By a Fluke, Limbaugh finds himself in gnarly fix

Her biggest supporter? What a surprise…None other than Barack Obama

Sandra Fluke, the 30-year-old Georgetown “coed” strongly rebuked by Rush Limbaugh after testifying that taxpayer-funded birth control should be made available to all women, revealed on MSNBC that Barack Obama has telephoned her to offer his thanks and support.

“He encouraged me and supported me and thanked me for speaking out about the concerns of American women,” Fluke said. “What was really personal to me was he said to tell my parents they should be proud, and that meant a lot because Rush Limbaugh questioned whether or not my family would be proud of me, so I just appreciated that very much.

Democrat House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has used Limbaugh’s comments to fundraise, and Republican House Speaker John Boehner has denounced Limbaugh’s remarks as “obviously inappropriate.”

The Conservative talk show host has apologized for his poor choice of words.

But that hasn’t stopped sponsors from pulling their advertising from Limbaugh’s popular radio program in reaction to his comments about Sandra Fluke, who is now revealing herself as a longtime committed women‘s rights activist.

Online flower delivery service ProFlowers said Sunday that it has suspended advertising on Limbaugh’s program because his comments “went beyond political discourse to a personal attack and do not reflect our values as a company.”

Seven other advertisers have reportedly pulled ads from his show: Mortgage lender Quicken Loans, mattress retailers Sleep Train and Sleep Number, software maker Citrix Systems Inc., online data backup service provider Carbonite and online legal document services company LegalZoom, have been joined by AOL which is linked to the liberal Huffington Post.

Limbaugh tactlessly called Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” last week after she testified to congressional Democrats in support of national ObamaCare policies that would compel employers and other organizations, including her university, to offer group health insurance that covers birth control for women.

This is the text of Limbaugh’s apology to Fluke issued Saturday after he was criticized by leading politicians and several advertisers left the show.

Clear Channel’s Premiere Radio Networks Inc. hosts Limbaugh’s program, one of the country’s most popular talk radio shows. The company is supporting Limbaugh, whose on-air contract with Premiere runs through 2016.

“The contraception debate is one that sparks strong emotion and opinions on both sides of the issue,” Premiere Networks said in a statement emailed Sunday by spokeswoman Rachel Nelson. “We respect the right of Mr. Limbaugh, as well as the rights of those who disagree with him, to express those opinions.”

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment operates more than 850 radio stations in the U.S., and Premiere says it’s the largest radio content provider in the country, syndicating programs to more than 5,000 affiliate stations.

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31 Responses to By a Fluke, Limbaugh finds himself in gnarly fix

  1. Kathy says:

    I used to use Carbonite, thanks to their advertising with Rush as of yesterday I cancelled my subscription due to Mr. Friend’s decision to support the 30-yr old promiscuous activist. I sent Mr. Friend an email stating my reasons and rec’d a blank email thanking me for my support and offering me 2 mths free for any 2 people I refer. Oops their blanket email was suppose to go those who support his decision. I won’t support his company who is intent on stiffling free speech. Mr. Friend contributed to Obama and has contributed to MoveOn.org. So it seems his decision is purely political and has nothing to do with this activist. Obviously he does not want or need the support of the Limbaugh audience.

  2. garvan says:

    The dictionary definition of the noun “slut” is: “A woman considered sexually promiscuous.”

    Sandra Fluke (pronounced “fluck”, BTW), an unmarried woman, wants Georgetown University to pay for her birth control pills.

    She said her pills cost $1,000 per year, and wants this “Catholic” college to pay for her promiscuity.

    But one can buy oral contraceptives at Walmart and Kroger for as little as $9 per month, or $108 per year.

    One could therefore say that she is not only a slut, but a con artist as well.

  3. TeaPartyPatriot says:

    Here’s the BEST PART of the lunatic-left’s phony “controversy” over Rush’s innocent, but 100% correct, comment: The lunatic-left has shown that they do NOT need “free” contraceptives – the massive, multiple orgasms (which don’t need any contraceptive) they are having over Rush’s comment simply cannot be equaled in any other way, so why waste money on something that is not needed?

