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Limbaugh show canceled in Hilo

By Erika Engle

and Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 11:57 a.m. HST, Mar 05, 2012


The nationally syndicated Rush Limbaugh radio show has been pulled from Hilo radio station KPUA-AM 670 in the aftermath of his offensive remarks about a woman who spoke in favor of health plan coverage for contraception.

It may be the first radio station nationally to cancel airings of the program.

New West Broadcasting Corp. President and General Manger Chris Leonard said, regardless of the political views being discussed, he felt the initially degrading comments about Georgetown University law school student Sandra Fluke, and the escalating comments that followed, were "egregious," and that "decency and responsibility" dictated the show's cancellation.

"I spent a good part of the weekend deliberating this issue," he said. "Had this been one of my disc jockeys that had made this comment, they would have been terminated."

Two other Hawaii radio stations air the weekday program: KHVH-AM 830 in Honolulu, from 9 a.m. no noon, and on Maui, KAOI-AM 1110, from 8 to 11 a.m.

On Monday, AOL Inc. and Tax Resolution Services Co. were the eighth and ninth companies to say that they will suspend advertising on Limbaugh’s program, one of the most popular radio shows in the country.

Limbaugh last week called student Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” after she testified to congressional Democrats in support of their national health care policy that would compel her Jesuit college’s health plan to cover her birth control.

He apologized over the weekend after several advertisers pulled out of his program.

On Monday, he joked that he got a busy signal when he called his show because of the advertisers who are abandoning it. 

Clear Channel’s Premiere Radio Networks Inc. hosts Limbaugh’s show. The company is supporting Limbaugh, whose on-air contract runs through 2016.

Premiere Radio said in a statement Monday that it respects Limbaugh’s right to express his opinions, and said that “in an attempt at absurdist humor to illustrate his political point, Mr. Limbaugh used words that unfortunately distracted from the message he was trying to convey.” 

The company said Limbaugh did the right thing by “expressing regret for his choice of words and offering his sincere and heartfelt apology to Ms. Fluke.”  Fluke said Monday that Limbaugh’s apology changes nothing and that Americans have to decide whether to support companies that continue to advertise on his program.

The advertisers that have backed away from Limbaugh’s program represent a broad range of industries, from technology to financial services to retailers. Tax Resolution Services advises customers on tax disputes with the IRS. CEO Michael Rozbruch said Monday that his firm is pulling ads for now. The company has endorsements from Limbaugh and other conservative broadcasters on its website.

AOL, an Internet portal that runs the TechCrunch blog and the Huffington Post, said Monday that Limbaugh’s comments “are not in line with our values.” 

Other companies that say they have left the show include flower delivery service ProFlowers, mortgage lender Quicken Loans, the maker of Sleep Number beds, mattress retailer Sleep Train, software maker Citrix Systems Inc., online data backup service provider Carbonite and online legal document services company LegalZoom.  

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment operates more than 850 radio stations in the U.S., and Premiere says it’s the largest radio content provider in the country, syndicating programs to more than 5,000 affiliate stations. Clear Channel has declined to say how much revenue it stands to lose from advertiser defections. Its parent company was taken private in 2008.







