Clear Channel’s Premiere Radio Networks Inc., which hosts Rush Limbaugh’s radio program, issued a statement Sunday saying, "We respect the right of Mr. Limbaugh, as well as the rights of those who disagree with him, to express those opinions."
This statement falls squarely into one of three categories: disingenuous, misogynist, or both. Is Clear Channel, which ought to rename itself Smear Channel if it is going to stand by this statement, actually saying that it respects Limbaugh’s calling someone a slut and a prostitute? Apparently so. Clear Channel employees should strike.
It is not often that the facts are as clear and simple and straightforward as these. Limbaugh, who I prefer to call, given my allegiance to rigorous honesty (which compels me to be as accurate as possible when writing), Slimebaugh, called a woman a slut and a prostitute, and, his verbal onslaught went on for three days. By verbally abusing her, he not only verbally abuses all women, he verbal abuses all people. Our common humanity is not separated by gender; it never has been.
Let us not forget that Sandra Fluke, by testifying before Congress, was engaging in an act that is testimony to all that is good and powerful and wonderful about democracy!
As of this writing eight sponsors have suspended their advertising on Limbaugh’s program. This is a step in the right direction, but, at the moment, it is a small step and it is, sadly, not enough. There is more muscle that can be applied if people who work for Clear Channel’s Premiere Radio Networks simply walk off the job. As long as Limbaugh remains employed, staying on the job with Clear Channel’s Premiere Radio Networks is equivalent to working for a company that persecutes blacks, Hispanics, Jews, Gays, Lesbians, Muslims, Catholics, people with disabilities and so on.
Until this man is fired, all remaining sponsors should be pulling their ads and Clear Channel employees should be walking off the job.