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March 2nd, 2012
01:59 PM ET

Backlash over Rush Limbaugh 'slut' attack

Rush Limbaugh disparaged Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown Law student who advocated that women have access to contraceptives.

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  1. Barbara

    This 'person', like Glenn Beck...is beyond disgusting. He thrives on seeing himself (photos like the one above which doesn't show the reality of who he is)...listening to people respond...and continuing to spew venom...He is the perfect example of how 'money talks'...Noone who has decent values, morals, or integrity...would pay him 2 cents to support their products. The list is out...the boycott is on. :))

    March 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  2. thomas mc

    Thank you, Rush Limbaugh, for showing the world just how VILE Conservatives have become!

    March 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  3. haase

    A couple points here: For starters, Fluke attends a religious institution fighting for its right to maintain relgious liberty. secondly, the notion of demanding tax money to support your contraception use is absurd and stupid. offering rare case examples for its importance is cheap and petty. I'm sorry but sex is recreational, pay for it yourself or control your behavior. fluke should be ashamed of herself for attempting to stifle religious liberty; whether you support the faith or not. she should also be ashamed of herself for pubically demanding tax money for sexual activity. come on people.

    March 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  4. Chloe

    He's campaigning for Obama. Women make up more voters. Republicans have lost the support of minorities and gays (for the most part). They need women voters and yet they are doing everything in their power to lose that vote. I feel sorry for moderate Republicans. I know poor Romney said he didn't think it was appropriate for government to get in bed with a husband and wife. Birth control is a Catholic issue and over 98% of U.S. Catholics use birth control. Then he was forced to switch position on that issue.

    It's just rude. He's not any type of gentleman. I can't believe any guy would go for this 'no birth control' thing, anyway. Do you guys want to have children and pay child support each and every time you have sex?

    And for those trying to defend their radio guy. Fine if you like Rush, but coming here and not being able to defend Rush's position and only being able to change the subject and decry the 'liberal media" only prove how rude this was.

    I'm in the middle ground on politics and I found this horrifying. In fact, I'm a registered Republican but I will make sure not to vote for any Republicans anymore. Also, I was always upset with the crude rhetoric thrown toward both Palin and Michelle Bachmann. I thought a lot of that was uncalled for and certainly not something anyone should say. But nobody ever asked either lady to do a sex tape for their viewing pleasure. Decent men do not talk this way. And decent men don't defend it.

    March 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  5. Damian

    We all have our opinions on this issue but Rush was way out lof line not only calling her a slut but a prostitute and that women should have to stream their sex. Prominnent Republicans are even spoeaking out against him......sponors are pulling out. He was fired before from ESPN and should be fired again!

    March 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  6. jean2009

    It is time for this vile disgusting bloated piece of meat to be off the airwaves. You would think Fox would understand that, but then they are living in the dark ages of right-wing American Taliban. All I can say about Fox News is they sure know how to hand pick some of the most disgusting drop-outs on the planet like Rush Limbaugh.

    March 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  7. Get_A_Clue!!!

    Just ANOTHER example of BOSS HOG with his mouth agape and his feeble brain completely disengaged!!!
    Why does ANYONE waste their time listening to this gross, bloated ex-drug addict???
    He's quite OBVIOUSLY suffering from a SEVERE case of Rectal Cranial Inversion! ;-)~

    March 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  8. Jessica Lee

    According to Rush Limbaugh's logic, he must agree marriage is legalized prostitution?

    March 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  9. Ken

    ONE Question. Why can't she by her own birth control? We do liberals always want someone else to pay for their needs, wants, or habits.

    March 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
  10. Howard Hinman

    Sad that all you have to be is a complete idiot to get a radio show and attention these days....

    March 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
  11. sharon campbell

    why can't rush buy his own viagra? god knows he must have to use buckets of it, yech :(

    March 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
  12. Jessica Lee

    According to Rush Limbaugh's logic, he must agree marriage is legalized prostitution? and all the married should post their sex videos?