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on March 5,2012 | 10:15AM
Pacej001 wrote:
I read that 15 million do, every day.
on March 5,2012 | 03:26PM
upcountry wrote:
Thank you Chris Leonard for taking your stand on this issue and pulling his show from your airwaves. This man has NO Aloha at all and we don't need his hate message broadcast in Hawaii. He must be still taking those pills he was busted for some years back. I believe in the phot above he is showing us how big his brain is. Please don't bring him back..... Mahalo
on March 5,2012 | 10:35AM
HoldEverything wrote:
It’s unusual for a radio personality to become the “voice” of a political party, as Rush Limbaugh has apparently become for the right wing of the Republican party. We may one day see the same thing happening in Hawaii, where Michael W. Perry on KSSK generally espouses a conservative if not right wing agenda from the pulpit of the Perry & Price Show. Perry carries a lot of clout in this town and could probably shape Republican politics to some degree through his comments on-air if he chose to do so. KSSK is apparently fine with that, even though there are certain advertisers who don’t support P&P because of the right wing bent. Fortunately, Michael Perry is a decent human being, unlike the bile-filled Limbaugh, and he's certainly entitled to his opinions. If you don't like hearing his politics, simply change the channel. Interestingly, KSSK is owned by Clear Channel. Clear Channel also owns Premiere Radio Networks, the company that syndicates the radio shows of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, and Glenn Beck, among others. Basically, Clear Channel owns conservative talk radio in the United States, including KHVH in Honolulu. So who owns Clear Channel? Surprise! Bain Capital is one of the primary owners. The company that Mitt Romney ran for so long is one of the owners of virtually all conservative talk radio in America. Of course Mitt Romney is not running Bain Capital anymore. He is a “retired partner,” but he still has a huge financial stake in Bain Capital.
on March 5,2012 | 10:43AM
allie wrote:
well said
on March 5,2012 | 10:51AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
I stopped listening to Perry and Prioce about a year after they took over the time slot (back when it was still KGMB radio). Why? Because Perry was a know-it-all blowhard even then. The only time I listen to them is when there's a disaster and they're the only radio station on the air (like after the 2006 earthquake). Based on Perry's performance back then, I'd have to dispute your statement that he "is a decent human being". He was nasty and arrogant and rude to callers. I've been told by friends who DO listen to Perry and Price that for weeks after an emergency like the earthquake, they ran commercials patting themselves on the back for the great job they did. Now that's arrogance.
on March 5,2012 | 12:51PM
Denominator wrote:
Considering how they crush their competition, I'm sure they'll be ok with you not listening!
on March 5,2012 | 02:20PM
mcc wrote:
Perry is just as bad as Rush. He was comparing birth control for women the same as beer and wine for men. Apples and oranges. Another right wing bigot.
on March 5,2012 | 03:36PM
hawaiikone wrote:
I listen to him most mornings, and usually agree with his take. Occasionally he seems a little drastic, but generally he's cordial and not disrespectful.
on March 5,2012 | 05:29PM
HaoleBoy wrote:
Yes! Hilo leads the way in decency. Mahalo Mr. Chris Leonard. Aloha from the rain forest of Nuuanu.
on March 5,2012 | 10:47AM
Dawg wrote:
Hilo Rocks alright! Good values, good people who know what is right and wrong. God Bless Hilo!
on March 5,2012 | 11:15AM
allie wrote:
He is an entertainer. Odd that Republcans bow low to the guy. He is out for laughs and he has Lingle and her followers bowing low trying to please him!
on March 5,2012 | 10:50AM
JohnD2 wrote:
Sandra Fluke, a law student at Georgetown University, supposedly asked Congressional Democrats (Republicans weren't interested in listening to her) to pay $3,000 for the contraceptives she uses in a year. Limbaugh said, in effect, she's asking the taxpayers to pay for her sexual activity, which makes her a @#$. It was a silly point, but not half as offensive as the stampede by gutless wonders at Hilo radio and elsewhere would who censor Limbaugh for his political views and then deny it's censorship. Limbaugh's remark was too cute, but it probably launched Fluke into an inevitable political career. Limbaugh suggested her next step is to announce she's running for Congress at a press conference with Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer. Now, that's funny.
