#FlushRush: Top Democrat Urges Radio Stations To Drop Rush Limbaugh After He Suggested ‘No Means Yes’
A top Democrat is calling on radio stations to stop broadcasting The Rush Limbaugh Show after the conservative radio host made headlines for mocking Ohio State University’s new sexual assault policies, which require students to actively and explicitly agree to sexual activity. On his show on Monday, Limbaugh claimed that requiring affirmative consent is an unreasonable standard because guys know that “no means yes if you know how to spot it.”
In the segment, which was first flagged by Media Matters, Limbaugh claimed that “seduction used to be an art” and college campuses are now making it into something that is considered to be “brutish” and “predatory.” He suggested it’s unrealistic to require students to ask for permission every step of the way during a sexual encounter. “Are these not lawsuits waiting to happen?” the radio host said.
Limbaugh’s critics wasted no time calling for his removal, pointing out that his approach to sexual assault has no place in a society that’s currently grappling with the best way to respond to intimate partner violence and campus rape cases.
“There’s simply no excusing comments of this offensive nature, especially at a time where our country is having a long-overdue conversation about violence against women,” Democratic Congressional Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) said in a statement released on Tuesday morning. “Plain and simple — Rush Limbaugh is advocating for the tolerance of sexual assault and should be taken off the air immediately.”
Limbaugh is no stranger to criticism along those lines, especially when it comes to issues of misogyny. In 2012, he infamously called law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” after she advocated for Obamacare’s contraception mandate. He also once said that single mothers are “semen receptacles” and that feminism was created to give ugly women a place in society. Over the past several years, petitions and boycott groups have urged Clear Channel to drop him, to no avail. Limbaugh has also been the subject of an ongoing campaign attempting to convince advertisers to stop supporting his show.
Limbaugh’s critiques of Ohio State’s affirmative consent policy aren’t entirely unusual. After California approved legislation that requires all college campuses to adopt a “yes means yes” standard of consent, critics rushed to argue that it was an over-reaching standard that would essentially “kill the mood” and turn everyone into rapists in the eyes of the law. In reality, affirmative consent simply encourages sexual partners to engage in open and honest communication to ensure they’re both interested in having sex with each other.
Victim Blaming a-go-go on Hannity’s radio show.
From the 09.10.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks/Cumulus Media Networks’ The Sean Hannity Show:
Right-Wing Media Blames Ray Rice's Victim [TW: Victim Shaming, Victim Blaming, Sexism, Misogyny, Trivialization of Abuse]
Following the release of a new video showing NFL player Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee Janay Palmer unconscious, many in the right-wing media responded by blaming the victim, focusing on the fact that the two wed after the incident.
Video Emerges Of Baltimore Ravens Player Ray Rice Knocking Then-Fiancee Unconscious
Ray Rice Cut From Ravens After Violent Video Emerges. Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was released from the team after a video was released by TMZ showing him knocking his then-fiancee Janay Palmer unconscious in an elevator:
Running back Ray Rice was released by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL on Monday, the same day a shocking video surfaced showing the NFL star knocking out his future wife with a punch in February.
The new video shows Rice punching Janay Palmer, who was his fiancee at the time, inside an elevator at a hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, seven months ago.
TMZ Sports posted the video Monday showing Rice and Palmer entering an elevator. Inside the elevator, Rice punches Palmer. Palmer lunges after Rice, and then Rice hits her again and she falls to the floor. [CNN, 9/8/14]
Right-Wing Media Immediately Blames The Victim
Fox Contributor Ben Carson: Rice And Wife Both Need Help Because “She Subsequently Married Him.”On NewsMax TV, Ben Carson, a Fox News contributor, implied Rice’s wife was partly to blame for her abuse, saying she also “need[s] some help” for marrying Rice after the attack:
"I’m hopeful they will get some help for him," Carson said, after being asked whether he agreed with the moves today by the team and the league. "I mean, obviously anyone who would do something like that needs some help."
