March 10, 2012
File Under: "They Just Can't Help Themselves"
The Limbaugh Scandal Fades, With an Assist From Gloria Allred
Happily for Limbaugh, though, Gloria Allred has just become involved in the scandal, which means the issue has officially jumped the shark. According the Associated Press, Allred sent to a letter to the Palm Beach County Attorney’s office suggesting they prosecute Limbaugh, who lives in Palm Beach, for the misdemeanor of “falsely and maliciously question[ing] a woman's chastity” when he called Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute.” Allred is so adept at stretching feminist outrage right up to (and sometimes over) the line of ridiculousness that I sometimes wonder if she is attempting some sort of satirical theater.
We prefer to think of it as performance art.
Posted by Cassandra at March 10, 2012 09:27 AM
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Since I am working these days I can't listen to Rush the way I used to - he made a very good point yesterday - (my day off) In that episode he he said was "acting like a liberal" - look at the Mahers, Ed Schultz, pick a name - and they constantly make things personal.
And are never called on it.
Just another illustration of the double standard but as he admitted he should not have done it.
Other funnier things to fall out from from that episode: A long time advertiser - Sleep Train - fell to the pressure of irate Leftists and cancelled their advertising contract with Rush. And the owner made a big public pronouncement announcing that cancellation.
For those of you who don't know, Dale Carlson and Sleep Train grew up with Rush - sponsoring him since his days with KFBK and Sacramento (the station that really launched his career).
Carlson's business grew during that time from 1 store to 100 stores, and he credits Rush with a lot of that success.
Well, as I suspected, all this was a Tempest in a Teapot, Rush said the duration was "5 minutes" (I think it was a bit longer) but what do you know - apparently Carlson would like to advertise with Rush again.
And Rush apparently said "forget it".
Good for him.
As to Gloria Allred, as you mentioned Cass, no faux crisis is really complete until you see Gloria on TV with her cause du jour - she just can't seem to pull this off with any believability.
Posted by: Bill Brandt at March 10, 2012 12:27 PM
Maybe Ms Allred was planted by the Conservatives to make the Left look bad.
Posted by: E Hines at March 10, 2012 04:12 PM
As a former resident of South Florida and familiar with their rampant liberalsim, I am sure that Palm Beach County would love nothing better than a new excuse to go after Rush.
Posted by: Freedom, by the way at March 10, 2012 08:38 PM
Apparently Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem are asking the FCC to ban Rush from the airwaves; of course, there's also a push by some female military officers to have him dropped from AFN.
I'll be interested to see how far the FCC takes the request. The members are appointed by the current president; the FCC chairman worked very closely with the Obama campaign in 2008 and with his transition team afterward. It surely would be an advantage to have Rush silenced during this year's election season, not only to suppress Rush himself, but to set a chilling example.
As for this 1883 law, he's pretty clearly guilty of breaking it. I can't even imagine he'd mind being prosecuted under it; he'd enjoy the proceedings almost as much as Ms. Allred.
Posted by: Grim at March 10, 2012 08:49 PM
"Maybe Ms Allred was planted by the Conservatives to make the Left look bad."
Ee gads man!
*considers the possibility of a grand scheme plotted by the Templars, the Free Masons, the Illuminati...*
Nahhh... To plan/groom/plant such a proficient agent provocateur would require a level of diabolical aforethought going back decades.
I think we'll simply have to accept that Ms. Allred is a naturally occurring phenomenon, like psoriasis.
Posted by: bthun at March 10, 2012 09:00 PM
...a level of diabolical aforethought going back decades.
Yup. The plans were laid down, and the plant placed in the mother's womb, in the aftermath of the New Deal and FDR's successful Supreme Court packing.
Posted by: E Hines at March 10, 2012 09:27 PM