No Excuse for Tirade
Columnist Robert Levy (“Double Standard in the Response to Rush Limbaugh,” March 11) missed the point about negative reactions to Rush Limbaugh’s rants regarding a Georgetown University law student’s appearance before a congressional committee because he failed to grasp the import of Rush’s out-of-control tirade.
There was no double standard because the tirade was so personal, so full of hate, and so vulgar that it was unprecedented, and to most women, it was beyond offensive.
Fortunately, the president of Georgetown University, a Catholic institution, was more perceptive, and said this in an email to his student body: Sandra Fluke “provided a model of civil discourse.
This expression of conscience was in the tradition of the deepest values we share as a people.”
In contrast, “Limbaugh … responded with behavior that can only be described as misogynistic, vitriolic, and a misrepresentation of the position of our student.”
Limbaugh’s rage not only reflected his hatred of women, he also lied about Fluke’s purpose in testifying.
Levy might excuse Limbaugh’s enraged verbal bullying because Limbaugh is his “intellectual companion” and the “core of our conservative soul.”
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