With Andrew Breitbart Leading the Charge – The Right-Wing Blogosphere Goes To War Against the Institutional Left

Alexa Shrugs reminds us of this affecting image of Breitbart from Ben Howe’s Tribute video, looking straight at the camera and simply saying, “War.”

Over the weekend, a funny thing happened in the right wing blogosphere. While at first, the faint-hearted were inclined to throw Rush under the bus for using over the top, inappropriate rhetoric to point out the absurdity of Sandra Fluke’s pathetic testimony before Congress. But over the weekend, the tide turned, and conservatives have gone to war, just as Breitbart would have liked it.

Alexa  is on the warpath:

This is war.  I am going to defend Limbaugh from the radical Leftists who want to take him off the air.  And I am going to call out our opponents by name.  Starting with Sandra Fluke, David Gregory and David Friend.

Sandra Fluke is a 30 year old woman who is president of Law Students for Reproductive Justice and went to Georgetown Law despite knowing that their insurance does not cover birth control – because they are a Catholic institution – and made it her mission to force them to change their policy.  Remember when I mentioned how feminazis lied and said a Congressional hearing on religious concerns about the Obamacare contraceptive mandate was only men?  They had wanted Sandra Fluke to testify – I guess Allison Dabbs Garrett and Dr. Laura Champion, the two women who DID testify at the “all-male” panel, just don’t count as women because they don’t toe the radical feminist line.

When Rush made his comments about Sandra Fluke, I thought he was going overboard in order to bring media attention to the farcical nature of her testimony. If that was his m/o, it backfired because the media firestorm that predictably ensued led to the DNC fund-raising off of it, and  Rush losing a number of sponsors. The Democrat Media Complex is doing what it does best – picking a (conservative) targeting it, freezing it, and doing its best to de-legitimize it. Never mind the fact that the left is so consistently  vile in its treatment of conservative women, it’s barely worth mentioning it when they call Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin, or Laura Ingraham, and let’s not be sexist, here – even Rick Santorum – a vile name. Yes, thanks to the efforts of gay activist, Dan Savage, we’ve got a major candidate for President of the United States whose name, according to Google is defined in the most vile and depraved terms imaginable. And the MSM calls that “Santorum’s Google problem.” (yuk, yuk.) Because it’s HIS problem that left-wing activists have done this to him, and Google refuses to fix it.

Couldn’t it thus be said that Sandra Fluke has a “talk radio problem”. Because after all, it’s her own extreme views that led this to happen to her.

Ben Howe finds the excruciating double standard to be a bit much, and asks:  Carbonite Drops Ads from Rush Limbaugh but Not Ed Schultz?

You see, Carbonite is also the sponsor for a radio show you probably have not heard of, The Ed Schultz Show.  Ed Schultz made a similar remark to Rush’s although his was less a question about the usage of the word (as it was for Rush) and more him just screaming that Laura Ingraham is a “right wing slut.”

Now I wonder why Friend’s daughters don’t’ come to mind here?  Could this be a publicity stunt?  Could they just be dropping sponsorship of Rush in an effort to gain some exposure to help their company get new customers? Because let’s face it, they’ll get more exposure from dropping Rush then they’ll ever get from keeping Shultz.  And they could probably use it given that companies like DropBox have moved forward into advanced cloud backups and access while Carbonite seems hopelessly invested in remaining in the year 2006, but I digress.

I asked them on twitter and on FaceBook why the difference in treatment and so far haven’t gotten a reply.

In the twitter verse, fellow non-Carbonite user Amish Dude pointed me to one possible reason.

On the bright side, DaTechGuy believes the sponsors who have left Rush have chosen poorly:

Rush has been on the radio now since the late 80′s. People who were listening to him now have children who are listening to him. This is a vast and self-sustaining audience base and nothing he said or the media did will cause that base to abandon him. He will be drawing huge radio numbers long after Sandra fluke is a media footnote. There are many talk radio shows out there but there is only one Rush Limbaugh.

However for Sleep Number, Legal Zoom, Carbonate and pro-flowers and the rest, it’s a different story.

There are many alternatives to all of these companies and all of them are merely a click or two away.

For all the bluster of the left for all the tweets and facebook posts and MSM stories the real pressure these companies will feel is on their bottom line. It will come from the orders unplaced, the subscriptions unrenewed and the business that will flow to their competitors by Rush’s listeners looking for alternatives to the companies that dropped him.

These companies married the left in haste, they will repent at leisure, if they last that long.

Update: Both Legal Insurrection and Althouse blogged Rush, here is the key quote:acct with carbonite:

Keep reading.

Adrienne canceled her account with Carbonite My live chat with Carbonite…

since all the circuits to their 800 number are jammed.