  4. VINOAZ says:

    Thought someone said she wanted free condoms. No matter, we now know that she has an agenda, as do the phonies on the left. They actually faked a congressional hearing. If only they had the same outrage over the filth put out about Palin, Coulter, Thatcher, and others. The left truly fears truth, religion and the American way. They are relentlessly trying to destroy all three. Liberalism is a moral disorder.

  5. GreenAcres says:

    Exactly what do we know about Ms. Fluke?

    We know that Obama loves to cause controversy, using this Catholic university.
    Remember April, 2009? “. . .Amidst all of the American flags and presidential seals, there was something missing when President Barack Obama gave an economic speech at Georgetown University this week — Jesus. The White House asked Georgetown to cover a monogram symbolizing Jesus’ name in Gaston Hall, which Obama used
    for his speech. . .”

    And his “Energy” speech in March of 2011, where he lied and said: “. . . So today, I’m setting a new goal: one that is reasonable, achievable, and necessary. When I was elected to this office, America imported 11 million barrels of oil a day. By a little more than a decade from now, we will have cut that by one-third. I set this goal knowing that imported oil will remain an important part of our energy portfolio for quite some time. And when it comes to the oil we import from other nations, we can partner with neighbors like Canada, Mexico, and Brazil, which recently discovered significant new oil reserves, and with whom we can share American technology and know-how. . .”

    My opinion: Ms. Fluke was being used to further draw out Rick Santorum on this political third rail topic. But they got a bigger fish instead.

    It was OK when Lefties were hating (and continue to hate) Sarah Palin and other true conservatives. Not even John McCain rode to her rescue. But John McCain is all over TV and radio today condemning Rush Limbaugh.

    (BTW—I saw a full pic of this chick on a British news site.
    She looks a bit masculine to me, and wow, does she have unusually big hands for a female. Hhhmmmm. . . .)

  6. Matt DeGennaro says:

    And now, of course the salty-tongued wonder himself, John McNasty, has joined the throng against Rush Limbaugh. While I would have preferred that Rush use different language, it’s very easy to second guess yourself and especially some such as Rush, who is on the air five days a week and for multiple hours a day. As I recall, McCain used even worse language regarding a very specific woman who deserved better — his own wife, Cindy, who has supported him in grand style all these years. Now he, of all people, piles on a true conservative.

  7. A No Vote For John says:

    Knowing a woman who lived behind Cindy and John for many years, he has one hell of a nerve berating anybody on language. Mcdumb has called his wife so many nasty names it is not funny, the screaming yelling fights were well known around the neighborhood. I guess a hypocrite will always be a hypocrite. Please Arizona if that less than stellar man decides to run again use your head and vote for anybody but.

  8. Zach says:

    Exactly what do we know a bout Fluke? Not a whole lot, other than she thinks contraception should be covered. We don’t know her sexual history or sexual habits. We don’t know if she is promiscuous. None of her testimony addressed any of that.

    She stated that women less well-off than her would be hurt if the pill wasn’t covered. The pill is regularly prescribed for things like acne, irregular menstruation, and ovarian cysts. Those can all be very legitimate medical problems.

    Have some class and refrain from calling women sluts on the internet. I doubt that you would sign your real name to something like that. I hope not.

      • Zach says:

        Doesn’t look like anything too shocking to me. She’s a member of associations that reflect her views. She’s studied the things she talked to congress about. What’s the controversy?

      • garvan says:

        Maybe it doesn’t look “shocking” to you, Zach, but it does to those of us who value liberty over the tyranny of the liberal left.

        The “controversy” is that she deliberately chose a Catholic
        law school for the express purpose of subverting their deeply held religious views. This is reprehensible.

        No offense, but if you agree with her agenda, it logically follows that you are an enemy of liberty.