on March 5,2012 | 10:53AM
lee1957 wrote:
Agree, Limbaugh's point was crudely made, which clouded his message. Chris Leonard is being disingenuous saying its not politically motivated. Ban every messge that someone objects to and pretty soon you have dead air. If the FCC doesn't sanction it, get over it and move on.
on March 5,2012 | 11:02AM
maile77 wrote:
I agree
on March 5,2012 | 11:27AM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
You are wrong. The FCC has the power to sanction it, and may very well do so, we must wait and see if the FCC fines Clear Channel for Mr. Limbaugh's crude words which are not protected by the first amendment, see, Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire.
on March 5,2012 | 02:05PM
OldDiver wrote:
JohnD2......Let's bring some facts into the discussion. Sandra Fluke was not testifying for herself. She was testifying for a friend who has a condition that is treated with the pill. And no it has nothing to do with having sex. Stop getting your mis-information from Rush.
on March 5,2012 | 12:34PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
You're right, Ms. Fluke was not speaking for herself, but rather as an advocate for others. Thus, my foregoing comments must be read in that light.
on March 5,2012 | 02:10PM
Toneyuki wrote:
Some more facts OD, Sandra Fluke is an activist that sought out Georgetown university because of it's policy on birth control. She is a left wing activist that refused to accept Rush's apology because she wishes to fan the flames even more.
on March 5,2012 | 05:16PM
hawaiikone wrote:
Incorrect. One example she used regarded a "friend" with an ovarian issue that was in fact allowed to receive the pills under the health plan. Her other examples were of women who want their birth control needs paid for, and were denied coverage. Also, the cost is not her alleged $3000, but actually $9 per month for the generic equivalent. It is unfortunate that Limbaugh went way overboard with his comments, but the core of his protest is on the money.
on March 5,2012 | 05:49PM
OldDiver wrote:
As you mention she is a women's advocate. The core issue is Limbaugh called her a slut for being a women's advocate.
on March 5,2012 | 07:36PM
Eradication wrote:
He was not censored for his political views. He has been spouting his political garbage for years here in Hawaii. He was discontinued because he crossed the line of common decency on the radio and displayed an enormous amount of ignorance about health services related to women's contraceptives which includes physical examinations for prescriptions. His ignorance reveled that he does not understand the totality of which he speaks about. This, to me, means no credibility. Calling someone the names he used and then demanding video tapes to be made available is pretty sickening.
on March 5,2012 | 01:57PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
You are wrong. It's not the content of political speech that is being objected to, it is the crude, offensive "fighting words" that are being objected to. Just as the FCC has the power to prohibit the usage of the "F" word and the "N" word from the airwaves in the name of decency, so does KPUA have the right to cancel a radio show that uses crude language that is not worthy of being heard in mixed company. No one would have objected if Mr. Limbaugh had said that Ms. Fluke had no right to demand that Georgetown Law, my alma mater, cover, in any manner whatsoever, the cost of her birth control pills, or even that he objected to her lifestyle where a single, unmarried woman was having extramarital relations with such frequency that she needed birth control pills in order to avoid pregnancy. In fact many people feel that way, and they have every to have those opinions -- this is still a free country. However it's Mr. Limbaugh's crude language that he has no right to use on the airwaves and that everyone objected to. Crude language is NOT protected by the first amendment.
on March 5,2012 | 02:00PM
Kapakahi wrote:

