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. plew

    He is certainly not an entertainer, not a wit, not a journalist, not bright, not humble, not useful to civilization, and not worth spit. What exactly is he good for?

    March 5, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sambo

    if she the shoe fits then fluke should wear it

    March 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marion

      It doesn't fit . What say you now?

      March 6, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Vietnam Vet

    Rush Limbaugh personally attacked a young woman who was speaking about the importance of birth control pills for some women's health issues outside of prevention of pregnancy. That is totally outrageous. 99.9 % of what Rush says is drivel. How people can listen to him and take what he says seriously must be off their medication.

    March 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ali

      in Rush's world medication or contraception are unavailable.

      March 5, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mr. Popular

    Rush is great! The left hates opinions that are different than theirs.

    March 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      I'd agree, but only because it's hard to accept opinions based on religious grounds or plain stupidity and ignorance.

      March 5, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marion

      It is not just the "left" that hates what Rush had to say.....millions of women are infuriated by his remarks, democrats and republicans alike. And are you going to say with a straight face that the "right" doesn't hate opinions other than their own? I guess you only live on THEIR planet.

      March 6, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tom

    Rush Limbaugh should be frog marched away from his microphone in chains, tarred and feathered, and ridden out of town on a rail.

    March 5, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Yes

    This is fed by media for political reasons. In my life i have never seen someone be villified as much as Sarah Palin. And the media sits on their hands

    March 5, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • FrankSD

      Give one instance of anybody calling Sarah Palin the kind of names that Rush directed at this young woman. Otherwise, admit that you are excusing the inexcusable.

      March 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      The left owns the media! Quit watching them and they will go away! cnn msnbc and so many other confused idiots!

      March 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sambo

    she's a law student.........that's what bottom feeders feed on

    March 5, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      Believe you have the top and the bottom mixed up my friend! The bottom is running the show from the white house!

      March 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Yes

    she is a radical activist

    March 5, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      Appointed by your white house!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      March 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. .Benf13

    Politicans and those that write about politicians and political events are liers and sensationalist journalists, dont beleive any of them, Rush included

    March 5, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. FrankSD

    It's disgusting to hear conservatives looking for excuses to defend the indefensible. "Liberals do it too," and "they're raising money off it" and, my personal favorite, "he's just an entertainer." The whole right wing has become so hateful and misogynistic that they can't tell right from wrong anymore.

    March 5, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • sambo

      ever listen to Ed Schultz, Rachel Madow, Keith Obermann????? Me thinks you drool out of both sides of your mouth

      March 5, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      Seems you can't either!

      March 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sambo

    Fluke....isn't that a wormlike parasite?????

    March 5, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      Like many others in our white house!

      March 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. hamsta

    All the things the left wing media say about sarah palin and the tea party and now they want to demonize rush limbaugh for doing the same.why doesnt cnn cover the occupy movement supporting terrorism in iran?thats right the occupy movement is recruiting supporters from iran afghanistan iraq and other terrorist places.all the tea party wanted was smaller government less government intrusion and less wasteful spending.is anyone aware that the real 1 percenters are government workers with ridiculous salaries and insand pensions?

    March 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cynthia

      Hamster, Rush LIED about what she said. There was NO radical element in what this woman was saying.
      You choose to believe what he said was fact when, it was not.
      Stay spinning your wheels in your mental-midget cage. The world will keep turning without you.

      March 6, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      Don't fit there agenda! They don't tell the news, They make it!

      March 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    He has a 'following' & is called 'iconic' and that speaks volume about how far down we as a nation have slipped on an intellectual, political & social level.

    March 5, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. genomega1

    Number one this thirty year old woman is a radical activist. 2 if she can swing $63,000 a year for school I'm sure she can afford a condom. 3 perhaps the guy dipping his wick could pay for half of it. 4 The talking heads on MSNBC routinely call conservative women a whole lot worse.

    March 5, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roland

      Wanting to voice one's opinions does not make you a radical activist.

      March 5, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Roland

    HBO is paid television. Move Rush to satellite radio and I have no isse. These are public airwaves. They belong to us.

    March 5, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Disgusted

      Clearchannel isn't public

      March 5, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      If they put him on satellite radio I wonder if the trolls that listen to him would pay up?

      March 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      I don't think so. They have more important things to do with their money. That double wide payment and liqour can drain a person's finances and quick.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      I wonder if the trolls would actually pay to hear Rush on satellite radio?

      March 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hal

      You don't have to listen to him. There are hundreds of other programs on out there.

      March 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      Maybe you should go satilite or better yet get on one! Rush tells the truth and you soslist can't bear the truth!

      March 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
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