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Pittsfield radio station drops Rush Limbaugh show

Rush Limbaugh

AP File/2009

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

Pittsfield radio station 1420 AM WBEC said it has dropped Rush Limbaugh’s radio program from its lineup.

On his syndicated radio show, Limbaugh called a Georgetown University law student named Sandra Fluke a “slut” after she gave testimony to congressional Democrats in support of their national health care policy. That policy would compel her Jesuit university’s health plan to cover her birth control.

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In a statement, WBEC said, “Due to the inappropriate remarks made by Rush Limbaugh, regarding Sandra Fluke, the management of AM-1420 has made the decision to remove the Rush Limbaugh Show from the programming line-up, effective March 5th.”

The statement described Limbaugh’s remarks as “defamatory and disparaging” and added that they violated the station’s standards.

The remarks have “left us no choice but to remove him from our airwaves,” the station said.

Limbaugh’s remarks provoked a storm of controversy, and Limbaugh has since apologized.

But on Monday, AOL and Tax Resolution Services Co. became the eighth and ninth advertisers to leave Limbaugh’s three-hour show, the Associated Press reported.

Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.

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