"And let’s not all jump on the bandwagon of demonizing this guy," Carson continued. "He obviously has some real problems, and his wife obviously knows that, because she subsequently married him. So they both need some help. So rather than just jumping on a punitive bandwagon, let’s just see if we can get some help for these people." [Mediaite, 9/8/14]
Fox & Friends: Rice’s Wife Marrying Him Is Like Rihanna Staying With Chris Brown, “Terrible Message.”On the September 8 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, hosts Steve Doocy, Anna Kooiman, and Brian Kilmeade condemned Rice but pointed out that Palmer married the athlete after the incident and compared it to Chris Brown’s beating of Rihanna, saying that was a “terrible message”:
DOOCY: We should also point out after that video — and now you know what happened in there — she still married him. They’re currently married.
KILMEADE: I mean, look at Rihanna went back to —
KOOIMAN: Chris Brown.
KILMEADE: — Yeah, Chris Brown right after and a lot of people thought that was a terrible message. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 9/8/14]
Rush Limbaugh: Janay Palmer “Did Follow Through, And She Did Marry The Guy Who Knocked Her Out.” On his September 8 radio show, Limbaugh continuously brought up the fact that Janay Palmer married Ray Rice after the incident.
LIMBAUGH: Now the obvious question behind the question. Why did she marry the guy, right? If she got decked like that.
So you ask why did she marry him? You know she went out, they had this joint appearance. She apologized too at his apology presser. What did she apologize for? For getting beat up? Nobody can figure that out. So chomp on that. She did follow through and she did marry the guy who knocked her out in the elevator at Atlantic City. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 9/8/14]
CNN Contributor Ana Navarro: Women Like Rice’s Wife “Need To Love And Respect” Themselves. Ana Navarro, a conservativepolitical contributor to CNN and ABC, expressed shock that Rice’s wife married him after he beat her, saying that while Rice is “disgusting,” women need to “love & respect” themselves:
Woman in video married Ray Rice AFTER he punched & dragged her? RICE IS DISGUSTING. But as women, we need to love & respect ourselves 1st.— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) September 8, 2014
Filling in has host for Rush Limbaugh’s radio show on Thursday, the RedState editor wasn’t exactly sympathetic to the fast-food workers who have gone on strike to demand a $15 hourly wage.
“The minimum wage is mostly people who failed at life and high school kids,” Erickson said.
“Seriously, look. I don’t mean to be ugly with you people. What? So my producer from my show is in here and he’s just staring at me, can’t believe I said this. If you’re a 30-something-year-old person and you’re making minimum wage you’ve probably failed at life.”
From the 09.04.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:
Erick Erickson (filling in for Rushbo) is a conniving liar and an embarrassment.
h/t: Tom Kludt at TPM
Rush Limbaugh makes an ass out of himself as usual.
From the 08.12.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:
Hannity On Hobby Lobby Case: "There's A Whole Section Of Birth Control" At Drugstores, "Go Buy It" On Your Own
From the 07.01.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks/Cumulus Media Networks’ The Sean Hannity Show:
Rush Limbaugh’s transphobia gets a big pushback as a caller to his radio show condemns Limbaugh’s usage of such terms.
From the 05.29.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Network’s The Rush Limbaugh Show:
It’s been a very bad week for talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, and a very rewarding week for the millions of Americans who have protested his extreme hate speech for decades. Two years ago, newer …
It’s been a very bad week for talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, and a very rewarding week for the millions of Americans who have protested his extreme hate speech for decades. Two years ago, newer groups like BoycottRush/FlushRush/StopRush began a massive national boycott movement that is exposing Limbaugh and crushing his career. Here are four new recent developments:
1. Politico published an article revealing that Tea Party organizations (some created by the Koch brothers) have contributed millions to Rush Limbaugh. What does this mean? For Rush it means they helped sustain him while thousands of sponsors pulled their ads. It means this may lead to an investigation to see if the funding was done legally. According to the FCC, if you receive money from an organization that pays you to promote their propaganda, without telling your audience, it may be considered ‘payola’ - and it may be illegal.
