Since Rush Limbaugh caved in to reality and hired a crisis management team, media coverage has suggested a campaign against his talk show has failed. Others involved in contacting advertisers have asserted that this is not the case. Meanwhile, commentary from longtime radio industry professionals indicates that Limbaugh's crisis team may be orchestrating a whitewash of damage inflicted by the advertiser boycott, now six weeks old. For example, on March 22 respected radio consultant Holland Cooke offered this anecdote in a discussion forum at radio-info.com:
I asked a the [sic] longtime radio network exec I got good-N-drunk @ dinner last night: "Is Limbaugh over-the-worst-of-it...or IS this story closer-to-the-beginning-than-the-end?"
Short version: "You have NO idea how this has [expletive deleted]-up radio."
We knew a month ago that the corporate backlash against Rush Limbaugh had spread to other conservative talk show hosts, including Mark Levin, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity. Now, a conversation in the same forum for radio professionals indicates that the backlash is affecting not just talk radio, but radio stations with an all music format as well. And yet prospects are even worse for the embattled talk show host
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