Clear Channel Boss Hails 'King' Limbaugh

'We're delighted to have radio leader,' says CEO
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2012 12:50 AM CDT
Updated Mar 28, 2012 2:40 AM CDT
Clear Channel Boss Hails 'King' Limbaugh
Who's your king?   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

(Newser) – Some women might be considered "sluts" by Rush Limbaugh, but his boss thinks of him as a "king." Despite the ad exodus and female fury after Limbaugh branded law school student Sandra Fluke a slut last month for speaking out for contraceptive health insurance coverage, Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman tells the AP that Rush is still the "king of radio," adding: "Rush is certainly the leader, and we're delighted to have him." Outrage over Limbaugh's comments was "part of the normal day-to-day of talk radio," said Pittman. "Rush is Rush, and radio is radio."

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Pittman also pointed out that Limbaugh later apologized for the first time in 30 years (in fact, Rush has apologized on other occasions, though rarely). Though some radio stations have dumped Limbaugh since the controversy, Clear Channel still distributes the program to nearly 600 stations, and it's heard by as many as 20 million people a week, said Pittman. (Read more Clear Channel stories.)

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