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.