Rush Limbaugh Prompts Local Woman to Say: Take Him Off the Air, FCC [POLL]

Colby Vendt created a petition on change.org, asking the FCC to remove Rush Limbaugh from the air.


When Woodbury resident Colby Vendt's father asked her if she had heard Rush Limbaugh's recent comments about women, she took to the Internet and was shocked.

Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law student, was called a slut and prostitute by Limbaugh. Fluke supports women's access to birth control and was excluded from an official congressional hearing on the contraceptive mandate in the United States' health care laws.

According to ABCNews, Limbaugh later said, "So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex. We want something for it. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch."

The comments were troubling to Vendt.

"I felt like I couldn't read it out loud anymore -- I was so distraught by that," she said. "Then the discussion started between me and my family. My mother said, 'I can't believe they still let him on the air'."

Vendt wondered if there was a petition calling for Limbaugh's removal from the airwaves but did not find one at the time.

So she created one on the change.org website, asking the Federal Communications Commission, or FFC, to remove Limbaugh from the airwaves. The website lists her town as Roxbury, because she lives on the Woodbury-Roxbury town line.

"Change.org is a social action platform that empowers anyone, anywhere to start, join, and win campaigns for social change," according to the change.org website.

Vendt's petition asking for Limbaugh's removal from the airwaves is on the change.org website.

Other petitions have sprung up on the change.org website, asking for all radio stations broadcasting Limbaugh's programs to cease immediately or asking the FCC, U.S. Congress, radio broadcasters and advertisers to stop supporting Limbaugh.

A call to the FCC's Office of Media Relations was not returned as of press time but was forwarded to the press point of contact. Patch will update the article upon hearing from the FCC.

An e-mail to the Rush Limbaugh show in New York did not yield a response as of press time. Repeated phone calls were made but the line was busy each time.

Signatures on the Petition

As of 5:10 p.m. Friday, March 2, Vendt's petition had 1,440 out of 1,500 signatures. The petition is not capped at 1,500 but is rather a goal -- when more signatures are received, the 1,500 number will increase to the next goal.

"The first signature other than me came from Kentucky, where my mother is from," Vendt said.

Since then, the online signatures have come from every state in the country and beyond -- Vendt said people from 12 other countries, including one person from Korea, signed the petition.

She attributes that wide geographical range to the issue being non-political.

"This isn't a political issue," Vendt said. "This isn't an 'I hate Republicans' issue. It's a defamation of character and an abuse of media."

Vendt cited a past case when a radio personality suffered the repercussions of his actions.

In 2007, radio host Don Imus was fired by CBS Radio after saying racial slurs when talking about the Rutgers University women's basketball team, according to CBS News.

"He was ripped off the air faster than you can say his name," said Vendt. "The fact that nothing's being done to Limbaugh is appalling."

Some sponsors distanced themselves from Limbaugh's show after he made the comments about Fluke, according to MSNBC, most notably Select Comfort, a mattress manufacturer, and Sleep Train, a mattress store.

The Next Step

The deadline to sign the petition is June 3, 2012. The next step, which Vendt said she is willing to take, is to contact the FCC about the petition.

"I'm hoping that something happens before then," she said.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee put forth a petition of its own, Vendt said.

"Sign our petition today telling Republicans to end their War on Women and ensure women’s voices are heard in discussions about women’s health care," the DCCC stated on their website.

"I don't think that's enough," said Vendt. "I totally believe in free speech. But there's a line and that line was crossed."


