— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 5, 2012
Among other controversies from last week were conservative talk shown air horn Rush Limbaugh’s characterization of Georgetown Law Student-turned women’s health advocate Sandra Fluke as a “slut” and a “prostitute.” Now Limbaugh is not new to the “crossing the line” category of right-wing vitriol, but in this case, he may not come out unscathed. While Limbaugh offered a weak apology over the weekend and attempted to clarify it further today, the damage is already done. Republicans are scrambling to find a way to distance themselves without upsetting Limbaugh while advertisers are jumping like rats off a sinking ship. The speed of the advertiser exodus has been such that for not the Twitterverse, the well-connected journalist could quickly fall an advertiser or two behind. New York Times Media Reporter and New Media wunderkind Brian Stelter wins this week’s tweet prize for well-illustrating the pace of the sponsor evacuation, which quickened even as he stepped away from his desk/laptop for a daily dose of exercise.