March 5th, 2012
05:58 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Limbaugh's comments symbolize extreme partisanship

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Iconic conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh is in hot water for calling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a "slut," and many of our readers are incensed about the comment and about the polarization of politics in general.

iReporter Omekongo Dibinga of Washington said he believes Democrats should think twice before rushing to benefit from Limbaugh's remarks.

Democrats are wrong for profiting off of Limbaugh

omekongo: "As a Georgetown alum and a human being, I was appalled by Limbaugh's comments. I'm almost equally appalled at the manner which political parties use comments like these to raise money. I know this has always been the case, but the hyper-partisanship that we see today magnifies this to a greater degree."

He also expressed his belief that misogyny is prevalent in society.

"Limbaugh is just the latest example of the disdain this country has for women. It has to end if we really care about future generations of women."

iReporter Thema Bryant-Davis of Los Angeles, California, said women are growing more and more frustrated.

Rush underestimated us and it's going to cost him

She got many passionate replies.

Fgonzalez24: "Dr. Thema, good job, I agree 100% with your video post. I find it hard to believe that Mr. Rush was truly sincere with his apology. He verbally attacked a young woman who was just an advocate for women's rights. After hearing his comments, it makes me wonder what he really thinks of women in general. Any person who wants to defend Mr. Rush's comments should be ashamed of themselves. Once again, good job. God Bless."

Not everyone agreed.

mduerler: "What about his analysis was sexist? He used a colorful remark to make his point. The point being is why our tax dollars or insurance premiums paying the deductible or flat supplying birth control? This has nothing to do with women's health. It is suppose to be a decision made with two people and there are responsibilities that come with having sex and those responsibilities should not be forced on ME."

Some advertisers have announced they are pulling out from Limbaugh's show. Readers talked about the controversy and the host's apology.

Limbaugh advertisers jump ship

One reader said they thought the only reason Limbaugh was apologizing at all was because of financial concerns.

Smoke and Mirrors: "It may not be so bad if his apology was sincere. He didn't back off his words until sponsors started jumping ship that leads me to believe that his apology is less than above board. He only apologized to try to save advertisers and he isn't truly remorseful about anything he said. He he was to be humorous, he needs to change his show to the Limbaugh comedy show. He has a lot of followers that are dumb enough to jump off bridge if he told them to so that makes him pretty dangerous imo. He talks about serious issues so he needs to make up his mind whether he wants to be a political talking head or a comedian. I don't think he can do both."

Others said they thought Limbaugh's show should go away.

jon: "Limbaugh needs to be kicked off the air. His trash mouth doesn't belong on our airwaves. The FCC should ban him. He abuses his freedom of speech to insult and offend others. Fire him."

GEETO: "It's time to flush the toilet known as 'The Rush Limbaugh Show.' "

Several readers said they agree with Limbaugh's views but not his approach.

Drowlord: "My parents listen to Rush sometimes. I've heard his program. I'm conservative-leaning, myself, so I find myself understanding many of his core messages. Nonetheless, I can't really imagine why anyone listens to him. He obviously mixes fact with opinion, distorts his stories wildly, and actively promotes anger and hatred. It isn't useful news (because it's so unreliable), and it isn't very entertaining. In fact, I find his brand of conservatism to be quite scary and unproductive. In no small way, I find his ilk responsible for the sorry condition of the GOP."

Another reader said they feel a sense of agreement with Limbaugh.

Grey, Atlanta: "I cannot stand the guy, but this time around I tend to agree with him. Why contraception is supposed to be covered by medical insurance and Claritin is not is beyond me. The fact that insurance companies are mandated to cover contraception means that everyone's premiums go up to cover this expense regardless whether medical insurance is provided by a private company or a government. Having sex is certainly not a medical condition that must be covered by an insurance company. If hormones are prescribed by a physician to treat a real medical condition, even if the hormones are in the form of contraception, then this should be covered just like any other medicine, including Claritin, by the way."

This reader said Republicans should not behave like liberals.

Ron: "Rush's thoughts were actually logical in a strange sort of way, but he certainly could have presented them in a far less offensive manner. Just because the liberals throw insult after insult at conservatives is no reason for conservatives to stoop to their immature level in return."

This person said a religious institution does not have to fund birth control.

Alex: "Rush Limbaugh is without a doubt a jerk. I don't know how he's so popular because every serious Republican I know including myself can't stand him. However, the flip side of this is, if you wanted your university health insurance to cover contraception, maybe you shouldn't have decided to go to a private Jesuit university. I mean come on, that's just common sense. People need to learn they can't have their cake and eat it to. You have to make decisions and live with them. This Fluke girl shouldn't come running to the government to solve her problems. If she needs birth control coverage that badly, she should either buy private insurance on her own, or transfer to a non-religious school that offers a plan that covers what she needs."

Still others wanted to see some apologies that really mean something.

Sunshine State: "I am pretty conservative, a Republican, but have always thought Limbaugh was just a blow hard. I also have a really good sense of humor, and really tried to find humor in this. There isn't any. I am tired of people who are in the public lens on a pretty frequent basis to continue to say and do things like this, and then a few days later, come out and apologize and think that it's all better and that we should all just move on. Don Imus, Michael Richards, Mel Gibson, Howard Stern, Tom Cruise ... it's 'the new trend' ... give me a break ..."

Along those lines, David Frum wrote a commentary opining that Limbaugh's remarks were especially heinous and cannot be compared to the missteps of other personalities.

Are we being fair to Rush Limbaugh?

