Talk about awkward timing. A Tucson talk radio station has removed a billboard advertising Rush Limbaugh‘s show with bullet holes and the words “straight shooter.”
The station’s owners, radio giant Clear Channel, said the billboard, which has been in place for several weeks, was no longer appropriate in the aftermath of the shootings Saturday, telling the New York Daily News:
Clear Channel defended the use of what it called the “common” term “straight shooter,” and stressed that Limbaugh himself had nothing to do with the billboard – that it was done by the local station’s promotion department.
Limbaugh has forcefully dismissed any suggestion that talk radio hosts like himself could have added in any way to an atmosphere that contributed to the shootings, but Clear Channel opted to pull the billboard out of respect for the victims:
Specifically in this case, said Clear Channel, the company “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.”
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