WOT?

Educated LocalBoy wrote:

"a single, unmarried woman was having extramarital relations with such frequency that she needed birth control pills in order to avoid pregnancy.

Not sure how "educated" you really are. You are making the same insinuation Rush was making. That any woman using the pill is having a lot (too much?) sex. The pill has to be taken once a month whether you have sex once or a hundred times during that month. And even if you don't have sex that month, if there isa chance you may have sex the next month, it still makes sense to continue taking the bill to keep your body in rhythm and the contraceptive effective.

So, in your view, any woman taking the pill is "loose"?

I used to think "conservative" meant well-mannered and respectful, particularly of women. Clearly, Rush Limbaugh is the embodiment of the real face of contemporary conservatism: hate-filled and angry at women for having sexual feelings. In Rush's case, I expect his anger is increased by the fact these women, who he sees as "loose," are not interested in him.


on March 5,2012 | 04:03PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
to: Kapakahi -- you don't get my point, your interpretation of what I stated is all kapakahi (askew). I'm not saying that I agree with the viewpoint that I expressed. All that I was saying is that said point of view by Mr. Limbaugh is not what the big dispute was about. He is entitled to make that statement because this is a free country and that fact that you do not agree with that point of view does not make that point of view offensive or objectionable. The first amendment demands that all points of view be aired in "the marketplace of ideas" with the majority of the public being the judge or "voters" of what our societal norms shall be. To ban points of view that disagree with your point of view is repugnant to the ideals of the first amendment. We need to trust the majority of the general public to decide what is best for the people. The fact that Mr. Limbaugh hurled crude insults against Ms. Fluke was the objectionable action, he didn't stick to the issues, he resorted to crude insults -- that is what was objectionable in my mind.
on March 5,2012 | 09:57PM
volcanohereicome wrote:
HILO ROCKS!
on March 5,2012 | 11:00AM
808Cindy wrote:
Limbaugh was very wrong when he spoke, I applaud those company's who are doing the right thing, they recognize that the line was crossed and are now standing up for the wrong that he has done!
on March 5,2012 | 11:05AM
OldDiver wrote:
I would have thought Disc Jockey Rush Limbaugh would have lost advertisers after he promoted the CONservative hit song "Barack the Magic Negro". Forgot about this? Just google Rush making excuses on why he promoted this classless song.
on March 5,2012 | 12:37PM
Toneyuki wrote:
You mean from the LA times? http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-ehrenstein19mar19,0,3391015.story
on March 5,2012 | 05:13PM
Dawg wrote:
Not only did the FAT Man put his foot in his mouth again. he swallowed up the entire RNC at the same time. Rush L. the democrats secret weapon for 2012. A big Mouth with no brain. ;)
on March 5,2012 | 11:13AM
Sunny wrote:
I commend Chris Leonard for for taking a stand on this issue. Rush Limbaugh comment were insensitive and out of line!
on March 5,2012 | 11:15AM
cardoc wrote:
first of all I can't believe so many people listen to this guy. He is an ENTERTAINER and nothing else. Limbaugh gets paid the big bucks because sooo many people like to hear his radical words. I certainly would not consider him and expert in anything but controversy, so for the GOP to have him as a spokesperson is crazy. Limbaugh is not the first radical on the air and won't be the last. Look at the bucks Howard Stern made, people would listen just to find out what the next crazy stunt was going to be. Maybe Limbaugh over did it this time and it may cost a lot this time but for thge bucks he makes< I guess he is always walking the line trying not to fall over the edge, but even monkeys fall off trees.
on March 5,2012 | 11:24AM
JohnD2 wrote:
Have you listened to MSNBC? Ed? Chris Matthews? Rachel Maddow? I love em all -- freedom of speech!!!
on March 5,2012 | 09:41PM
thepartyfirst wrote:
Truth is, Rush is right. Ms. Fluke testimony was staged and all set-up by the Democrats. What Ms. Fluke did was set women back ten years or more. 33 year old female law students need guidance and cannot use their own brains to figure things out. They need the government to step in and provide welfare. There are more important issues I would want my tax dollars used for and not for college females to go screwing around irresponsibly. BTW, who is Rush Limbaugh? What office is he running for? Don't want to listen to him turn him off. Rush Limbaugh is nobody so why is the Media so afraid of a nobody?
on March 5,2012 | 11:40AM
Fred01 wrote:
You are a fool. Go vote for Santorum.
on March 5,2012 | 11:59AM
OldDiver wrote:
Or google Santorum.
on March 5,2012 | 12:38PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Bad boy :>)
on March 5,2012 | 01:23PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
You missed the point. It's not what Mr. Limbaugh said, it's how he said it. You should also be denouncing him because he allowed the Democrats to shift the focus of the controversy from a Catholic University's right to refrain from paying for something that it morally objects to, to the issue of women's rights to avail themselves to birth control.
on March 5,2012 | 02:16PM
Anonymous wrote:
First, Rush, like the blowhards on the left is an entertainer. Everything they say should be run through that filter. Second, though obviously over the top in his description of the situation, the gasbag was absolutely correct in this case. Fluke wants me to pay for her to continue to have sex? Good grief!!!! It's not as if this country is running a huge surplus and can afford to fund non-essential programs! And we wonder why we are going broke.
on March 5,2012 | 11:53AM
JohnD2 wrote:
Why do you suggest Sandra Fluke's sex life is a "non-essential program"?
on March 5,2012 | 09:45PM
ctfh wrote:
Thank you Chris Leonard for being a man of principle. The Chris Limbaugh's of the world add no positive imprint and I totally agree with your decision.
on March 5,2012 | 12:15PM
rkcu wrote:
You guys are crazy, I love Rush Limbaugh....smartest man on the radio. His point was correct, we shouldn't have to pay for this woman having sex. If you can't afford the consequences, don't have sex! As far as the Hilo radio station, well that's why it will probably be out of business by this time next year. When you start censoring popular shows, your listeners will just go online and listen there. Love the free market!
on March 5,2012 | 12:21PM
pj737 wrote:
Don't you think it's a bit hypocritical that he is more than happy to have taxpayers foot the bill for his Viagra but not contraception for women?
on March 5,2012 | 01:38PM
rkcu wrote:
#1 - how do you know he takes Viagra? and #2, if he does, how do you know he doesn't pay full price? He is self employed and most likely self insured. Even if the insurance companies cover Viagra, a co-payment is still paid by the consumer. This dumb chick wants it free!!
on March 5,2012 | 05:18PM
Toneyuki wrote:
Since when has the federal government mandated that all insurance plans cover viagra for free? And I would like to see proof that he is "more than happy to have taxpayers foot the bill" for it.
on March 5,2012 | 05:23PM
LanaUlulani wrote:


