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March 6th, 2012
08:21 PM ET

What's behind the Limbaugh backlash?

The fallout from Rush Limbaugh's controversial comments continues as more advertisers have dropped his radio program from their lineup.  Brooke talks with Howard Kurtz about what this could mean for the Limbaugh brand.

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  1. Kim

    Enough already! I am not a fan of Rush Limbaugh, but the man had a point. He was crass, but so what??? I am a woman, and a believer in birth control. I also happen to believe the government has seriously OVERSTEPPED here! And the only thing the media has done is cloud the issue. I do not care that this woman or any other's birth control is not covered by her school. That to me is not a reasonable expectation. Nor is it a reasonable expectation that you choose to work at a CATHOLIC school or hospital or anything else Catholic that they would pay for your birth control. Just as it would not be a reasonable expectation that you choose to work at a Jewish Community Center or a Muslim Community Center and demand pork sausage as a benefit. The government has NO right to do that either! As far as her birth control.. as we all know it did not cost 3000.00, but even if it did – she does have other outlets, even government sponsored ones such as Planned Parenthood. Then again – here's a thought, kind of what good ole boy Rush was getting at – take responsibility for your own sex life and body and go to the drug store and buy some condoms.. or make the man buy them!! He should at least pay half!!

    March 7, 2012 at 10:14 am |
  2. DDanny1

    Kim, Didn't listen to Sandra Fluke's testimony either huh? I would LOVE to hear your opinion after listening to it in it's entirety. First listen to what Rush said she said. In fact, make a few notes of the statements he had a problem with. Then go listen to Fluke's testimony. Check off the statements you made in your notes every time she says something that can be reasonably related to what he said she said. Come back here and let us know if Rush's point has anything to do with what she said.

    March 7, 2012 at 10:42 am |
  3. Pamela

    @CNN the difference is Palin is a public figure, Fluke is not. Jeeze! You should know this!

    March 7, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  4. Frank

    Pamela is right! You missed the main point in your story about the main difference between Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and Sandra Fluke. Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann are political figures and have thrown their hat in the ring. They know the game is played ugly with no holds barred. But Sandra Fluke did not sign up for that. She is a private citizen who is raising her voice. When Bill Maher made fun of Palin and Bachmann he wasn't breaking any rules. You may not like his sense of humor, but he is following a time-honored script used by political comedians all the time. Rush on the other hand was simply spouting more of his caustic rhetoric, but he's so narcissistic he didn't realize he was crossing the line. After years of incendiary comments, his apology can't help but sound empty and hollow.

    March 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  5. theimmigrant

    Really? We have come to this? Whining about emotional suffering because having sex costs her too much and wants a bailout?

    President Obama has single handedly made whining super cool, and free-loading and leeching off of the gov't a favorite national past time. hope and change!

    March 7, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
  6. bigDolla

    They got it wrong Rush never apologized he only said he used the "wrong words". He never said he did not mean what he said. Suggesting she make a porno and his other insane comments were way out of line and innapropriate for public radio. If this type of message is part of the "Rush Brand" he deserves the public and finacial spanking he is getting. He did this to himself. BUt following the Rush playbook he will blame everyone else who disagrees as being un-american and anit-free speach. Offensive and hurtful speach is not protected by our laws. Why are people defending them is my question? Why should we treat him different ? becasue he is a republican supporter? He claims to be a representative of conservative christian values. Civilized folks don't act or talk this way, His actions demostrates he is a rude dishonest drug addict and a hatefilled hypocrite. I belive this country needs more young folks like Sandra Fluke to voice thier opinions, and less of the hate filled dribble coming from Rush.

    If what comes out of your mouth stinks people will move away.

    March 7, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
  7. Pat

    When Ms. Fluke decided to testify before a Congressional committee, she was putting herself out there in the public realm. She either knew or should have known that the hearing was being televised. She certainly didn't come across as some shy, retiring introvert. She came across as an assertive activist who was quite comfortable with what she was doing. I doubt she would shrink from further TV appearances. She has made herself a public figure.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:03 am |
  8. Patty

    Enough already! Why does CNN give Rush so much credence with Americans; or, is it all about the VOTE? Stop trying to sway public opinion towards radical liberal views like "I'm entitled to anything I want without taking responsibility for anything." America wake up!

    March 8, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  9. pferd

    can someone really honestly tell me that i should pay for this "woman" to have sex??? should i not be able to participate if i have to pay??
    now, i am a male, what if i need money to have sex.

    i think she is a slut, my goodness, she needs $3000.00 in contraception??? how many times is she getting it on???
    i thought we all had to cut back???

    i agree, a woman should be able to decide what to do with her body, but i should not pay for it??

    March 8, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  10. pferd

    why do i have to pay for it???? she can do what she wants, but why make me pay for it?????

    March 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  11. pferd

    people have enough trouble paying for their own bills, why should they support someone elses vice????

    March 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  12. pferd

    $3000.00 for 3 years that is a lot of money. is a man entitled to a prostitute paid for by others?

    March 8, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  13. Sherri

    First amendment rights are fine. I agree with that. But what he did was slander. You just don't go on the airwaves, on a nationally show, and call someone a slut. And a prostitute. That is defamation of character. That's something a 13 year old would yell in a schoolyard fight. He is a grown man. He knew full well what he was saying. He likes to say that he's an 'entertainer', but this went beyond 'entertaining'. It was slander. It is vicious. As for supporting someone's vice (as some call it), why do we pay for Viagra? But we do. And I would much rather pay the small fee for birth control than pay for a child that is not wanted. Prevention is far cheaper. I don't have a problem with paying for this. Alternative: all the men having sex could start wearing condoms or get themselves fixed. Then women would not have to worry about getting pregnant. But we won't see that happening will we? Men like to have their fun too much. And then put it off on women as to how to prevent a pregnancy.

    March 8, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
  14. Voni

    At the end of the day what was said was wrong!!! It was disgusting, rude and crude. I dont care if you are conservative or liberal, it was wrong. Also Food for thought, if we continuosly increase the amount of assistance to a mother who continues to have children while on public assistance, why should we not pay for contraceptives?

    March 9, 2012 at 11:07 pm |

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