"The Heritage Foundation at the end of January ended its five-year sponsorship of El Rushbo’s show, for which it had paid more than $2 million in some years and more than $9.5 million overall. In 2012, FreedomWorks paid at least $1.4 million to make him an endorser, though it’s not clear that the sponsorship is ongoing."
2. Forbes Senior Political Contributor and regular on Forbes On Fox, Rick Ungar, believes Rush Limbaugh has become a joke. He also shows, via FrontPageMag.com data, that Limbaugh has outlived his audience. Ungar, also known as Forbes ‘token lefty’ implies Rush is now in the, toss out the old - bring in the new, demographic category. The median age of his dwindling audience (as well as the aforementioned sponsor boycott) no longer appeal to advertisers.
"At long last, it appears that Rush Limbaugh has run out of steam. I have to acknowledge that I have sensed Rush getting by on fumes for some time now (yes, I tune into his show from time to time to enjoy his broadcasting skills if not his message). However, it was only recently that the world of Limbaugh crossed that thin red line from partially serious to total self-parody and audience deception—a line crossed from which there is often no return."
"Network television doesn’t just fail to count older viewers; it tries to drive them away. A show with an older viewership is dead air. Advertisers have been pushed by ad agencies into an obsession with associating their product with a youthful brand. The demo rating, 18-49, is the only rating that matters. Viewers younger than that can still pay off. Just ask the CW. Older viewers however are unwanted."
3. Speaking of advertisers, Rush Limbaugh can’t seem to hold on to them, without doling out heavy discounts and/or free ad space. After his notorious on-air verbal attack of then unknown, Sandra Fluke, the national protests was set into motion. Hardworking FlushRush volunteers now monitor The Rush Limbaugh Show nationwide. They document the sponsor ads they hear on his show, into the StopRush Database, along with contact and ad details. The sponsor data is then posted back into the FlushRush private Facebook group, and onto the BoycottRush Facebook page for public use. There have been hundreds of articles written about Rush Limbaugh and the boycotts against him, that have appeared in at least a dozen political online news groups, including Liberals Unite and Daily Kos, and have been viewed by millions. The result? Limbaugh and the radio stations that carry him have lost millions in ad revenue. Very few took the Limbaugh boycott seriously two years ago. It reminds me of the Gandhi quote:
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
4. And lastly; Ed Schultz interviewed Holland Cook this week. Cook believes Limbaugh’s business is over, for good, due to the various organized boycotts mentioned above. Each does their own part. The protests have been supported by many big and small Liberal organizations, websites, Facebook pages/groups, and Twitter.
Holland Cooke: (via Daily Kos)
"Hundreds of blue-chip national advertisers basically have not only wandered away from Rush Limbaugh and some of the other righties, they’ve abandoned the format entirely. They are afraid to be heard on a news talk station because this man’s use of his free speech triggered the opposing viewpoint exercising THEIR right to free speech. The boycotters are speaking and using the marketplace to say, ‘ENOUGH!’"
Here is an audio clip of the Ed Schultz/Holland Cook interview: youtube
So now, we’re not only hearing from consumers, we are hearing from industry experts on the left and right, many of whom know the business better than anyone and would not risk their reputations on merely gossip. Yes, yes, the public has had enough. Limbaugh’s self-proclaimed ‘Dittoheads’/fans demanded that Limbaugh’s right to free speech also gives him the right to spew misogyny, homophobia, bigotry, and racism on public radio. He’s been getting away with it for over 25 years. After the Sandra Fluke attack, the general public soon realized that neither his radio affiliates, nor the FCC, planned to do anything about his hate speech, so American consumers decided to use their own version of free speech via petitions, boycotts, and their consumer dollars, to bring Limbaugh down by way of his sponsors. It’s reported 3,100 companies have pulled their ads from Limbaugh, and the protestors and boycotters have never been closer to pulling Limbaugh off the air. When he has moved on, this country will be all the better, and the public will prove once again, it can be done. We can eliminate hate speech from the media, if takes one host at a time.
