According to a new poll released by Bloomberg, radio “entertainer” Rush Limbaugh should be fired for his comments regarding Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown Law Student. About 53 percent of those polled believe Limbaugh should be fired for calling Fluke a slut, a prostitute and for suggesting she post her sex tapes online. A poll released yesterday suggests only 29 percent of Americans felt Limbaugh’s apology was sincere.
Limabugh’s controversy is hurting the GOP with women voters.
Politico has this to say: ”
Men are split over whether Limbaugh should be axed — 49 percent say yes, while 47 percent disagree. Fifty-six percent of women support firing him, compared with 39 percent who do not. Meanwhile, more than three-quarters of Americans believe that the issue of birth control shouldn’t even be a topic of debate right now. Indeed, 77 percent said that the national political debate shouldn’t involve contraception, while 20 percent said it should. Americans also view the controversy over the Obama administration’s rule that employers must provide birth control coverage in employee health care plans as an issue of women’s health rather than religious freedom. In fact, 62 percent of respondents said that the issue is one of women’s health access rather than religious freedom, the opposite of what Republican presidential candidates have argued. Despite the furor of the past weeks over female birth control, it appears as though Republicans may have narrowed the gap with Democrats among women, according to Bloomberg.
The Fluke flag is costing Limabugh dearly. Advertisers continue to flee from his program with more than 100 gone.
From the Huffington Post:
Premier Networks, the company that syndicates “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” has suspended a large chunk of the national advertising that runs on the program for two weeks, according to Radio-Info.com.
The moratorium applies specifically to a class of advertisements called “barter spots,” which are normally run by local affiliate stations in exchange for the right to syndicate radio programming, such as Limbaugh’s daily broadcast. However, “[t]his suspension does not apply to in-program commercials provided by Premiere within any of its live news/talk programming,” Premiere’s letter to affiliates notes.
Conservatives argue that Limbaugh’s comments are no worse than what Bill Maher said about Sarah Palin on his HBO show, what Ed Schultz said about Laura Ingram on his MSNBC show and what David Letterman said about Palin’s dauhghter Bristol on Late Night on CBS. Schultz and Letterman apologized and Schultz was even suspended for a week for his comments. Maher has no sponsors on his program which requires a subscription to view; Maher’s audience is 5 percent of Limbaugh’s 20 million.
But Limbaugh does use the public airwaves and his show is broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio Network. There are calls from Democrats in Washington to have Limbaugh’s AFRN feed pulled. And female soliders have also called for Limbaugh to be removed from the airwaves. VoteVets issued the following statement.
Rush Limbaugh has a freedom of speech and can say what he wants, but in light of his horribly misogynistic comments, American Forces Radio should no longer give him a platform. Our entire military depends on troops respecting each other – women and men. There simply can be no place on military airwaves for sentiments that would undermine that respect. When many of our female troops use birth control, for Limbaugh to say they are “sluts” and “prostitutes” is beyond the pale. It isn’t just disrespectful to our women serving our country, but it’s language that goes against everything that makes our military work. Again, we swore to uphold our Constitution, including the freedom of speech, and would not take that away from anyone – even Limbaugh. But that does not mean AFN should broadcast him. In fact, it shouldn’t.