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Can Rush Limbaugh Survive the Outcry of His Comments About Sandra Fluke?
ABC News ^ | March 6, 2012 | Suzan Clarke

Posted on 03/06/2012 5:04:08 AM PST by Zakeet

Can conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh’s program survive the firestorm of criticism that’s been leveled at him since he labeled Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” because the law school student argued before the Congress that her school’s health insurance should cover contraception for female students?

Experts say Limbaugh is so powerful that he’s likely to weather this latest controversy. ”The Rush Limbaugh Show” is the top-rated radio show in the country, reaching an estimated 15 million listeners on nearly 600 stations. So far, only two stations — WBEC in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and KPUA in Hilo, Hawaii — have dropped his program because of his comments.

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And at least nine advertisers, among them AOL, ProFlowers and Quicken Loans, have pulled their advertising, even as there are growing calls for a listener boycott and for Limbaugh to be fired.

Asked about how she feels about the pressure that Limbaugh is facing now, Fluke told ABC News’ Dan Harris: “I don’t think it’s going to be a bad thing for the women of America if we don’t hear this type of rhetoric again.”

But that’s unlikely. Even those advertisers who’ve pulled their sponsorship will likely come back, experts said.

“We’ve seen this many times in the past,” Michael Harrison, publisher of Talkers magazine, which covers the talk radio industry, told Forbes magazine. “Some of the advertisers that left will come back, and some will be replaced. Life will go on.”

Some experts believe this latest controversy could actually benefit Limbaugh by bringing him more publicity.

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Fluke said she doesn’t want to hear from Limbaugh personally.

“I don’t think there’s any way to put those words back in the bottle,” she said. “The damage to my reputation is done.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fluke; imussurvived; limbaugh; rushsponsors; sandytheslut; slut; talkradio
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1 posted on 03/06/2012 5:04:13 AM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

They can’t ignore 20 million listeners and even more now days.


2 posted on 03/06/2012 5:06:57 AM PST by tobyhill (Fight Fire With Fire)
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To: Zakeet

Rush has to be relentless in equating with the Bill Maher Sarah Palin comments.


3 posted on 03/06/2012 5:07:30 AM PST by toddausauras (FUMR x 1,000)
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To: Zakeet

LOL!!

These graphics just keep getting better!


4 posted on 03/06/2012 5:08:33 AM PST by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: Zakeet

Day 5 of the liberal media-created narrative... Ignore the economy. Ignore Iran.

Focus on Rush Limbaugh and birth control pills and the GOP’s “war on woman.”

The media is so f-n corrupt.


5 posted on 03/06/2012 5:08:43 AM PST by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else (Maybe Tim Thomas))
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To: Zakeet

From ABC. Yawn.


6 posted on 03/06/2012 5:09:07 AM PST by Shannon
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To: Zakeet

Obama would like nothing more than to shut Rush up before the election. It is time now to take down Ms Fluke. Expose her for what she is, she voluntarily made herself a public figure and now she needs to see what it feels like to be exposed. Ambition is a harsh master, let’s see if she can take it.


7 posted on 03/06/2012 5:09:30 AM PST by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: Zakeet

“The damage to my reputation is done.”

She did her own damage by being a lying hypocrite, 30 year old activist, knowingly going to a Catholic University that did not provide what she wanted.


8 posted on 03/06/2012 5:09:37 AM PST by tobyhill (Fight Fire With Fire)
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To: Zakeet

Rush will be fine. Really.


9 posted on 03/06/2012 5:10:23 AM PST by Longbow1969
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To: Zakeet

Yes.

Next question.


10 posted on 03/06/2012 5:10:34 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Zakeet

I’d like to see Rush go nuclear on the fake birth certificate, fake selective service registration, fake SSN, ...


11 posted on 03/06/2012 5:11:28 AM PST by ILS21R (Never give up.)
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To: Zakeet
"she said. “The damage to my reputation is done.”"

