The co-founders of the Women's Media Center, radicals Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan, are calling for the FCC to pull our nation's most popular radio show host, Rush Limbaugh, from the airways. Just so you know who you are dealing with, let's go down this rogue's gallery, shall we.
Jane Fonda is shown in the above picture manning air defense artillery in North Vietnam in 1972, during the Vietnam War. She actively supported the North Vietnamese war effort. Leaving aside the fact that she should have been prosecuted for treason and should, to this day, be spending her life in jail, Hanoi Jane has also been known for explosive rhetoric, such as referring to President Nixon as "Hitler."
Gloria Steinem, one of the original radical feminists of the 60's, has been a lifelong advocate of "women's rights," She was a particularly vocal opponent of Clarence Thomas after Anita Hill claimed that Thomas sexually harassed her. Steinem later found sexual harassment to be wholly acceptable and, indeed, defensible when Bill Clinton was the perpetrator, going so far as to write a WSJ article on his behalf.
Robin Morgan is a self described radical feminist who, besides being a partner with Steinem on Ms. Magazine, has taken "radical feminism" to new heights. For instance, she has claimed that most sex is rape: “I claim that rape exists any time sexual intercourse occurs when it has not been initiated by the woman, out of her own genuine affection and desire.” And for a woman who is now offended by "hate speech," it seems surprising given that she has previously stated: “I feel that ‘man-hating’ is an honorable and viable political act, that the oppressed have a right to class-hatred against the class that is oppressing them.”
Now these three radical women are calling for the FCC to remove Rush from the airway because of his supposed history of "hate speech" and the "degrading language Limbaugh deploys on women, people of color, lesbians and gays, immigrants, the disabled, the elderly, Muslims, Jews, veterans, environmentalists and so forth." We can't have satire in America, at least when directed at protected left wing classes. Freedom of speech only goes so far. Actually, what is truly interesting is that Robin Morgan can charge that Rush is using "hate speech" when he uses demeaning names, but her own call for actual, visceral hatred of males is somehow okay.
Leaving that aside, at least two of the examples the ladies give of Limbaugh hate speech are worthy of comment.
The ladies are apparently offended that Rush once said that "The National Organization for Women is "a bunch of whores to liberalism." Given that Rush was talking about the fact that NOW, like Gloria Steinam, is quite willing to jettison all of their principles and come to the defense of left-wing men when they commit acts demeaning to women, he was completely correct. Though I hate to link to Meida Matters, they actually have the quote in context on their site.
Another beef of the these three defenders of American values:
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.
His favorite term for women? "Feminazi" is a term he only uses to describe the radical activists - such as Fonda, Steinem, and Morgan, as well as the NOW crowd. For these three to think that he is describing all women as "feminazis" means that, one, they have never listened to his show, or two, that they are so arrogant and narcissistic that they are actually projecting their radical views onto all women. I would imagine it is both. At any rate, one could conclude that referring to the radicals as mere "nazis" is still less coarsened than comparing Nixon to Hitler. And of course, the only reason the term "feminazi" has stuck is because there is a big kernel of truth in it.
The ladies conclude their call for the FCC to pull Rush from the airwaves with this laugher:
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.
Isn't political???? Not only have these three women studiously ignored truly crass speech from the left, but they have been guilty of more than a bit of it themselves. Certainly Fonda manning an enemy anti-aircraft gun in time of war is possibly the single most offensive bit of speech I have ever been privy to. Their effort to get Limbaugh off the air could not possibly be more political. They don't care about coarse speech, they care about speech antithetical to their positions.
As to the "people's airways," Limbaugh, with somewhere between 16 and 20 million listeners each week, has the single most popular show on radio. It is a position he has held for years. The "people" of America have voted on what they want to hear - and its not the braying of the nags who want government to silence speech that offends the left.