Rush Limbaugh apologized to Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student he has slimed on his nationwide radio program over the last three days of the week. When Rush apologizes for anything, it makes the news. It is a rare thing, like a butterfly in the dead of winter.
But his apology came off as weak, self-serving, and wasn't nearly enough to stop the outcry of his many critics. Nor did it seem to do anything to slow the decay of his advertising base.
A sentence-by-sentence examination of the apology proves he is sorry for one thing only, and that's for the trouble he's caused himself.
When Rush apologizes, he does it on his website so he won't have to answer questions. But still, the questions are there.
For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.
Odd. It sure seemed like you meant a personal attack. One does not call a young woman a prostitute and a slut as a point of casual conversation. It certainly was not meant as a compliment.
I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress.
Nobody was discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress, Rush. Ms. Fluke was talking about a friend of hers who needs birth control pills to ward off ovarian cancer. If avoiding a painful abdominal malignancy is your idea of personal sexual recreational activity, it makes the fact that you were married four times a bit easier to understand.
I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities.
Nobody cares what you think about the subject, Rush. And nobody was asking American citizens to pay for these social activities. The discussion is and continues to be, can an employer deny insurance coverage to a woman because she has a vagina and a uterus.
What happened to personal responsibility and accountability?
Many people think taking birth control is the paramount of personal responsibility and accountability, Rush. Should your insurance company have to pay for your cochlear implant made necessary by the hearing loss that experts say was likely caused by your prescription drug abuse?
Where do we draw the line?
How about if we start with advertisers pulling their ads from your show for any number of reasons. Your hypocrisy in the realm of prescription drug abuse for one. Your racist references would be another good reason. And your serial attack on women, that's just the icing on the cake. Speaking of which, if you had laid off the cake, Rush, you might not have had that heart scare a few years ago. Should your insurance company have had to pay for your lack of personal responsibility and accountability?
If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow? Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit?
Only idiots will debate that, Rush. Smart people will debate whether or not religious employers, or any employer, can deny health insurance coverage to people because they have a religious problem with the way that insurance is used.
In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone's bedroom nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level.
You better get on the phone with Rick Santorum then, Rush. You support him, yet he talks about this kind of stuff "on a presidential level" every day!
My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir.
Humorous? Maybe in a third grade boys locker room would such a discussion be considered "humorous." What's next, Rush? Fart jokes? How about a few jokes about morbidly obese radio show hosts who sneak Viagra into the country in prescription bottles with someone else's name on them. I bet we could come up with some funny jokes about what your drug abuse did to your libido, Rush.
I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.
Yes, Rush apologizes and is sincere about it. Sure he is.
Nothing like having advertisers bolt from your radio show to bring on a bout of conscience.
Are you buying it? Carbonite isn't.
A Statement from David Friend, CEO of Carbonite as of 6:45pm ET, March 3:
No one with daughters the age of Sandra Fluke, and I have two, could possibly abide the insult and abuse heaped upon this courageous and well-intentioned young lady. Mr. Limbaugh, with his highly personal attacks on Miss Fluke, overstepped any reasonable bounds of decency. Even though Mr. Limbaugh has now issued an apology, we have nonetheless decided to withdraw our advertising from his show. We hope that our action, along with the other advertisers who have already withdrawn their ads, will ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse.
That makes six. Others are considering jumping ship as well.
Oreck, Century 21, and AutoZone have been listed as advertisers by a number of websites, but each company has denied directly advertising on the program.
Several others have responded to overwhelming customer feedback by saying they would look into their current marketing strategies and whether they indirectly advertise through larger network ad buys on the radio stations that carry Limbaugh's show.
You can visit this site for a list of advertisers and others you can contact to tell them enough is enough as far as Rush Limbaugh and his misogynistic, homophobic, racist bigotry.