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Posted on 03/05/2012 10:38:29 AM PST by Scoutmaster
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All of the statements Rush Limbaugh made about the amount of sex Fluke claimed she was having? They were false. Limbaugh's claims that Fluke was a 'slut' were specifically based (by Limbaugh, in Limbaugh's on word) on Limbaugh's erroneous claims that Fluke talked about the amount of sex she was having, or the cost of her contraception.
FR posters who have figured that out have asked on some threads "is Fluke going to sue Limbaugh?" In response, I briefly touch on defamation of a limited public figure.
"Briefly," because I'm as far from an expert on Times v. Sullivan and its progeny as anyone.
Truth is a defense in a libel suit.
If that will keep the story in the headlines and keep advertisers from the show and push Limbaugh off the air, of course she will sue.
Math is absolute.... with the testimony she gave, applied mathematically PROVES she is a slut.... at least according to the websters dictionary definition...
Sandra fluke is a PR prostitute, being pimped by the DNC.
She will do what they tell her.
The lawsuit will likely be against Rush and against each and every station that carries Rush. After all when you have Hoyer(sp?) and Obama on your side . . . .
Not a snow ball’s chance in Hell.
It’s called “discovery” and there is NO way she will go under oath and answer questions. Too many things about how her ‘testimony’ was arranged would be fair game.
Not when the leftists get done with it
Many of you know I had shoulder surgery and am working one-handed.
I lost part of the post (as far as I can tell acting under the influence of Percocet).
Fluke was probably a limited public figure. That's an indivudal those "thrust themselves to the forefront of particular public controversies in order to influence the resolution of the issues involved." Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc., 418 U.S. 323, 345.
I lost part of the post because of the mis-use of tags.
That’s a very astute analysis. In fact, the only part I disagree with you about is that conservatives feel Rush’s comments were demeaning. I’m conservative, and I don’t feel that way at all.
Once question: since you read the woman’s testimony (and I have no intention of doing so — I’m not big on having women publicly enthuse over promiscuity) can you tell us where Rush got the $3000 figure?
Of course she’s going to sue him, but it has nothing at all to do with the merits, or lack thereof of any legal action. The entire point is to attempt to link Rush to the Republican candidate, whoever that turns out to be in the minds of “moderate” and “independent” voters, and at the same time, create problems for the candidate with the base if/when he attempts to distance himself from El Rushbo.
Oh, and it also helps that we’re not talking about the crappy economy.
For the Rat machine, this is, in their minds, a “win win win”.
I think it’s going to backfire, because the left will enjoy the theater, but it won’t really put the fire in their bellies, because they see it for what it is: theater.
On the other hand, the activist right is really going to get pissed off, the harder the ‘Rat strategy gets pushed, because we see it as further evidence of the craven demagoguery of the left. Which is also what it is.
I think Rush should hire her as a spokesperson for Twoifbytea for one million dollars per year, with the stipulation that she pose for nude photos with bottles of tea. Thus creating a self-fulfilling prophecy ;-)
Like the old joke, it’s just a question of negotiating the price.
We have a winner, folks. joe fonebone didn't read or listen to the testimony.
From Ms. Fluke's testimony:
Without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school. For a lot of students who, like me, are on public interest scholarships, thats practically an entire summers salary. 40% of the female students at Georgetown Law reported to us that they struggle financially as a result of this policy."$3,000 during law school, not per year.
No, she won’t sue.
First, an opinion cannot be libel or slander. It is an opinion.
Second, truth is a defense to libel or slander ... so, if she convinced a court that it was a factual statement (rather than an opinion), she’d have to endure the other side trying to prove she’s a slut. I doubt she’d want that adjudicated. It wouldn’t be pretty.
Thanks for an intelligent discussion on this topic. I always like RUSH and this was the one time I was actually cringing listening to him. I watched some of her testimony and I couldn't understand why he was calling her a slut.
He clearly went over the line and I think it will sort itself out legally but I believe if she won some defamation suit she would deserve to win - I don't understand why he didn't realize how harsh it was to hear him speak like that.
Her testimony said she paid some huge amount for tuition and shouldn’t be expected to pay $3000 for birth control. She wants others to pay for it by having insurance pick it up...which means everyone’s insurance goes up to pay the cost of the drug plus administrative costs. That’s the nut of what Rush talked about.
A responsible person either says to themselves ‘I want to have sex and need to get protection and put it in my budget’, or says ‘wow, I may have to abstain until I can afford it.’ He tied her testimony to the similarities to prostitution. Then, when the math is done, and you add the amount of condoms one could purchase for $3000 it means multiple times per day every day.
The rest of her testimony was typical liberal sob stories that help justify more government.
