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Weigh in on Rush Limbaugh

The controversial radio host is in hot water over comments he made about a Georgetown law student. What are your thoughts?

This past week has most likely been the most difficult week in Rush Limbaugh's long career as a radio host.

The conservative talker has come under intense scrutiny for several comments he directed towards Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke.

Fluke was denied the chance to speak at a Congressional hearing on contraception, but later spoke before a Democratic hearing.

While weighing in on the issue Limbaugh called Fluke a "slut" and a  "prostitute," and later directed another blast at Fluke saying, "If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch."

Over the weekend, Limbaugh issued an apology on his website and also apologized on his radio show.

But dozens of advertisers have abandoned the show including, AOL, the parent company of Massapequa Patch.

We'd like to know your thoughts on the controversy.  Take our poll and weigh in with your comments below.

FJDietz March 08, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Nothing needs to happen to Rush Limbaugh as the precedent has been set by the liberals when Bill Maher never got fired nor did he apologize for calling Sarah Palin a slut, neither did Ed Schultz (MSNBC) get fired for calling Laura Ingraham a slut. What is good for the liberal/progressives should be good for the conservatives.
Kristen Ferrari March 08, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Instead of saying what is good for one should be good for another, why not use this as an opportunity to remember that people have different opinions on important issues and they have a right to speak freely about them. There is a difference between a comic saying stupid things and someone using demeaning terminology to discredit an opposing view. We should all remember when debating a topic that can get heated to show respect to the other person even if we think they have the most ridiculous views.
FJDietz March 08, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Kristen - What Maher and Schultz said about Palin and Ingraham were said in an angry and derisive way. So I don't buy your argument that it was OK for Bill Maher because he is supposedly a comedian, and of course as you must know, Ed Schultz is an "opinion" commentator on MSNBC - not unlike what Rush is. I do agree with you that all three individuals have the right under our Constitution to speak freely, but I don't see where Rush's remarks were any worse than the remarks by ultra liberals Maher and Schultz.
Kristen Ferrari March 09, 2012 at 01:00 AM
FJDietz, I wasn't justifying any insults Maher directed towards anyone but I will say that a show attempting comedy is different than what Limbaugh's show is about. I would also say that the targets are different as well. Palin entered a public arena hoping to be elected to the second highest office. I do believe some of the things directed at her were unfair but I would put her in a different category than a young woman not entering politics but rather advocating for something she believed in. Limbaugh was not attempting comedy, even bad comedy. He was attempting to diminish someone with beliefs that were different from his own and he did so in a most disparaging way. Again, that is not an argument defending Maher, but I would put him and Limbaugh in different a very different entertainment spectrum. Maher can be hotheaded and I don't always like what he says but I don't look to him for guidance on my beliefs. I don't look to Limbaugh either but I also think that the man does not walk the walk that he talks.
Yankee Man March 09, 2012 at 01:59 AM
MSNBC is a joke. I pay no attenttion to that channel..... Al Sharpton has a show..enough said
Yankee Man March 09, 2012 at 02:02 AM
You side with Maher because you sopport his stance. You are against Rushes position so therefore it offends you. Rush is a big mouth ego driven wind bag, and ZI have not listened to his show in 20 years. He was out of line with his comments. I agree with his position on the topic. " What happens in the bed room with two consenting adults is none of my business, just dont ask me to pay for the supplies or the results of your activity".
Ed March 09, 2012 at 02:11 AM
I am so sick of people constantly being offended, we are a nation of crybabies. Turn the dial if you don't like.
Kristen Ferrari March 09, 2012 at 02:26 AM
I didn't side with Maher and I don't know which stance you speak of that I support. I simply see a difference in the form of entertainment. Maher is more comedian. Rush is more talk show host/analyst. I don't think Rush owed anyone an apology. What he said is typical for the show he has. He says outrageous things. There are no surprises there. I do think that it is crazy that he would lose advertisers over his words. I don't think anyone including the advertisers don't know the kinds of things Rush would say. Had it not gained such media attention, not one of those advertisers would have left.
Kristen Ferrari March 09, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Ed, I don't listen to Rush. You're right though. People who don't like what he says don't have to listen. Obviously comedians and talk show hosts say things that are outrageous to get attention and ratings. People have different levels of tolerance for what they find offensive and that depends on sense of humor and taste. Maher has said some things that were insensitive but as I said, I don't look to him or Limbaugh for guidance on how I should think or feel.
