Clear Channel Pulls Rush Billboard In Wake Of Tucson Tragedy
January 14, 2011 at 4:00 AM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KNST-A/TUCSON has pulled down a billboard that advertised RUSH LIMBAUGH's show because it touted the host as a "straight shooter" -- with the billboard pockmarked by bullet holes. The action comes in the wake of the shooting of Rep. GABRIELLE GIFFORDS (D-AZ) and 18 others, that included five deaths.
CLEAR CHANNEL told the political website TALKINGPOINTSMEMO.COM that while the ad "used the common expression 'straight shooter' to describe Mr. LIMBAUGH's candid and direct style," it was KNST's promotion department that created the ad, not LIMBAUGH's show. Nevertheless, management decided it might not be such a good idea to keep the ad up.
Here's CLEAR CHANNEL'S full statement:
Starting several weeks before the recent tragic incident in TUCSON, CLEAR CHANNEL OUTDOOR had been displaying an ad campaign created by a local TUCSON Talk radio station to promote its broadcasts of RUSH LIMBAUGH's nationally syndicated radio program. This particular ad -- which used the common expression "straight shooter" to describe MR. LIMBAUGH's candid and direct style -- was designed and contracted for by the local station's promotion department - not by Mr. LIMBAUGH's program. In the wake of the tragedy, CLEAR CHANNEL Outdoor management in TUCSON quickly elected to take down this ad -- believing that discussion of its interpretation would not contribute to the desire for healing in the TUCSON community.