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A question for the Flush Rush group. What, if any, is the connection between Rush Limbaugh and Apple? He read an ad today that started with how great the iphone is and then went into a ad.

I sent an email:

I really wish you would reconsider this. I heard one this morning on KFBK Sacramento at 10:35. He read a prerecorded, scripted commercial where he started talking about how great iphones are and how he wished he could talk about them everyday and then, really lamely, went into a "just like" thing.

My first thought was that Apple was running commercials on the Rush Limbaugh show but apparently he was just using the iphone brand to promote add credence to his ad.

Did approve this?

I'm also going to contact Apple and ask if they're aware that their iphone product is being by used by Limbaugh in a ad.

Limbaugh's a low life. Why do you associate with him and his show?

Now, after checking a bit more online it seems there may be some relationship with Limbo and Apple. Even if they do have some promotion relationship, I can't believe they would let their brand be used in a promo for a dumbass ad.

I'm a mac user and apple customer and I'll contact them but I thought it would be better to get some input from some of the experts here first.

As always, appreciate any education or advice offered.

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  •  Limbaugh has always loved Apple products (6+ / 0-)

    He was an early Mac convert and gushes about all his Apple products. Apple has never paid Limbaugh one nickle for advertising, or done anything other than ignore him.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 11:31:37 AM PDT

    •  He also gushes on about Steve Jobs (4+ / 0-)
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      VClib, SilentBrook, RUNDOWN, Dirtandiron

      A liberal and Obama supporter.

      And hired Elton John for his latest wedding.  His cred with his Ditto-heads can't be dented apparently.

      "The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason." - Thomas Paine

      by shrike on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 11:35:22 AM PDT

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      •  Wow. Someone actually said I do? (2+ / 0-)
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        can we all...just get...along-Rodney King

        by nspguy on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 11:46:17 AM PDT

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      •  rich people tend to like other rich people (1+ / 0-)
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        No rich person likes poor people.  Apple contracts iPhone manufacture out to Chinese sweatshops; Bill Gates wants to kill public education; the Koch brothers wake up in the morning.

        Class trumps all.

        •  Re: "Class trumps all." (1+ / 0-)
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          In these cases, it is the classlessness that trumps all.

          PrezObama's only mistake in the sequester is that he assumed that the Republicans would be more loyal to their oath of office to serve the people than their oath to Norquist to never close tax loopholes.

          by SilentBrook on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 02:16:05 PM PDT

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        •  All tech manufacturers use China factories (1+ / 0-)
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          Including Amazon, Microsoft, Cisco, Dell, Google, HP, Motorola, Nintendo, Nokia, Sony, etc.: they all use Foxconn, for example.
          Apple has done more than any other company to improve worker conditions in China, and is more transparent about the actual situation than any other company.
          I imagine Rush will never go full iOS, because Apple's "walled garden" would prohibit him from accessing whatever perverted porn he is into.
          Steve Jobs backed Obama. Gates & Ballmer always went with repubes in hopes of better treatment from the DOJ.

          Proudly wearing a tin-foil hat since 1972.

          by pissed off hippie on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 03:49:45 PM PDT

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    •  I get that but would Apple allow their iphone (1+ / 0-)
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      brand to be used in a commercial for an unrelated product, Is that common? I had always thought they were very protective of their image/brand.
      I'm not arguing here, just trying to get more info.
      Thanks for responding.

      •  Bugsy - don't know (1+ / 0-)
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        I think he was just trying to tell his audience that he loves as much as he loves his Apple products. Given that Apple has never been an advertiser, I don't know if there is anything they could do.  

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 12:37:57 PM PDT

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    •  that's a surprise to me.. (3+ / 0-)
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      I've heard him a few times complaining in conspiratorial tones about social media ganging up on Apple to destroy the brands image, "it's all a bunch of lies!"  My bullshit radar keeps going off when he starts babbling about this stuff...

      He's also given away a bunch of iPads and other apple gear to his favorite callers, IIRC

      To you, I'm an atheist. To God, I'm the loyal opposition.” ― Woody Allen

      by soros on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 12:53:09 PM PDT

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  •  How does one read a prerecorded script? (0+ / 0-)
  •  Apple saved his butt several times (2+ / 0-)
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    He did some wrong things, and the Genius Bar bailed him out. Besides, if he was on windows I bet folks would load him with viruses and trojans.

    cheerleaders need not apply.

    by kravitz on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 12:07:00 PM PDT

  •  Do you listen to KFBK live? (2+ / 0-)
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    This is how Flush Rush makes a difference.  By monitoring the Rush Limbaugh show on various radio stations and reporting the advertisers to a database.  Then we contact those advertisers to let them know where their ad appears.  Many of them are appalled and have their ad withdrawn immediately.
    If you listen to KFBK live, you could help by noting sponsors for us.  That way we could contact them and help YOU Flush Rush.
    As far as Apple goes, Rush is just trying to be hip.  IMHO

    •  I sometimes listen to the KFBK broadcast for just (0+ / 0-)

      that reason and contact local sponsors. So far here in Sacramento its Sunrise Natural Foods in Roseville and Mattress Studio on Fulton Ave in Sac.
      I've contacted some national advertisers that I've had some dealings with, proflowers, angies list and a couple others. I contacted today specifically because I thought it odd that Limbaugh would use an Apple reference to lead in the ad. I thought there might be a way to approach it from the angle of unauthorized use of Apple brand.
      I did try to see what info I could get from the Flush Rush page but I'm not a FB user and hoped some on from the Flush Rush group here could advise. Maybe you could tell me how to participate more productively.

      •  I wondered too, whether there is relationship, (0+ / 0-)

        given the hype he gives them. You might be interested in this blogger's take on the issue:  And thanks for the contacting you are doing - I'm in the Facebook group, and we've found like others before us on similar efforts, contacts from customers have the most impact. When you don't have time to listen, you can find the active, local KFBK sponsors here:

        So I'd say please keep on with what you're doing. Every contact helps!  I often use email or website contact forms to contact sponsors, which it makes it easy to fit into my schedule. The Facebook group eases communication of responses you get, but it isn't essential. Please feel free to message me here if you get a response you'd like to share. Personally, I stay away from contacting gun shops and gold/coin sellers. They're often quite unhappy about the contact, and quite delighted to sponsor him.  Most of the rest are at least polite, but I use a non-identifyng email account for the contacts to keep it separate from the rest of my life, just in case!

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