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. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "On The Lunatic Fringe"

    Viagra and Cialis do have a place helping men afflicted with erectile dysfunction "feel normal again". But yes, this shouldn't be a taxpayer burden like the contraceptives either.

    March 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      And oral contaceptives are also used to treat a medical condition, PCOS, that daughter has...which can cause infertility.
      It's not all a black and white issue, Jeff...there are shades of gray in every issue.

      March 5, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "On The Lunatic Fringe"

    The pharmacutical company that produces erectile dysfunction medicine charges $245 for 5 pills. Not exactly a recreational drug. And I don't think the taxpayers want to pick up the tab for this no more than a box of "rubbers" (excuse me for being crude).

    March 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      how about the cost of a box of rubbers vs birthing and raising a kid?

      they're gonna do it, and you're gonna pay. the question is how much..

      March 5, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • dnsdamenace

      I have to agree with you. Erection meds should definately not be paid for by "us".

      March 6, 2012 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. savior

    Funny how if you don't go along with CNN they either delete your post or just bump it completely

    March 5, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    I think everyone who has spoke about this has completely missed the message of the young Ms.Fluke. She was speaking about a friend who had a cyst on her ovary. You men hear contraception and immediately go birth crazy. The republicans don't want people to use birth control because it goes against their beliefs. Well tax payers do not pay for the pill, it is a discussion on if you pay for insurance should you be able to get the pill, with you paying insurance. How come every time a discussion about anything comes up, republicans think they pay for everything. Pay your insurance and use it for what you want and the dems will use it for what they want. Rush used it so he could pop pills to abuse them.
    The republicans want the government out of their lives. I want the republicans out of my insurance.

    March 5, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      My daugher was diagnosed with PCOS at the age of 15. I understand completely.
      She could suffer from fertility if left untreated.
      The BC pills were not the answer to her problem, so she is on different medication now.

      Uncle Rush should just be very quiet when it comes to pills of any sort at all.

      March 6, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Well said. In the young lady's case, she was there to defend the benefit of "birthcontrol" pill as a means of tackling other health problem and not "birthcontrol". I think some people rushed into a conclusion that this pill was only used to control birth. Mr. Rush is also to blam for this misconclusion.

      March 6, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • What Now

      Thank you, Scottish Mama. I totally agree.

      March 6, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Greek American

    Regardless of the issues, this man has to be the biggest waste of oxygen that humanity has ever seen. I don't care what political party he likes, as he is just a useless, fat a*s, pill-popping, racist pig.

    March 6, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Randy Bohl

      For sure this man is a P.O.S. He has done more damage to politics than anyone else ever has. He does nothing but insight arguments and trouble. I hate his guts.

      March 6, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. dnsdamenace

    Who listens to Limbaugh anyway. He's always been a loudmouth backseat driver.

    March 6, 2012 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. BigMal27

    The only Rush I'll ever listen to is the Canadian band. Geddy, Neil & Alex ROCK!

    (Where's that iPod? I need some "Tom Sawyer" right about now...)

    March 6, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. hamsta

    let me get this right its ok to call some a sl?t c?nt tea bagger or any other foul name as long as it is a socialist democrat doing the name calling.@scottish mama republicans dont believe in socialism.have you been paying attention to your socialist occupy friends?they are recruiting terrorists from iran pakistan afghanistan iraq and other terrorist states.

    March 6, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      lol

      March 6, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Please show me where any radio/telivision personality has called, on air, over three days, any GOP woman a s l u t or a c*@T, hamsta.
      I would like the name of the person, and the date it aired.
      Thank you.

      March 6, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      So Hamsta, let me get this straight. It is okay to support the 2 tier system of making 1% of the population filthy rich and leave the rest to pick up the pieces after they destroy the country with greed, but it is not okay to give back with good insuance coverage that we all have to pay into. We pay for uninsured anyway, why not put more into the pot an cover everyone with insurance that will not limit and let you die if you cannot afford after the cap. Insuance companies need to be reformed, that is what I voted for. Insurance is a profit company, they are interested in your premiums, not your health.

      March 6, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Just because I want Rush gone you want to bring up Occupy. Okay where did you find this information and where can I find out the truth about it. Not from Rush, what website? What intelligence report?

      March 6, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Walker

      I'm with you Scottish Mama. What does the Occupy Movement have to do with this topic? But as long has Hamsta brought it up...where did you get this information about recruiting terrorists by the Occupy Movement?

      March 6, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      It has to do with two things he hates: women and OWS.He couldn't stay on topic in his aruments if you force-fed Ritalin...and it's all rather like the argument 4th graders use" Okay, I broke your cranyon, but what about the time in pre-school you took away my 'Goodnight Moon' book?
      His aruguments NEVER make sense.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. leeintulsa

    i always know who i'm dealing with when they have uncle rush on the radio..

    March 6, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      True, but he crossed the boundaries of good taste this time, even for *him*.

      March 6, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. Scottish Mama

    Okay Cnn gods I will post in increments to see what I am posting that is offensive
    Rush has been inducted into the Jefferson City Missouri state house with Dred Scott by Republican Tilley last month.

    March 6, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Scottish Mama

    This bust will be in the company of Stan Musial, Walter Cronkite, Carnagie, and Harry Truman. I think his last error should put him with Imus, fired. The Bust should be melted down and used for someone worthy to be with the others, contributing to better our country, not tear it down with hate and lies.

    March 6, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. Scottish Mama

    He needs to be fired and come back home and get a real job like flipping burgers at McDonalds or cleaning up a tornato site to give him prespective on what is important and reflect on how he was lucky at one time to be able to address the people of America, and with that comes great responsibility, at which he has failed. No more chances for you.

    March 6, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. Marion

    This argument that the taxpayers will pay for the coverage of birth control is a specious argument. Insurance premiums go up every year so saying they will go up because insurance providers have to supply birth control for free, is nonsense. Additionally, to blame this on "Obamacare" and that it will cost the taxpayer is also nonsense. Once the Healthcare Act goes into full effect 30 million more people will have to buy health insurance. That will be a windfall for the insurance companies because the majority who will have to buy it will be young people who won't use their health insurance nearly as much as older people, but the insurance companies will be collecting premiums from them that will be available to cover the additional cost of providing something as inexpensive as birth control. Also, certainly only women will be provided coverage and of course not all women who are covered by health insurance use birth control. Premiums are increased every year......so if you have a complaint, file it with them. They are the culprits in all this.

    March 6, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. Scottish Mama

    He is not only a pundit, people believe what he says and he promotes hatred, division of the American people, and rants of misleading information. I think the airwaves need to be free of this kind of misinformation and used to speak on inportant factual information on republican issues.

    March 6, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      meant"important"

      March 6, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. jon

    The left loves to ignore their own Misogynist... Bill Maher who trashes women with all manner of nasty names on a regualr basis will Obama turn down his Million-Dollar Donation? All you libbies trashing Limbaugh ought to worry about your own pundits, there are plenty of others like Maher. If you are against the trashing of women why is it OK to ignore the trashing of conservative women? Hypocrits abound on the left

    March 6, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I'll say it:
      Bill Maher is a tool.
      He isn't any better.
      There. Make you feel better? Oh, but please:
      I'd like you to tell me where I can find his rant agaist a woman over a three day period calling her a s@#t.
      Please, exact time and date.
      Thank you.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
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