US-Israel Relations, Law Student Sandra Fluke, Fundraising with Citizens United (2012)
thefilmarchive.org March 2, 2012 The Rush Limbaugh--Sandra Fluke controversy (IPA:flʊk) began on February 29, 2012, when American conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh's remarks about contraceptive mandates included statements concerning Georgetown University Law Center student Sandra Fluke as a "slut" and "prostitute". Limbaugh was commenting on Fluke's speech the previous week to House Democrats in support of mandating insurance coverage for contraceptives. Despite disapproval from major political figures, Limbaugh made numerous similar statements over the next two days, leading to the loss of several national sponsors and Limbaugh's apology on his show for some of his comments. Fluke rejected the apology as dubious and inadequate. Democrats characterized both the Hearing that Fluke did not testify at, and Limbaugh's comments as a "War on Women", and tried to link both to the Republican Party. President Barack Obama called Fluke on March 3 to express his support. Many politicians and pundits responded by calling Limbaugh a "peculiar individual", "despicable", "disgusting", "loathsome" and "a national disgrace", and deploring hateful and derogatory speech within political discourse. Jesse Ferguson, spokesperson for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said "Limbaugh has come to Republicans' defense in their war on women". In a letter to donors, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (DN.Y.), wrote that "Rush Limbaugh, the voice of the ...