So it was this week with Rush Limbaugh, who really outdid himself. His comments seem to be making a much bigger stir than usual, as he's all over the blogosphere with this, and the outrage is hot enough to make the snow melt all the way to Minsk.
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Rush was talking about Sandra Fluke, that young woman who wanted to testify before a Congressional committee run by Republicans on who should cover contraception through insurance plans and who need not. She was not allowed to, outraging some Democrats and pleasing some Republicans.
Fine, or not fine, that's politics. I won't get into that contraception debate. It's too much work, frankly. But Limbaugh had this charming thing to say about the young woman in question:
"What does it say about the college co-ed 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. ... Ok, so she's not a slut. She's round-heeled."
Anyway, readers, when does one cross the line from being shocky and schlocky and being libelous? Yes, Fluke did put herself in the spotlight, which makes it harder to pursue a libel charge, but whaddaya think, was Fluke libeled anyway? I imagine if confronted, Rush would say he was joking, but there's also obviously no evidence that Fluke is a prostitute. Rush technically accused Fluke of doing something illegal.
In any event, feel free to offer your opinion. Just don't call anybody a slut if you do.