For the last year or so, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has been behaving like the hero of Brewster's Millions or some other sad '80s comedy (probably available for streaming!) where the hero has to piss away a fortune or a corporation or something while pretending to be a reasonable person. (This was a requirement of all wills back then.)
Hastings' stewardship of the good-movies-by-mail, terrible-movies-by-streaming company has been so erratic that the remaining subscribers are ready to assume the worst: That Netflix is a proud advertiser on Rush Limbaugh's daily three-hour vagina-drying AM radio comedy program.
But, guess what? It turns out Netflix and Limbaugh may have as little to do with each other as Limbaugh and General Motors, the company from whom the buttery sewer-fluke of a radio host claims to have refused ad money, on principle.
As Joe Brockmeier reports on ReadWriteWeb, Netflix claims not to advertise on on Limbaugh's show at all. Steve Swasey, Netflix's VP of corporate communications, tells Brockmeier:
We do buy network radio advertising and have confirmed that two Netflix spots were picked up in error around the Rush Limbaugh show. We have instructed our advertising agency to make sure that this error will not happen again.Read Brockmeier's full report and Swaysey's full comment here.