I do not listen to Rush Limbaugh... but the Democrat Regime in Hawai'i is being hypocritical. Where was the OUTRAGE when Charlotte Bergmann was called a "token n*gro", "stupid" and a "curly-haired ni**a" to her face by Democrat liberal talk show host and DJ Thaddeus Matthews.

Unfortunately some people defend Miss Fluke a white woman and FAIL TO COME TO THE DEFENSE OF POPOLO WOMEN LIKE CHARLOTTE BERGMANN who was called VILE PILAU NAMES by a Democrat liberal talk show hose THADDEUS MATTHEWS.


on March 5,2012 | 12:26PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
I always suspected that you were uninformed and your comment has now proven it. Just as Chris Leonard kicked off Rush Limbaugh off the airwaves for his crude comments, Thaddeus Matthews' radio station kicked him off the airwaves for his crudeness with Charlotte Bergmann. Chris Leonard is in the mainstream like the vast majority of the population, just like so-called "Democratic Regime" that you are so quick to malign, this same "Democratic Regime" who thought Mr. Matthews had worthy things to say until he demonstrated otherwise. Aw, come on Lana you are behaving like the Rush Limbaugh loving closet reactionary that you appear to be.
on March 5,2012 | 02:37PM
Pacej001 wrote:
Not familiar with the incident you mention, but there's a long list of conservative women who've been described in vulgar terms by the likes of Bill Mahr, David Letterman, Matt Taibi, and others. Limbaugh was wrong and I don't generally listen to him because of the over emotional, angry tone, but good luck getting any of the local liberals to acknowledge that this kind of trash talk comes from their side as well.
on March 5,2012 | 03:36PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
You're in luck, I already did... 2 hours prior to your post. But I guess you missed it. It's just a couple posts below yours.

Ed Schultz made disgusting and un-called for comments about Laura Ingraham last year. He was excorciated by conservatives, liberals, and many in between. He apologized (profusely, unreservedly, and often) and was suspended without pay for a week by his bosses at MSNBC. All for using the same word to describe a woman (this time a public figure) that Limbaugh did. The terms were sexist and misogynist and SHOULD be condemned by everyone whether right or left no matter who uses them to denigrate women.