Lady(liberal use of the term), you're 'reputation' is the Sealy mattress logo on your back.

12 posted on 03/06/2012 5:12:11 AM PST by Wizdum (My job is to get you to shoot soda out your nose)
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To: tobyhill

He survived quite well when our government, led by Harry Reid, tried to shut him down a few years ago.


13 posted on 03/06/2012 5:14:06 AM PST by shelterguy
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To: Zakeet

—“I don’t think there’s any way to put those words back in the bottle,” she said. “The damage to my reputation is done.”—

One would think she is talking about her testimony. ;-)

How, exactly, has Rush damaged her reputation? It’s kinda silly, actually, to even suggest it. It assumes she has no venue to defend it. Clearly that is not the case here. :-)


14 posted on 03/06/2012 5:14:09 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Shannon

Alphabet News for the immature. double yawn.


15 posted on 03/06/2012 5:15:46 AM PST by Gasshog (going to get what all those libs asked for, but its not what they expected.)
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To: Zakeet
The author...

Suzan Clarke

Suzan ClarkeSuzan Clarke has been a reporter for The Journal News in Rockland since 2002, where she has covered numerous beats, including town and village government, community affairs and crime. She now reports on immigration, religion and diversity.

E-mail Suzan Clarke at snclarke@lohud.com

16 posted on 03/06/2012 5:15:56 AM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: Zakeet

Rush is laughing all the way to the bank on this one. For every advertiser they lose, ten want in. It is also clear that the left is going “all in” to try to make this the end of him. They’ve done it before.

He’s just too big now. They are forgetting he is not a politician. And in the end, this will make him better, while fluke will go down in history with names like Anita Hill.


17 posted on 03/06/2012 5:16:16 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: toddausauras
or pointing out that Bill Maher is such a little man preaching to such a little choir, that his vulgar
public comments don't seem to count to liberals

I look forward to seeing who are Rush;s advertisers in 6 months

I know the sponsors who bail over this orchestrated boycott being driven by a radical agenda to protect flaming liberal “free speech” speech and squelch conservative political commentary, are off my list no matter whether they ever come back or not

I look forward to these companies discovering how many real customers are in this flock of sheep flooding their offices with demands to boycott Limbaugh

18 posted on 03/06/2012 5:16:21 AM PST by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: silverleaf

Needs to be photoshpped with a beret.


19 posted on 03/06/2012 5:17:02 AM PST by trustandobey (I am Breitbart)
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To: Zakeet

She never testified before congress, it was a staged show by Pelosi.

Pray for America


20 posted on 03/06/2012 5:18:21 AM PST by bray (More Batting Practice for the Bambino)
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To: Shannon

I can only imagine the NUMBER of potential advertisers on the waiting list to buy time on the Rush Limbaugh Radio Show.
Rush is a very intelligent man. This will probably serve to increase his listener ship. My only regret is that Rush is falling into the RATS and the lame-stream media trap. That is, forget about the economy, unemployment, price of oil and gas, American disrespect around the world, CZARS, government spending, so Obama can easily win re-election. RUSH is spending way too much time on this contraception issue when there are so many things that need to be discussed about this failure - Obama.


21 posted on 03/06/2012 5:18:46 AM PST by Mr. Wright
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To: silverleaf

Good points. The thing about Rush is that he is much more than just an entertainer. His take on the political events of the day is essential imho. Therefore he could be broadcasting out of his bedroom and millions would still listen. I predict this will end up being a good thing in exposing the nastiness of the left.


22 posted on 03/06/2012 5:19:11 AM PST by toddausauras (FUMR x 1,000)
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To: Zakeet

All that and a dyke as well.


23 posted on 03/06/2012 5:19:18 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: Zakeet

OLD NEWS.

NOBODY CARES.

TIME TO "MOVE ON".


