By lex, on March 5th, 2012
It’s a bipartisan affair, according to Kristen Powers. Prosecution is rather spotty, however:
Did you know there is a war on women?
Yes, it’s true. Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Bill Maher, Matt Taibbi, and Ed Schultz have been waging it for years with their misogynist outbursts. There have been boycotts by people on the left who are outraged that these guys still have jobs. Oh, wait. Sorry, that never happened.
Boycotts are reserved for people on the right like Rush Limbaugh, who finally apologized Saturday for calling a 30-year-old Georgetown Law student, Sandra Fluke, a “slut” after she testified before congress about contraception. Limbaugh’s apology was likely extracted to stop the departure of any more advertisers, who were rightly under pressure from liberal groups outraged by the comments.
Limbaugh was at once too clever by half and vulgar when he analogized Ms. Fluke as a “slut” because of her desire to have strangers pay for her to have sex. It was a big, juicy trap and he walked right into it. Because there are certain words that simply aren’t used in polite conversation, words which demean the user more than the target.
The White House had been on the ropes for its assaults on freedom of religious conscience, one of our country’s foundation stones. Now the media is using Limbaugh’s provocations to paint conservatives as culturally out of touch. With the economy still stagnant, foreign threats looming and unsustainable burdens of debt being shifted from a spendthrift generation to its innocent successors, the media has shifted the dialogue to the critical issue of contraception.