WARNING: If You Use Carbonite Computer Backup Service, Cancel it NOW

-By Warner Todd Huston

There is accidental "hypocrisy," where you didn't actually realize that you have committed the logic/moral sin, and then there is rank hypocrisy, that time when you do two things that are totally opposite each other yet you defend both. The on-line computer backup company, Carbonite, has committed the latter over this business with Slutgate and its ending of advertising with the Rush Limbaugh radio show.

For those unaware, a long-time liberal activist named Sandra Fluke was brought to a faux committee hearing in D.C. by former Speaker of the House Nancy "Sanfran" Pelosi to disgorge the left-wing, big government, liberal ideology about spending federal tax dollars to give free sex supplies to rich Georgetown coeds so that they can sleep around all they want without all those messy consequences.

After her White House planned "testimony" Rush Limbaugh, as is his wont, called this woman a slut. It's hard to defeat his blustery logic with that. After all, what DO you call a woman that thinks everyone else should pay for both her education and her sex supplies? Anyway, Rush made such a splash with the comment that the inevitable, left-wing faux outrage was ginned up.

As a result, Carbonite announced that it would pull its advertising from the Limbaugh show.

Carbonite's CEO, David Friend, decided to pull his advertising even though Rush issued a formal apology.

No one with daughters the age of Sandra Fluke, and I have two, could possibly abide the insult and abuse heaped upon this courageous and well-intentioned young lady. Mr. Limbaugh, with his highly personal attacks on Miss Fluke, overstepped any reasonable bounds of decency. Even though Mr. Limbaugh has now issued an apology, we have nonetheless decided to withdraw our advertising from his show. We hope that our action, along with the other advertisers who have already withdrawn their ads, will ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse

OK, you say, so what? Carbonite has every right to advertise with whomever they want, right? Absolutely true, I reply. But there is a rank hypocrisy with David Friend's faux outrage. In fact, I'll outright call him a liar over it. He's no more outraged at Rush's comments than he was when extremist, left-wing TV talker Ed Schultz called conservative radio host Laura Ingraham a slut.

You see, Carbonite is a big advertiser with the Ed Show, too. And there was never a peep from this Friend fellow when Schulz attacked Ingraham -- or Palin for that matter -- or other conservative women as he does on a nearly daily basis. Mr. Outrageously, Outraged Friend never said a single word against Schultz' exactly similar comments. If calling women a slut was something that Friend stood against on moral grounds he would have dropped his multimillion dollar advertising campaign with Ed Schultz, too. But he didn’t.

Ben Howe asks why Mr. Friend didn't get all mad "for his daughters" at Schultz? "Now I wonder why Friend’s daughters don’t’ come to mind here?"

Good question.

Well, let's answer that question, shall we? It turns out that Friend is a big money donor to Barack Obama, the very man that created this fake media narrative in the first place. Friend has given thousands of dollars to Obama.

Yep, that answers that. So, yes, I'll call it as I see it. Carbonite's David Friend is a liar. He is doing this for partisan reasons to help further Obama's fake media narrative.

If you use Carrbonite, drop it now. Go use DropBox.comn. It does the same thing only far cheaper.

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  • I thought this was going to be something like Microsoft's Cloud losing the backups. Since it isn't, your headline is over the top.

    Anyone has the right not to do business with anyone they want (I don't buy CITGO), but basically you have just engaged in the same type of fraud that you accuse others of doing, and got Chicago Now to spread it on its right pane. And WARNING: I quit listening to Rush about 8 years ago over his serial divorces and oxycontin addictions and various things that flowed from that. So, he's not my moral beacon.

  • In reply to jack:

    LOL, you say I am indulging hyperbole and somehow violating people's free speech, then you make a veiled threat or accusation that my work shouldn't be allowed on Chicago Now? THAT'S the kind of fascist, left-winger I'm used to dealing with, alright.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    No, I didn't say it shouldn't be allowed on Chicago Now. I said you engaged in a fraudulent headline for the purpose of allowing Chicago Now to blast it on its other pages.

    And, apparently, anyone who isn't far right enough is a leftwinger to you. Maybe I should quit denouncing Pat Quinn. If a left winger is a fascist, what does that make a far far righty like you?