You see, you can toss Americans some Limbaugh, Fox News, Bush/Cheney, Koch brothers, even some Supreme Court corruption, but when push comes to shove, Americans will stand up, show up, take charge, and demand a return to democracy and common decency. Salute to all the many boycotters and volunteers.
To learn more about the Rush Limbaugh boycott/protests, visit:
Mark Levin: The Go-To Radio Host For GOP Lawmakers Despite Inflammatory Rhetoric | Blog | Media Matters for America
Will Mark Levin’s vulgar analysis of Hillary Clinton finally be enough to keep top GOP officials off his show?
On the March 21 edition of his radio show, Levin highlighted a Gallup poll showing that the majority of respondents, 18 percent, feel Clinton’s gender is the most positive aspect of her potential presidency. Levin summarized the results by asking "Hillary Clinton’s gender? Do they mean her genitalia is her top 2016 selling point? Is that what that means?" Levin later said "But the key is it’s her genitalia. That’s why so many people would vote for her. I wonder if Bill Clinton would vote for her because of that. He seems to — well, he likes genitalia but maybe not hers."
Levin has a long history of offensive commentary on his radio show. He has accused President Obama of abusing children, compared marriage equality to incest, polygamy, and drug use, compared supporters of the Affordable Care Act to Nazi “brown shirts,” and advocated for Obama to be impeached.
Despite this rhetoric, prominent conservatives have given tacit approval to Levin’s views by appearing on his show. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) called into his show as recently as February. Levin hosted House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to talk about the new budget agreement reached in December. Levin criticized Ryan’s budget deal with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) later that month.
Levin’s hateful rhetoric has also earned him praise from the conservative community — he was recently named the winner of the Conservative Political Action Conference’s Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award. He is also listed as one of the speakers on the NRA’s “Leadership Forum” in April, speaking alongside other prominent conservative GOP leaders like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) and Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL).
From the 03.21.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Mark Levin Show:
Limbaugh: "Government Uses Mass Transit To 'Totally Control The Movement Of The Population'" | Video | Media Matters for America
From the 03.18.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:
Grow up, Sickobaugh!
Limbaugh: "The Black Population Is Being Aborted Into Further Minority Status With The Assistance of Planned Parenthood" | Video | Media Matters for America
From the 03.05.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:
Rush: NFL's Incognito Can Fix Bully Reputation By Saying He Has "Some Questions About His Sexual Orientation" | Video | Media Matters for America
From the 02.19.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:
Grow up, Rush, and retire for good!
From the 01.17.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:
Rushbo: "The Concussion Thing In The NFL Is Political" ... "There's No Science" Behind It | Video | Media Matters for America
From the 01.14.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:
Rush Limbaugh overlooked the mechanics of the morning-after pill to liken it to an abortion drug, ignoring that Plan B does not terminate a pregnancy and must be taken within five days of intercourse to be effective.
On the November 25 edition of The Rush Limbaugh Show, host Limbaugh highlighted a European company’s claim that its version of Plan B, the emergency contraceptive pill, may be less effective in women who weigh over 165 pounds. Limbaugh speculated that because of this announcement, a pregnant woman who weighs more than 165 pounds and wants to end her pregnancy must either go on a diet before taking the morning-after pill or get an abortion:
LIMBAUGH: Now we have learned that American women, 166 pounds and up, the Plan B pill doesn’t work. What will their option be? 166, 170 pound woman, pregnant, she wants to go ahead and get her morning-after pill, and then she’s told, ’Sorry, you’re too big. You’re too heavy. It won’t work.’ What are her options? Well, she can either go on a diet, or she can get an abortion.
Limbaugh demonstrates his misunderstanding of the mechanics of female anatomy and emergency contraceptives.
Plan B, the morning-after pill, prevents pregnancy. It works by delaying ovulation and preventing an egg from being released for fertilization, or by immobilizing sperm. It makes sense, then, that the pill must be taken within five days of intercourse to be effective.
It takes a lot more than five days for a woman to know she’s pregnant — tests generally don’t produce positive results until after a missed menstrual cycle. And once a woman is pregnant, Plan B is no longer an option to end the pregnancy.