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monroe taxpayer March 05, 2012 at 07:55 PM
It is simply wrong no matter who does it, or political affiliation. Is it OK to rob someone because other have done it? NO Does there politics matter NO. To try to excuse some by blaming others is just not factual. Try taking a case to court and tell the judge you did it because others also have done it in the past, see how that works out.
Christine E. March 05, 2012 at 07:59 PM
If one person can do it and have no consequences, then I fail to understand why anyone else should be punished for doing the same thing. It's all or nothing. They're all a bunch of idiots, in my book.
D. Marcus March 05, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Talk about denigration and disrespect... where was this outcry of support for a fellow woman back in November 2011 when Michele Bachman walked out on the Jimmy Fallon show to his tasteless band playing "Lyin' A** B**ch"?
Don Sherman March 05, 2012 at 08:31 PM
It's easy to see the Left and Right biases here, so I have a question: How many conscientious objectors do we have in the audience?
socrates March 05, 2012 at 09:04 PM
That doesn't matter. This is not about women. It's about the Rush Limbaugh Hate Club. Don't try reasoning with them. Won't work.
socrates March 05, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Still subject to FCC there, Walt
socrates March 05, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Alex We could argue about a grandfather clause and I think that has merit. But when you decide to do away with the so-called wall of separation between church and state? Can we force Jews and Muslims to stay open on Saturdays and sell pork because it helps the economy of American farmers and eating well keeps you healthy, therefore I have a right to free pork on Saturday? Where do you want to go with this?
socrates March 05, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Shirley Do you even know what a "teabagger" is? Want me to post it here for you? This is for you, Shirley http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=teabagger
socrates March 05, 2012 at 09:56 PM
For those of you who doubted Fluke was an activist, let Fluke tell you herself: http://www.lifenews.com/2012/03/05/sandra-fluke-a-self-described-professional-pro-abortion-activist/
socrates March 05, 2012 at 10:01 PM
This is peculiar. Blaming others? No. I blame YOU. I blame you for not getting as flamed up when the left does this- and they do it all the time, as I have proven. It's only when Limbaugh says something that it becomes an issue. And that proves that it's not about women and it's not about respect- it's about hating LImbaugh and creating a phony issue.
Alex March 05, 2012 at 10:17 PM
"Defenses to libel that can result in dismissal before trial include the statement being one of opinion rather than fact or being "fair comment and criticism". Truth is always a defense." It's Wikipedia, but still relevant here. If Rush could prove what he said is opinion or the statement is in fact truthful, then Ms. Fluke would not be able to sue. She probably won't try since it's a difficult case to prove. As for socrates: I was offended by Letterman's comments of Sarah Palin's daughter when that happened as it was inappropriate and wrong. This transcends party lines (or should), because it's a decency issue. I don't watch Maher, but your two examples are poor because it isn't establishing any accusation. Calling someone a "dumb tw*t"" is an opinion (How can a tw*t be dumb?), where as calling someone a prostitute could cause irreparable harm to one's career as it is a statement of one's profession. Just as I could call you an "a**hole*, but that's simply an opinion since obviously you cannot actually be one. But if I were to say I saw you with another man at a truck stop on I-95 performing inappropriate acts to them, well that's slander that could jeopardize your standing in the community. See the difference?
socrates March 06, 2012 at 12:14 AM
OMG, Alex Watching you defend misogyny is painful. Ask your Mom if she'd prefer to be called a "c*nt" or a prostitute. A Hobb's choice.
socrates March 06, 2012 at 11:58 AM
And here's more about Fluke. She also demanded that all insurance cover all sex change surgery: "However, as I discovered today, birth control is not all that Ms. Fluke believes private health insurance must cover. She also, apparently, believes that it is discrimination deserving of legal action if “gender reassignment” surgeries are not covered by employer provided health insurance. She makes these views clear in an article she co-edited with Karen Hu in the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law. The title of the article, which can be purchased in full here, is Employment Discrimination Against LGBTQ Persons and was published in the Journal’s 2011 Annual Review. I have posted a transcript of the section I will be quoting from here. In a subsection of the article entitled “Employment Discrimination in Provision of Employment Benefits” starting on page 635 of the review Sandra Fluke and her co-editor describe two forms of discrimination in benefits they believe LGBTQ individuals face in the work place:" http://thecollegepolitico.com/sandra-fluke-gender-reassignment-and-health-insurance/ This was a set-up from the beginning. Democrats believed women would fall for this because of the general contempt they have for Americans' intelligence. The episode has been cast as Republicans wanting to ban contraception, and it is as big a lie as can be told.
socrates March 06, 2012 at 01:00 PM
BTW- Fluke was acting in concert with Media Matters for America, a Soros-funded organization dedicated to eliminating Fox News and all conservative media. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/03/05/Fluke%20Shows%20MMfA%20White%20House%20Coordination?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BigJournalism+%28Big+Journalism%29 And since MMfA has been working with the White House, it is highly likely Obama was in on this as well.
Douglas Brennan March 06, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Shirley Dugat: You have no understanding of any issues of any complexity. This issue was settled by Sir Thomas Moore. Do you think that the Church or an individual reports to the government or do you think that the government reports to the people. By the way the last time I looked the government does not provide anything. It does not produce weapons, birth control pills, food, medicine, cars or anything else. Private individuals produce goods and services. The government merely aggregates or disaggregates them at a fairly substantial cost.
socrates March 06, 2012 at 01:32 PM
And of Fluke's claim of cost for treating all the conditions? "Although Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke testified to the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee last month that contraception can cost a law student $3,000 over three years and that some of her fellow students could not afford it, a Target store only 3 miles from the law school currently sells a month’s supply of birth control pills for only $9 to people who do not have insurance plans covering contraceptives. That would make the total cost for birth control pills for a student who decided to use them for all three years of law school just $324." http://cnsnews.com/news/article/9-price-months-supply-birth-control-pills-target-3-miles-georgetown-law Nothing about this has been honest.
