The infamous Conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh made controversial remarks Feb. 29, calling a female law student, who testified at a congressional hearing in favor of supporting female contraception coverage by insurance, a "slut." The remarks have triggered a fallout which has put Limbaugh under pressure.
Limbaugh grew up in Missouri and is the son of a lawyer who was a fighter pilot during World War II, according to Paul D. Colford.'s book titled "The Rush Limbaugh story: talent on loan from God: an unauthorized biography."
Limbaugh's program "The Rush Limbaugh Show," is the highest rated radio talk show and is considered highly influential to Republican party leaders. The show is known for Limbaugh's sharp criticism of Liberal policies and politicians. Many of his family members are lawyers and his uncle, Stephen Limbaugh Jr., was appointed as a judge under the former president George Bush Jr.'s administration.
According to the NY Daily News, "Limbaugh, on his radio programs, suggested student Sandra Fluke wanted to be paid to have sex, which made her a 'slut' and a 'prostitute.' In return for the money, he said Fluke should post videos of herself having sex."
Other's responses to the comments have resulted in the 2012 presidential candidate's own integrities and characters put to the test. Romney's response to Limbaugh's comments have been viewed by some as meek, while Rick Santorum responded that Limbaugh's comments were "absurd," according to CBS.
President Obama responded more personally by calling Sandra Fluke to show support and mentioning his daughters in his response to Limbaugh's comments.
Fluke responded rather calmly that she hopes to keep the focus on women's ability to have affordable coverage by health insurance for contraception on ABC's "The View". "Initially I was very shocked, but then I tried to see it for what it is," Fluke said on the show. "And what it is is an attempt to silence me, to silence the millions of women and the men who support them who have been speaking out about this issue and conveying that contraception is an important health care need that need to have met in an affordable accessible way."