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."

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

soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. David J.

    An evil gasbag and a bully. He needs to be taken DOWN!

    March 5, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      Simply because you disagree with him-RIGHT!

      March 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jan

    OK, I know this is a little simplistic when compared to the politics and big money of sponsorship that's involved, but why doesn't Fluke sue Limbaugh for defamation? And isn't this an actual crime in some localities? It would seem like this would apply because of the extent of distribution of Limbaugh show.

    March 5, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Timetogo

    Much ado about nothing. He entertains. Period. He isn't the only talk show host that "...mixes fact with opinion, distorts his stories wildly..." It is public aired radio. If you don't like him, then don't listen to him. He plays to an audience and is very successful.

    March 5, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rodney Harter

    There are two aspects to this fiasco with Limbaugh. First, the breath taking lack of leadership or courage among Republican Presidential contenders to flat out say Limbaugh was wrong, over the top, whatever! He was more than inappropriate! The other disturbing aspect is that for almost three years now, Limbaugh has relentlessly attacked Obama as a racist, a Communist, a Marxist, an Alien, essentially a Manchurian Candidate determined to ruin this country. No one on the right ever considered that inappropriate. But when he calls a white, female, law student a slut... advertisers pull ads and groups squeal! The Republican strategy is breathtakingly clear and disgusting: Resistance to Obama is racial! The Republican Party is in danger of becoming irrelevant in the 21st Century -simply a group of angry, old, white men!

    March 5, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. matt

    he's a biggot a lier and a true piece of crap ! take him off the air !

    March 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hiram3

      A better idea is to take Obumma out of the White House !!

      March 5, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • FlyontheWall

      yah!! take Obama out and replace him with Hillary....that would be way better, I agree

      March 5, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. matt

    the biggot tried to buy a football team and the blacks said they wouldnt play ! thats what people of our country need to do to him for ever !

    March 5, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tim

    He should take a pill and fade away.

    March 5, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hiram3

      Tsk -Tsk !! Naughty fellow !! Nice libbies shouldn't talk that way !!

      March 5, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dott

      Yes more oxycoden for him. He is vile. How could Republicans, who are suppose to be Christians, support the likes of this character? Don't get it.

      March 5, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hiram3

    What a bunch of crap !! Where was all the sniveling and blubbering when Governor Palin and Representative Bachmann were being crucified by the yellow journalism of liberal media ?? Looks like the double standard is alive and with the Eastern leftist establishment and on the Left Coast !!

    March 5, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      OMG, somebody called Palin and Bachman s l u t s? Really? Oh, please tell me where I can find an audio clip of this and everything else....maybe this person can sue Rush for plagarism.

      March 5, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ACamelSpider

    REF: Rolls Royce, Car Wash, "I'm Going Down" (Circa 1970-something)

    Time on my hands since you've been away boy
    I ain't got no plans
    no, no, no, no.
    And the sound of the rain, against my windowpain.
    Is slowly, slowly driving me insane.

    Boy, I'm going down
    I'm going down
    'Cause you aint around, baby.
    My whole world's upside down

    Sleep don't come easy.
    Boy, please believe me.
    Since you've been gone, everything's going wrong.
    Why'd you have to say goodbye?
    Look what you've done to me
    I can't stop these tears from falling from my eyes.

    Oh Baby,
    I'm going down.
    I'm going down
    'Cause you ain't around, baby.
    My whole world's upside down.

    You ain't around. Going down.
    Ooh, Baby. I'm in love.
    Going down. Oh, Oh, Oh,

    I-I- I'm going down.
    I'm going down.
    'Cause you aint around, baby.
    My whole worlds upside down

    Going down, going down
    Oh, babe.
    Don't want believe.
    If i cant give my love to you
    Im so blue.
    Going down.
    Going down
    You ain't around.
    Baby, baby.
    Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry.
    What did I do wrong?
    Please forgive me, baby, and come on home.
    Going down.
    Going down.
    Going down.

    March 5, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dott

      What was this all about? I hope you are feeling better now. Strange

      March 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • ACamelSpider

      Creative writing from decades ago, transposed into the satrical, applicable to the baffoon who put himself in the position of losing his sponsors and most likely his job, not to mention putting his employer in a negative spotlight–GLOBALLY. CNN canned a respected columnist for less.

      March 5, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Maria

    I can't stand him, he is a jerk, and just the sound of his voice makes me want to vomit!!!!!

    March 5, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lou pim

    RUSH him off the air!!!! What a jerk.

    March 5, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dott

    Okee I have another comment since the first one was not posted. Did this man have a mother? simple question what is the problem? Also am I not cleared to use the word $lut. he did and it was o.k. with many now lets see if this one goes through.

    March 5, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. falcon615

    I am getting REALLY ANNOYED that people are attacking Rush for his offensive attacks, and at people defending him because they they feel he is on the money about us paying for birth control. When will people see the BIGGER ISSUES?

    1) His "facts" are all WRONG: The pill is taken daily, at the same time, whether one is having sex or not. One does NOT take it when they are having sex, and not take it when they don't. It builds up in the system. A condom is used for sex and not used without. He's confusing the two.

    2) The pill is not just for birth control. Sandra Fluke was actually going to testify about a friend who uses it for her ovarian cysts. My wife, as a physician prescribes it for more than birth control, and she also had to take it for medical hormonal regulation.

    3) The legislation is about the option for it to be covered. It still needs to be prescribed. No one is forcing people to use it, and where is this tax-payer thing coming into play? It's about companies and insurance having it covered. Employees still pay a premium too.

    4) When used as birth control and not for other medical reasons, it is still much cheaper than having a child a parent cannot care for. Welfare needs reform. Paying for a child in the system, or having a child that would add another family to welfare is MUCH more costly than paying for the birth control to begin with. Or, in terms of the insurance company– taking care of 1 or 2, instead of 2 or 3 is less expensive for them too.

    Let's look at the underlying issues here, not the vitriol and hatred, and knee jerk reactions. Ms. Fluke should never have been attacked, it was beyond the pail. However, there are deeper issues at stake and people need to realize the truth and not listen to rhetoric– from either side

    March 5, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @falcon- Thank you, reason and sanity.

      March 5, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. pat

    He is indicative of the religious right. Haven't you noticed how much the candidates do NOT support women's rights? Are you blind? As for birth control...Hmmm Don't want to support Birth Control? Yet....you already pay for Viagra sold to me so they can have sex... Tell me, how do you equate the difference??????????

    March 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dott

    I just hope there is a good spot reserved in he11 for him. He sure hates women and I would imagine he is o.k. with the RX insurance companies paying for his viagara but not ok with insurance companies paying for birth control pills? HUH?I just wonder what he uses the viagara on? Blow up girl I guess.

    March 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
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