There is a bit of irony here. Limbaugh has been in the media’s gun sights for as long as he has been on the air. Rush Limbaugh has been vilified and called every name in the book by the left. So he trashed Sandra Fluke by calling her a whore and a slut.
I figure she thinks that the government should pay for her sex life, well then perhaps she should examine her own life and not have sex at all. After all that is the easiest way to not become pregnant. JD
The fallout from Rush Limbaugh’s verbal attack on a law school student escalated Friday as Detroit-based Quicken Loans pulled its advertising from the conservative commentator’s radio show and Ann Arbor-based Domino’s Pizza spent Friday pointing out that it does not advertise on the show, despite incorrectly appearing on a list and getting pummeled with online criticism.
The Michigan companies became embroiled in a national backlash against Limbaugh, who on Thursday called Sandra Fluke, a third-year Georgetown University law student, a “slut” and a “prostitute” on his show.
Fluke had testified before Congress last month about the need for health insurance coverage for contraception. On Friday, Limbaugh continued his attack, saying on his show that she “admits to having so much sex that she can’t afford it anymore. And thus, a new welfare entitlement must be created so that society will pay for it.”
On Friday, President Barack Obama called Fluke, speaking with her for several minutes, said White House press secretary Jay Carney. “He wanted to offer his support to her,” Carney said, adding that Obama considers Limbaugh’s comments “reprehensible.”
“He’s really a very kind man,” Fluke told the Associated Press of Obama. “He just called to express concern for me and to make sure I was OK and to say that he supported me.”
As for Limbaugh’s remarks, Fluke said, “I just thought that they were really outside the bounds of civil discourse.”
Limbaugh’s comments also drew a rebuke from House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
Calls for Limbaugh’s sponsors to pull their ads rocketed through cyberspace, and at least three companies did, including Quicken.
In a statement Friday, Paula Silver, a spokeswoman for Quicken, the nation’s largest online mortgage lender, said: “Due to Rush Limbaugh’s continued inflammatory comments — along with the valuable feedback we have received from our clients and team members — Quicken Loans has suspended all advertising on the Rush Limbaugh radio program.”
Quicken Loans is a private company owned by Dan Gilbert, a Detroit businessman and Cleveland Cavaliers owner.
Unlike Quicken, Domino’s does not advertise on Limbaugh’s show. But the pizza chain appeared on a list of the show’s sponsors and was bombarded with e-mails and tweets from people wanting the company to pull its ads.
“We have never advertised on Rush Limbaugh’s show,” said Tim McIntyre, a Domino’s spokesman. “We’re not sure how this false rumor got started. We’ve been playing social media Whac-a-Mole all day.”
He said the company hasn’t advertised on radio for at least six months, and its policy has always been to avoid “intentionally inflammatory” shows.
Domino’s is a public company founded in Ypsilanti in 1960 by Tom Monaghan. In 1998, he sold it to Massachusetts private equity firm Bain Capital and is now involved in Catholic education and philanthropy efforts.
The controversy over birth control arose after the Obama administration initially required religiously affiliated universities and hospitals to pay for contraception coverage for their employees, with the exception of houses of worship.
The administration then modified the rule so insurers, not the institutions themselves, would pay.
Fluke told Congress last month that Georgetown, a Jesuit institution, does not provide contraception coverage in its student health plan and that contraception can cost a woman more than $3,000 during law school.
The Democratic-controlled Senate blocked Republican-sponsored legislation Thursday that would let any employer or insurer exclude coverage for any health service that violates their religious beliefs.
On Wednesday, Limbaugh unleashed an often savage verbal assault on Fluke.
“What does it say about the college co-ed … who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex?” he said. “It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute.”
At Georgetown, more than 130 faculty members signed a letter praising Fluke.
University President John DeGioia said Limbaugh responded to Fluke “with behavior that can only be described as misogynistic, vitriolic and a misrepresentation of the position of our student.”
On Thursday, aware of the firestorm he had ignited, Limbaugh was unapologetic. “I think this is hilarious,” he said.
On Friday, Limbaugh scoffed at the concept of a conservative “war on women.”
“Amazingly, when there is the slightest bit of opposition to this new welfare entitlement being created, then all of a sudden we hate women! We want ‘em barefoot and pregnant,” he said.