      • Zach says:

        Enough with the paranoia. She chose a quality education, and the vast majority of Catholics see contraception as acceptable. The vast majority of Catholic couples practice contraception. The president of her Catholic University, while disagreeing with her views, has nonetheless been very supportive of her right to express them free from personal attack.

        Yes, she is liberal. You don’t have to agree with her and no one is saying you do. You should however, even though you are not required to, refrain from personally attacking her by labeling her a slut and a prostitute. There is no law preventing you from doing so, but most people would view it as common manners and decency.

        Fluke has every right to express her opinion on contraception. Rush has every right to say he thinks she’s a slut. And Rush’s advertisers have every right to exercise their speech by leaving his show. I am no enemy of liberty, I just wouldn’t associate myself with anyone who calls women sluts on the radio.

      • garvan says:

        Enough with the red herrings. It’s irrelevant that Catholic couples contracept. It’s irrelevant that she “chose a quality education.”

        There are many universities that offer “quality education.”

        She chose Georgetown precisely because it was Catholic, and was fully aware of their stance on contraception.

        Saul Alinsky would be proud of her.

      • Zach says:

        Come on, Garvan. Georgetown doesn’t require their students to agree with the Catholic stance on contraception to attend. It doesn’t even require them to be Catholic. The president and faculty are just as disgusted with Rush as the rest of the public. You are the only one going on about Saul Alinsky.

      • garvan says:

        ANOTHER Zach red herring. No university, including a Catholic one, can require any student to believe anything.

        But we’re not talking about her beliefs here.

        We’re talking about the university’s Catholic beliefs, and those beliefs include the immorality (in their view) of contraception.

        These religious beliefs are reflected in the range of things not covered in their health insurance policies: contraception and abortion.

        Fluke knew about those beliefs before she enrolled. Had she not intended to pull an Alinsky trick on them she would have gone to a law school which offered the health insurance benefits she deems necessary.

        Her creation of the controversy was part of the well-planned Democrat strategy to inject contraception into the presidential race. After all, Obama can’t run on his record.

        She succeed probably way beyond her expectations.

      • Zach says:

        I find it hard to believe that Democrats injected contraception into the election campaign. They certainly must be giddy with joy that it’s taken such a central role, but I wouldn’t credit them with making it that way.

        If Santorum would have only shut up a few months ago we wouldn’t be here. If Rush would have found the strength to refrain from calling women sluts for wanting contraception we wouldn’t be here. Instead, these two conservatives (among others), have handed the Democrats an enormous gift.

        Talk about Alinsky all you want, there’s no way we’d be here without the actions of Rick and Rush.

      • garvan says:

        The Democrats are brilliant strategists compared to the Republicans, whom Mary Matalin termed “The Stupid Party.”

        After all, members of which party let Democrats moderate their debates and pick the questions?

        Obama can’t run on his socialist record, so the Dems needed to gin up “issues” to divert the attention of the ignorati who comprise such a huge segment of the electorate.

        One of the issues was the non-issue, contraception. They assigned their lapdog tool, George Stephanopolous, to introduce it at one of the debates.

        He posed the contraception question to Mitt Romney who fortunately didn’t bite.

        But Rick Santorum subsequently got sucked in on this non-issue, and here we are.

        Next, the Democrats substituted Mz Fluke for the Rev. Barry Lynn at the irrelevant hearing. She was perfect, and even caused Rush to step in it.

        Mz. Fluke’s role was to again inject the non-issue of contraception into the national consciousness, and she did so, in true Alinsky fashion, by attacking probably the one remaining residue of Catholicism at Georgetown, their refusal to include birth control in their health insurance.

        Fluke was brilliant. She played Rush, the right wing media, the president of Georgetown and 130 faculty members like a harp.

        But even without Rush, Fluke and her Democrat handlers were brilliant, because she and her phony issue dominated two or three news cycles.

        Would that there were Republican strategists as savvy as the Dems. It’s high time Republicans bought, read, and put into practice the strategies Saul Alinsky laid out in his “Rules for Radicals.”