on March 5,2012 | 04:27PM
Toneyuki wrote:
I'm not condoning what Rush said. He was wrong and he has apologized. But there is a huge difference between what Schultz said and what Limbaugh said. Rush was trying to use absurdity to point out the absurdity of this whole situation (that was completely fabricated, staged, and masterfully performed by the Democrats) and he crossed the line. What Ed Schultz said about Ingraham was hateful name calling. SCHULTZ;Rain, thunderstorms, winds getting whipped into tornadoes of horrific proportions. Hot weather, all of this stuff. And what are the Republicans thinking about? They're not thinking about their next-door neighbor. They're just thinking about how much this is going to cost. President Obama is going to be visiting Joplin, Missouri, on Sunday. But you know what they're talking about? Like this right-wing s!##, what's her name, Laura Ingraham? Yeah, she's a talk s!##. You see, she was, back in the day, praising President Reagan when he was drinking a beer overseas. But now that Obama's doing it, they're working him over.
on March 5,2012 | 05:31PM
MightyMakiki wrote:
Have her pay for her own. No big deal
on March 5,2012 | 12:30PM
shakalopaka wrote:
Fluke has admitted to having multiple sex partners on a regular basis, requiring her to purchase over $3000 worth of contraceptives a year. What the heck is the definition of a slut, anyway? Why should any of us have to pay to support her promiscuous behavior? If anything, she should get her sex partners to pay for their own rubbers.
on March 5,2012 | 12:35PM
AegisConsultingHi wrote:
Another blow to free speech from a self- appointed minder. It's really been interesting to read the personal insults about RL and those who listen to him that are far worse than what Rush said. Unlike most of those posting here, I actually heard the entire segment without any filtering or editorializing. Quite frankly, I see a lot more actual hate here than Limbaugh has ever been accused of. Oh, that's right, to the left, hate speech is anything said by anyone who you disagree with.
on March 5,2012 | 12:46PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Actually, it's capitalism. This has nothing to do with the government interfering with Constitutional rights. Chris Leonard owns the station and can do what he pleases. He may gain listeners or he may lose listeners, but either way, it's his decision. Just like it was ABC's decision when they cancelled Bill Maher's "Politically Incorrect". Or MSNBC did when they suspended Schutlz for his disgusting comments about Laura Ingraham. Or whoever it was that canned Imus (don't remember who and don't really care).

Consumers have a right to complain to sponsors and owners have a right to keep on the air, fire, or suspend whoever they want on their stations as long as it's their nickel.


