I have read Limbaugh's comments with context (which does not significantly change the meaning), and my view is that whether his comments condone rape is a matter of opinion. The comments can reasonably be taken to jusify activities that are arguably a form of rape. Much of the disputes with this issue are over where to draw the line as to when an activity becomes rape. Limbaugh's opinion differs from many other people's opinion. Those people can reasonably say that Limbaugh condones rape as they define it, and quite possibly as the law would currently define it. Limbaugh's point is that a perceptive person can tell whether "no" really means "no." The counter argument is that too often some people are not that perceptive (or don't care) and commit rapes.
Because the question as to whether Limbaugh's comments "condone rape" is so subjective, in my opinion, it is not actionable libel or slander. Case dismissed at preliminary hearing.
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ST. PAUL — Jesse Ventura, the wrestler-turned-politician-turned-television-host, has defied the odds before. More than a decade and a half ago, almost no one thought that a feather boa-wearing former professional wrestler could become the governor of Minnesota. In Mr. Ventura’s latest turn in the spotlight, some people questioned whether he could prevail in a claim that he had been defamed in a best-selling book, given the relatively high legal standard in such cases for public figures — and given Mr. Ventura’s lifetime of vivid, blunt and provocative pronouncements.
Jesse Ventura, the former Minnesota governor, brought a defamation suit over a book by an ex-member of the Navy SEALs.
Gov. Jesse Ventura in St. Paul on Tuesday, the first day of jury selection in his defamation lawsuit against the estate of Chris Kyle, who wrote the book “American Sniper.”Ex-Governor, Suing Over Book, Is Back in Minnesota’s Spotlight JULY 8, 2014
Yet on Tuesday, a jury sided with Mr. Ventura, finding that he had been defamed, calling for an award of more than $1.8 million and offering vindication to the former governor, 63, whose old swagger seemed somewhat diminished during three tense weeks in court here. At times, the proceedings felt less like an examination of a book by a former member of the Navy SEALs than a retrospective of Mr. Ventura’s history of colorful comments, his reputation, his life.
public figures can win defamation lawsuits
it happens all the time
this case....who knows.......
“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Seduction used to be an art. Now, of course, it’s ‘brutish’ and it’s ‘predatory’ and it’s bad," "'consent must be freely given, and can be withdrawn anytime, and the absence of ‘no’ does not mean ‘yes.’ ....”
If Rush's style of seduction is now considered brutish, predatory and bad, perhaps it is a bit too rapish.
Also note the "" (double quote mark)- he was quoting the law or a summary of it, when he said the parts about consent. That doesn't mean he supports those provisions, since he makes clear that he at least partially opposes those new rules. Again, its all too ambiguous and subjective to prove libel or slander.
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Matthew 10:34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.