    March 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
  13. BigGuy

    I wonder what his 4th wife thinks about all this?

    March 2, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
  14. Ashley

    He need sto buy his own viagra and the paper bags to go over his head. This man either does not believe the things he says, but does so because his audeince does and he loves to get them in a frenzy, or he actually believes this.
    He is no gentleman, has no class, manners or morals. My family are conservative and wouldn't even have a burger with him. I wonder if he got his prescription drugs that he was addicted to paid for him by the tax payer. We all know how he hates drug pushers and has little sympathy for them, until he got caught. He has to be the most vile entertainer out there.

    March 2, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
  15. Meg

    Lets expose it for it is Great Job Rush!!!!

    March 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
  16. VietnamVet71

    Rush is speaking from his own behavior and the things HE did to get his pills. He's probably sky high right now.

    March 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
  17. Disgusted

    No matter which side you are on in the argument over contraceptives a person with any sense of decency has to condemn this. I remember back in 2007 when Don Imus called the Rutgers girls basketball team "nappy headed hos" he was practically drummed outta town after offering profuse apologies. Rush Limbaugh not only made this statement he went further the next day and made more disgusting remarks. Common decency demands that every man and woman condemn this sort of thing.

    March 2, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
  18. Barbara

    Rush Limbaugh is a bully. He's loving all the press attention....stop giving it to him.

    March 2, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
  19. Jessie

    I am a conservative Republican but Rush does NOT speak for me - or for many other decent people who are not guilty of that sort of language or of defaming people. He is not MY representative!, and does not represent many in the Republican party.

    March 2, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  20. Maryann

    I wonder who talked Sandra Fluke into speaking beore congress on the issue of her sex life and who should pay. I have a solution for Sandra's problem, or maybe two. First Sandra have you asked your parents to pay so you can have sex? Second, I will start a chain letter that has only Sandra's name. Anyone who received this letter should add Sandra's name to the bottom, and send her a condom. This should be more cost effective than all of us paying for her birth control.

    March 2, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
  21. S Shiva

    What Rush Limbaugh said was correct why should the tax payer pay for contraceptives this is not a kid she is 30 yrs old woman who wants to get paid for sex I would ask What is the meaning of a Slut is it some thing different than what rush said?

    March 2, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
  22. jimfocus

    Complete misrepresentation of Taibbi's overall remarks, he actually praised Breitbart several times, and point out he was using the language that Breitbart had used against Ted Kennedy upon his death. Calling Fluke a slut and prostitute, because she spoke up for what she believed inas a citizen in a civil and respectful manner is way, way over the line. Boycott Rush and his sponsors.

    March 3, 2012 at 3:00 am |
  23. ToonTimes

    Former drug addict – caught with a bottle of Viagra in another man's name – latest "go to" man for the Taliban for his advice on how to deal with sluts and prostitutes and keep them in their place. Never mind that millions of women take birth control "hormone" pills for a multitude of other health treatments besides contraception as Ms Fluke testified.

    March 3, 2012 at 8:42 am |
  24. John T from Erie,Pa

    Rush claimed the the contraception would be funded by the US Government, which is incorrect. Then he said he's entitled to watch videos of women having sexual intercourse since he paid for their contraception. So this self proclaimed conservative is saying that he's into watching porn. The drugster is a real hypocrite.

    March 3, 2012 at 8:54 am |
  25. JohnS

    Can we just shed some light on Rush for a moment?

    Can someone ask Mr. Limbaugh, when he was busted with massive quantities of Viagra, returning from Dominican Republic, what exactly he was doing down there?

    I think we already know. We can also safely assume that contraceptives of some kind were being used in addition to Viagra.

    March 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
  26. MaryM

    I'm looking forward to the DNC campaign ads featuring Limbaugh's ugly pig face calling women s and p. In the voice over it would state GOP/TP align with Limbaugh's comment . Women make up a large component in the presidential election. Most won't be voting for the GOP.