Julia March 06, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Really? Hey Sandra Fluke, I want free housing and a vacation in the South of France each year and I want YOU to pay for it. If you people can't see that Obama is a radical communist - my God, he has been paraphrasing or even quoting the communist mamifesto for the last few months - then you deserve all the totalitariani you get. Obama is a very evil man and he is trying to distract you from the fact that he is trashing our economy, making the world safe for Sharia law and destroying our constitution bit by not.
Chris - retired March 06, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Thank you Socrates Your the only person that makes a good case here. I'm the OLD fool that made the mistake of voting for Obama and too late found out his call for change was not the change that was good for the seniors. There is a book that has acruraely predicted our path, "Democracy In America" by Alexis de Toxqueville, was mandatory reading at Birkley State. It's like the government reads and follows the book but that is not the case. The book has our Democracy in the final down hill slide. If more people read the book they would realize where we are heading and with this administration, we're heading there in a hurry.
Julia March 06, 2012 at 02:04 PM
You know what people? This is not about reproductive rights. It's a right we already have and no one is trying to take away - the supreme court has already ruled on the issue. This is about the radical transformation of a representative republic with a strong bill of rights and constitution into a communist hell hole. Open your eyes because Obama is also funding a fake third party to erode the republican vote. It 's called Anericans Elect and it's funded by folks like Soros and Obama. Wake up before we lose this country.
socrates March 06, 2012 at 03:06 PM
You must keep in mind that Fluke attended a Catholic University with the intent of forcing it to violate its religious tenets. She knew what their policies were prior to her admission. This whole episode is about religious freedom and Obama's attempt to trash it. Women have plenty of access to birth control and at extremely reasonable prices, as noted above. In addition Planned Parenthood is also there for aid. NO ONE is trying to ban contraception- even though that's how the left wing media is trying to cast this issue. This is about Barack Obama ordering Catholic organizations to do something against their religious beliefs. I'd love to see Obama order Kosher or Muslim restaurants to serve pork on Saturdays. After all, pork is inexpensive and nutritional and thus it is a health issue. And we want wide access to healthy foods. How does that work for you?
socrates March 06, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Being called a slut is funny! At least that's the women of The View say: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matt-hadro/2011/05/26/abcs-view-makes-light-ed-schultzs-slut-reference-laura-ingraham When Ed Schultz called Laura Ingraham a slut, Barbara Walters laughed it off! http://www.mediaite.com/tv/laura-ingraham-blasts-the-view-when-i-was-called-a-slut-barbara-walters-laughed-it-off/ Good luck with that petition.
Alex March 06, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Misogyny lol. You don't know the word if you think that's what I did. Please read my full statement as you might notice the first part: "I was offended by Letterman's comments of Sarah Palin's daughter when that happened as it was inappropriate and wrong. This transcends party lines (or should), because it's a decency issue" What I was referring to with your dumb **** case was those are NOT examples of slander, nothing to do with Misogyny hence why I used the ahole example as well.
Alex March 06, 2012 at 06:57 PM
"But when you decide to do away with the so-called wall of separation between church and state?" Explain? Business are regulated by the state, and when a church decides to run a business they should be forced to play by the same rules (And lets be clear a church is NOT a business). Otherwise, why don't ALL businesses invent some kind of religion to suit their "Moral" needs. This is my problem with the issue. A moral objection is SUBJECTIVE. What you believe is right/wrong could be different from another person and if we allow that to create exceptions to our laws and regulations then everyone will find a suitable loophole. A lot easier to say "I morally object to covering my employees because of my moral beliefs" than to help supplement their insurance premiums.
Walt March 06, 2012 at 07:22 PM
socrates March 06, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Oh Alex It's a sad thing to watch someone parsing pejoratives.
socrates March 06, 2012 at 07:28 PM
"When a church runs a business" You mean like a dry cleaner or a pool installer? How about a Catholic venture capital firm?
Colby Vendt March 06, 2012 at 10:49 PM
7500 and growing!!
Sean M March 14, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Dear Woodburian, I heard what Rush said and his apology. Could you tell me where I said he is my idol. Otherwise, stop putting words into my mouth. I owe Sandra Fluke nothing. She demands that others subserve themselves to her values. She chose to go to Georgetown and stated she did so to make them change their policy. That is unamerican. My words and actions reflect on me, not the town. This is my opinion and I will not be intimidated because you do not like what I say. I have read the Constitution and understand the context of it. 60 years ago, no respecting woman would act like Fluke has. It has been shown the whole thing is a set-up by Obama. Her publicity is being run by a company run by a former high level Obama staffer. By the way, where does she get the money to travel around and talk about her "reproductive rights?" I thought she is broke from her $3k contraception bill. Contraception is not a right. You want it you pay for it. You, Fluke, or anyone else does not have the right to dictate to a private institution that they have to provide it. That is a blatant violation of their religious rights. If you have the courage to put your name to your words, we can have an open debate anytime. Since you are so much smarter than I am, it should be a slam dunk to make a fool of me in a debate.
Sean M March 27, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Assuming this is true, this is idiotic. Some social conservatives take things too far. Happens in every group.
socrates March 27, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Hey Colby This week Harvard is celebrating "Sex Week." Part of that celebration includes something called “Sex-Positivity and Slut-Pride: Sex Tips for a Modern World from Good Vibrations.” http://being1732.com/?p=11269 "Slut pride" One of the sponsors is the Law Students for Reproductive Justice. The LSRJ is a national organization. Do you know who is a notable member of the LSRJ? Sandra Fluke How's that petition coming?


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