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POLL: Did Rush Limbaugh Have to Apologize?

What's your opinion on the conservative talk show host taking on the feminist law student?

Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh was in the headlines this week after he called law student Sandra Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute" in response to her testimony to a Congressional committee.

Fluke, a women's rights activist, is a law student at Georgetown University, who has argued that the cost of contraception should be covered by student health insurance. In her remarks on Capitol Hill, Fluke said it is cost prohibitive for a sexually active student to pay for the cost of birth control for a full year.

Limbaugh used his radio broadcasts to address this topic off and on for three days, criticizing Fluke for her stance - accusing her of being promiscuous and calling her a "slut" and "prostitute." He later apologized on air but is still feeling the repercussions of his remarks, since several of his radio sponsors have pulled out.

Was Limbaugh right in his substance, but not the way he went about his comments? Was he totally off base?

Tell us what you think.

Nick Muson March 15, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Well that's your opinion, John, and I didn't make any comparisons between anyone and anyone. You boil-down 3 people you admit you only have passing familiarity with to one-dimensional characters who are easily dismissed, and then you dismiss them. "they have a large influence but on people already in their camp." There are differing levels of influence, John, must you be so black-and-white? And within their "camps" they can influence direction and language, which is still influence. I don't know why I am arguing with you. Go to any thread on any message board in the history of message boards, and someone will wander in and tell everyone why they shouldn't care. If you don't care, why are you posting? It says something about a person. Apologies for getting involved.
John Fonseca March 15, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Nick, You don't know why you're arguing with me? Well, at the point that I got tired of counting, I found 15 of the previous posts under your name contain personal attacks and/or name calling. You mentioned the strawman and sophistry. How about arguing ad hominem? The funny thing is that I agree with a large part of what you're saying, but the way in which your arguments are presented erodes their effectiveness greatly, in my opinion. Apology accepted.
Nick Muson March 15, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Right John, that's why I was personally invited to blog on Maplewood Patch, because my arguments are so lame. You are confused about what a personal attack is, I think. Telling someone their argument sucks is not a personal attack, it's just an attack. Don't be so sensitive.
Mary Mann March 16, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Nick, Please see my email.
Greg March 22, 2012 at 07:56 PM
no one wants to admit it but this entire debate is the result of middle aged white men who are concerned about the preservation of the white race in america as the majority. No one in mainstream news will say it, but that's really the driving force behind this. Just think about it! Why would republicans propose something that is so unpopular amongst women. Someone feels this comment is inappropriate. O.K. that's fair. But think about this and look out how long the white race will be the majority in the USA and I'm certain you'll look at this entire debate differently and with a little insight

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