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The Limbaugh "Slut" Firestorm

March 22, 2012 3:11 pm ET — 44 Comments

On February 23, 2012, Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke testified before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee regarding the impact of new health care regulations on expanding contraception coverage. Her point - that a prescription medication used to treat a wide variety of women's health issues should be covered by health insurance - was lost on Rush Limbaugh, who took the opportunity to use his radio platform to viciously and personally attack her repeatedly over several days. Since those attacks, dozens of advertisers have left his show and more than one hundred others have refused future association. But even in the face of this public outcry, Limbaugh has not changed his behavior and continues with his standard misogynistic and hateful language.

"Slut": Limbaugh Lashes Out At Law School Student

Limbaugh's Vicious Attacks On Fluke Resulted In Public Outcry And Advertiser Exodus

The Exodus Is Having An Impact On Limbaugh...

...That He Refuses To Acknowledge

His Conservative Buddies Just Don't Know What To Do

Limbaugh's Power In The GOP Has Been Threatened

The "Apology" Issued By Limbaugh Wasn't Nearly Enough

And The "Apology" Didn't Result In A Change In Behavior

But That's No Surprise, Given His Long History Of Anti-Woman Rhetoric

Women Haven't Been The Only Target For Limbaugh's Attacks...

... And Those Attacks Aren't The Only Reasons Advertisers Should Spurn Him

"Slut": Limbaugh Lashes Out At Law School Student

February 29

RUSH LIMBAUGH: What does it say about the college coed Susan Fluke [sic], who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She's having so much sex she can't afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We're the pimps. The johns, that's right. We would be the johns -- no! We're not the johns. Well -- yeah, that's right. Pimp's not the right word. OK, so, she's not a slut. She's round-heeled.

March 1 

RUSH LIMBAUGH: "I will buy all of the women at Georgetown university as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want" ... contraception coverage is "flat-out thievery" because taxpayers will pay for "personal sexual desires and habits" ... mocking Sandra Fluke with baby voice, crying: "I'm going broke having sex. ... It's not fair" ... women with contraceptive coverage must post sex videos online "so we can all watch" ... "Who bought your condoms in the sixth grade?" ... Sandra Fluke is "having so much sex, it's amazing she can still walk" ... five dollars for a month of birth control? "that makes PMS almost worth it" ... Fluke went to Georgetown as "an anti-Catholic plant from the get-go" ... contraceptive coverage is "welfare disguised as women's health" or "reproductive rights"

March 2

RUSH LIMBAUGH: Nobody's asking Fluke about "backing off the amount of sex" she has ... contraceptive coverage is like a woman "knocking on my door" and asking for money because she has to have sex tonight ... the definition of "misogynist" is "a man who hates women almost as much as women hate women" ... Fluke said she's "having sex so frequently that she can't afford all the birth control pills that she needs" ... Fluke has boyfriends "lined up around the block. They would have been in my day"

Limbaugh's Vicious Attacks On Fluke Resulted In Public Outcry And Advertiser Exodus

Advertisers big and small are fleeing from their association with Limbaugh - 45 within a week of his first vicious attack on Sandra Fluke.

The Rush From Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh Is Bad For Business

Even companies whose ads haven't been airing during The Rush Limbaugh Show are publicly distancing themselves from the association.

The Exodus Is Having An Impact On Limbaugh...

Bloomberg News Highlights The Power Of Social Media In Accountability Campaign For Limbaugh

CNN's John Avlon On Advertiser Exodus From Limbaugh's Show: "This Is The Free Market Working Out"

Limbaugh's Advertiser Exodus Expands Exponentially

MSNBC's Up with Chris Hayes Discusses Limbaugh Advertiser Exodus

"Slut" Firestorm Sends Limbaugh Into Crisis Management Mode

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CNN Reports That Limbaugh's March 8 WABC Broadcast Included Over "Five Minutes Of Dead Air" During Commercial Breaks

Citing Media Matters' Research, Bloomberg Reports That Even A Free Advertiser Is Asking To Be Dropped From Limbaugh's Show

ABC's World News Reports That "More Big Sponsors" Have Withdrawn From Limbaugh's Show Over Misogynistic Attacks

...That He Refuses To Acknowledge

Rush Limbaugh's Denial

Limbaugh: "Only The Leftists Try To Use Extortion, Pressure, Threats To Silence Opposing Voices"

Limbaugh: "This Show Is About You. It's Not About The Advertisers"

