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Did Rush Limbaugh cross a line by calling a law school student a 'prostitute'?

Radio talk show host and conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh
Radio talk show host and conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh
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Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh is known for making outrageous comments, but his latest inflammatory remarks made on his program last week have some people wondering whether Limbaugh has gone too far. He called Georgetown University law school student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” and insisted that she release sex videos for everyone to watch.

The controversial radio host has publicly apologized for his "insulting word choices," which were made in response to Fluke’s Congressional testimony in support of mandated health coverage of contraceptives, but critics are dismissing his apology as less than sincere.

Multiple advertisers have pulled their sponsorship of “The Rush Limbaugh Show” and the event has ignited a firestorm of controversy. The White House has even condemned Limbaugh’s personal attacks on Fluke; President Obama called the law student on Friday to offer her his support.


How far is too far, when it comes to public discourse? Where should the line be drawn, if at all, in terms of personal verbal attacks made in a public venue?


Hans Nichols, Bloomberg News White House Correspondent

Conor Friedersdorf, staff writer at The Atlantic magazine

Larry Kamer, professor, University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism

Michael Harrison, publisher, Talkers magazine