March 2nd, 2012
10:50 PM ET

Video: Limbaugh comments spark controversy

Anderson Cooper asks political analysts to weigh in on the presidential candidates' response to Rush Limbaugh's recent comments about Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke. The radio talk show host called her a 'slut' and a 'prostitute' after she testified before a congressional panel advocating for health insurance to cover contraceptives.

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  1. jack in cincy

    Miss Fluke has every right in the world to sue Rush Limbaugh into oblivion! No one has the right to make the claims that he made against her without paying a heavy penalty! Even though he may be one of the republicans, " reliable sources ", he commited a slanderous crime that should not go unpunished! Maybe Rush is the one that informed Donald Trump that our President wasn't an American citizen, or maybe he's the reliable source that informed Michelle Bachman that our President was going to spend over $ 200,000,000.00 dollars on his Asian trip along with his 3000 plus entourage!

    March 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
  2. Zafar Iqbal

    Rush Limbaugh is apologizing for his remarks about a young lady not because he was sorry for foul mouth uttering of his well-crafted opposition of healthcare reform; he was in fact begging for restoration of advertisers support for his filthy program. This was not the first time Limbaugh was lambasting programs that tended to support underprivileged citizens of this country. He is the godfather of Republican Party and his ideals are embraced by most Republican Party leaders. That is the reason there was no condemnation of Limbaugh remarks by Republican leaders. All civilized people should boycott advertisers who are still financing Limbaugh.

    March 5, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
  3. Carole M

    I think we all understand that Limbaugh would not even be visible if he didn't make these outrageous comments that we continue to pay attention to. The bigger question would be why are we focusing on whether or not medical insurance companies should pay for women's contraception.......haven't the insurance companies already been paying for men to have erections????..I'm talking about viagra, cialis, etc......the only purpose of these drugs is for a man to have an erection in order to have sex......why was there no uproar or debate over this???! The hypocrisy is astounding!

    March 4, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  4. Daniel Samai

    This Just Amazes Me. Again, once again i read another article where Limbaugh opens his mouth to utter words about a topic that obviously has more to it than what happend within the four walls of his living room. Somtimes it urges me to say that some of his comments are just simply stupid. It wasn't too long ago when he said some disgraceful comments defending the Lords resistance army in Congo who are famous for killing and mainimg thousands of men women and innocent children over years tribal religious and civil war in the Congo.
    Limbaugh, please stick with topics your know, educate yourself a bit more on those you dont before uttering words that just make you look like you grew up in a box , especially on a national talk show.
    Making a good talk show is a great idea, but making embarassing comments about controversial topics to draw attention to self is simpy irresponsible.

    March 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  5. Tom Fouts

    OK Rush using that logic aren't we paying men to have sex by having/ requireing insurance/ goverrnment programs pay for viagra or condoms. What do we call men paid to have sex?

    March 3, 2012 at 2:11 am |
  6. Jeannette

    I can not believe that these people did not come out and say that Rush should have never said such a thing, to treat it as if it was some sort of comedy on Saturday Night Live instead of the ignorant statements it really was. I guess I thought that the attack on that woman should have appalled every decent human being in all of America. To try and turn the tables instead of standing for a young woman was just pathetic. Just plain sad! I will buy no product that is a sponsor of Rush Limbaugh's program, and he should be sued for slander and banned from the air waves.

    March 3, 2012 at 1:57 am |
  7. fred

    My comments are for Mrs. Mary's comments, You stated that Rush was correct on 99.7% of the things he says, yet in the the same breath you called his comments satire, this dog don't hunt. At some point you got to call a spade a spade, Rush imbaugh"s comments were over the line, If I stated that Mrs. Mary is a slut, by name you would have a fit( wow that felt wrong just typing it, sorry) I believe you've got to tell the truth when a lie is present in the room, and well God said it best, thou shall not bear false witness. You can't truly believe what he said was ok, right.

    March 3, 2012 at 1:30 am |
    • Robin

      It is scary to think that people listen to Limbaugh show and take his rhetoric as truth. I watched the women speak and it had nothing to do with me, the taxpayer, paying for birth control. It had to do with protecting people from complications when they are forced to stop their medicine. It DOES NOT imply or directly state that the birth control was for her. I hope all people watch both comments and make an informed decision. By the way, did anybody what Patricia Heaton said before she deleted it and apologized. I bet she took Limbaugh at his word. SAD.

      March 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
  8. lisa

    thank you ari for for stating that rush's rhetoric was reprehensible and that he should apologize- while i disagree with then proceeding to counter with why democrats haven't been asked to apologize, at least you used two important adjectives to describe rush's language- mary matalin, while i have disagreed with you politically you have had my respect – NOT TONIGHT- this is not political humor or satire, this is truly sexual assault language and if you have any doubt about that, please come to a ywca that i work at, where we provide serves to domestic violence and sexual assault victims and get educated, his vile tongue truly feeds a deplorable mentality and feeds into the mind and actions of an abuser- please look at your daughters, think of the book you wrote with them in mind- consider the horrific possibility that you only feed into the potential for sexual assault, that i pray, will never happen to your daughters- WOW mary, so so disappointed in your pov tonight, hope you take a time out and re consider – you are responsible for your words and actions that this time feed a vicious abuse patter which has a huge ripple effect on those who cannot speak for themselves –

    March 3, 2012 at 12:42 am |
  9. David Dodson

    So let me get this straight Rush, if you demand that insurance companies pay for your Viagr or Cialis, what does that make you?

    Pahoa, Hi

    March 2, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
  10. Jan barnett

    Mary Matalin, someone I may not always agree with but whom I respected, defending Rush Limbaugh's comments about women is one of the most surprising, disappointing, and disheartening items in today 's news. Shame on you, Mary.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
  11. Maria

    Just lost respect for Mary Matalin–I can't believe that she's a fan of Rush Limbaugh. What comes out of his mouth is pure hatred. "Mary, there's a difference between spouting hatred against an individual, by name, over the airwaves than that directed to an institution. Why are all you conservative Republicans afraid to stand up to Limbaugh. Again, I just lost respect for you Mary Matalin.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
  12. James Dowaliby

    With respect, we are short some readers and listeners. Ms. Fluke DID NOT ask that the government or the public to support her birth control pills. She WAS calling attention to the fact that she pays hundreds of dollars monthly for Heath Insurance through her University and the Student Pharmacy does not stock contraceptives. Nor does her insurance formulary include any.

    Health insurance companies change their formularies and their prices many times per month. Moreover, the government regulates thousands of drugs, so nothing is new here. It will cost taxpayers NOTHING repeat NOTHING to address this young woman's situation. Just as it will cost Rush nothing to apologize. This girl is every mother's daughter and every father's child. Noone deserves to be spoken to like that. Even Rush Limbaugh, whom by the way has three marriages and no children. Somebody in that group MUST have been using birth control.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
  13. Sharon Ford

    Mary Matalin, I am totally disappointed by you tonight. How dare you sidestep this whole issue? This was a personal attack against this woman's integrity. All of you Christian Republicans should remember when you point your finger, there are always FOUR looking back at you. I will do my best, my humble best as one person in the reddest state of the union, Oklahoma, to defeat you at your core.

    March 2, 2012 at 10:56 pm |