on March 5,2012 | 01:33PM
rkcu wrote:
I'm a Rush fan and I agree with you 100%. For all you Hilo people, get the IHeart app, 830 KHVH @ 10am. That's also capatalism:)
on March 5,2012 | 05:23PM
mitt_grund wrote:
Clear Channel Communications is a Rush Limbaugh sponsor. Bain Capital owns Clear Channel Communications. Mitt Romney is a founder of Bain Capital and still collects "residuals" from Bain. Clear Channel has stated it supports Limbaugh's right to call people whatever he wants. Limbaugh is the self-avowed conscience of the conservative movement. Mitt says he, too, is a conservative. Birds of a feather flock together? Did Mitt cal and congratulate Limbaugh in putting the college student Fluke in her place? Mitt only said he would have said it another way. So, what other way can you call someone a "slut" and a "prostitute"? We all know the only reason Limbaugh apologized is because of the pullout of weak-willed advertisers (The words of Limbaugh backers, not mine). But his biggest backer Clear Channel Comm/Bain Capital (and Mitt?) is still there, faithful to the end.
on March 5,2012 | 01:08PM
mitt_grund wrote:
Clear Channel Communications is Rush Limbaugh's sponsor. Bain Capital owns Clear Channel Communications. Mitt Romney is a founder of Bain Capital and still collects "residuals" from Bain. Clear Channel has stated it supports Limbaugh's right to call people whatever he wants. Limbaugh is the self-avowed conscience of the conservative movement. Mitt says he, too, is a conservative. Birds of a feather flock together? Did Mitt cal and congratulate Limbaugh in putting the college student Fluke in her place? Mitt only said he would have said it another way. So, what other way can you call someone what Limbaugh did? We all know the only reason Limbaugh apologized is because of the pullout of weak-willed advertisers (The words of Limbaugh backers, not mine). But his biggest backer Clear Channel Comm/Bain Capital (and Mitt?) are still there, faithful to the end.
on March 5,2012 | 01:17PM
Denominator wrote:
You seem to resent success. Clear Channel has like 830 stations. It's a business. Who listens to liberal radio? Except for KHPR, which sucks from the government trough in order to survive, the liberals can't buy an audience!
on March 5,2012 | 02:25PM
ufried wrote:
HILO? REALLY? SMALL MINDS FOR A SMALL TOWN!! DONT LIKE WHAT YOU HEAR, SHUT EM DOWN. WHAT A JOKE FROM A PLACE WHERE THE ONLY THING MORE POPULAR THAN BJ PENN IS A FARMERS MARKET!! I FEEL BAD FOR THE 8 PEOPLE WHO LISTEN TO YOUR STATION (THE ONES POSTING HERE) LOL!!!
on March 5,2012 | 01:34PM
Denominator wrote:
Really. What is a Hilo radio station? Do they broadcast from the back of a Chrysler van? What did they replace RL with, a nose flute concert?
on March 5,2012 | 02:29PM
JohnD2 wrote:
"A nose flute concert." That's great. I've been to Hilo, years ago.
on March 5,2012 | 09:53PM
kuewa wrote:
So KPUA`A finally changed back to KPUA. Mahalos for that !
on March 5,2012 | 02:00PM
BillD wrote:
Yea! A little less hate.
on March 5,2012 | 02:11PM
jkjones wrote:
now maybe Mr leonard can also remove the bill maher wannabees who are anti-religious--or is this another left-wing liberal dressed in fish cake and liko lehua.
on March 5,2012 | 02:41PM
Smiling wrote:
Way to go, Hilo !!!!!
on March 5,2012 | 02:45PM
mcc wrote:
Good. Get that bigot off the air. Just because ha has a radio show doesnt' mean he can slander people then say, sorry. Boycott businesses that still will air their advertisments on his show.
on March 5,2012 | 03:35PM
Wotboddahyou wrote:
Wow. So much hatred for Mr. Limbaugh. What about all the open minded, forgiving, and loving liberals out there? Evidently, open minded and liberal don't go together. When I look back at what the liberal elite have said and continue to say about Sarah Palin, Rush, Nancy Reagan, Bush... etc. You'd almost think there was a double standard. Now, that wouldn't happen with the fair and even keeled liberal mind would it? The funny thing is most people who don't like what Rush is saying have never listened to him. I've had (non) debates with my liberal friends who "hate" Rush. When I ask them to repeat ONE thing that he has said that they disagree with (to the point where they would hate him), they usually shut up. They can't repeat one thing. They don't listen. More power to the Hilo station for pulling Rush. It's a free country, do whatever you like. More power to you, but probably less listeners.
on March 5,2012 | 03:49PM
Wonderful_World wrote:
There's an article posted online that Miss Flake has been at this contraception subsidy for the past 3 years @ Georgetown U AND she also wrote in an article that it's discriminatory that gender reassignment surgery is not covered under an employer provided health insurance. Give me a break, I no longer thinks she deserves an apology!
on March 5,2012 | 03:51PM
Invested wrote:
there is something very disturbing about cutting a show because of a comment from a known controversial figure. Let the public decide by popularity of the show, if no one listens to his show then the show sh ould be cancelled. You can't get around the fact that it is one of the most popular national shows on radio, so let us decide who we listen to.
on March 5,2012 | 03:55PM
jkjones wrote:
IDK this woman personally other than what I've read on the internet, but she is asking for alot of money for contraceptives. Do the math, Rush was on point. And why do tax payers have to pay for her promicuous lust? Just another example of double standards for the left and riduculous entitlements. When does personal accountability kick in? She is in law school. I guess she expects the "1%" to pay her way thru life. With no no backbone to support her most personal needs, it's no wonder she is comfortable in bed.
