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
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)

(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.

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Mar 12, 2012 10:41 AM CDT
Hey Fonda, remember Vietnam?
Mar 12, 2012 8:21 AM CDT
to all the people hating on Bill Maher.... please keep in mind he was forced off the air for saying this... "We have been the cowards, lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it's not cowardly" now I don't understand the "airwaves" etc.... but I think they might be "public" Maher is now on HBO (you got to pay to see it kids) .... Rush is still free for anyone who wants to hear it
Mar 12, 2012 7:53 AM CDT
As much as I dislike Rush, I will defend his right to say idiotic things. The GOP seems to have abandoned females who make up over 50% of the voting population.