      • Zach says:

        So Fluke and Stephanopolous are brilliant masterminds, while Santorum and Limbaugh are hapless fools? The democrats are cunning strategists who play republicans like fools too dumb to know any better? Seems like a rather strange argument. Doesn’t paint either side in a very good light.

        I think the truth is quite a bit simpler than that. Fluke is an activist passionate about liberal reproductive causes, and Rush and Rick don’t know when to shut up and as such are always finding their feet in their mouths. Rush was way out of line, period, and there are plenty of people ready to take advantage of that. If Romney et. al. were smart they would call a spade a spade and denounce unambiguously what he said and kill the issue. It seems, however, that the candidates are afraid to publicly cross Limbaugh. These are the guys that are supposed to be running our economy and keeping us out of war with Iran?

  9. Annie O. says:

    Good one, Matt! Re Pro Flowers, it wasn’t beyond their ‘values’ several years ago to share my Visa # with one of their ‘partners’ who was billing me for a service I never asked for or signed up for monthly to the tune of $15 a month. A close check of my bill finally smoked them out. When I chewed tail at Pro Flowers they assured me that they were sooooo sorry and had stopped that policy. JERKs! Don’t give them your business now that we know their true colors…black and Obama blue.

  10. ZOO says:

    I believe that Limbaugh should have just referred to the matter as ‘taxpayer-funded orgasms’ and let it go at that. He strayed from the issue to attack the messenger and thus the backlash.

  11. GreenAcres says:

    theweeklystandard.com has an article entitled “Will Obama Super PAC Return Misogynist Bill Maher’s Million-Dollar Donation?” This article, posted March 5 and written by John McCormack, references the many descriptive words and phrases that Maher has repeatedly used publicly when referring to Michelle Bachmann or Sarah Palin.

    It used to be that there was a double standard. Now, it’s just flat out ‘them vs. US”.

  12. Realist says:

    FREEDOM OF SPEECH, as well as the right to bear arms, is under assault by the leftist regime in this country. I’ve always heard you can’t play the game if you don’t know the players.
    Well…with all of this hullabaloo over “The Doctor of Democracy”, we’re finding out who the freedom “haters” are in the United States. I truly believe without Rush Limbaugh we would already be under the rule of tyrants. He is one of the main people who has helped keep this country free. He needs and deserves our support!
    Just remember even though the leftists are in the minority – they control the U.S. Government, the media and Hollywood. We need to do all we can to get out the message of FREEDOM – to effectively discredit the motives of these sick-misguided fools.

  13. garvan says:

    I think it’s important to show our support for Rush. Tonight I signed up for his newsletter and 24/7 report. Consider doing the same.

    And of course it would be helpful to let the politically correct CEOs of the 9 ex-sponsors know how you feel, what you plan to do, etc.

    For starters, here’s one:
    David Friend, CEO Carbonite
    177 Huntington Ave
    Boston, MA 02155

  14. teapartytami says:

    to continue the above points jeffrey lord in american spectator
    fleshes out the background of all the ceo’s who are radicals

    http://spectator.org/archives/2012/03/05/rally-for-rush

  15. Sgt. Preston says:

    Another sponsor who is sticking with Rush Limbaugh spoke out today. LifeLock, the anti-identify theft company, said it will remain as the conservative host’s radio advertiser.

    “We do not agree with Rush Limbaugh’s recent comments but we acknowledge his apology.”

    LifeLock joins American Forces Radio, Hillsdale College- a school that refuses to accept federal funding — and Lear Capital among sponsors that are keeping their sponsorship of Rush. Let’s give them our business as thanks!!!!!! You sure can’t do better than to send your kids to Hillsdale.

  16. Night Owl says:

    Now I read that Fluke is considering a lawsuit against Rush — who was merely exercising his First Amendment rights of freedom of speech. This issue has suddenly revealed itself as a liberal money grab. They want the delicious irony of Rush funding Obama’s campaign by way of major donations from Fluke.

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