walmart, American Airlines, etc. for being too gay friendly.

    Oh, yeah. That’s because you were fine with those boycotts and attempts to drive away advertisers.


       
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      T D in reply to jimbo3. | March 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Jimbo3, did JC Penney, Disney, et. al., apologize to the boycotting groups for offending them?

      When businesses treat you or your friends rudely or in a discriminatory manner do you keep buying from them?

      I don’t have a problem with boycotts. That’s what I do whenever I get rudeness, poor service or poor products from a company. Poor service or rude service is just as offensive to me as a poor product. I don’t buy from them anymore. Not buying (boycott) is part of a free market economy. It’s perhaps the kindest and most effective way of telling a merchant he needs to improve. Certainly a lot more kind than picketing their business or house.


       
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      alex in reply to jimbo3. | March 5, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      Actually in fact Bill O’reilly defended Ellen on it, basically said if anyone doesn’t want to shop at JC Penny because they don’t like them hiring a lesbian, that is well within their rights.

      I like Ellen, and I thought the entire idea of boycott for JC Penny just because they hired a lesbian was stupid. I shop at Pennys and will continue to do so, those that are offended like the million moms can use their first amendent rights to boycott as they wish.

      What I have problem with is the double standard by companies like Carbonite, who I no longer use, outrage when Rush calls someone a slut, yet no where that level of outrage when another media outlet that they advertise on uses that same term against a right leaning personality. And then the CEO of carbonite says he “supports civil discourse”, what a load of BS!


     
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    Since1776 | March 5, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    THANK YOU for this.

    Bought carbonite solely because of its advertising on Rush’s show. If they are going to submit to the intolerant, anti-free speech crowd, so be it. But I will no longer support them.

    Carbonite does not work in all computer environments. And when your hard drive crashes, they’ll be happy to send back all your carefully backed up information across the same sloooow internet connection as you sent it to them. And ask them for assistance in restoring the back-up? They’ll be happy to refer you to their instructions RTFM!

    Having said the above, it is VERY IMPORTANT to have current back-ups of your data stored off-site in a safe place. Ask the folks who got run over by the weekend’s tornadoes. There are a plethora of computer consultants – many of a Conservative belief – who offer back-up services and will be there to assist in restoring your data too!

    My subscription to Carbonite for one computer is up in a few days. For another in our house we just did the automatic renewal a week ago. I cancelled the automatic renewal on the one coming up and asked them to cancel the one just renewed and told them why. It was great timing for me. Two accounts Carbonite lost.

    I also had ordered flowers from ProFlowers last month. I found their “thank you for ordering” e-mail, and replied saying I would no longer be buying from them and why.

    Nice to be able to show them they just lost a paying customer.

    I’m glad Rush apologized. I agree with his assessment that those words are for the sleazy left.

    After reading Jeffrey Lord’s entire article, I wondered if the sponsors’ faux outrage, and Carbonite’s in particular, was part of a long range plan to damage Rush. Everyone knows that occasionally Rush says something absurd to illustrate absurdity. Everyone also knows that Rush often leads into his commercial breaks saying, “Now it’s time for an obscene profit break”. Aha, an idea is hatched! What if Democrat supporters (like Carbonite) are encouraged by Van Jones, David Brock, et al to advertise on Rush’s program, and then wait for the right moment to pounce on Rush? This whole case smells really fishy.


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