Statement of NOW President Terry O’Neill
Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–March 2, 2012. Bigoted bully Rush Limbaugh has been rewarded for his hostile, hate-filled speech for far too long. The National Organization for Women calls on Clear Channel Communications to pull the plug on Limbaugh’s gilded microphone immediately. In addition, we call on Limbaugh’s conservative comrades in the media to fully denounce, with no excuses, his derogatory comments.
Limbaugh’s targeting of Sandra Fluke was way out of line, even for him. Limbaugh is free to disagree all he wants with Fluke — a Georgetown Law student who testified before a congressional committee in support of health care coverage for birth control — but calling her a ‘slut’ and a ‘prostitute’ on air is unacceptable. After sparking outrage, Limbaugh took to the airwaves again yesterday to suggest that if Fluke wants contraception to be fully covered, she should post videos of herself having sex online so Limbaugh and others can watch.
Clearly, Limbaugh is not just having fun here. He is trying to shame a young woman for coming forward, speaking her mind and standing up for women’s rights. This is how bullies try to chase all women from the public square.
Isn’t the GOP embarrassed by this man by now? Remember, Limbaugh is not some fringe right-winger — he has been identified time and time again as a lead strategist in the Republican party, not to mention a king-maker and an enforcer. The fact that this man has so much power in one of the two dominant political parties in the United States is shameful.