His Conservative Buddies Just Don't Know What To Do

Limbaugh's Misogynistic Attacks Defended By Right-Wing Media

Rush Limbaugh's Misogynistic Comments Roundly Condemned

Limbaugh's Power In The GOP Has Been Threatened

Limbaugh's Unrivaled Influence On Republican Politics

Limbaugh And The Right-Wing Nervous Breakdown

The "Apology" Issued By Limbaugh Wasn't Nearly Enough

Limbaugh Launched 46 Personal Attacks On Fluke; He Apologized For Two Words

Limbaugh "Sincerely Apologize[s]" To Fluke For "Using Those Two Words To Describe Her"

Limbaugh: "I Acted Too Much Like The Leftists Who Despise Me"

Limbaugh Receives Criticism Over His So-Called "Apology" For Misogynistic Attacks On Fluke

Rush Limbaugh Issues Statement Regarding His 3-Day Misogynistic Attack On Sandra Fluke

Limbaugh's Justification For Attacking Fluke Is Nonsense

And The "Apology" Didn't Result In A Change In Behavior

Meet The Three Women Rush Limbaugh Has Degraded Since Sandra Fluke

Rush Says He's "God's Gift To Women" According To The Logic Of The "Feminazis"

Limbaugh Says "Infobabe" Had Her "Tongue Hanging Out" While Writing Supposedly Pro-Obama Article; Makes Panting Noises

Rush Suggests GOP Is Not Anti-Woman Because Republicans "Take Women To Dinner. They Buy Women Diamonds"

Referring to "NAGs," Limbaugh Asks: "How Can I Be Anti-Woman? I Even Judged A Miss America Pageant"

Rush On Female Author: "What Is It With All Of These Young, Single White Women? Overeducated Doesn't Mean Intelligent"

Limbaugh's Latest Effort To Deflect Attention From His Misogyny

Limbaugh's Sexism Continues Unabated

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But That's No Surprise, Given His Long History Of Anti-Woman Rhetoric

"Feminazi": The History Of Limbaugh's Trademark Slur Against Women

FLASHBACK: Limbaugh To "Feminazi[s]": Love Your Body, "Because Nobody Else Does"

Rush Limbaugh's Decades Of Sexism And Misogyny

Rush On Tour: AIDS, Misogyny, And Suicide Used As Punchlines

 Women Haven't Been The Only Target For Limbaugh's Attacks...

The 20 Worst Racial Attacks Limbaugh's Advertisers Have Sponsored

15 Of Limbaugh's Most Offensive And Controversial Comments Targeting Immigrants

Rush Limbaugh's Worst Advertiser-Sponsored Attacks On The LGBT Community

The 10 Worst Advertiser-Sponsored Moments Limbaugh Laughed At Human Suffering

Limbaugh's Advertisers Sponsored These 10 Attacks On Unions

10 Of Limbaugh's Worst Advertiser-Sponsored Attacks On The Poor

... And Those Attacks Aren't The Only Reasons Advertisers Should Spurn Him

15 Of The Worst Comments Limbaugh's Advertisers Have Sponsored Since 2004

The Habitual Dishonesty Of Rush Limbaugh

FLASHBACK: When Rush Limbaugh's Hate Was Televised

Limbaugh Once Thought Jokes About Race, Ethnicity, And Religion Were Off-Limits

Limbaugh On Obama Campaign Documentary: "Goebbels Would Have Not Allowed This One Out"             

Limbaugh Once Thought Jokes About Race, Ethnicity, And Religion Were Off-Limits

Five Insane Conspiracy Theories Limbaugh's Advertisers Have Sponsored

When Limbaugh Backed Mass-Murdering Warlord Joseph Kony

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    • Author by kravitzkravitz (March 22, 2012 3:27 pm ET)
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      We will know on Monday if the big names return. Today's tracking. WABC AM 770, New York Aircast. (That Toyota ad runs all day.)

