THE RUSH IS ON
Vintage feminists have joined the hubbub over Rush Limbaugh’s use of untoward language to describe Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke. Though they insist their message is not “political,” the ladies use some strong language themselves.
“Limbaugh doesn’t just call people names. He promotes language that deliberately dehumanizes his targets. Like the sophisticated propagandist Josef Goebbels, he creates rhetorical frames — and the bigger the lie the more effective — inciting listeners to view people they disagree with as sub-humans,” say Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan —a poet and author of “Fighting Words: A Toolkit for Combating the Religious Right” — in a guest editorial for Cnn.com.
“If Clear Channel won’t clean up its airways, then surely it’s time for the public to ask the FCC a basic question: Are the stations carrying Limbaugh’s show in fact using their licenses ‘in the public interest?’ ” the three note in their message, which includes a link to the FCC complaints