on March 5,2012 | 04:56PM
stanislous wrote:
Got so entertained by all the personal attacks on Limbaugh that I forgot what the question was... oh yea, What do you call a woman who wants the taxpayers to pay her so she can have sex? (Not even "safe" sex by the way) What ever happened to personal responsibility? Why are so many people thinking the government owes them all these "free" handouts? But then that's not the plan. Attack the messenger, not the Message. LOL LOL LOL
on March 5,2012 | 05:35PM
hawaiikone wrote:
Limbaugh makes outrageous comments to attract listeners, with great success. I listen to Mayer sometimes and really see little difference between the two styles. Both cross the line often, usually with little consequence other than laughter. Kinda says something about us, and really only makes the left lefter and the right righter.
on March 5,2012 | 06:15PM
control wrote:
personal responsibility?? You mean like all the sperm donors who leave a trail of offspring that they refuse to acknowledge or support? Go down to the welfare office and ask the mothers there where is the father.
on March 5,2012 | 06:26PM
DTOM wrote:
TV's Bill Maher calls Sarah Palin a "Cun*" while on air, at the same time left-wing radio host Ed Schultz calls Laura Ingraham a "Talk Show Slu*" No one pulls any ads, No FCC violations and No apology was ever offered up. Not one mention tonight by the lame stream media about these prior violations coming from their camp. The MSM is so in the tank for the DNC, what a joke.
on March 5,2012 | 06:07PM
jnrz wrote:
I don't want to defend Rush, he is getting what he deserves, however, for those of you calling this a good thing...are you also asking that HBO stop sponsoring the Bill Maher Show? Hypocrisy goes both ways. Bill Maher, Ed Shultz and Chris Mathews have all called women degrading comments (tw*t, cu*t, s*ut, b**bs, etc...) If you ire is so focused on what was said and not so much as to who said it....then you should be calling for MSNBC and HBO to cancel and drop the misogynistic ways of these other so-called men.
on March 5,2012 | 06:21PM
roadsterred wrote:
A selfish move on the part of the radio station's management unless the listeners demanded it. Do your homework, this was a setup by the Democrats. Sandra Fluke is an activist and she has been one for several years. To the people on the Big Island, use iHeart Radio on the Internet and tune either Portland Oregon or Spokane Washington. You can listen to Rush at 7:00 AM instead of having to wait until 10:00 AM. Besides wanting free pills, Ms Fluke also supported free transgender surgery.
on March 5,2012 | 06:34PM
Beautiful_Day wrote:
I hope it was a set up! Personally if that were my daughter sitting in front of a congressional panel asking for money to pay for her contraception I would have a cow!!
on March 5,2012 | 07:37PM
NicholasGMLum wrote:
I expected a radio station in Hawaii, the liberal supporter of the US, and most taxed state of the states, to do something like this. Let it be known that the advertisers who have pulled their support of Rush Limbaugh will not get my business.
on March 5,2012 | 06:51PM
bigislandkurt wrote:
I'm sure Chris took heat for years for having Rush on his station. Especially from the brutally liberal lower Puna district. Truth be told however, Chris always programmed for the masses. His formats were/are non-traditional hosting everything from a Japanese Language show, Filipino show, Yahoo sports, local news. Definitely proud of him for having the courage to yank rush.
on March 5,2012 | 08:59PM
jkjones wrote:
courage to yank rush? more like stupidity. im sure the filipino and japanese listeners could give a rip what rush says. let alone understand. chris leonard has his head stuck in a lava tube. im expecting this jerk to monitor all shows for slanderous language. he wont and he aint. yeah, he is a phony.
on March 5,2012 | 09:30PM
hawaiikone wrote:
As I was watching Rachael Maddow agree with a guest that alluded to Limbaugh's comment as a rallying cry for educated young women to protest against, I couldn't help but think that these same women were actually smart enough to see beyond his idiotic rhetoric to the true issue and stand in support of the first amendment. Our youth today may not as yet have the wisdom that age brings, but they do possess an ability to think for themselves.
on March 5,2012 | 09:04PM
hawaiikone wrote:
As I watched a talk show host agree with a guest that alluded to Limbaugh's comment as a rallying cry for educated young women to protest against, I couldn't help but think that these same women were actually smart enough to see beyond his idiotic rhetoric to the true issue and stand in support of the first amendment. Our youth may not as yet have the wisdom that age brings, but do possess a remarkable ability to think for themselves.
on March 5,2012 | 09:12PM
hawaiikone wrote:
The SA has prohibited my comment, which lacked any vileness or slander, but was simply in support of our youth today having the ability to think for themselves. A concept that apparently worries this newspaper.
on March 5,2012 | 09:16PM
jkjones wrote:
The SA monitors all comments and censors to their political agenda. but, they dont mind taking your money.
on March 5,2012 | 09:34PM
tiki886 wrote:
This incident will only increase his listening audience. The new slogan will be, "Listen to what the Liberals and Democrats don't want you to hear!"
on March 5,2012 | 09:34PM
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