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Limbaugh Widens His Attacks Against Women

Limbaugh Widens His Attacks Against Women

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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9:09AM PDT on May 15, 2012

Limbaugh is an idiot.

10:15AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Rush is his own form of birth control. No woman, except the most devoutly Republican, would have sex him. Perhaps a drugged addled paid prostitute; even then, only if she believed she would never be found out. After all, they both are professional prostitutes, but she has her reputation to think of.

Rush shows his support for saving the whales by becoming one. That may be his only change of ever having sex again, and it will be his most meaningful relationship, if it happens.
Whales have been known to beach themselves when Rush played in the surf.

5:17PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Toilet-mouth Limbaugh seems to be green with jealousy that Tracy, at such a young age, is enjoying such popularity. Something he only gets from the demented, like himself.

I wonder why he hates women. Obviously he prefers food. Maybe he has some SHORT comingsin that departement.

10:42PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Well Kimberlee - I don't believe in censorship but yet we see it constantly when it is a Liberal. In fact, Dan Rather was fired because he said something the GOP didn't like. Keith Olbermann was suspended, then later an agreed on parting of the ways because he was too Liberal, (I could go on, but you get my gist). So, if disallowing of censorship is so important, why is it always Liberals who get the ax. Why is it always the GOP who find anything the Liberals say worthy of termination?
And yes Kimberlee; there is a decency clause and Limbaugh has never complied with that decency clause on broadcast radio. If you don't want to comply with decency standards, go to Showtime or HBO, where people pay a premium to hear the profane.
I can't go into my workplace and say whatever I damned well please because I have to meet the standards set forth by my organization. If Rush were a journalist and wrote as a free-lancer, he'd be able to say whatever he damned well pleases; that simply is not the case on broadcast stations. Ed Schultz called Michele Bachmann a slut and the GOP was on him like flies on shit, and he was off the air for 2 weeks. You are wrong here Kimberlee because it is the law. Freedom of speech is your right on your own time, it is not the case when you are employed and are breaking every decency code in radio land. Get it right!

9:53PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Kimberlee, slander and lying are not included in freedom of speech. But that never stopped Rush, until possibly now. We hope.

Why do so many people think we have the freedom of speech to say anything we want? That's just ignorant.

9:50PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Well Lee, one person's hate speech is another person's salute. Believe me, I wish I had a radio show where I could just lambaste idiots like him to my heart and soul's content.
But then I could be legislated against too.
Sorry, but freedom of speech rules and that has to include the worst of it.

And sorry, but unless it's a private showing, your art gallery DOES, in fact, have the nation for an audience.
And I don't believe in censoring art. Pretty much at all.

8:54PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Well, I guess these comments and rants are telling us whose bed Limbaugh spends his time in. Hetrosexual????

8:38AM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

It never ceases to amaze me how the ugliest, most despicable porker men are always the first to make the most egregious remarks about women. A big disgusting slob like Limp man told to f**k off by a woman would insist that woman wants him, really, really wants him and she's just playing hard to get.
This filthy excuse for a man, was doctor shopping and buying far more Oxycontin than any one person could ever need or ever use, so you know he was dealing drugs. The street value for the drug is extremely high. And then, fat man with his ultra white veneered choppers, has to arm himself with Viagra so he can get 'it' even though no self-respecting woman would ever have anything to do with the creep, so I think it very interesting that he's actually been married four times.

8:05AM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Limbaugh has been saying these things for years. He means them. He said in the nineties that equal rights for women was "the way for unattractive women to get into mainstream society". Sounds to me like he thinks women have only one asset that is worth anything.

7:31AM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

please remove this man from the air waves

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