The only thing that was clear about Clear Channel Radio in their defense of Rush Limbaugh’s “slut” slur was their effort to sustain their profits
Rush Limbaugh’s lame apology to Susan Fluke came only after his program lost revenue from seven commercial accounts that either abandoned his program entirely or suspended further advertising until … whenever. Since then, five more accounts have joined the exodus from Limbaugh’s radio program. It remains to be seen if this will be the beginning of the end for the ultra-conservative talk show host. Limbaugh’s claim to being a funny man rather than a news item critic is about as legitimate as Robin Williams claiming to be a Psychologist using humor therapy to treat his patients.
Little attention however has been given to the comments from Limbaugh’s bosses, Clear Channel’s Premiere Radio Networks Inc., as expressed through their spokeswoman Rachel Nelson
“The contraception debate is one that sparks strong emotion and opinions on both sides of the issue. We respect the right of Mr. Limbaugh, as well as the rights of those who disagree with him, to express those opinions.” SOURCE
This is a confusing comment though since Limbaugh is the only one allowed to express an opinion in a one-way transmission. Should anyone who has an opposing opinion get an open line to his show, the man would simply cut them off or shout them down. I suspect too that Clear Channel used a woman as their spokesperson for this like they would have used a black person to address any racial slur that Limbaugh or any other shock jock they pay to broadcast on their network. Somehow this is supposed to mollify the derogatory character assassination they refer to as “opinion”?
Does anyone with the mental capability of a rock really think Limbaigh’s slur was an emotional opinion concerning the subject of contraception? Even Limbaugh’s faithful listeners would have to spit their juice up upon hearing this response. They took it for what it was and liked it – a mean and hurtful verbal bludgeon.
Characterizing Limbaugh’s ugly epithet and any from “those who disagree with him” as part of an emotional debate is ludicrous and disingenuous. This is gutter talk pure and simple and would be designated as such by any parent who heard such words spew from their child’s mouth.
Limbaugh didn’t call the notion of contraception sluttish or whorish. He aimed these degenerative comments at another human being who he didn’t know and he sure as hell didn’t didn’t do it in a fashion that would evoke a type of laughter from people with healthy mental pathologies. If I was Susan’s father, I wouldn’t be laughing but would be waiting for this clown outside his studio at the end of the day to kick his butt up one end of the street and down the other. Would any parent feel less inclined to preserve the honor of their daughter that had made such a success of her life only to be demeaned by a former(?) drug user who has been married four times and has no children himself.
For Clear Channel to view this as some SNL skit where Dan Aykroyd’s character called Jane Curtain’s character an “ignorant slut” is to pretend that those who don’t faithfully listen to Limbaugh’s show are as equally shallow-minded as those who do. Limbaugh has made millions for Clear Channel and until they see this goldmine start to dry up they will care less about what they perceive as a momentary public outcry that will soon subside and allow things to return to some normal state – as if Limbaugh’s rants could be perceived as someone who was normal.
Manure is a commodity that makes a small profit for those who sell it to organic gardeners. The manure that comes out of the mouths of some who use the public air waves to promote their agenda is also treated as a commodity in the eyes of companies like Clear Channel. Concerns about dignity and civility have no place in their corporate thinking where they prostitute themselves for profits. It appears some of their sponsors however are beginning to have second thoughts in their support for this clown.