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. Greek American

    Hamsta has a GOP drone brain. This means that his mind is controlled now remotely by Tea Bagger GOP rhetoric. His target is anyone that speaks reality and makes sense.

    March 6, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Greek American

    Oh thanks @jon. You have changed my mind now and I will want to emulate Rush Limbaugh and tell all children of the country that this man is someone who they should strive to be like.

    March 6, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Kevin

    Funny because he need to hit from the red tee's.

    March 6, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. hamsta

    @scottish mama the true 1percenters you should be hating are inefficient government workers such as toll bridge operators and meter mades that have ridiculous salaries and insane pensions.a monkey can take a dollar to push a button,why must we pay someone 90k per year with a 5 million dollar pension to do that?it takes more skill to flip a burger and ask if you want fries with that than it does to operate a toll booth.

    March 6, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Walker

      Exactly where at those $90K a year job with a $5 million pension? I'd like to apply! But can we get back on topic?

      March 6, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The tc is TIMBAUGH.

      Your numbers are oulled right out of your patootie, and they make no sense.
      You sound as if you hate anybody who has a job that makes more money than you.
      Please start backing up your BS with numbers, and I may believe you...and do include what education these people needed to get to obtain this job.
      If it were so easy and simple, YOU'D have it, right?
      I

      March 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The first sentence should read, The topic is LIMBAUGH.
      Sticky keyboard syndrome, lol.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nathaniel lindsey

    Rush needs to be removed from TV and Radio, for life.

    March 6, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Southern Lady from North Carolina

    Rush Limbaugh is a disgusting man. How did the once-proud Republican Party ever allow him to become their spokesman? Between Limbaugh and Grover Norquist, the GOP has really hit bottom. Sad....

    March 6, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "On The Lunatic Fringe"

    @Rush Limbaugh

    The liberal ruling class slam Republicans all the time, because thier hearts ARE filled with hate. But if one of thiers is "labeled", it's a criminal act.
    They cannot function without continual bombardment of "labeling" Republicans. We turn the other cheek, just to be hit again and again. So be carefull what you wish for.
    What goes around...comes around.
    You appologized...you made an effort. But if we're slammed...there are no appologies. Because we're NOT appologists that cater to conditional love.
    The ruling class "every day" are like the "Cat In The Hat". Instigate and SPLIT!!! ;)

    March 6, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • dazzle ©

      @Jeff Frank- where's the sarcasm warning? Dr. Seuss would be very disappointed.

      March 6, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Walker

      Can we stay on topic?

      March 6, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Jeff you hate on President Obama everyday you get a chance.

      March 6, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Greek American

    Again, many people have posted on here that they would NOT support what Rush said regardless if he is a Republican or not, and regardless of which political party they themselves support. And yes he did apologize, AFTER multiple sponsors started pulling advertising funds.

    March 6, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Greek American

    The Occupy movement has nothing to do with this topic but that is as usual for hamsta. Kind of like he claims to know that meter maids and toll booth collectors make 90K per year with a 5 million pension? See my previous post about his GOP drone brain.

    March 6, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Walker

      I'm with you! I'd like to go apply for those jobs where ever they are!!!

      March 6, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. Str8Vision

    Rush is a typical neoconservative and a hero to his kind. A confirmed and repeated drug abuser yet never suffering the prison time so many less affluent addicts have for such... indulgences. His rhetoric is a shining and telling example of the neoconservative ideology coveting hate, selfishness, intolerance, bigotry, greed and... hypocrisy. Performing feats of verbal gymnastics in order to twist truth into the dark venomous fantasies his followers "want" to hear, Rush attacks all things and people that do not exclusively support their cult and its delusional belief system. More disturbing is the number of people who "religiously" listen to him, hanging on his every word as if his comments were insightful rather than hateful fantasy "entertainment". America's version of the Taliban in the making. Burkas anyone? Birth certificates?

    March 6, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "On The Lunatic Fringe"

    Yeah...maybe Rush ought to morph into...OMG...THE EIG (Exellence In Gynocology) network?
    What about it Rush?
    Ovarian cysts...that is serious.

    March 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "On The Lunatic Fringe"

    Dazzle says I Dr. Seuss $.50 in royalties. Don't forget to file your 1099R!

    March 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "On The Lunatic Fringe"

    /////////JF END SESSION THIS THREAD//////

    March 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. SteveAndrew

    We need to do better today. We only got rid of 12 of his sponsors yesterday. He needs to be put on probation at Clear Channel so he can go to rehab. Drugs are ruining his demented and mentally disturbed mixed up mind.

    March 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Pray For Sick People

    The Man has problems. He a drug user, He cannot keep a Wife. He is Very Fat(cant control what goes in his mouth or what comes of out it) He is Bald. So you see with all these issues the ONLY way to get attention you say and do
    things that will cause people to reconize howthe results of drug uses does kill your brain cells......Pray For Rush.

    March 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dott

      Yes we must do the honorable thing for Russ and feel empathy for him. If my husband looked like him fat bald and hooked on pain killers he would get my sympathy and nothing else. What woman could tollerate him anyway but as long as he has his prescription for the little blue pill, paid for by the insurance company, oh yes and his blow up baby – he does not care if he has a woman around or not.

      March 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
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