Rush Limbaugh: Carl Levin says Armed Forces Network should drop the show

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Everybody seems to have something to say about it.

Sen Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, wants the Armed Forces Network to drop The Rush Limbaugh Show in response to the conservative pundit’s on-air attack on Sandra Fluke, a law student whom he referred to as a “slut” and a “prostitute.”

CNN reported that Levin said in an interview: “I would hope the people that run it see just how offensive this is and drop it on their own volition.”

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Limbaugh has apologized for his remarks – uttered as part of a three-day offensive during which he attacked Sandra Fluke of Georgetown University for publicly calling for healthcare providers and insurers to be required to cover the costs of contraceptive medicine.

Limbaugh said this showed the woman was sexually overactive and meant that taxpayers would be subsidizing her behavior.

Critics, who are legion, have said Limbaugh is wrong on all counts. Fluke’s testimony before a Democratic Congressional panel included arguments that contraception can be used to prevent and treat illnesses unrelated to sexual activity. To be effective as a contraceptive, the pills must be taken regardless of the frequency of sexual activity.

Despite his apologies, Limbaugh has become the subject of a national uproar as a result of his comments, having lost over 40 advertisers and being dropped by at least one local radio station.

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According to CNN, the Defense Department said earlier this week it had no plans to stop carrying Limbaugh’s show in the Armed Forces Network.

Levin, who wields considerable influence in setting defense policy, said he did not believe Congress should take action to change this but would “love” to see the program dropped and was “delighted” that many advertisers had deserted Limbaugh.

"I think that is probably an issue that should be left to the folks that run that network," Levin was quoted as saying.

The Detroit Free Press reported yesterday that former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm was promoting the “Flush Rush” campaign on Twitter, calling on the public to sign petitions to calling for Limbaugh’s show not to be broadcast.

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