NOW Campaign Seeks To Silence Rush Limbaugh
April 20, 2012 at 12:59 PM (PT)
The NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN has launched a campaign to silence PREMIERE NETWORKS' RUSH LIMBAUGH, establishing "Enough RUSH," a movement aimed at getting the show canceled. The group is working in conjunction with MEDIA MATTERS FOR AMERICA, the liberal media advocacy group that has targeted LIMBAUGH in the past, on a "strategy session" for "NOW leaders only" on MAY 2nd aimed at using NOW chapters to "take action to get RUSH off the air once and for all."
"RUSH’s hostile, hateful speech is destructive to our public discourse, our communities and our democracy," the campaign states on its website, which is also asking for donations from the public. In a press release, NOW Pres. TERRY O'NEILL charged, "For more than two decades, RUSH LIMBAUGH has degraded women, people of color and anyone who doesn't look or think like him. Like bullies everywhere, LIMBAUGH uses the age-old tactic of savaging one woman for the purpose of intimidating all women away from the public square. RUSH's hostile, hateful speech is destructive to our public discourse, our communities and our democracy." Protests are planned in WASHINGTON, NEW YORK, PHOENIX, INDIANAPOLIS, COLUMBIA, MO, TOLEDO, GRAND RAPIDS, and WEST PALM BEACH.
The controversy over LIMBAUGH's comments about activist/student SANDRA FLUKE resulted in only two affiliates dropping the show, in HILO, HI and PITTSFIELD, MA. Another affiliation change, in PHILADELPHIA, was unrelated to the controversy.