Dana Loesch chided Republicans for falling for the manufactured controversy:

The Obama administration withered for several weeks under the intense criticism from Catholic leaders regarding the forced violation of religious liberty within the HHS mandate. In an effort to turn the tables, Democrats suggested that the GOP want to abridge women’s rights because Republicans expect women to obtain and pay for their own birth control. This afternoon John BoehnerCarly Fiorina, and Rick Santorum bravely provided cover for the President and the ridiculous narrative of “the war on women.”

Each of them utterly failed in this response, but unlike Santorum, Boehner and Fiorina aren’t running a presidential campaign with the hopes of becoming the nominee so they can battle the media in the general.

This reason right here is why Republicans defeat themselves: It doesn’t matter what Barack Obama’s record is if Republicans so willingly allow the media to reframe a debate about religious liberty as a fight over women’s rights.

More have admonished Limbaugh’s description of Sandra Fluke than admonished a 30 year-old woman embarrassing herself before congress by testifying that she simply cannot stop getting it on and her inability to control her urges constitutes infringing upon everyone else for a bailout.

And now this interesting tidbit comes out about the young coed, via The Other McCain: Sandra Fluke Argued for Mandatory Coverage for Sex-Change Surgery

Rather belatedly, we are becoming aware that this supposedly typical Georgetown coed is not very typical at all:

[B]irth control is not all that Ms. Fluke believes private health insurance must cover. She also, apparently, believes that it is discrimination deserving of legal action if “gender reassignment” surgeries are not covered by employer provided health insurance. She makes these views clear in an article she co-edited with Karen Hu in the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law.
The title of the article . . . is “Employment Discrimination Against LGBTQ Persons” and was published in the Journal’s 2011 Annual Review.

Remember, as Byron York previously reported, Fluke was rejected as a last-minute substitute witness at a Feb. 16 committee hearing because staffers for Chairman Issa were unable to discover Fluke’s claim to expertise relevant to the subject of the hearing.


Yep, Carbonite chose poorly: Fire Andrea Mitchell reports Carbonite stock approaches 52-week low since dropping sponsorship of Rush Limbaugh show.

More people pushing back against the media narrative:

Legal Insurrection: Welcome to total political war

Dan Riehl: Stand With Rush, Or Lie Down And Die Alone

Ace: Me and My Wheelbarrow, Squeakin’ Around

Michelle Malkin: The anti-Rush revival revived — and Barack Obama’s petty presidency

Hot Air: Kirsten Powers on Rush and Sandra Fluke: Where’s the outrage at misogynistic liberal men?

Gateway Pundit: The Misogynist Left Mash-Up (Video)

Dan Riehl, Big Journalism:The Left’s eWar On Rush

Dana Loesch, Big Journalism:Left Petitions To Kick Rush Off Air

MRC: NBC Brings On Al Sharpton to Slam ‘Offensive and Misogynist’ Limbaugh; Ignores Reverend’s Offensive Past

Publius Forum: WARNING: If You Use Carbonite Computer Backup Service, Cancel it NOW

WHD: Obama Called Fluke but Said Nothing to Tornado Victims

Weasel Zippers: $9: Price For a Month’s Supply of Birth Control Pills With No Health Insurance At Target 3 Miles From Georgetown Law…

The Sundries Shack: What a Real War on Women Looks Like

Flopping Aces: The Evolution of a Phony Crisis

Radio Equalizer: TWIST AND SPOUT – Why No Consequences For Lefty Hate Talk?

Doug Ross: All You Need To Know About Sandra Fluke in 30 Seconds

DaTechGuy: The more you know about Sandra Fluke…Update (Hope Carbonite backed up their old business model)

The Weekly Standard: The Daily Grind: Chasing Andrew

Jeffrey Lord, The American Spectator: Rally For Rush

Lee Stranahan, Big Journalism: Is Sandra Fluke Coordinating with the White House?

Legal Insurrection: Announcing The Carbonite Accountability Project

Gateway Pundit: Hooray!… Missouri House to Honor Rush Limbaugh With His Bust in Capitol Rotunda

Questions And Observations: How To Manipulate Women Voters: An Obama Campaign Primer

Dan Riehl: Compare Limbaugh’s Class, To Imus’ Trash

Republican Policy Institute: Rep. Darrell Issa Counters False Narrative About HHS Mandate

Michelle Malkin: Capital One “drops” Rush, sticks with serial misogynist Alec Baldwin

Dan Riehl: Think Progress: The Stalinists Are Here

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!


19 thoughts on “With Andrew Breitbart Leading the Charge – The Right-Wing Blogosphere Goes To War Against the Institutional Left

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  2. I have been seriously considering Carbonite.

    They have lost this potential customer. Forever. I can’t think of one thing they could do to get me back as a potential customer, not even offer it to me free.

    I know to them it was simply a business decision, but to me it was a statement that they’ll not stand beside or behind their chosen conveyors of advertising if any appreciable amount of heat is applied.

