THE RUSH IS ON

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

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

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