24 posted on 03/06/2012 5:19:25 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ("The door is open" PALIN 2012)
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To: Zakeet

Honey, your reputation was “done” the moment you opened up your sex life to congress.


25 posted on 03/06/2012 5:20:40 AM PST by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: tobyhill

Of course he can survive—and probably come out even stronger.

This came from ABC news—can they survive continually calling this woman a law student?


26 posted on 03/06/2012 5:23:02 AM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Zakeet

I LOVE it!


27 posted on 03/06/2012 5:23:02 AM PST by sheikdetailfeather (Sandra Fluck is a Schmuck and Obama is her Pimp!)
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To: nolongerademocrat
It is time now to take down Ms Fluke.

Publicity whores are best left ignored.

28 posted on 03/06/2012 5:23:06 AM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: Zakeet

Not only will he *survive* it....he will be even stronger than before. His listener numbers will rise!!!

....and tons of advertisers will want to take advantage of that. :-)


29 posted on 03/06/2012 5:24:02 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: raybbr
She now reports on immigration, religion and diversity

I'll bet she plays it straight down the middle /sarc.

30 posted on 03/06/2012 5:24:29 AM PST by relictele (We are officially OUT of other people's money!)
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To: Wizdum
Miss Fluke just illustrates the poor state of higher education in the U.S. today.

One would assume that a college student would know that women can't get each other pregnant.

31 posted on 03/06/2012 5:25:02 AM PST by SecondAmendment (Restoring our Republic at 9.8357x10^8 FPS)
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To: silverleaf

Just canceled my HBO


32 posted on 03/06/2012 5:25:34 AM PST by navysealdad (http://drdavehouseoffun.com/)
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To: Zakeet

She is worried about her reputation? Any unmarried woman who needs so much birth control that she can’t afford to pay for it, and is brazen enough to go before an audience to plead her case has pretty much made her own reputation!


33 posted on 03/06/2012 5:26:46 AM PST by JudyinCanada
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To: Last Dakotan

I would agree if she wasn’t a Democratic Political Operative. Her connections to the Democratic party need to be exposed in their entirety.


34 posted on 03/06/2012 5:27:24 AM PST by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: Zakeet
...the law school student argued before the Congress...
If she had argued before the Congress then her testimony would be available from a government source.

I can't seem to find her testimony from any government source.

So is that going to be the meme? She testified before Congress when she actually didn't?

35 posted on 03/06/2012 5:31:25 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Zakeet
The only ABC that is worthy is “Anyone But Clinton.”
36 posted on 03/06/2012 5:31:37 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: tobyhill

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37 posted on 03/06/2012 5:31:48 AM PST by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as natural behavior.)
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To: Zakeet

He apologized for calling Sandra Fucke a slut. That’s all the Communists require so let’s move on.

I, too, am sorry Sandra that you are a slut. Or is it that I am sorry for having called you a slut?. Oh, nevermind, it really doesn’t make a difference if you are a slut or not since far too many of the women in your generation are sluts. This is the mind of most men who have intercourse with women who go down for almost any man. In my day, we just called them whores. Maybe, you would prefer being called a whore? Everyone knew what they were and preferred not to marry one if it could be helped.

Once again, Sandra, I am truly sorry that you are a slut or were called a slut. Please let us know how you would like to be characterized for your condom testimony and being used as a prostitute for the Dems who paraded you before the nation (like a slut).


38 posted on 03/06/2012 5:31:50 AM PST by veritas2002
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To: navysealdad

HBO on the list of corporate sheeple too?

Let me guess- their “corporate values” embrace carrying shows by Bill Maher, Michael Moore, Letterman, Leno, Rosie, Whoopi, Sandra Bernhardt, Olbermann, and others who introduced unprecedented vulgarity into the public discourse whan attacking Governor Palin AND HER CHILDREN


39 posted on 03/06/2012 5:32:53 AM PST by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: nhwingut
Day 5 of the liberal media-created narrative

The sharks got a taste of blood in the water.

