NOW Calls on Clear Channel to Pull Plug on Limbaugh
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The National Organization for Women has stepped into the Rush Limbaugh controversy, calling on Clear Channel to "pull the plug on Limbaugh's microphone."
NOW president Terry O'Neil issued a statement saying Limbaugh was trying to shame a young woman from coming forward and speaking her mind, and that calling her a "slut" and a "prostitute" on the air is unacceptable.
Ruthie Fuller, a member of Michigan NOW, says Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke did nothing wrong when she testified on behalf of insurance-provided birth control. Fuller says singling her out by the talk-radio host felt like an attack on all women.
"He might as well have put all of our names up there because she did nothing to deserve that."
Limbaugh has apologized, but some critics found it insincere, and Sandra Fluke called it insufficient. A spokesperson for Clear Channel said Limbaugh did the right thing by expressing regret and offering his apology.
Fuller says Sandra Fluke was well within her rights to give a public statement.
"I thought she was very professional. She didn't attack Rush Limbaugh. She didn't do anything to even justify or warrant his behavior."
Fuller says the controversy is energizing the women's movement in the state, especially among Michigan's younger women.
"And so the young people I think they can rejuvenate, and maybe follow in the footsteps of that young attorney."
Limbaugh has downplayed the number of advertisers that have left his show. At least two radio stations have dropped the show altogether.
The NOW statement is online at NOW.org.