Investigate Whether Stations Airing Limbaugh
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Investigate Whether Stations Airing Limbaugh

    1. Petition by

      Women's Media Center

In the United States, the radio airwaves are owned by the citizens and broadcasters must apply to the Federal Communications Commission for licenses in order to use them. In order to receive a license, the station must prove their programming is in the “public interest.”

Hate speech is never in the public interest. And hate speech is what Rush Limbaugh spews every day on his radio show, which is broadcast over those public airwaves. The most recent controversy stems from Limbaugh calling Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke as a "slut" and a "prostitute" for testifying in favor of birth control access. In a country where a woman is raped every 2 minutes, characterizing women as ravening sexual creatures is an incitement to violence.

Furthermore, as Women’s Media Center founders Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem noted in an op-ed, these comments are part of a long history of “degrading language Limbaugh deploys on women, people of color, lesbians and gays, immigrants, the disabled, the elderly, Muslims, Jews, veterans, environmentalists and so forth.” Some examples include:

-- Female Cabinet members are "Sex-retaries."
-- "The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies."
-- The National Organization for Women is "a bunch of whores to liberalism."
-- [Said to an African-American female caller]: "Take that bone out of your nose and call me back."

This is not about politics - the Women’s Media Center has a long history of standing against sexism from the likes of Bill Maher, Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz and outlets like Newsweek and The Huffington Post. This is about calling out any speech that dehumanizes groups of people.

The US Constitution guarantees citizens the right to free speech and we at the Women’s Media Center are fully committed to protecting that right. But the first amendment doesn’t guarantee Rush Limbaugh a radio show on which to broadcast hate on the public airwaves. We are asking the FCC to investigate whether or not Limbaugh’s hate speech violates the “public interest” and, therefore, whether or not the stations that air his show should be eligible to renew their broadcast licenses.

We are using free speech to stand up to hate speech. Sign the petition and join us today in taking back our airways.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Have you been Bullied by Rush?

      #BulliedByRush is a Women’s Media Center campaign in response to the long history of offensive comments and attacks made by Rush Limbaugh, most recently about Georgetown University Law student Sandra Fluke.

      For 20 years Rush Limbaugh has been using offensive language to dehumanize woman and other marginalized groups. It’s time to call it what it is: Bullying. We encourage anyone who has ever felt bullied, harmed, or intimidated by Rush Limbaugh to submit their stories. Whether directly or indirectly, personally or collectively, if you feel you have been targeted by Rush, please share your story in solidarity with Fluke and all the other people he has bullied before her.


    3. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Robin Brasso SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am sick and tired of sexist comments made by men. Chris Mathews and Keith Olberman made sexist remarks about Hillary when she was running for President. They keep getting away with it. We must stand up to them and take them on eveytime they make a comment. Enough is enough.

    • Amanda Douglass PLEASANT HILL, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      This kind of hate and sensationalism does nothing to bring people together. Progress does not occur when people are divided with such anger, only War. We've done that enough throughout history... let's try something else! If what this man says is public interest then we are truly doomed.

    • Sharon Hollander ST. LOUIS, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      I've always been outraged by Mr. Limbaugh's hate radio program.

    • karen day LAKE OSWEGO, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      This guy is an idiot!

    • Dr Cassandra Langer EAST ELMHURST, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Fed up with the lies and attacks on women by women haters


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