A Pittsfield radio station became the second to drop the ‘Rush Limbaugh Show’ from its weekday programming, a week after he called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a ‘slut’ and ‘a prostitute’ on his show.
Management at 1420AM WBEC announced on Monday March 5 that the conservative nationally syndicated talk show will no longer fill its noon to 3pm time slot, due to Limbaugh’s remarks which the station says go beyond ‘the bounds of civility’.
“Rush’s defamatory and disparaging remarks about Ms. Fluke clearly violated the standards we have set for our stations and left us with no choice but to remove him from our airwaves,” said WBEC Marketing Manager Peter Barry in a written statement posted on the station’s website.
While Barry could not be reached for further comment, New England Public Radio reports that the station had received some complaints from listeners, but has not yet lost any local advertisers. No word on whether the station has received any criticism for its decision from Limbaugh supporters.
KPUA in Hilo Hawaii also said it too won’t broadcast Limbaugh’s show.
The remarks were aimed at Sandra Fluke , a 30-year-old student who testified before a Democratic congressional committee in favor of a recent mandate requiring all insurance plans to cover the cost of female contraception.
On his Feb 29 show Limbaugh commented on Fluke’s testimony.
LIMBAUGH: What does it say about the college coed Susan Fluke [sic], who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex.
She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We’re the pimps.
The johns, that’s right. We would be the johns — no! We’re not the johns. Well — yeah, that’s right. Pimp’s not the right word.
The next day Limbaugh waded even further into the controversy when he said he would pay for aspirin for Fluke to ‘put between her knees’ as birth control, if she would post video of herself having sex up on the internet.
Though he later apologized for the language he used, as many as 98 sponsors have pulled their advertising from Limbaugh’s program in response to several internet based campaigns to boycott his program.
Rush Limbaugh’s show is currently carried by 592 affiliates across the nation, including 560AM WHYN in Springfield.