    March 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  27. RealWoman

    What hypocrisy coming from you freakin liberals. Have you forgotten what your fellow freak "little billy" maher called the real WOMAN, Sarah Palin, a "c...". That's ok I guess. HYPOCRITES!!!! I don't know why you people don't move to another country, maybe IRAN, let's see how that works for ya.

    March 3, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  28. bigfoot

    The right is morally bankrupt and they literally wrote the book on hypocrisy. Rush Limbaugh is simply their poster child.

    March 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
  29. bob

    do HMOs etc provide viagra as part of the service they have to offer, if so what's the difference, other people are paying for guys to have sex. are condoms provided too? don't know.

    March 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
  30. Sean Keane

    Rush LIED about Ms. Fluke's testimony from the start. Her testimony was about ovarian tumors, not sexual activity. Rush has managed to get everyone to discuss sex, not health. Fox Nation and O'Reilly have doubled down and continued Ru8sh's lies. Even the great CNN aired Erick Erickson perpetrating the falsehood.
    THIS WAS NEVER ABOUT SEX! This was about women's health care, and men's control of it.
    Rush and the Fox NoiseCorps are beyond shame.
    It is just too damned bad CNN joined them.

    March 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
  31. TheMagusNYC

    All four GOP candidates fell into the trap of labeling Rush Limbaugh's slander as "inappropriate" or "crude" or "not words I would have used," without addressing the insult, as if it would be okay if he had used a less offensive term like "private sex worker." This is so revealing of the shallow mentality and hypocrisy of the candidates, who, unlike Rush, are not paid to be gross and rude and stupid, though all cater to the same self-loathing crowd.

    March 3, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
  32. SurRy

    An obese thrice-married uneducated misogynistic drug addict is the poster boy, voice and champion of the Republican party. That says it all.

    March 3, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
  33. Don Jones

    Don Imus was suspended from his radio show for jokingly referring to the Rutgers female basketball team as "nappy headed hoes". Ms. Fluke was performing her civic duty by testifying before congress only to have her good name besmirched nationally, with Limbaugh calling her a "slut" and a "prostitute". What am I missing here? Why is there not a national outcry for Limbaugh to be punished? Romney says "that's what entertainers do". I heard no such condoning of Imus when he did it. What am I missing here? The fact that Rush didn't call her a "pasty faced slut"???? Is it all about race now and not about character? How about personal slander?

    March 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  34. Milky Pirate

    Of course, this was all in the name of comedy and this was no way a personal attack.

    Wait a minute, no I don't believe that considering that Rush's show is basically one personal attack after another and he considers himself to be America's moral authority.....I call shenanigans!

    March 3, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
  35. Sickened

    It's called equality. Men get Viagra paid for. Women get Birth Control paid for. As simple as that. As for Rush, he is a disgusting, vile, pig!! It's really not even equality, since Viagra is simply only for men's pleasure.

    March 3, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
  36. Kirby

    Why would anyone listen to Rush for either medical advise or moral advise given his history?

    March 3, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
  37. donna

    Rush Limbaugh has no sense of decorum nor any capacity for civil discourse. He's an out of control drug addict, a habit supported by his insurance coverage, of course. His totally inappropriate comments have no place on the nation's airways. He is fueling the demise of the Republican Party by playing to the fringe element, the extremists who are chipping away at the fundamental core of the party. Clearly he's dangerous as he spreads hate and propaganda. Rush could take a lesson from the refined, poised, and articulate grad student who he chose to vilify. Obviously, he has no respect for women or women's rights.

    March 3, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
  38. larry the conquerer

    If Rush is the 'moral authority' ( just typing that makes me want to vomit) of the US, then the whole world is in trouble. How he has a job is perplexing, why anyone would listen to this moron is disturbing.

    March 4, 2012 at 2:00 am |
  39. Kevin

    1. Married people use contraception, too. A lot of married people. 2. I'd much rather have the government pay for preventative measures (contraception) so we can lower our cost of social programs associated with unwanted births (e.g., some people who have kids they can't afford have to go on welfare and/or use Medicaid to survive) which is more expensive. The math is the math. Rush and Rick's arguments don't make any logical sense. 3. I didn't hear either man say anything about Viagra and the like being covered by insurance. There are a lot of unmarried men out there using that, but I don't hear those two up in arms about "religious freedom" on that topic. Again, their arguments don't make any logical sense.