Yeah. And you owe me a Diet Coke some day for making me go back to be certain I am absolutely correct in phrasing this.
Yeah. Fluke, the expert, who was talking about generalities, said:
Without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school.
Law school is three years long. That's $1,000 per year.
Well, from enrollment to graduation is less than 36 months, but you get the idea. She never said $3,000 per year. And she didn't say her contraception cost $3,000. She was being offered as an expert who talked about medical issues and contraception, as Limbaugh pointed out today when he explained why he apologized. And that's why she wasn't allowed to testify to Congress. She's not an expert on other women and the whole topic (she could have testified about herself).
Fluke keeps saying you can't get contraceptives from doctors...there's the untruth...Of course the doctor will give them for a condition including birth control but there are sometimes restrictions.
My doctor wouldn't write a prescription for me at age 35....because I smoked.....making me "stroke" material.
Thanks so much for the explanation. Sounds to me like she included herself among those who are paying an average of $1000 a year for birth control. Were I her, I would not want to parse this sentence in a court of law.
Her testimony(was it under oath?) was very slimy and dishonest. She testified that she represented other woman who were not identified and had not authorized her to speak for them. The stories she made up could never be verified. She also said female undergraduates were suffering financially and in other ways because they could not afford contraception. She said the cost of contraception for a law school student was $1000 per year or $3000 for the time in law school. Condoms cost less than $1 each, birth control pills are available for $9 per month. Tuition at Georgetown Law is over $20,000 per semester.
None of the articles talked about the specifics of her testimony.
Can someone get a list of Rush's sponsors who quit his show because of this? Someone should get the names and the contact information. Someone should draft a sample letter to send to them telling them how strongly we resent their cowardly political correctness and how we will NEVER use any of their products ever again and we will tell our friends not to buy their products.
The leftist MSM should not have the power to force sponsors to quit. We should tell these sponsors that they will pay a price for their cowardice.
We have the winning answer. I hope she does sue Rush. Rush has the money to hire the best lawyers and discovery would destroy Fluke and also bring to light that in all probability she is working hand in glove with the DNC or other Democrat organizations.
Stephanopolus started this whole issue when he asked Sanatorium about contraception. The whole purpose of this was to create a fire storm of controversy and news that would get the subject off the fact that our economy under Obama really sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!
wondering whether Fluke will sue Limbaugh for defamation or libel.
You are kidding right?
She is a political operative that has gotten what she wanted. She has served her purpose.
To sue would mean that she would have to prove that being called a slut was libel. Somehow I doubt she wants to go there.
It's not an opinion when Rush says "Sandra Fluke said she was have to much sex . . . " That's a statement of fact by Rush. The 'slut' thing is the least of Limbaugh's worries. He made dozens and dozens of specific 'factual' statements about what Fluke said . . . and Fluke didn't say any of those things.
truth is a defense to libel or slander
Well, yeah. Which is why Rush would clearly be in trouble if Fluke weren't a limited public figure. Because Rush made up all of those thing he claimed that Fluke said, and presented as fact as her statements.
The suit wouldn't be about whether she was a slut, it would be about whether she claimed she was having all of this sex and wanted to be paid for it. Did she make those claims? No, she did not. She never mentioned her own sex life a single time. Or her own contraception. Rush made all of that stuff up.
Let him/her/whatever buy condoms....Bunch of over educated dummies..It's more about disease than pregnancy. Stop spreading diseases...you've turned our nation into a bunch of _ _ _ _ _.
Rush was extrapolating, not quoting. But his words were rude.
On the other hand, destroying her in court might win the lawsuit, but alienate women to Rush and conservatives. Surely the MSM would just portray it like attacking a rape victim as ‘asking for it’. This whole thing is a mess and distracts from the real issue of religious freedom.
No it did not.
First, she never mentioned her tuition or the amount of her tuition.
Second, she never mentioned what she paid for her birth control.
Third, she never said whether she was on birth control or paying for it at all.
Fourth, she didn't give testimony. She wasn't sworn.
Would you like to read her statement and come back and play another round?
Ms. Fluke was the Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant Recipient of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, for "projects that make governmental and social institutions and agencies more accessible and responsive to members of society whose interests are not otherwise adequately recognized or asserted."
Nobody has yet established that Ms Fluke needs contraception.
In view of the volatility of the issue that she was testifying about, doesn’t that immediately make her a public figure?
It would never get that far. The suit would be settled.
But count me among those who think she won't sue. All this talk about suing is just fanning the flames to keep a controversy alive.
If what you say is true, she has even LESS credibility than I thought. It's like Jessica Lange giving testimony about how hard it is for farmers.
Rush said what he said on his radio show and then he fully apologized on his radio show.
