Showing posts with label Slander. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Slander. Show all posts

March 3, 2012

Is Sandra Fluke Suing The Fat Guy That Sucks A Cigar?

Sandra Fluke said Friday that she is entertaining the possibility of a suit against the conservative talk show host.
“I’ve certainly been told I might have a case, but it’s not something I’ve made any decisions about at this point,” the 30-year-old Georgetown University law student told The Daily Beast.

Limbaugh called Fluke a “prostitute” and a “slut” for testifying that she and her classmates could pay $3,000 for three years of birth control at Georgetown, a Catholic-affiliated school whose health plan does not cover contraception. That sum, Fluke said, is out of reach for many.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi held a hearing on contraception after Fluke was denied entry into Rep. Darrell Issa's hearing on the topic. These discussions are taking place in response to the Obama administration's mandate that employers provide contraception to their employees free of cost. After blowback from religious groups, including the Catholic community, the administration added that insurance companies would shoulder these costs for religious institutions that ideologically oppose them.
Fluke was quick to emphasize that preventing pregnancy is not the only reason women choose birth control, and that it can be necessary for other health reasons.

The possibility of a lawsuit over Limbaugh’s remarks was floated Friday by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat from New York. Introducing a speech by Sen. John Kerry at New York Law School, Maloney said “we will be filing a slander suit against Rush Limbaugh. What he’s really trying to do is silence a young woman. It’s unfair, it’s un-American.” Maloney also suggested that Sybil Shainwald, a prominent women’s-rights attorney, would be the perfect counsel for the case.

 Allison Yarrow on Rush Limbaugh’s slut shaming. Legal experts say Fluke’s case could be strengthened by the fact that she would likely be considered a private citizen, not a public figure. Private citizens are entitled to stronger protections against slander than celebrities, politicians and others who lead highly visible lives. “I think it’s really important, anytime you speak publicly about something you care about, to project your most reasonable self,” Sandra Fluke said in an interview. “I do get angry about things, but I’m fairly levelheaded.” Addressing “Miss Fluke” and “the rest of you feminazis,” Limbaugh told his radio audience this week: “If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex. We want something for it. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.” “Men are on board,” Fluke said. “A lot of them write to me. They say ‘I support you. I’m doing this for my granddaughters.’ They really do care.” 


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