Sandra Fluke Talks Limbaugh, Obama, on “The View”
Georgetown student says she doesn’t want phone call from Limbaugh, calls Obama “kind.”
Rush Limbaugh has apologized more than once since he bullied a Georgetown University student Wednesday on his radio show by calling her a “slut” and “prostitute” because she wants employers to provide health insurance coverage for birth control. But Sandra Fluke, the law school student at the center of the controversy, isn’t buying it. During an appearance on ABC’s “The View” Monday, Fluke said:
“I don’t think a statement like this issued saying that his choice of words was not the best changes anything, especially when that statement is issued when he’s under significant pressure from his sponsors who’ve begun to pull their support from the show,” she said.
Fluke also said that she had not received a personal apology from Limbaugh but quickly added that she didn’t welcome a phone call from the shock jock. “His statement that he made on the air about me have been personal enough,” she said.
Fluke did, however, speak with President Barack Obama last week after he called to check in on her following the controversy. “It was very kind,” Fluke said of the president’s move to reach out to her. “I came away from it thinking he was just such a kind man. He offered his concern, wanted to make sure that I was doing all right and wanted to express his support and thank me for speaking out on what he considers to be an important matter of public policy and what I think millions of American women know is an important matter of public policy.”
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Fluke declined to say whether or not she thinks Limbaugh should be ousted from his radio gig for his misogynistic comments about her. Instead, she said his sponsors and those who support them could make that decision.
During her “View” appearance, Fluke also said she wanted to clear up two major misconceptions. Firstly, she pointed out that the policy she supports doesn’t involve taxpayers footing the bill for birth control but private insurance companies doing so. Secondly, she noted that Limbaugh isn’t the only media personality to disrespect her. She directed viewers to watchdog website Media Matters, which has compiled a list of media types, including Glenn Beck, who have disparaged Fluke.
“I think it is really important for us all to understand that this was not one person who went crazy and made 'funny,' outrageous statements,” Fluke said. “This is evidently a segment of our political commentators who think that it’s acceptable in today’s society to say these things about women.”