  • In reply to jack:

    Couldn't care less what you are or aren't. All I know is that there is nothing at all misleading or "fraudulent" about that headline. You infer what you want into the headline but it doesn't actually say anything at all misleading. Do words mean anything in your world?

    As to what you feel about me, don't much care about that either.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    So, I guess you didn't mean what you posted at about 2:35 (item 2). I wasn't the one who used the terms "fascist, left-winger."

    I guess Rush didn't mean the term "slut," either.

  • In reply to jack:

    So, where did I explicitly say YOU were a fascist, left-winger?? I just said that was the sort of treatment I am used to. I didn't say YOU were a fascist left-winger.

    Still, anyone can say anything in a comments section, right?

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    most apparent by your typing. it's not about paying for people to have sex, that's a pretty infantile viewpoint. of course asking men about birth control is like asking Rush Limbaugh to say something rational...you'll get some bleating noise but no knowledgeable truth.

    we want debate without morons

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    You missed where David Friend actually said they're reconsidering their entire marketing plan, and possibly eliminating their advertising from all talk radio. Here's the statement:
    "Over the past two days we have received a tremendous amount of feedback on Rush Limbaugh’s recent comments. I too am offended and very concerned about his comments. Limbaugh’s remarks have us rethinking our future use of talk radio.
    "We use more than 40 talk show hosts to help get the Carbonite message out to the public. The nature of talk radio is that from time to time listeners are offended by a host and ask that we pull our advertising. This goes for conservatives like Limbaugh and progressives like Stephanie Miller and Ed Shultz. We even get customers who demand that we pull the plug on NPR. As an advertiser, we do not have control over a show’s editorial content or what they say on air. Carbonite does not endorse the opinions of the shows or their hosts.
    “However, the outcry over Limbaugh is the worst we’ve ever seen. I have scheduled a face-to-face meeting next week with Limbaugh during which I will impress upon him that his comments were offensive to many of our customers and employees alike. Please know your voice has been heard and that we are taking this matter very seriously.”

  • In reply to Maren:

    I didn't miss it. I think he's a liar. The same BS happened with Bill Maher, Mike Malloy, Ed Schultz, and a host of other left-wing talkers and not one advertiser felt they needed to dump advertising with them. Rush says one thing and its the end of the world? It's called hypocrisy.

    Leftists lie when they claim they want "civil discourse." What they mean by "civil discourse" is debate WITHOUT any opposition.

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    In reply to publiusforum:

    Why are you complaining about what "leftists" want? Besides, I thought right wingers liked the "free market" and the freedom to choose what we do with our hard-earned money.

    People can choose who they will and will not patronize, and that is all that liberals, moderates, and others who object to Rush's rhetoric have done. If I have a problem with the message of a given show, I can choose not to watch that show, or better yet, choose not to patronize their sponsors. After all, why should I come out of pocket to subsidize rhetoric I find offensive or objectionable? I do believe that Rush (or anyone else) has the right to say what he thinks, but I have a right not to pay him to do it. That simple.

  • In reply to naruhina:

    This is always my favorite reply from unthinking, left-wingers. It is so empty of introspection, so lacking of logic. Filled with outrage that I dare voice my opinion.... all the while they defend OTHERS for voicing their opinion! It always cracks me up that you fascist left-wingers don't see your own hypocrisy when it is right there in front of you! So, I have to thank "naruhina" for being the fish reeled in this time. There is always at least one.

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    "Over the past two days we have received a tremendous amount of feedback on Rush Limbaugh’s recent comments. I too am offended and very concerned about his comments. Limbaugh’s remarks have us rethinking our future use of talk radio.
    “We use more than 40 talk show hosts to help get the Carbonite message out to the public. The nature of talk radio is that from time to time listeners are offended by a host and ask that we pull our advertising. This goes for conservatives like Limbaugh and progressives like Stephanie Miller and Ed Shultz. We even get customers who demand that we pull the plug on NPR. As an advertiser, we do not have control over a show’s editorial content or what they say on air. Carbonite does not endorse the opinions of the shows or their hosts.
    “However, the outcry over Limbaugh is the worst we’ve ever seen. I have scheduled a face-to-face meeting next week with Limbaugh during which I will impress upon him that his comments were offensive to many of our customers and employees alike. Please know your voice has been heard and that we are taking this matter very seriously.”

