ALEC newest target as Rush attack fails: Leaked MoveOn Memo threatened radio station.
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Here’s a leaked e-mail from the Hyatt Hotel-funded MoveOn.org obtained by The American Spectator. The issue at hand was silencing Rush Limbaugh. The radio station targeted is WHP-radio in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Take a look.
Dear MoveOn member,
Rush Limbaugh’s verbal assault on Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke, calling her a “slut” and a “prostitute,” was intended to do one thing: intimidate women who would dare to speak out for their reproductive freedom.
But this time Limbaugh has gone too far, and it has sparked a nationwide backlash. Local stations, like WHP 580 in Harrisburg, as well as Clear Channel, the company that syndicates the Rush Limbaugh show, are feeling major pressure. So far, 140 major advertisers have pulled their ads from the Limbaugh show — including corporations like General Motors, McDonald’s, and State Farm.
1. Station by station, outraged listeners are organizing to get Rush off the air — and succeeding. At least two stations have already canceled his show
2. Now, we’re launching a nationwide rapid response campaign to help get Rush’s show off of public airwaves, period. Every station in America that carries Rush Limbaugh’s show should be getting petitions, phone calls, and protests at their front door demanding an end to Limbaugh’s bullying of women.
This will send an unmistakable message that we will no longer tolerate those who would bully women into silence. But we need to raise $200,000 to fund this urgent work. Can you chip in?
I’ll chip in $5 to help get Rush Limbaugh off the air.
There’s a huge grassroots movement calling out Rush, and some great leadership from MoveOn members as well as groups like UltraViolet, SumOfUs, and Media Matters for America. Our strategy to amp it up is to arm local MoveOn members with the online organizing tools to launch their own campaigns calling on local stations to cancel the Limbaugh show.
In fact, we’ve developed a whole online organizing platform called SignOn.org that’s perfectly positioned to support these efforts, and it’s spreading like wildfire. SignOn provides local progressives with the basic tools to run their own MoveOn-style actions for free. It also connects local leaders with expert advice on Internet organizing, and the possibility of support of millions of other MoveOn members.
And MoveOn members have already used SignOn to launch campaigns to get Rush off the air in Buffalo, Kansas City, Las Vegas, California, Maine, Ohio, New York, and more. For example:
In New York City, MoveOn member Bill King delivered a petition to the offices of Premiere Radio, which broadcasts the Limbaugh show. Limbaugh’s flagship station in New York City has lost so many advertisers that they actually broadcast a full minute of dead air last week instead of ads.
3. In Maine, MoveOn member Annie Finch organized a protest in front of the local Rush Limbaugh station to deliver her petition, and it became front page news in the local paper. She even got invited to debate the issue with the right-wing host of the show on before Limbaugh!
4. In Youngstown, Ohio, local state legislator and progressive champ Bob Hagan launched a petition calling on the local station to drop Limbaugh, collecting nearly 3,000 signatures in just a few days.
5. SignOn is always freely available for anyone to start an online petition. But with campaigns to stop Rush popping up around the country, we need to make sure we have the resources to help them out — to pay for more organizer time, online support, and extra tech development. And we need to move quickly, while station managers are listening.
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