When George Steffie brought up contraception in the January debates, most said 'huh????'

Well, the Dems/Left/MSM were setting a trap. Their intent was to catch one or more of the GOP nominees. Unintended consequences -- they caught a bigger fish. Limbaugh got caught.

Now, Limbaugh is on the apology tour. [How many will it take? Lott has around 7, Allen around 6, Imus, several.] It will continued until the announcement:The attorneys have meet and have agreed to a settlement for an undisclosed amount.

This one will cost Limbaugh -- in lost advertising revenue, in lost stations, in the settlement for an undisclosed amount. He will be lucky to survive. Imus had to leave the airwaves, and the Dems/Left/MSM will continue trying to get Limbaugh removed.

Limbaugh couldn't have given the Dems/Left/MSM a better distraction from real issues.
40 posted on 03/06/2012 5:33:07 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Shannon
From ABC.
They need the hits to their transcript link.
41 posted on 03/06/2012 5:33:07 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Zakeet

Ah yes, they are all so just “so worried” about Rush’s future (pouty lips).


42 posted on 03/06/2012 5:33:25 AM PST by Thorliveshere
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To: tobyhill

““I don’t think there’s any way to put those words back in the bottle,” she said. “The damage to my reputation is done.””

HAHAHAHAH!


43 posted on 03/06/2012 5:33:50 AM PST by Pravious
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To: Zakeet

I guess that I’ll just make this posting on the Rush threads.


A lot of us wonder what we can do. We can call the sponsors, but they (obviously) get a lot more calls from the left than they do from us, or this wouldn’t be happening. We can stop using them, which we are, of course. That will hurt them in the long run.

But we can sting them in the short run also. The Stock Identifier for Carbonite, for example, is CARB. There is nothing prevents us from using our pocketbook to short them (I made a killing shorting financials, especially Countrywide, when it was obvious the mortgage meltdown was about to start - my wife is still driving the car that Countrywide bought us). Now, to stay clear of the SEC, I am not telling people to short companies like CARB, I’m only saying that it is an option to people who might be thinking that they made a bad business decision. And remember, as their stock goes down (if it does), then their owners will be watching their little pot of gold shrink too.


44 posted on 03/06/2012 5:34:41 AM PST by BobL (I don't care about his past - Santorum will BRING THE FIGHT to Obama)
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To: Zakeet
“The damage to my reputation is done.”

Damage to her reputation??? She is now a made woman to the Left and the publicity is worth millions and a bright red future.

45 posted on 03/06/2012 5:35:06 AM PST by Truth29
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To: raybbr

“She now reports on immigration, religion and diversity.”

Always good to know there’s a diversity reporter out there.


46 posted on 03/06/2012 5:35:11 AM PST by Pravious
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To: Zakeet

If ABC News was actually a news organization they would look into Ms fluke’s radical partisan background, and explore how Pelosi and her parasites exploited this matter with the help of Obama’s Media PAC.


47 posted on 03/06/2012 5:35:25 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: raybbr
She now reports on immigration, religion and diversity.
Reeeeally! Most interesting.
48 posted on 03/06/2012 5:35:44 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: veritas2002

It’s FLUKE, her name is FLUKE

pronounced as FLUCK

the jokes write themselves

Her name will join Monica Lewinsky’s as a new noun or verb


49 posted on 03/06/2012 5:35:59 AM PST by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: tobyhill

“She did her own damage by being a lying hypocrite, 30 year old activist, knowingly going to a Catholic University that did not provide what she wanted.”

Georgetown should just expel her. It’s a private university and it was clear she had a motive that doesn’t jibe with the Catholic faith.

When the libs jump in and demand her first amendment rights are being inpinged on, the right can just come back and ask what about Rush’s comments?


50 posted on 03/06/2012 5:38:41 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Most Conservative in the Primary, the Republican Nominee in the General.)
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