  • My question, Limbaugh notwithstanding, is how can I trust a company that bows to what was an obviously orchestrated blackmail campaign to safeguard my confidential documents?

    To me, that's the big question. David Friend and Carbonite acted in a cowardly manner by wimping out in the face of organized extortion. That being the case, I can no longer trust them to courageously safeguard my data against other possible blackmail attempts.

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    In reply to Geek On The Wing:

    I agree.

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    Because of this move A) I know what Carbonite is now and B) I will make sure to use it in the future, as well as all the other companies who pulled their ads from that idiot's show. Hope more will follow.

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    Because Carbonite decided to be political and cancel its relationship with Rush Limbaugh, I have canceled the auto renewal with Carbonite and will not use Carbonite again.

    Anyone have a recomendation for a replacement ?

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    In reply to Monty Simmons:

    Mozey Pro or Backblaze are what I am looking into. I'm also moving away from Carbonite. When they start using my backup service as a political weapon I'm done.

  • In reply to Monty Simmons:

    10,000 floppy discs

  • In reply to Monty Simmons:

    Try Megacloud. 512GB storage for free. Nothing fancy, few bells and whistles. But an amazing amount of storage -- gratis -- if it works.

    I'm giving it a try now, but it's too soon for me to say much about it other than that it seems to work.

    It's an Italian company, so it's www.megacloud.it .

  • With a name like Anton I understand the socialist bent. I am transferring my account to Mozy and I have contacted all 478 address book entries in my e-mail account advising them to do likewise. I hope that Ms. Flake oops who advocates Tax payer fund gender reassignment surgery can have you donate the funds instead of taxing Obama's victims.

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    It's a business decision - they felt that their reputation and therefore bottom line would be hurt by further sponsorship of Rush's program so they dropped their sponsorship of him. I had vaguely had heard of Carbonite before, but I now know more about them and will consider them highly if I am in need of their services.

  • Anton Maren and all other Eurosocialists are you aware that Ms. Sluutie Flake (oops) is a strong proponent of taxpayer funded gender reassignment surgery. When will you and the other Obama Takers but Never Makers going to learn that we who have been making so that you can do the taking are backing out of the system. I'm sorry that now you may have to start taking care of me instead of me taking care of you but it will be nice to live at your expense for the next 20 to 30 years (I just took early retirement from my practice so I can get the max out of SS before it goes under) also have all my savings in legal tax shelters and trusts. Work hard now my wants are never ending.

  • I cancelled Carbonite yesterday before I saw your blog. I was on hold for 20 minutes before anyone answered my call, and when I was finally connected it took 30 seconds for my request to be processed. I am now waiting for my refund.

    If my call is an indication of activity it would seem they were receiving two calls a minute, I would imagine most were calling to cancel. So for one 8 hour day (estimate) at two calls per minute (120 x 8 = 960) figure that 90% of them were calling to cancel (864) times $59.00 per year equals $50,976 per customer service rep. Depending on how many service reps were handling phones, they may be losing between $50,000 - $250,000 (5 reps) per day for however long this lasts.

    I'm sure it was all worth it for Carbonite. I'll be looking into that company you mentioned if and when I receive my refund.

  • Carbonite now trading at 52-week low. Currently trading at $8.90 per share.

    http://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/carb

  • As a long-time Rush fan, I think that Rush made a mistake, and apologized, and that should be that, but of course, because of the hypocrisy of the left (no one is complaining about Bill Marr calling Palin the "c" word, for which he has never apoligized) it won't be. I'm wondering if there is a larger issue here. This country is in a battle for its very soul, with the pro-government-tyrannists on the left opposing the pro-liberty forces on the right. Might it not be time for us to join with the left and deliberately politicize EVERYTHING? Let's ask each corporation and business choose a side, and in the case of conservatives, give our business to those forces who support freedom, and not tyranny. The left has been doing this for decades. Maybe it is time that the right does it too. This is an all-out cultural war that the right must win, or we'll lose America as we know it. I know that I will from now on do my best to not give my money to businesses who support with their donations the continuing erosion of my freedom.

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    I love rush and I think people from chicago are stupid.

  • I'm a fan of rush too,,, just switched to http://www.mypcbackup.com cya carbonite

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