      90 Minutes. 51 spots. 14 Promo 3 PSA. 3 Lobbyist. 0 New. 20 Repeated. 34 Paid.
      ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
      ($) Lobbyist.
      = Repeat.
      PSA. Freebie.
      (IDs are counted as promos. Because some ads are just as short.)
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      1200 WABC Promo

      1202 Blue Science
      1202 National Guard - PSA =
      1203 Bronx VA Hospital =
      1204 Equity Now =
      1205 Conservative Tours
      1206 Toyota =

      1220 WABC Promo
      1220 Tax Resolution Services
      1221 Grasshopper Mowers
      1222 Robert Steinberg, Law Firm =
      1222 WABC Promo
      1222 American Bullion =
      1223 Americans For Prosperity - ($) =

      1232 Paul Miller Auto Group =
      1232 Osteo Relief Institute =
      1233 WABC Promo
      1233 Sparr & Bernstein

      1247 WABC Promo
      1248 LifeLock =
      1249 Chuck Wollery / Generation America
      1250 WABC Promo
      1250 Cooperstown Village

      1255 WABC Promo
      1244 Robert Steinberg Law Firm =
      1255 Ted Bell
      1256 Hoover's
      1257 WABC Promo
      1257 Paragon Honda

      1259 Feeding America - PSA
      100 WABC Promo

      102 iContact
      102 Citi Harvest
      103 Bronx VA Hospital =
      104 Equity Now =
      105 Realtors - ($)
      105 National Guard - PSA =
      106 Toyota =
      106 RTK Environmental

      118 WABC Promo
      118 LifeLock =
      119 Lear Capital
      120 WABC Promo
      120 Innerthrive Neutraceuticals
      122 American Bullion =
      123 WABC Promo

      131 Osteo Relief Institute =
      132 WABC Promo
      133 Paul Miller Auto Group =
      134 Americans For Prosperity - ($) =
      134 WABC Promo

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    • Author by Alongfortheride (March 22, 2012 3:31 pm ET)
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      Sandra Fluke and the rest of the "entitlement" crowd need to come down to earth (I do not excuse what Mr. Limbaugh chose to say about her on his program.) If you have the means to attend Georgetown then I think you can buy a few condoms. This is getting out of hand. The simple fact remains that America cannot pay for the entitlements everyone seems to think they want/need.

      Do you think that Rush Limbaugh will actually be driven off the air by any of this? It's a political program and we expect it to be polarized so why is eveyone in arms about it? If you really want to hurt the show, then don't listen, don't comment, don't anything......BUT we keep giving it press and that keeps people goping to check it out...
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      • Author by congero6189599 (March 23, 2012 2:09 pm ET)
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        Well maybe you have a point Alongfortheride because after all the facts and testimony from Ms. Fluke you are still characterzing this issue exactly like Limbaugh has, buying a few consoms and women wanting to have someone else pay for their sex. It's like despite all the facts to the contrary you still hold onto your lies.
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      • Author by kravitzkravitz (March 23, 2012 9:15 pm ET)
           
        Huckabee.

        Next.
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      • Author by sartasia (March 25, 2012 11:07 am ET)
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        Hmm..not quite sure what good condoms would do for ovarian cysts which was one of the points she was bringing up. But then there hasn't been many comments from the Rush crowd that have had anything to do with what Ms Fluke was talking about.
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    • Author by kravitzkravitz (March 22, 2012 9:24 pm ET)
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      Thursday evening, I created a list of 500 names from both Rush Limbaugh's two Twitter accounts.

      Of that group, I sampled 200 names. I found a duplication rate of 41%.

      He wants to claim a follower list of 300,000 (the approximate number of both lists together.) That would be invalid. The real figure can be shown to be closer to 40% if not higher.
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      • Author by mmllee0987 (March 22, 2012 11:38 pm ET)
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        Great work kravitzkravitz...and allot of work! Well done.
        The more I read about Limbaugh's kingdom crumbling the more warm, fuzzy feeling I get about life. People are recognizing what a knuckle dragging, drooling, verbal terrorist Limbaugh is. His history sickens me. He incites hatred, bigotry, disrespect and mistreatment of women, disrepect for all races, for Liberal values, for decent human compassion and laughs all the way to his bank.
        Thaks for your insite on his bogus claims (doesn't surprise me) of his loyal followers.
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      • Author by notsure5 (March 23, 2012 10:26 am ET)
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        You also have to wonder if he is using the same tactics as Newt - using inactice and dummy accounts to inflate your numbers. Newt had over a million such fake followers, not to mention those who follow him to try to get him to follow them back to inflate their numbers. link
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        • Author by notsure5 (March 23, 2012 10:35 am ET)
             
          inactive, not inactice
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        • Author by kravitzkravitz (March 23, 2012 2:57 pm ET)
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          since I didn't have all of both lists, a few things were very possible.

          the older address had fewer followers all along. but it picked up after the ipad contest.

          the newer address exists because of sandra fluke, media matters and the ipad contest.

          most of the newer addresses on both lists are duplicates. that's where the higher percentage were found. I sampled five hundred names down from the bottom up. so it's very likely there are many more duplicates than the 41% figure shows.
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      • Author by kravitzkravitz (March 23, 2012 12:24 am ET)
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        You clearly have MMFA confused with Fox Nation.

