On his radio program yesterday, Rush Limbaugh seemed upset by the backlash caused by his three-day campaign of verbal abuse against law student Sandra Fluke, who spoke before Congress about contraception. He was particularly bothered by the fact that he has lost several dozen long-time advertisers in the aftermath of the media storm. Speaking about his long-time association with these advertisers, Rush had this to say:
I knew the political inclinations of these people. They didn't care when they were profiting -- and I didn't, either. Everybody's able to put these things aside for the sake of mutual beneficial business activity.
Is Rush claiming that his advertisers didn't share his political or moral convictions? Does this mean that Limbaugh was knowingly taking money from businesses whose leanings are in direct opposition to his own and those of his audience? When someone puts their personal convictions or morals aside in favor of making money, what do we usually call them? Isn't that how Julia Roberts made her living in the movie "Pretty Woman"? I never thought Rush was much of a Pretty Woman, but hey - it's his call(ing).