Corporate sponsors and radio stations are dropping Rush Limbaugh in the aftermath of his attacks on law student Sandra Fluke -- attacks that follow decades of Limbaugh smearing mothers and daughters and that come in the midst of widespread efforts to put women in their place.
We all want to live in a country where our mothers, sisters, and daughters are valued and respected. In Rush Limbaugh's America, it's okay to call a young woman you disagree with a "slut" and "prostitute" in front of millions of people and demand she create sex videos for you to watch.
Limbaugh didn't just attack law student Sandra Fluke 46 times in three days and demand to watch her having sex -- he incited his millions of listeners to join in. Rush Limbaugh and politicians too scared to denounce him want to put women in their place. That's what this is about.
Republicans want to put women in their place. That's what all of this is about.
Americans are joining together to speak out because Rush Limbaugh's America isn't the America where we want to raise our daughters. His values are not what we want to instill in our children.
And American companies are getting the message: what's bad for women and families is bad for business.
Let's stand up for an America where every girl can grow up believing she can be anything -- not an America that stands by when Limbaugh and his right-wing allies try to put her back in her place.
- No other public figure has gone after a young woman 46 times in three days -- just because she testified before Congress on a public policy -- with personal attacks and demanded that she post sex tapes online so he could watch.
- Anyone with a mother, wife, daughter, or sister knows that rhetoric like this crosses the line -- no matter your ideology or political party.
- Have we really reached a point where people care more about defending ideological allies than standing up for what is right and good in America? This isn't about sides but about decency and basic American values.
- Rush Limbaugh's radio show has more listeners than any other radio show in America and conservative politicians have been putting him on a pedestal as "a great leader" for years.
- If Limbaugh is truly just an entertainer, he's trying to ruin other people's lives just to make money and for ratings. That's all the more reason to pulls ads off his show.
- And the politicians who claim to be champions of family values and protectors of children should be the first and the loudest to condemn him.
Some Say: "Sandra Fluke is a Democratic plant."
- Sandra Fluke is a Georgetown law school student who was asked to testify before a Congressional committee about a policy issue, and that's what she did. She spoke her mind -- no one else's.
- Here's what was really partisan: Republicans' refusal to let her testify at their own hearing on contraception and Republicans' refusal to condemn Limbaugh and send a message to our children that this is not how to treat people.
- First of all, this claim is just wrong. Sandra Fluke wanted to testify before Congress about private insurance covering contraception in the private health plans that private citizens pay for with their money.
- But if Republican politicians are seriously railing against contraception, they should talk to all the Americans who use it and support making it more accessible.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Click here for a continually updated list of the companies that have announced they will no longer advertise on Rush Limbaugh's show in response to his attacks on Sandra Fluke.
- As of March 6, 2012, 29 companies have dropped Limbaugh's show.
- But dozens of companies whose ads have aired on his show have not announced similar plans.
- Two radio stations have already announced they will no longer broadcast Limbaugh's radio show in response to his attacks against Sandra Fluke.
- Meanwhile, his right-wing media allies are defending him.
- High-profile Republicans, conservatives and right-wing media figures have put Limbaugh on a pedestal for years.
- Rush Limbaugh hosts the top-rated radio show in America, with up to 20 million listeners. And he's been using his show to disrespect mothers and daughters for decades.
- According to a new poll, Limbaugh's popularity among his core audience of Republicans has plummeted in the wake of his attacks on Sandra Fluke.
- Commentators and political strategists are openly saying that Limbaugh is also hurting the larger Republican party. And another new poll suggests they're on to something: President Obama now leads Mitt Romney among women 55% to 37% and unmarried women 65% to 30%.
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