D Wahl March 09, 2012 at 08:43 AM
Bravo, FJDietz said it all, ditto friend. willy122
FJDietz March 09, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Kristen - I hate to inform you that Sandra Fluke is not just some 23 year old coed. Here is some of here background that clearly makes her a bonafide public figure: March 06, 2012 Sandra Fluke Background Jammie Wearing Fool: For me the interesting part of the story is the ever-evolving “coed”. I put that in quotes because in the beginning she was described as a Georgetown law student. It was then revealed that prior to attending Georgetown she was an active women’s right advocate. In one of her first interviews she is quoted as talking about how she reviewed Georgetown’s insurance policy prior to committing to attend, and seeing that it didn’t cover contraceptive services, she decided to attend with the express purpose of battling this policy. During this time, she was described as a 23-year-old coed. Magically, at the same time Congress is debating the forced coverage of contraception, she appears and is even brought to Capitol Hill to testify. This morning, in an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show, it was revealed that she is 30 years old, NOT the 23 that had been reported all along. In other words, folks, you are being played. She has been an activist all along and the Dems were just waiting for the appropriate time to play her. While she is described as a “third year law student” they always fail to mention that she is also the past president of Law Students for Reproductive Justice.
Kristen Ferrari March 09, 2012 at 01:51 PM
FJDietz, I knew she was an advocate and I believe I distinguished the difference between attention an advocate gets and attention someone running for VP gets. I have no disagreement with you other than when you say what is good for one is good for the other. I don't agree with that. While I see differences, I don't think the reasoning should be, "if you call one a slut, you can call the other a slut." I don't think name calling and disparaging should ever be part of a debate on an issue. That is where I take issue with Rush. I hesitate to say its ok in comedy but in all honesty, I can't say that I haven't heard some very inappropriate comedy that I've found funny. There is a difference between a comedy routine and a talk show host/analyst. Rush wasn't attempting humor no matter what he says now. He was calling her a slut because she advocated for something he is against. I can see the difference and let me be clear and state that I am not defending Maher. I don't watch his program nor do I know much of what he says unless it makes big news. I mentioned Maher only in response to your original comment. Rush Limbaugh makes his living saying outrageous things. He is not someone I pay attention to unless, again, what he says makes big news. For his advertisers to pull out is ridiculous. They knew who he was and what he says.
M Hayes March 10, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Kristin , you, claim, you never listen, to Rush, how, then can you, say, he makes, outlandish comments? Just, asking!!!
Kristen Ferrari March 10, 2012 at 02:40 PM
M Hayes, I listened to him years ago when he was becoming popular. He made some valid points about some issues but over all he was not my cup of tea. I think he lost me when after ranting about leniency on drug addicts it was discovered that he was losing his hearing due to his own addiction issues. He railed about keeping people in jail as he doctor shopped and had people get painkillers for him. I would have sympathized with him except his attitude struck me as it was ok for him to struggle with addiction but throw the rest of them away. We all have our issues we deal with and we should remember that when we throw stones. That's where Rush lost me. Good question. I hope I answered it.
FJDietz March 13, 2012 at 11:11 AM
Kristen - In your comments above you state: "He was calling her a slut because she advocated for something he is against." He called her a slut because in testimony to the Democrats she said that her sexual activities required $3,000 in contraceptives. Given the cost of condoms and birth control pills this might lead one to conclude that she meets the dictionary definition of a ........
arl2667 March 13, 2012 at 09:25 PM
God bless America, last time I checked we ALL have the freedom of speech. The day that is revoked by anyone minority, or special interest group because someone's feeling got hurt is the day this country is over as we now know it. Welcome to communism.
Kristen Ferrari March 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Arlenemurals, Nobody's free speech should be revoked. I disagree with any advertisers who pulled their ads because of Rush. It is a move designed to be politically correct. I do laugh at people who protect Limbaugh's right to free speech and are quick to throw Bill Maher out there. When it comes to our rights, they apply to both liberal and conservative. If you don't like what either of those men say, turn the dial.
Yankee Man March 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM
mr maher called Sarah Palin as total cun%...( THINK THE WORST WORD EVER )...And he than gave 100,000 to the Obama reelection. The double standard is laughable

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