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Rush Limbaugh launches Twitter account, mobilizes supporters

By Andrew Moran     Mar 16, 2012 in World
Orlando - Controversial conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has entered the Twitterverse. The scandal-laden political entertainer launched his Twitter account and has published two Tweets. In less than 24 hours, he has garnered 113,000 followers.
Have you been wondering where Rush Limbaugh has been on the social media landscape? Well, after losing a considerable number of radio sponsors and advertisers and received negative publicity due to his Sandra Fluke comments, he has made his Twitter account active in order to mobilize an army of supporters.
During the third hour of his Thursday afternoon radio show, Limbaugh announced that he was going to start becoming active on Twitter and officially send out his first Tweet, which he did moments later on @limbaugh.
“Everybody has been asking me what they can do to help in all of this, and I’ve been saying, nah, just do what you’ve been doing just, if you listen, keep listening, that’s fine, but there’s an army out there that wants to be mobilized, and so, I figured, use Twitter for it,” said Limbaugh. “I’m just going to put some things on Twitter that you can help us circulate. It’s that simple you just retweet them.”
His first Tweet stated: “Here's how the opposition astroturfs advertisers. Smart piece from@LegInsurrection Pls. Retweet http://bit.ly/y6Tnnv @mmfa.” It was retweeted more than 50 times and also was added to favorites more than 50 times.
Three hours later, he issued another Tweet: “Good story by @jeff_poor @DailyCaller. He gets it right, @mmfawrong as usual. Read and Retweet: http://thedc.com/yDY8Dm.” Once again, it was retweeted more than 50 times.
Both Tweets were directed to Media Matters. The Tweets related to the ad boycott that was initiated earlier this month in response to Limbaugh’s incendiary remarks about Sandra Fluke, who supports a requirement that health insurance covers contraception.
Limbaugh has received both positive and negative replies:
“Rush you are a joke and how any woman could love you is not because of you but rather you money. Jerk,” wrote @ronniejones2000.
“Rush is right 99.6 % of the time. You libs need to bow before the master,” wrote @Greg_Hasty.
Numerous companies have cancelled ad schedules with Limbaugh, including AOL, Pro Flowers, Sleep Number, Legal Zoom and others. Reports indicate that the New York Times is still advertising on his show.
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