Wow! Rush Limbaugh’s comments about Sandra Fluke were, to say the least, a controversy.
Fluke is not 23 years old, as originally reported. She is, in fact, 30 years old, and has a history of activism, particularly about women’s rights causes. Since this dust up has caused such a commotion, I thought a closer look may be in order.
First, Sandra Fluke, in her testimony before Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s Democrat Policy and Steering Committee (not Congress), said, “Without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school.” She attends Georgetown University in Washington DC. I did some investigating using the Internet, the same Internet that Fluke could use. Using Google, I quickly (in less than 10 minutes) found a CVS Pharmacy (1200First Street Northeast) within walking distance of the Georgetown University Law Center. I presume that Sandra Fluke, being a law student, would be at or near the Law Center. I then found that CVS has a pack of 24 Durex Extra Sensitive Condoms for $15.43, with free shipping if four were bought at the same time. The individual cost per condom is 64.3 cents. So if Fluke has sex once per day for three years, the total cost will be $704.09, somewhat less than the $3,000 she testified when she was before Pelosi’s committee. In fact, Fluke could have sex over four times per day and still be below the $3,000 figure she provided. If what she testified is true, either she has little time for classes and study (drawing upon my personal graduate school experience), or she could use shopping lessons, or both. Since Fluke was intelligent enough to be admitted to Georgetown University Law School, personally I think the $3,000 figure is, at best, bogus. That, or sales tax in Washington DC must be really high.
As you know, Rush Limbaugh was castigated for his remarks about Sandra Fluke. But what was said about Laura Ingraham, Michelle Bachmann, and Sarah Palin with little or no reaction? Let’s see:
- Laura Ingraham was called a slut by MSNBC’s Ed Schultz (the same word used by Limbaugh) on May 26, 2011. Schultz was suspended for one week. But where was the MSM outrage over Schultz’s remark? Where was the call for condemnation of Ed Schultz by Democrats? Where was the call for sponsors to leave “The Ed Show,” or for MSNBC to drop his show? I guess I was busy and missed all of that. The ladies on ABC’s The View were quite sympathetic to Sandra Fluke’s having been called a “slut.” Yet when Laura Ingraham said on Fox & Friends that she was called a “slut,” The View‘s Barbara Walters found Schultz’s remark to be a source of great amusement. BTW, President Barack Hussein Obama called Sandra Fluke, but Ingraham is STILL waiting for the call from Obama.
- Michele Bachmann was attacked by Howard Stern on his Sirius satellite radio show in the wake of the Rolling Stone article on teen suicides in the Anoka-Hennepin school district. Said Stern, “The amazing thing to me…Michele Bachmann…they are the two worst people on the planet.” “It’s as outrageous as anything Hitler used to say! And it’s still an accepted bigotry!” Stern compares the homophobic bigotry to Nazi Germany, and says that Bachmann should be thrown out of the country. Stern compared Bachmann to Hitler. Where was the MSM outrage over Stern’s remark? Where was the call for condemnation of Stern by Democrats? Where was the call for sponsors to leave Stern’s show, or for Sirus to drop his show? I guess I was busy and missed all of that.
- Sarah Palin was attacked by Democrats and liberals during her campaign for the vice presidency 2008. When Palin made a speech supporting Sen. John McCain, Democrats photoshopped her head onto a stripper’s body. Randi Rhodes, former Air America host, insinuated that Palin could not be trusted around teenage boys. Heather Mallick, in a CBC column, said Palin “added nothing to the ticket that the Republicans didn’t already have sewn up, the white trash vote.” And let’s not forget Bill Maher calling Palin “a dumb twat” and “a c–t.” Where was the MSM outrage over Democrat’s action, or Rhodes’ remark or Mallick’s remark, or Maher’s remark? Where was the call for condemnation by Democrats of Democrat action? Where was the call for sponsors to leave Rhodes’ and Maher’s show, or for Nova M Radio to drop her show or for HBO to drop Bill Maher’s show? I guess I was busy and missed all of that.
This post is not about Rush Limbaugh or Ed Schultz or Howard Stern or Randi Rhodes or Heather Mallick or Bill Maher or Democrats. It is about the MSM and political reaction to Limbaugh’s comment and the non-reaction to comments about Ingraham and Bachmann and Palin. Can anyone say double standard?
But that’s just my opinion.