Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) told listeners to a Homer AK radio station that she was amazed that what she thought was long settled policy on access to contraceptives may no longer be settled. And she said she was disappointed that Rush Limbaugh wasn’t rebuked by Republican leaders after his widely-reported remarks about Georgetown student Sandra Fluke.
According to an article in the Homer News, Murkowski made her remarks on noncommercial AM 890 KBBI.
She called Limbaugh’s remarks “horribly offensive” and said that women feel threatened. She said she supports Planned Parenthood and the right to a “safe and legal abortion.”
Murkowski expressed her disappointment that the candidates running in her own party’s primary did not condemn Limbaugh’s rhetoric.
She said that the current attack on women was senseless, and added that anyone who believes it is not in fact an attack should discuss the matter with his wife and daughters.
RBR-TVBR observation: It wasn’t that long ago that on the rare occasions a Republican criticized Limbaugh for something, they would soon retract whatever the criticism was, or at least smooth it over. If nothing else, it is possible that the Fluke incident has cost the Talk icon the bulletproof vest that used to protect him from occasional bursts of friendly fire.
RBR-TVBR’s Media Information Bureau has studies available that put the Talk Radio audience under the microscope. In “The politics of the Radio Audience” you will see that Talk Radio is one of the prime radio destinations for Republican listeners; and in “Talk Radio, Consumers and Retail” you will find that the format leans heavily to the male side. We suspect that for Limbaugh, the numbers on both counts are far higher than they are for Talk Radio as a whole.