NOW is still clinging to the fallout from the Rush Limbaugh—Sandra Fluke debacle in order to desperately score political points and continue the Republican ‘War on Women’ narrative.
Just six protesters showed up a block away from a Washington, D.C. affiliate of the Rush Limbaugh Program, at WMAL. According to NOW’s website, the protest at the radio station was part of the “Enough Rush” campaign.
It started at noon and was scheduled to last through the lunch hour.
Despite protesting outside on a public street corner, only one of the protesters wanted to speak on the record to Red Alert Politics. Erin Matson, a member of NOW. and the de facto leader of the group stuck to her talking points that virtually mirrored the opinions of NOW.
Matson said that WMAL was chosen as a place to protest because it carries Limbaugh’s show and that she thought Limbaugh is only inciting “hate speech.”
A few of the protesters were also holding signs that dealt in terms of ‘right wing extremism,’ ‘hate speech’ and ‘Enough Rush.’
NOW’s campaign against Limbaugh’s radio program has the self-described purpose of getting the AM radio titan removed from the air. According to a statement from NOW President Terry O’Neill, “We don’t need or want Limbaugh’s bullying on the public airwaves in our nation’s capital or anywhere in this country.
“Limbaugh crossed the line when he spent three days personally attacking Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke. Labels like ‘Feminazi,’ ‘slut’ and ‘prostitute’ are designed to discredit women’s progress and discourage their participation in the democratic process.”
One of the protesters agreed to talk off camera under the condition on anonymity.
“I think he [Limbaugh] is hurting not only women, but people in general,” said a 59-year feminist and self-proclaimed ‘life-time women’s rights activist.’
“We just wanted to let the public know he is still out there even though he is not in the news today because he didn’t call a woman a slut this week. [We want] to remind people to get him off the air,” said the protester.
When asked what the take-home message of the protest was, and what Limbaugh’s listeners should know, she said, “It is fine to disagree, but [they] are not going to accomplish their goals by name-calling and inciting things.”
The number of protesters outside of Limbaugh’s studio Friday is an indication that NOW’s campaign to remove Limbaugh is losing its appeal. As of Friday, Rush Babes for America, a page Limbaugh created for female fans in response to NOW’s campaign to remove him from the air, had more than 65,000 “likes” on Facebook versus the 33,000 for NOW.