Rush Limbaugh continues to hemorrhage sponsors after attacking Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke as a prostitute and a slut and instead of laying low and letting the entire scandal blow over Limbaugh is doing what Limbaugh does best: going after women.
This time the woman is journalist and author Tracie McMillan. McMillian spent almost a year working low-paying jobs at Wal-Mart, Applebees, and other places as background for her book “The American Way of Eating.” Limbaugh spent the first hour of his program ostensibly discussing the book, if by discussing the book we mean attacking the author on the basis of her youth, education and lack of publicly identified significant other calling her an “authorette” who is somehow not deserving of legitimate professional accolades.
From Limbaugh’s official transcript:
What is it with all of these young single white women, overeducated — doesn’t mean intelligent. For example, Tracie McMillan, the author of this book, seems to be just out of college and already she has been showered with awards, including the 2006 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Social justice journalism. This woman who wrote the book on food inequality, food justice, got an award for social justice journalism.
Are you listening, America? It is all these educated young women going out and doing things that is threatening your freedom.
McMillian’s response was pitch-perfect in so many ways. In an interview in Forbes, she describes group up in rural Michigan, in the heart of Limbaugh country noting that Limbaugh’s politics are not “alien” to her at all. Until, of course, Limbaugh starts talking about women. “But this really intense dismissal of women by someone like Rush Limbaugh, who’s considered an authority by a lot of people — that, to me, is distressing. I just wasn’t expecting anybody to say flat out that my work wasn’t valid because I’m a single woman.”
The rest of Limbaugh’s remarks are equally revealing. McMillian notes she’s hardly over-educated with simply a bachelor’s degree. “I only have a B.A. I don’t have an advanced degree,” she says. “Maybe he thinks women shouldn’t go to college at all?”
The story here isn’t that Limbaugh went out and attacked another woman. After all, Media Matters and has a treasure trove of instances where Limbaugh’s misogyny runs unabated. The story is that, after twenty-plus years, the press seems unwilling to give Limbaugh the pass for this kind of behavior that he’s usually enjoyed.
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