        We get facts correct.

        What obviously bothers you is most people feel public airwaves allow civil discourse rather than incivility. And when hate speech is called out as such, no one is surprised that its supporters cannot handle a response based on the same free market and free speech supposedly so beloved.

        Have a daisy.
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      • Author by ChuckL88 (March 23, 2012 4:47 am ET)
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        If you think that MMFA truly wants to shut-down "any who disagree with them", I'm sure you can provide a lot of examples. How about ten to start?

        Be sure to include actual quotes from MMFA where they demand the shut-downs. The current reporting here about Limbaugh's attacks on Fluke don't count, since nowhere have they asked for a shut-down, in case you hadn't noticed.
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      • Author by jjcomet514 (March 23, 2012 8:22 am ET)
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        Hmmm...are you saying that MMFA is completely responsible for Blimpy's loss of ad revenue? You must think MMFA has some pretty powerful mojo to be able to push around all of Rush's advertisers like that.

        egb is the typical conservative - blames others for the self-inflicted wounds of the right. What happened to that vaunted personal responsibility your ilk are so fond of prattling on about?
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      • Author by raddave43 (March 23, 2012 8:42 am ET)
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        MMFA merely points out RW misinformation. What private entities do with that information is up to them. Or, are you saying you don't believe in the free market?
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        • Author by cst (March 23, 2012 9:40 am ET)
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          In fact, MMFA is a veritible "clearing house" of right-wing misinformation.
          COME ON DOWN to "CRAZY DAVE'S" for BLOW-OUT PRICES on the HOTTEST CONSERVATIVE LIES!
          LIMBAUGH! HANNITY! O'REILLY! All the top BRAND NAMES at GREAT SAVINGS! We're literally GIVING AWAY these top-of-the-line DOCUMENTED LIES!*


          *Sorry, no refunds: If you actually BUY these lies, it's your own damn fault for watching Fox.
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      • Author by notsure5 (March 23, 2012 10:42 am ET)
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        No one is trying to silence him or anyone else. We are merely letting his advertisers know that if they continue to support him with their advertising revenue, we will no longer support them with our purchasing habits. If that means he can no longer remain on the radio, so be it, but he is still free to post on the internet, take out his own ads, or even get on a soap box and continue to exercise his free speech rights all he wants.

        That last sentence is quite ironic considering where you are posting and the fact that your post will remain on this site for as long as the side exists.
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      • Author by highlyunlikely (March 23, 2012 6:17 pm ET)
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        no, it doesn't. Now it's your turn to say "Never mind."
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    • Author by Reinhard (March 23, 2012 8:59 am ET)
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      Funny how wingers claim MMFA is a far left loony liberal website with no influence and even less viewers while in the same breath asserting MMFA orchestrated this whole thing. Which is it?
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      • Author by kravitzkravitz (March 23, 2012 10:29 am ET)
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        It's called 'fooshing.' Throwing everything at a problem, hoping something sticks. When it does, claim it's 'that.'
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    • Author by confer (March 23, 2012 2:04 pm ET)
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      When your opponent, and make no mistake that Limbaugh is Media Matters' opponent, is imploding, or at the very least embarrassing himself and looking foolish, you don't lift a finger to help.

      This effort by Media Matters against Limbaugh may well backfire, we shall see.
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      • Author by congero6189599 (March 23, 2012 2:13 pm ET)
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        That is funniest post of the day masquesrading as concern! lol. I gave you thumbs up for up!
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        • Author by confer (March 23, 2012 2:18 pm ET)
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          If you have a constructive alternate opinion, I would like to hear it. You have mine.
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          • Author by congero6189599 (March 23, 2012 2:26 pm ET)
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            Read MMFA mission statement then tell me how this conflicts! lol.
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          • Author by congero6189599 (March 23, 2012 2:32 pm ET)
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            Yes MMFA should just abandon their mission less it backfire on them? Stop being yourself MMFA! lol.
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      • Author by Lord of Light (March 23, 2012 2:35 pm ET)
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        you don't lift a finger to help

        Media Matters didn't have to. Limbaugh said all this stuff and they reported it. If he doesn't like criticism or opponents exercising their right to free speech by asking advertisers not to support misogyny, homophobia, and race-baiting, then he should retire!

        This effort by Media Matters against Limbaugh may well backfire, we shall see.

