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Rush Limbaugh’s Cowardly Attempt to Apologize, Still Misrepresents the Issue

At his website, Limbaugh has issued what pretends to be an apology.  But he still misrepresents what Ms. Fluke said and denies his own complicity and that of other Republican spokesmen in insulting and demeaning not just Ms. Fluke but all women.  He then attempts to evade responsibility for his own demagoguing on an issue he now claims should not be part of political discussion.  Hiding for three days behind a claim it was all meant to be humorous — a cover for Rick Santorum, who said Rush is just an entertainer — is cowardly.

A Statement from Rush

March 03, 2012

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.

I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line? 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?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.

My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.

Update: via ThinkProgress, Carbonite, one of Rush’s sponsors, just announced that despite the apology, they are withdrawing from further sponsorship. From the CEO’s statement:

We hope that our action, along with the other advertisers who have already withdrawn their ads, will ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse.

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