That Rush Limbaugh makes horrible, fallacious ad hominem arguments against people (especially women) who disagree with whatever his view is does not surprise me, nor, sadly does the fact some people–who probably ought to know better–jump to his defense.
The issue lately is of course the congressional testimony of Sandra Fluke, a third-year law student and reproductive rights activist. Limbaugh thought her advocacy made her a slut or a prostitute. To be fair, Limbaugh apologized (twice, I think) for using those two terms. He did not apologize, however, for demanding that she provide the paying public access to her non reproductive sexual activity in the form of internet videos. Nor did he apologize for the 45 or so other vile things he said or implied about her.
Limbaugh ought also to apologize to the legions of people who think he has offered views worthy of defense. This is, after all, the worst crime. He makes, by all accounts, millions of dollars and has legions of loyal fans, among them Steven Landsburg, a professor of economics at the University of Rochester. He makes one realize what academic freedom and tenure is all about. Read about his intervention in this discussion here. And here.
Now comes CNN's Dana Loesch, displaying all of the acumen of a barely plausible introduction to logic text book example:
Maybe Fluke's boyfriend, the son of entrenched Democrat William Mutterperl, can pay for her contraception. His father donates heavily to Democrat candidates. The couple is currently enjoying spring break in California, which poses the question of how Fluke can afford a trip across the country when she can't afford birth control pills.
This, posted on the late Andrew Bretibart's site, is just plain creepy. How does this person know who Fluke's boyfriend is, where she is going on spring break, and whether she can afford a certain pharmaceutical? Besides, Fluke (see at the link above) never argued that she couldn't afford her contraception.
But, tragically, this debate has never been about facts. It's always been about how much women must pay for sex. A lot. Loesch's interest in Fluke's personal life just enacts the very demand Limbaugh made of Fluke.