Steinem, Fonda to Clear Channel, FCC: Dump Rush

Limbaugh's hate speech is eating valuable radio spectrum, feminists say

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 11, 2012 9:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – Three of the biggest names in American feminism—Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem—are calling on the FCC to yank the licenses of channels that air Rush Limbaugh, saying his "degrading" and "dehumanizing" language is not in the public interest. "Spectrum is a scarce government resource. Radio broadcasters are obligated to act in the public interest and serve their respective communities," they write in a joint column at CNN. But stations that air Limbaugh's program are not doing so in "permitting such dehumanizing speech."

The original comment that got Limbaugh into trouble, calling law student Sandra Fluke a "slut," "was not much worse than his regular broadcast of sexist, racist, and homophobic hate speech," they write. "His longtime favorite term for women, 'femi-nazi,' doesn't even raise eyebrows anymore, an example of how rhetoric spreads when unchallenged by coarsened cultural norms." And for good measure, they also compare Limbaugh's rhetoric to Josef Goebbels. For the full column, click here.

Jane Fonda arrives at the 2012 HBO Golden Globe After Party at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Writer, feminist and activist Gloria Steinem is pictured during a visit to Toronto, Canada on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
In this Jan. 1, 2010 file photo, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh speaks during a news conference at The Queen's Medical Center looks on in Honolulu, after he was rushed to the hospital after...   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, file)
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