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Posted by on Mar 8, 2012 in Media, Politics | 12 comments

More Limbaugh: Levin Weighs In, Advertisers Continue Fleeing, Rush Keeps Jabbing

The Rush Limbaugh Show runs on the Armed Forces Network, which is also one of the show’s advertising sponsors. On Wednesday, Sen. Carl Levin, Armed Services Committee chair, said he hopes the military “drop[s] it on their own volition.”

VoteVets has a petition calling for the show to be pulled.

It is not likely to happen, however.

On the other hand, advertisers continue to flee. For example, Goodwill told Politico:

“A PSA about Goodwill was aired on a DC-area station that airs the Rush Limbaugh Show and was done without our permission, knowledge or consent. We asked them to remove it because this was done without our prior approval.

What’s been lost in the controversy over his repeated attacks on Sandra Fluke (dear Christian Science Monitor, saying that he “dubbed” her a slut and prostitute whitewashes the three days of attacks) is his total disregard for facts. Because Limbaugh talked about “taxpayer money” as though Fluke went to Congress asking for handout, that is what millions of people believe she said in her testimony.

But she didn’t.

Limbaugh is notorious for making stuff up. He’s entitled to his opinion, but he’s not entitled to fabricating “facts” out of hot air.

If you thought the consequences of having advertisers drop his show would lead him to thinking before talking, you’d be wrong. His latest verbal victim, investigative journalist Tracie McMillan, author of The American Way of Eating.

Less than a week after calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” on the air, Rush Limbaugh ran his mouth again on Tuesday, calling investigative journalist Tracie McMillan a “babe”, an “authorette” and, more broadly, one of “these single white women.” What makes the talk show host’s poor choice of words even worse is that he was discussing McMillan’s book, as he was trying to prove that the right wasn’t waging a “war on women.” From McMillan’s point of view, this seemed an inopportune time to use diminutive terms in dismissing the in depth reporting and critically acclaimed work of a female author.

I have no words.