You know how corporate sponsors of Rush Limbaugh’s radio show are jumping ship faster than a pack of rats, even after he issued a non-apology apology on Saturday along the lines of “Sorry if any sluts were offended by being called sluts”?
Well, there’s one company who isn’t jumping anywhere: Premiere Radio Networks Inc., a subsidiary of Clear Channel that distributes nearly 100 shows to thousands of radio stations. Including, yup, Rush Limbaugh’s three-hours-a-day barrage of filth:
“The contraception debate is one that sparks strong emotion and opinions on both sides of the issue,” Premiere Networks said in a statement emailed Sunday by spokeswoman Rachel Nelson. “We respect the right of Mr. Limbaugh, as well as the rights of those who disagree with him, to express those opinions.”
So unlike Quicken Loans, Sleep Train, Sleep Number, Citrix Systems Inc., Carbonite, LegalZoom and ProFlowers—all of whom have dropped their support for Rush because of his disgusting attack on Sandra Fluke and his three straight days of misogyny directed at her—this Clear Channel subsidiary thinks it’s just fine and dandy to “express those opinions” that a young woman who speaks eloquently about the cost and necessity of birth control is a slut. And a prostitute. And wants the government to pay her for all that sex she’s obviously having if she cares about other women’s access to health care. After all, Rush is just expressing his opinion, and this is America, after all, which is a free country where people are entitled to express their opinions.
“Out of respect for our troops, our city and our listeners, [we] have taken the Dixie Chicks off our playlists,” said Gail Austin, Clear Channel’s director of programming for the two Jacksonville stations.
You remember the Dixie Chicks, right? They were the hottest country band in the country, until singer singer Natalie Maines expressed the opinion that she was “ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas.” That opinion was so offensive that some Clear Channel stations refused to play the hottest country music in the country because, well, that’s the sort of expressed opinion that some people interpreted as disrespectful. But Rush expressing an opinion? Well, gotta respect that.
The company did, however, and probably on accident, do us a real solid in this debate:
The contraception debate is one that sparks strong emotion and opinions on both sides of the issue[.]
The men who’ve been leading the attack on women’s health care by insisting the “debate” isn’t really about contraception but about “religious liberty” are, of course, full of shit. To them, sex is icky and lady parts are very icky and living in a country where there is both sex and lady parts—with ladies attached to them!—is against God’s law and the Constitution and whatever other mumbo jumbo they can pull out of their collective asses.
But even Clear Channel’s Premiere Radio Networks Inc., home of Rush Limbaugh for at least another four years, per their contract, who respects Rush’s right to slut-shame women, understands what this debate is really about: and it definitely isn’t about religious liberty.