Bloomberg asked likely voters whether Rush Limbaugh should be relieved of his duties behind the mic after the uproar over his Sandra Fluke remarks, and by a 53%-42% margin, America said yes. 5% were unsure.
The poll predictably found that women were more likely to favor Limbaugh’s ouster than men. The scores respectively were 56% and 49%.
The underlying birth control issue has been characterized in general by one side as a battle over women’s health rights, and by the other as a battle over religious freedom.
According to the Bloomberg poll, the women’s health side is winning that battle by a 62%-33% margin.
77% believe the issue of contraception should not even be part of the current political dialog.
RBR-TVBR observation: Two takeaways: The speech of those protesting Rush Limbaugh and Limbaugh’s own speech are equally protected; and we believe that the last thing Rush’s opponents should really want is his firing.
As long as Limbaugh stays within the pale of murky and indecipherable FCC indecency constraints, his speech should be protected. While he did stray over toward the sexual content side, we think the finest prosecutors in history would be hard pressed to make the case that he even wandered into the gray area, much less crossed the line.
Meanwhile, it cannot be said that those trying to silence Limbaugh are attempting to deprive him of his First Amendment rights. They are just as free to make their objections known as Limbaugh is to offend them, and they are also free to encourage others to avoid Limbaugh’s program and the products and services of his sponsors.
Finally, countless members of the anti-Limbaugh crowd were given media megaphones they otherwise would not have had. Limbaugh’s fame elevated the audience available to his opponents. Rather than force him to the sidelines, they should be waiting patiently to pounce again the next time he provides an opportunity.