On Feb. 29, talk radio personality Rush Limbaugh spoke about a young Georgetown Law student after her testimony to congress. She was addressing the subject of insurance coverage for birth control.
“What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, 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,” he said.
“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.”
Mr. Limbaugh, I will tell you what it says about you. It says that you are a dirty old man. It says that you don’t have any sense whatsoever of common decency. It says that you have no grasp of how birth control or health insurance works at all.
It says that you are a pig.
What it says about Ms. Fluke is that she took the time to exercise her right to petition congress. That’s the first amendment, Mr. Limbaugh. It goes along with the right to free speech and the freedom of the press to which we, here at The Settler, owe our very existence.
Yes, it also says that you have the right to free speech, but there’s also a little thing called slander. That’s when you say things that aren’t true or that damage someone’s reputation. You aren’t allowed to do that.
Ms. Fluke was called a slut and whore a total of 53 times over three days.
You later said, “I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for using those two words to describe her. I do not think she is either of those two words.”
It’s too late, Mr. Limbaugh. You have ruined the reputation of a young law student, forever linking her name to yours and pushing her into the spotlight, whether she wants it or not.
More than two words were spoken. Volumes were said.
Thousands of Americans have been outraged by your slanderous attacks on a private citizen. They have reached out. They have contacted your advertisers, threatening a boycott.
As of press time, nearly 30 of your advertisers had pulled out of your show. Radio stations were beginning to drop the program entirely.
It isn’t about your right to say things, Mr. Limbaugh. It’s about my right to spend my hard-earned money with companies that won’t give it to you.
And what of Ms. Fluke’s sex life? It is none of your business.