    March 4, 2012 at 8:58 am |
  40. drillteamer

    yeesh.....any DECENT human being can politely disagree with someone else's views or opinions, but calling Fluke those names is absolutely disgusting. Low even for FOX or "conservatives".

    March 4, 2012 at 9:41 am |
  41. Marie

    How dare he stand in front of the American flag to make his phony apology and then lie to boot by saying he wasn't attacking Fluke personally, when he used her name specifically in his hateful tirade! Limbaugh's apology not enough, the damage is done.He's not an entertainer, he's a coward who hides our right of free speech to hate monger and should be taken off the air..At a time when schools are focusing on teaching young people the serious consequences of such behavior and punishing those who engage in it, it is outrageous to set an example to them that as long as they get paid for it and make a phony apology afterward you get away with it. Limbaugh's sponsors should be charged for hate crime conspiracy along with him and shame on the FCC for not shutting him down. Let him go on the paid subscription porno channels if he wants to exercise his "free speech."

    March 4, 2012 at 10:48 am |
  42. Anne Nelson

    Don Lemon: WHY when you were discussing Santorum and Limbaugh were both t\your inviitees male? Granted you commented about the women in the office groaning, but wouldn't it have been better to have a woman ocmmenting on why this isn't just about "religious freedom of conscience? and how it ties into a larger picture of the issue of female equality and freedom? Here me, Don, I love ya' but q2uit having men trying to defend women. We can defend ourselves - lots of terrific women out there who can explain why women are groaning and getting incensed about this? Here me Don....::GROAN::

    March 4, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
  43. Anne Nelson

    I meant "here me." :)

    March 4, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
  44. Peter

    Why in all this talk about Rush Limbaugh does no one point out his mistake in the way women use the pill. It is not required each time a woman wants to have sex, like Viagra(which is covered by all insurance with NO morality clause.) Romney also said a similar thing in response to a woman's question about it. The Pill is a daily dose, regardless of sexual activity. UNLIKE VIAGRA, Levetra, or Cialis. Since Limbaugh has had 4 wives with no children, at least his wives know something about birth control.

    March 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
  45. JerseyBill

    The libs are cloaking the real issues (government forcing a company to give away services for free; violation of first amendment; unions and favored companies getting Obamacare wavers, but not Catholic institutions) with this feigned outrage over Rush's S-word. Typical.

    March 5, 2012 at 8:45 am |
  46. Oldest Hag

    The Republicans have allowed their message of fiscal responsibility to be hijacked by the misogynist message of the religious zealots who want to disparage and control women. As to the Catholic organizations being able to avoid paying for employee's provision for birth control, I have nothing but scorn. They insist on piety for their women while hiding for decades sexual attacks upon the innocent by their male agents. Sure, they want lots of poor children who are vulnerable to their "holy" teaching! Down with birth control practices for the poor, and let the rich do whatever they desire - called "station in life," as I recall being told by the bankers wife.

    March 5, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  47. the_dude

    Government leave womens bodies alone......unless they get birth control for free compliments of joe taxpayer. After that leave their bodies alone until they want something else.

    March 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  48. Siege268

    I am a Democrat, yet I have many conservative friends. We RESPECT each other, conducting ourselves with dignity. This extremely hateful Rush Limbaugh person has severely damaged the Republican party, I feel for the decent conservatives out there. ANY decent person would revile his crude, cruel words about Ms. Fluke. I know Ronald Reagan wouldn't have associated himself with this man. Nor should anyone. If anything he ruined his chances of making his point by letting his hatred get in the way of common sense. He will defeat himself and has tainted his conservative causes with such behavior. The majority of Americans, the people who elect President's, will not tolerate this man. I wouldn't have it from a Democrat either!

