When Don Imus is giving you advice on how to talk about women on the radio, you might have a reputation management problem. Welcome to the not-so-wonderful week for conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh. To quickly recap for aliens who may be reading this blog several thousand years from now (and anyone who may have just woken from a coma), Sandra Fluke, a student at Georgetown University Law Center, testified before Congress in February to protest limiting access to birth control paid for by private insurance plans, even those provided by religious institutions.
Last Wednesday, nationally syndicated radio personality, Rush Limbaugh, called Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” — his, ahem, subtle way of illustrating the absurdity of criticizing a Jesuit school for refusing to pay for contraception for its students.
The outcry was fierce across all sides of the political spectrum. Even Obama took time out of his busy Friday to call Fluke and express his support for her advocacy for women. On a good day, Rush is one of the most polarizing figures in America. And last Wednesday was not a good day. The rest of the week has not been much better, either.
On Saturday, Rush Limbaugh issued an apology, but his feeble attempt to explain why he crudely singled out Ms. Sandra Fluke further enraged his critics on the left.
Earlier today, Limbaugh went on air to try (again) to explain why he apologized to Sandra Fluke but this controversy is still the leading news story in America.
In the internet age, it’s sometimes easy to forget about the power of radio. The Washington Post estimates that up to 25 million people listen to Rush Limbaugh every week!
Liberal groups are mobilizing against advertisers that support The Rush Limbaugh Show and and boycott Rush campaigns are trending on Twitter and Facebook. As pressure mounts on the 600 radio stations that carry his show every day, it will be interesting to see whether Rush Limbaugh will be able to recover from the fallout over his recent comments.
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