Rush Limbaugh issued a non-apology to Georgetown law student Sandra Fluk

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On Saturday – the radio voice of the Republican Party – Rush Limbaugh – issued a non-apology to Georgetown law student Sandra Fluk who he called a “slut” and a “prostitute” last week. Limbaugh said his “choice of words was not the best” – yet he repeated his lie that Fluk was asking Americans to pay for birth control. Limbaugh’s senseless attack on Fluk has so far cost his radio show seven sponsors, which is probably the real reason why he issued his fake apology.

As filmmaker Michael Moore pointed out – who’s the prostitute now? The real problem this story highlights, though, is the well-funded right-wing radio and TV machine that lets their "stars" be racist and misogynous over and over again with no consequences.

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Today, AOL became the ninth sponsor (according to MSNBC) to pull their ads from the Limbaugh show. That is how we all let this guy know that we do not approve of his unfounded insults towards Sandra Fluke or the other innocents he insults in the name of making a buck ... hit him in the wallet !

"AOL pulls ads from Rush Limbaugh Show"

http://money.cnn.com/2012/03/05/news/companies/aol_rush_limbaugh/index.htm?section=money_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fmoney_topstories+(Top+Stories)

Also today, Limbaugh has issued another apology to Sandra Fluke; the first was in writing over the weekend, the second today was on his radio show. I'm not sure if this second apology came before or after he learned of the decision by AOL. Either way, do you think that is enough ? Sandra appeared on The View today, and it appears that she does not feel the written apology was enough.

more on this story :
http://thinkprogress.org/media/2012/03/02/436852/rush-limbaugh-advertise...

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Today the right to being a 'woman' in the usa means:

- right to be disrespected by conditional_christians

- the right to bear children with no way to care for them

- the right to have patriarchal men define you

- the right to have a drug addled radio commentator show how low he's willing to go at your expense

- the right to have every tom dick & hairy nose POKING in your private places

- the right to have hairy nose decide how to you can use your sexuality

- the right for hairy nose to use you as a prostitute

- the right to have breasts for tit-illation but not for breast feeding

- the right to wear as little clothing as possible but bind up tightly & hide the intellect

- the right to enforce patriarchy more strongly than men

- the right to work for less, & accept further lesser, the compounded lessness due to the uterus

- the right to work at home raising a family for nothing

- the right to less rights

- the right to be subjected to stupid men who will NEVER be faced with how to manage their own uterus. (OK, hmm, admittedly obvious... but I gotta ask....do these fellows understand enough biology to understand they don't have one? Or have they done the spin & re-written what was the science of human anatomy as a left-wing plot? Or is it a right wing plot? The spinning really activates my dyslexia.)

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First Amendment solution.

Free speech means (for the most part) that one is free to say what one wants (no censorship), but it doesn't grant immunity for the content of that speech.

It is on the content of speech that a variety of laws exist: Libel, fraud, defamation, incitement, etc.

It also doesn't guaranty that one should be highly paid for whatever they choose to spew. When they are rewarded for it, expect more.

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While there is no question but that this issue turned into a misogynistic pig fest on the right, I think that we need to be very cognizant about the genesis of the attack because conservatives will be looking for other venues to resurrect it. The original attack was intended to bring the subject of Barack Obama's commitment to his Christian faith back into question. They just didn't expect it to blow up in their face. The root of the attack was embedded in the "secret Muslim" narrative and was intended to suggest that Obama has no respect for the right of Christians to adhere to their values. Fortunately the public (and especially women) understood that, no matter what motive was behind the attack, the fact of the matter was that Republicans were willing to throw women's health under the bus for the sake of a political victory. Conservatives are floundering now with this particular stink bomb blowing back into their faces but this was just one of their opening salvos.

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It ain't right, but it blows both ways.

http://www.mrc.org/articles/sex-violence-and-hate-top-10-most-disgusting-attacks-conservative-women

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crlYu2Dlu5c

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Quote mdhess:

While there is no question but that this issue turned into a misogynistic pig fest on the right, .....

the fact of the matter was that Republicans were willing to throw women's health under the bus for the sake of a political victory.

women are ALREADY under the bus .

Yep, just checked again for verification. Woman have been under the bus for a while now. Congrats - I'm glad we're getting around to noticing! This is especially conundrummatic - we have now gone under the bus AND stepped back in to times past! How could we go under and back at the same time? Is this what happened in that historical period now known as: B.B.T. , Before Bus Times?

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Quote media_muse:

Today the right to being a 'woman' in the usa means:

- right to be disrespected by conditional_christians

- the right to bear children with no way to care for them

- the right to have patriarchal men define you

- the right to have a drug addled radio commentator show how low he's willing to go at your expense

- the right to have every tom dick & hairy nose POKING in your private places

- the right to have hairy nose decide how to you can use your sexuality

- the right for hairy nose to use you as a prostitute

- the right to have breasts for tit-illation but not for breast feeding

- the right to wear as little clothing as possible but bind up tightly & hide the intellect

- the right to enforce patriarchy more strongly than men

- the right to work for less, & accept further lesser, the compounded lessness due to the uterus

- the right to work at home raising a family for nothing

- the right to less rights

- the right to be subjected to stupid men who will NEVER be faced with how to manage their own uterus. (OK, hmm, admittedly obvious... but I gotta ask....do these fellows understand enough biology to understand they don't have one? Or have they done the spin & re-written what was the science of human anatomy as a left-wing plot? Or is it a right wing plot? The spinning really activates my dyslexia.)

oh nothing...just thought it was worth repeating. lol!!!

Zenzoe
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Here is a link to a petition from MoveOn.org :

"Clear Channel: Discontinue Rush Limbaugh's radio talk show."

http://signon.org/sign/clear-channel-discontinue?source=mo&id=36711-21628053-iFfqoux

miksilvr
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Prior to this report, Rush had lost 9 sponsors. This one makes 10 ?

From Andy Borowitz on the "Borowitz Report" web site :

POSTED March 5, 2012

http://www.borowitzreport.com/2012/03/05/we-are-terminating-our-relationship-with-rush-limbaugh-satan/

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