    March 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  49. A. Spencer

    This man is disgusting. He used vile language to a woman young enough to be his daughter. I am confident that he will now find out what hubris means. I am not American (I'm British) and am appalled that ANYONE listens to this sick individual. What does his popularity say about Americans? This man is a foul-mouthed bully and it is very sad that Americans seem to idolise such people. Instead of worshipping ignorant egomaniacs, Americans would do well to embrace the finer qualities of honour, humility and wisdom, none of which Mr. Limbaugh possesses.

    March 5, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
  50. Pat

    If I decided to go to a Jewish university or work for a Jewish institution I would not expect to be served pork or shellfish in the cafeteria, and I wouldn't be protesting and agitating if I couldn't buy it. I'm sure there are a lot of other high quality secular law schools that Ms. Fluke could have attended without compromising her education. I'm surprised that so many of these highly intelligent young women don't take the initiative to go to Planned Parenthood, or a similar organization to obtain inexpensive or free contraception. After all, it isn't a "war on women" if contraceptives are easily available from another source. It appears that this is just part of the liberal agenda to eliminate any opposition to what they see as an important goal (women's rights in this case) and they are quite willing to violate the Constitution to do it. It seems that Constitutional rights are only available to those who agree with them and support their causes.
    By the way, I think Rush Limbaugh's comments were disgraceful, but I also think past comments by Maher, Letterman and others are equally reprehensible and should be condemned as loudly by the media.

    March 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
  51. Craig

    Sure what Rush said was wrong and he has appologized, whats more appalling is the uproar over Rush who has said he was sorry several times but not once has Bill Mayer said any apology for the many vile words he has voiced about conservitive women and not one bit of an uproar from anywhere, the hipocrocy is so bad its unbelievable and why no one now really cares what Rush said, the media should be ashamed.

    March 6, 2012 at 9:52 am |
  52. clemen

    If a black man did what Rush Limbaugh has done over the years, he would be in jail by now.

    March 7, 2012 at 9:40 am |
  53. clemen

    Rush Limbaugh should have been fined over a million dollars by now. Being that he is a white man, racist people just allow him to continue being racist openly and nothing is done.

    March 7, 2012 at 9:43 am |
  54. Pat

    Clemen – We have a black councilman who said he would like to slap a white person across the face. He has retained his position and has run for higher office. Fortunately his black constituents didn't reward him with a higher position.

    Back to the Ms. Fluke discussion – It occurred to me that I would not want Ms. Fluke or her fellow law students ever representing me when they become lawyers. How much initiative would they take as lawyers if they can't even take themselves over to Planned Parenthood to get the contraceptives they so desperately need at an affordable price?

    March 7, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
  55. Beezelbob

    1, It was never about sex. It's about reproductive health. Get it Republicans? Reproductive health. Men don't get to choose for women in this area.
    2, Taxpayers don't pay for it. Insurance companies pay for it.
    3, It's not about religious liberty. If it was it should be about a INDIVIDUAL's right to be free of religious opression. Not the other way around.
    4, Rush is a moronic, misogynistic fascist. His listeners are too. His demographic are all about to die of heartattacks anyways. I'm boycotting him and I hope you are too.
    5, Republicans who continue to pursue this issue are idiots.
    6, This issue is a LOSER for Republicans. Walk away. Seriously. Drop it. The longer it goes on the more idiotic Republicans look.
    7, If it's about money; contraception saves taxpayers money. Every baby not created is a baby that doesn't have to be paid for out of taxes if the mother goes on welfare.
    8, Every baby not conceived is a baby that doesn't have to be aborted. Anyone against contraception is FOR more abortions. Period.
    9, If your against a woman's right to choose her reporductive health care you're an idiot.
    10, This whole issue is a sham anyway. It was originally a Republican ploy to distract voters from the improving economy. Lulz. See you in November, suckers.

    March 8, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
  56. bubba

    Did Limbaugh fry his brains on drugs? Why listen to an admitted drug abuser?

    March 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm |

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