    I’d rather do business with a principled company, plain and simple.


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  5. And I also wonder how Drudge likes the reaction to his “Destroy Gingrich Day” … I, for one, have removed his site from my bookmarks and rather than going there 6 to 10 times daily, he’s not seen ONE CLICK from my mouse since “DGDay”. I know of many others who have reacted in the same way. Thanks for “BadBlue” … the alternative to Drudge.


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  7. Just so you know..”fireandreamitchell.com”‘s story on Carbonite stock prices dropping to their all time low because of their cancellation from Rush Limbaugh’s radio show is bogus. When you look at the six month performance record of the stock, you’ll see that it started to free fall in December and actually hit 9.12 on February 22nd, long before the Rush controversy even occurred. I just thought you should know this because continuing to perpetuate bad information hurts your credibility. I attempted to post this on their page but was blocked from posting there because of it.


  8. Let’s see how fast their stock rises, if it does. THAT will be the story.

    And although I don’t pay a whole bunch of attention to daily (or even monthly) stock surges and drops, seems to me Carbonite must have been doing something screwy to begin with to have had a drop like that, without a bunch of publicity about it.


  9. Carlos-I don’t know the full story behind the sudden fall of Carbonite’s stock. My point was that the original article on fireandreamitchell attributed it to their cancellation of ads on Limbaugh’s show with is a total falsehood. My curiosity has been piqued so I’ll certainly be watching it going forward.


  10. I appreciate that, kipco, but I still think the proof of the pudding in this case is whether stock traders are aware of something the public in general isn’t, or if a potential rebound is stalled or killed due to this stupidity.

    Sorry to see them fall into a pressured censorship mode.


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    With respect to high-profile Limbaugh-boycotter Carbonite, the company is doing consumers a public service by going silent — because its 2011 Annual Report shows that NASDAQ:CARB is a dinosaur dot-com disaster that has vaporized a whopping $100 million since 2005 and is bleeding out to the tune of additional $2 million each and every month!
    Carbonite CEO (and Limbaugh-critic) David Friend is thus being paid $500,000 per year to manage the loss of $500,000 per week!
    That is insane! (Except perhaps here in spendaholic Washington, DC.)
    Carbonite advertises promiscuously on 40 talk-radio shows but because Friend publicly lectured Limbaugh, his company has been spotlighted to reveal a turkey wearing an eagle costume.
    Indeed, WSJ MarketWatch’s Chuck Jaffe quickly branded Carbonite the “Stupid Investment of the Week”:
    Here is the bad news that investors have learned about Carbonite since the company posted its dismal financials on the SEC website last summer in preparation for a murky IPO:
    At the time of its IPO, Carbonite was down to six months’ cash in the bank after $88 million of losses. (Now, thanks to public investment, it has 30 months of cash in the bank after $100 million of losses.)
    Nevertheless, Carbonite is on the fast-track to insolvency.
    In two+ years it will necessarily either be shut down or liquidated by acquisition because Carbonite has simply never been managed as a “going concern.”
    Instead its executives and insiders appear to have enriched themselves for seven long years while losing mass quantities of other-people’s-money.
    For example, on 8 Mar 2012 at the height of the Limbaugh controversy, Carbonite’s management picked investors’ pockets by conjuring up 1,005,493 shares of stock out of thin air, to be “offered to employees in employee benefit plans:”
    “Options, restricted stock, and all other stock-based and cash-based awards may be granted to individuals who are then our officers, employees, directors, or consultants or are the officers, employees, directors, or consultants of certain of our subsidiaries. Such awards also may be granted to our directors. Only executive officers and employees may be granted incentive stock options, or ISOs.”
    Understandably, Carbonite’s newly-minted stock is steadily ski-sloping down toward the $2-$3 range that represents last summer’s IPO loot.
    Carbonite long ago missed its window-of-opportunity to profitably dominate the online backup marketplace. It is now surrounded and underpriced by nimble competitors who have read and understood Rob Cosgrove’s definitive how-to book:
    There is thus ‘no way out’ for this money-losing company … and no reason for investors to buy its stock unless they are looking for a tax write-off.
    Limbaugh’s audience is clearly better off NOT using Carbonite’s service or investing in its stock because the company’s now-public financials depict an Internet throwback that is destined to become another “spectacular dot-com flameout” — of the sort so mercilessly mocked on F’dCompany.com a decade ago. (Remember “Flooz” currency?!)
    Ironically Carbonite has done the public a huge service by withdrawing its advertising from Limbaugh’s show – but not the sort of service imagined by its clueless kamikaze CEO David Friend whose personal politics have greatly steepened Carbonite’s glide path to an inevitable fiery crash landing.
    Concluding the metaphors, this Turkey is Toast!
    Carbonite will be gone, with or without Limbaugh advertising, and his listeners are better off without it.


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