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Santorum: Limbaugh ‘Absurd’

Santorum: Limbaugh ‘Absurd’ CNN

Advertisers pull out from radio show.

Rick Santorum may be über-conservative and against mandated contraception coverage, but he knows where to draw the line—or at least he knows better than Rush Limbaugh. When asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer about Limbaugh's attack on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, Santorum acknowledged that Rush was "being absurd," though he noted that an entertainer has somewhat of a right to absurdity. "I'm in a very different business," he said. Meanwhile, advertisers have bailed from Limbaugh's radio show, and Sandra Fluke is even considering suing the conservative commentator for slander, after he called her a "slut" and a "prostitute" for testifying that health-insurance companies should be required to cover contraception.

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Fluke Considers Limbaugh Suit

Fluke Considers Limbaugh Suit Alex Wong / Getty Images

Says advocates believe she has a case.

Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke told The Daily Beast Friday that she may sue conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh because he called her “slut” and a “prostitute” after she testified that health insurance companies should be required to cover contraception. “I’ve certainly been told I might have a case, but it’s not something I’ve made any decisions about at this point,” Fluke said. The possibility of a lawsuit over Limbaugh’s remarks was floated today by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York, who said “we will be filing a slander suit against Rush Limbaugh. What he’s really trying to do is silence a young woman. It’s unfair, it’s un-American.” Maloney also suggested that Sybil Shainwald, a prominent women’s-rights attorney, would be the perfect counsel for the case.

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'Slut' Backlash

Santorum: Limbaugh's 'Being Absurd'

But he's an entertainer, so he's allowed.

You know you've gone over the top when even Rick Santorum calls your comments "absurd." The conservative presidential candidate—and staunch opponent of President Obama's contraception mandate—brushed off Rush Limbaugh's now-infamous "slut" comment as "absurd." Limbaugh called a law-school student eager to advocate for employee coverage for birth control a "slut," a comment that has received significant backlash in the day since it was made. "He's being absurd, but that's, you know, an entertainer can be absurd," Santorum told Wolf Blitzer on Friday. "He's in a very different business than I am." 

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Controversial

Limbaugh: Advocates Should Post Sex Videos

Limbaugh: Advocates Should Post Sex Videos Chris Carlson / AP Photo

In return for receiving money to pay for contraception.

Earlier this week, Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” for supporting a requirement that health insurance cover contraception. But he took the insult a step further on his radio show on Thursday, saying that women who support the requirement should post videos online. “So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch,” Limbaugh said. In a statement also released on Thursday, Fluke said, “No woman deserves to be disrespected in this manner. This language is an attack on all women, and has been used throughout history to silence our voices.”

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Rush Contagion Turns Lethal

As 98 big advertisers ditch ‘offensive’ shows, right-wing talk radio stands to get rocked. By John Avlon.

Pelosi: Limbaugh Should Be 'Advertiseless'

Why do women still have to fight for reproductive rights? After the public took advertisers to task over Rush Limbaugh's recent comments, the Speaker said now is the time to make the changes so 'nobody has to fight this fight again.'

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    Rush Limbaugh’s ‘Disgusting’ Slut Shaming

Sandra Fluke and Patricia Heaton

Heaton Sorry for Fluke Attacks

No response to Fluke got more heat than actress Patricia Heaton's. See her barbs at Fluke—and her apology.

Spin Cycle

Obama, Democrats Pile on Limbaugh

Obama, Democrats Pile on Limbaugh

White House steps up assault on ‘slut’ attack as advertisers bail.

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Rush Isn't the Only Media Misogynist

Plenty of liberal men, like Bill Maher, need to follow Rush Limbaugh and apologize to women.

From David Frum

Readers React

Poll Results: Our Readers are Dumping Limbaugh Too

Poll Results: Our Readers are Dumping Limbaugh Too

FrumBeast Daily Poll

How Do Rush Limbaugh's Comments Affect Your View of the GOP?

Limbaugh's Real Audience

20 Million Limbaugh Listeners? Hardly.

Revealing Statements

What's Wrong with Limbaugh and Breitbart in 140 Characters

Limbaugh's Surprisingly Small Audience

How Does Rush Limbaugh Get Away With It?

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Why Rush Had to Apologize

Can Limbaugh help salvage conservatives' best case against Obamacare?