Advertisers have been bailing out on Rush Limbaugh’s long-running radio talk show in response to his harsh criticism of a law student who testified before lawmakers about contraception.
AOL today became the eighth advertiser to drop the show, USA Today reports. Others include Sleep Train, Citrix Systems, Carbonite and LegalZoom, according to the report.
In a statement, AOL said: "One of our core values is that we act with integrity. We have monitored the unfolding events and have determined that Mr. Limbaugh’s comments are not in line with our values."
The story reports: “Limbaugh called 30-year-old law student Sandra Fluke a ‘slut’ and ‘prostitute’ last week after she testified to congressional Democrats in support of national health care policies that would compel employers and other organizations, including her university, to offer group health insurance that covers birth control for women.”
Over the weekend, after advertisers began fleeing the show, Limbaugh apologized to Fluke.
Clear Channel, whose Premiere Radio Networks hosts Limbaugh’s show, has stood behind the host. Limbaugh has a contract with Premiere through 2016, the story notes.
Premiere issued a statement over the weekend saying: "The contraception debate is one that sparks strong emotion and opinions on both sides of the issue. We respect the right of Mr. Limbaugh, as well as the rights of those who disagree with him, to express those opinions."