Last week, the nationally syndicated Rush Limbaugh Show sparked a national controversy in the debate over national healthcare and its role in supplying women with birth control.
Sandra Fluke, a 30-year-old law student from Georgetown University, testified in front of congress supporting the position that health care should cover women’s birth control. Fluke is also a former president of Georgetown Law Students for Reproductive Justice.
Her statements in congress drew fire from Rush Limbaugh on his radio show, where he called her a “slut” and a “prostitute”. Limbaugh has since written a statement apologizing saying that his words were “not the best” and that was not the point he was trying to make. He stated that he illustrates “the absurd with absurdity” and did not mean his comments in the way they have been construed.
However, despite his apology, he has received national attention which has brought on a new set of problems: over the weekend seven companies have pulled their advertisements from his show, including AOL and ProFlowers. Fluke has also made an appearance on the nationwide TV show The View and responded to the apology stating that it means nothing.
The Rush Limbaugh show has been nationally syndicated since 1988 and boasts on its official website that it is aired on over 600 radio stations nationwide.