        Limbaugh is still losing advertisers, hasn't regained even one, and hasn't disclosed the supposedly new ones he's gained. Otherwise, you're spot on with that prediction. Anyone who supports Limbaugh's comments about Sandra Fluke or justifies them in any way is an un-American idiot and a bigot, period.
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        • Author by confer (March 23, 2012 2:40 pm ET)
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          I don't support Rush Limbaugh and find him repulsive. I am speaking of what appears to be an orchestrated effort spearheaded by Media Matters to remove him from the air.

          I haven't read that in their mission statement.
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          • Author by congero6189599 (March 23, 2012 2:46 pm ET)
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            Get him off the air by refuting and playing his videos then exposing his lies? Get off it! Spearheaded? Orchestrated? lol.
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            • Author by confer (March 23, 2012 2:51 pm ET)
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              Choose your own terms.
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              • Author by congero6189599 (March 23, 2012 2:59 pm ET)
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                "...Additionally, Media Matters works daily to notify activists, journalists, pundits, and the general public about instances of misinformation, providing them with the resources to rebut false claims and to take direct action against offending media institutions." Part of MMFA mission statement
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                • Author by confer (March 23, 2012 3:04 pm ET)
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                  Obviously you and I disagree on this.

                  Highlighting Rush Limbaugh's statements as a detriment to civil discourse is one thing, but I am not a fan of boycotts or "weakening" one's business. I find combating foul speech with honesty and the truth to be more preferable.

                  But that is my opinion.
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                  • Author by congero6189599 (March 23, 2012 3:11 pm ET)
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                    If the business is one of hate and lies it has no rights granted by the constitituion and people have the right not to cater to it and ask others to do the same. It's the magic of the market. lol.
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                    • Author by confer (March 23, 2012 3:16 pm ET)
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                      I never said a word about "rights". Of course boycotting is a right, and orchestrating one is also one's right.
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                      • Author by congero6189599 (March 23, 2012 3:19 pm ET)
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                        So then you are advocating for the right of Limbaugh to spew hate and lies but not for people to boycott and protest them. It's clear now! lol.
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                        • Author by confer (March 23, 2012 3:26 pm ET)
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                          Your penchant for twisting my words is unimpressive.

                          Thanks for the exchanges.
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                          • Author by congero6189599 (March 23, 2012 3:30 pm ET)
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                            but I am not a fan of boycotts or "weakening" one's business.----confer




                            providing them with the resources to rebut false claims and to take direct action against offending media institutions." Part of MMFA mission statement


                            Me: So you want MMFA to stop being MMFA! Show where I am twisting your words!
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                          • Author by congero6189599 (March 23, 2012 3:33 pm ET)
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                            Maybe if you don't like how your opinions sound you should stop and re-evaluate them. Your're welcome for the insight.
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                  • Author by congero6189599 (March 23, 2012 3:18 pm ET)
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                    Returning to my original point you are asking MMFA not to be MMFA!
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                  • Author by highlyunlikely (March 23, 2012 6:19 pm ET)
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                    I am not a fan of boycotts or "weakening" one's business.


                    Then by all means do not participate in them.
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                  • Author by jonimacaroni1 (March 23, 2012 7:06 pm ET)
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                    Yeah, old troll using a new name, we know that you would prefer to allow the rightwingers to escape responsibility for what they've done.

                    And then you use the debunked - it's only my opinion crap, as though one can legitimately hold an opinion that's unsupported by the facts.
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              • Author by congero6189599 (March 23, 2012 3:08 pm ET)
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                Hen again you just accepted the characterization of the right to what MMFA is doing.

                In one of the anti-Limbaugh ads, listeners are urged to call the local station that carries Limbaugh to say "we don't talk to women like that" in our city.---from your linked article

                One person said MMFA was trying to silence comments it didn't agree with.

                again fom MMFA mission statemnt:

                "...providing them with the resources to rebut false claims and to take direct action against offending media institutions."

                I see you call it whatever the right wants you too!
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          • Author by jonimacaroni1 (March 23, 2012 7:04 pm ET)
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            If he's forced off the air, it'll be due to his own behavior. He won't be a victim of a vendetta by Media Matters. It's all his fault. He's the one who's entirely responsible for his undoing.
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      • Author by kravitzkravitz (March 23, 2012 9:14 pm ET)
           
        sounds like we found Rush's crisis management lobbyist.
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    • Author by kravitzkravitz (March 23, 2012 2:59 pm ET)
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      Back on Monday!
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