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. His longtime favorite term for women, "femi-nazi," doesn't even raise eyebrows anymore, an example of how rhetoric spreads when unchallenged by coarsened cultural norms. [...]Somebody needs to wake the old gals up and tell them this story died several days ago and most of their fellow lefties are desperately trying to run away from it because conservatives are daring to apply the same standards to media darlings of the left that they're trying to apply to Rush Limbaugh. If the FCC goes after Rush on this basis they'll have to go after Maher, Olbermann, Schultz, and a host of others on the left.
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?" [...]
This isn't political. While we disagree with Limbaugh's politics, what's at stake is the fallout of a society tolerating toxic, hate-inciting speech. For 20 years, Limbaugh has hidden behind the First Amendment, or else claimed he's really "doing humor" or "entertainment." He is indeed constitutionally entitled to his opinions, but he is not constitutionally entitled to the people's airways.
It's time for the public to take back our broadcast resources. Limbaugh has had decades to fix his show. Now it's up to us.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Looks like Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinham are still feisty in their dotage. They wrote this for CNN.com: