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Monday, March 5, 2012

Rush Limbaugh / Sandra Fluke uproar

Update: Rush Limbaugh loses ninth advertiser after issuing his non-apology

 

The uproar over Rush Limbaugh’s ugly verbal attack on Sandra Fluke, a female law student who he called a “slut”, may not be unprecedented, but it certainly begs the questions: Does the media not have more important things about which to report? And does President Barack Obama really not have more important work than to intervene in the sordid affair?

Limbaugh publicly castigated 30-year-old Sandra Fluke, a third-year Georgetown University law student, calling her a “a slut” and “a prostitute” for publicly defending the White House’s policy of making insurance companies provide contraception. He also suggested Fluke post sex tapes of herself online.

It’s not that I condone Limbaugh’s words in any way. In fact, I agree with David Frum who wrote, “I can't recall anything as brutal, ugly and deliberate ever being said by such a prominent person [Limbaugh] and so emphatically repeated.”

Rush Limbaugh earns a living from saying outrageous things on radio. Calling a female law student “a slut” may well be on the extreme edge of what passes as commentary on his show, and may even justify, as the U.K.’s The Telegraph  writes, “an emboldened liberal movement demanding his resignation,” but, really, isn’t this just business as usual for Rush?

Limbaugh has now paid for his “crime.” He’s had to apologize for his words and his radio show has lost, at least, seven sponsors. Time to move on now.

© 2012 Russell G. Campbell

5 comments — This is a moderated blog and comments will appear when approved. Please don’t resubmit if your comment doesn’t appear immediately, and please do not post material that is obscene, harassing, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable.

  1. Actually, in Canada and the USA calling a woman a prostitute is Defamation of Character (if untrue, as in this case) and is Civilly actionable. Of course suing Limbaugh is another matter altogether. Has Limbaugh paid for his defamation? No, and the off-handed apology didn't even come close what he would have been required to say if it had come from a court order.

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  2. He really didn't apologise, he gave what I refer to as a "Conservative statement." It was sounded like an apology but really placed the problem for the issue on those targeted, rather than those doing the targeting.
    Rush is a coward and a bully, who has contributed nothing positive to humanity during his time on earth, unlike Ms Fluke, who has actually achieved more in her shorter period of time with us.
    But yet you seek to defend him by appealing to the innate nature of his brutishness and the financial rewards it reaps. That these rewards are enough for you to say, "nothing to see here, move along now," says more about you than I think you realise.

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    1. I did not defend him, harebell. Also, please don't misquote me. I never said, "nothing to see here, move along now."

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  3. Pat Martin and Rush Limbaugh
    Two people you never go see to get advice on how to give apologies.

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  4. You can prostitute yourself without being a prostitute,as the CBC people do it everyday.

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