These commenters said anger isn't the solution.

jackieanne: "If we want a civil discourse, if we want our representatives in Washington to work together and learn to compromise in order to bring an end to gridlock, we must stop supporting the media personalities who throw fuel on the fire. No one wins when both sides dig in their heels, refuse to work toward equitable solutions and hurl insults at the opposition. Media personalities make their living by feeding the partisanship in Washington. If we want that to stop, we need to stop supporting the people who are making a fortune hurling insults at anyone who doesn't share their point of view."

jokiebird: "Exactly what I was was going to write. We shouldn't be 'fair' to radical talking heads on either side of the fence - they are partially, if not mostly, the reason that the inclination for intelligent discourse and debate has gone down tremendously in this country."

What do you think? Share your opinion in the comments area below and in the latest stories on CNN.com. Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. Mary

    Its so interesting that one half of this country seemingly are Viagra junkies and that's OK but its not OK for the other 50 percent of the population to protect themselves against assault.

    March 5, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Mark Pappler

    "Rush" is an appropriate name.... The sound a big gas bag makes as it deflates and spreads a sickening stink everywhere.

    March 5, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • dazzle ©

      @MarkPapier, good one. He emits a foul and fetid odor with his mouth and I'm sure in another part of his disgusting anatomy.

      March 5, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Yes

    One person actually asked a question daring me to name one instance was Sarah Palin was called these kind of names. One instance !!!!! You are kidding me. It just shows how hypocritcal the left is

    March 5, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Paul

      LOL....You cant find one can you?
      I seemed to miss that time that Racheal, Keith, etc called Palin names worse than that. Not sure there are worse words you can use towards a woman than those

      So your argument is the same as my kids when they were younger. "well he did it first"

      March 5, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dazzle ©

    The term contraception reminds of the indoctrination I received in the Catholic church 40 some odd years ago. Birth control pills are used for so much more than just preventing an unwanted pregnancy.

    March 5, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jay

      Sorry - I didn't mean to report you. :(

      March 5, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. krishnamurthy

    1. If I have said this in public I would have been sued for millions of dollars Why cannot the women take that course to teach this fat idiot a lessen
    2.he was the one preaching about pain killers abuse and the laxit until he was caught with this at an airport without a vaild prescription
    3. How many republican wives and women unmarried use the contraceptive pills if they do not bellive th inusrance should not pay do they pay full value Even if they do or not pay do they take pills and practice birth contril

    4. Imagine the number of children that will be wandering the world today of the pilsl were not available
    5.These are practical points and individual concerns and conscience should play a role here not some stupid talk host who does not have any idea of real world happenings
    He is an ostrich burying his head in sand May be some one should check this idiot to see if any of his girlfriends mistresses or wife took the pills and shut him up

    March 5, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. shyam

    This man has no respect for women to have said something like that over 3 straight days on his talk show. He couldn't have known his Mom, sister or daughter or his wife deep enough. He just lives, and so does a pig.

    March 5, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Steve Greenwald

    Obviously was not sincere about his apology. spent the rest of today's show whining about how he was being
    mis-treated and continuing to bash Ms. Fluke. and most galling, asked where all the defenders of free speech had gone.
    Of course, he doesn't speak for free...which is why he only apologized when advertisers started to bail. good for them.

    March 5, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ginger

      I totally agree! I'll shop, etc. with the advertisers that pulled their suppore. He is ignorant and and drfinately a jerk. He is always extreme but this time he went too far! In order to have FREE Speach we have to respect all other opinions not deny others their opinions. I respect his right to disagree but not his right to deny that respect to others.

      March 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Me3

    I am particularly disturbed that the Dept of Defense said it will continue to broadcast Limbaugh's program to service men overseas. Call or write your congress members to indicate that you do not want your tax payer dollars spent on this trash. Do it today!!!!

    March 5, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • dazzle ©

      @Me3, I have been all over this when it happened. Interesting when you get a live person and threaten to not support their re-election too. I sent an email to Sen. McCain but he was too busy shooting his mouth off about Syria. I pulled the plug on Pro-flowers when I determined they were paid advertisers for Limbaugh.That will hit them in their pockets because they do twice weekly deliveries to all of my hotel accounts.

      March 5, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Phil Muse

    Kingmaker or entertainer? Truth teller or "big fat idiot"? Maybe the best word to describe Rush Limbaugh is "bloviator." (You can look that one up. Hint: it isn't as nasty as it sounds!)

    March 5, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Scott

    I'm just so done with Rush... I was done with him in 1995. I actually like him saying his garbage... he only helps the Democrats and hurts the Republicans. Thanks Rush keep going.

    March 5, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Beth

    I thought the caller was advertising on Rush's dime. I know her parents were horrified and humiliated and after they talked to their daughter, she wished she were dead. What parent wants to hear on a radio talk show their daughter sleeps around.

    March 5, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Marco

    Why do you people care what Rush say's. It seems to me that Rush and Howard have found a way to exploit us?

    March 5, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Nancy

    Enough is enough!! Can someone please tell me where to find an accurate, concise list of advertisers for his show?

    March 5, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Steve

    Rush Limbaugh is a jerk. He's been a jerk for the past 25 – 30 years. I believe that 75% of what he says is taken out of context, supported by slanted truths and outright lies. Just read his 'apology'. He claims it was humor? His reaction to his deliberate use of those ugly terms was to stand by them, indeed to expand his comments the next day. Then he apologizes because he's losing sponsors. I will not purchase anything that is advertised on his program.

    March 5, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Gary

    Why does anybody even consider listening to an old, fat overblown buffoon like Rush. His comments are not pertinate in today's world. Comments like he made must result in him being taken off regular radio and pushed to satellite radio so no one ever has to overhear people listening to him again.

    March 5, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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