That would be taken into account it if came to damages and probably won’t gain her a large settlement either.
He did. Multiple times. For example:
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.
But forget about calling her a slut. Given that Fluke never discussed her own sex life or contraception, what was the basis for this statement by Limbaugh: Sandra Fluke is
"a woman who is happily presenting herself as an immoral, baseless, no-purpose-to-her life woman. She wants all the sex in the world whenever she wants it, all the time, no consequences. No responsibility for her behavior."
Immoral, baseless, no-purpose-to-her life? Fluke never described her own life. Fluke never said she wanted 'all the sex in the world.'
Rush didn't just miss the bulls-eye on this on, or the target. He missed the wall and the dart hit the floor.
Click on the link to see the prices of many birth control pills. They are actually cheap. And if you are broke Planned parenthood will give them out at even cheaper prices. Prices of Birth Control Pills
They will just have Eric Holder sic his lefty lawyer attack dogs on him.
They are just playing into the hands of the media, however, since the world today is so twisted, it would not be far fetched to believe both sides are playing the middle for dough. That should be miserable prospect, but not too unlikely given todays growing uneducated populace.
Thank you for a rational discussion of this whole mess. Everyone who wants to continue this debate needs to read her testimony. It is only a few pages long. Rush went way out on a slender branch here and has handed all sorts of live ammunition to the leftist enemy. There is also background showing she is a longtime womens’ issues activist, is about 30 years old and enrolled to challenge the school health care policy. Those would have been better arguments to use. The name calling aids the left and will peel off some who don’t thoroughly research the issues.
Yes. That's what was ridiculous. That's what Rush should have had a field day with. And that's why she wasn't permitted to testify before Congress.
Instead, she was allowed to give a statement in front of a bunch of Democrats. And the ever-willing media covered it as if she were testifying before Congress. She wasn't under oath.
So. Think about it. She was there as an 'expert' on the topic of medical reasons why women needed birth control pills but were being denied them because 'contraception' wasn't covered by a health plan for religious reasons. It was a carefully written presentation that dealt with all of the outlier medical situations, and evil insurance companies interviewing women with medical conditions and physician orders, and deciding not to provide care because the insurer thought the woman just wanted the birth control pill so she could have sex.
That kind of nauseating Democrat story for the public.
But . . . it wasn't about having lots of sex at all. By Fluke or anyone else. It was about medical conditions that required the pill and evil healthcare plans denying it.
And Rush turned it into testimony about having lots of sex (wrong) by Fluke (who never mentioned her own sex life or use of contraception).
Her voluntary appearance with the specific intention of influencing public policy would I believe, qualify her as a public figure.
What’s the point of this thread? Is this like the third or fourth time you’ve posted this “analysis”?
bingo, and the appology essentially immunizes him from any litigation.
It also opens her entire life, not just this episode.
Also, it makes every democrat, phone record subject to discovery.
It also makes her school transcript history (ALL of it) subject to discovery.
Yeah? The blowhard Ms. Fluke didn't say it cost all women on the pill $1,000. She said the pill without insurance "can cost" over $1,000 per year (over $3,000 in three years).
That's a true statement, not Bravo Sierra. It's carefully written to shock, but it's true, isn't it?
And because Ms. Fluke's presentation was about women who allegedly needed the pill for specific medical conditions, I don't know that generic birth control pills work for the conditions she named.
Isn't it true that birth control pills can cost over $1,000 per year without a prescription if you have to have specific ones for a medical condition?
That's why this activist was asked to speak to Congress. To bring up this statistical outlier situations and present them as a crisis.
It would also be a vehicle to expose all her ties to the feminazi underground, which is how she was asked to testify in the first place. It would not be a good idea on her part to sue, she and the leftists are better off making as much hay as they can and then moving on to the next effort to destroy America.
Rush was discussing her testimony, not her personal life. He then asked the logical question about her testimony.
Fluke never specifically said who she was referring to. She was very dishonest about that. No one had authorized her to speak on their behalf. No other women were identified. Fluke said $3000 for contraception was as much as she herself made in one summer. She said women at Georgetown are suffering because they can not afford contraception. She did not specifically include or exclude herself from the women she said she was talking about.
Rush was commenting on her testimony, not the personal life of this 30 year old law student. The MSM coverage avoids all the specifics of Fluke’s testimony.
The point is Fluke’s testimony was dishonest and probably perjury. Rush commented on her testimony and it was taken out of context.
I want to be certain I have the facts straight. Can you tell me when and where she said that?
In her statement to Congress, she refers several times to doctors prescribing contraceptives for medical conditions - but insurers refusing to pay for them.
Fluke made several statements that were either falsehoods or mistakes.
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