Rush Offers Non-Apology As Sponsors Flee

After doubling down on his smear of Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh did what only Rush Limbaugh can do: offer an apology that was only slightly less offensive than his original comments.

Here’s the statement in full.

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.

It’s too absurd for dissection, really. Limbaugh went after Fluke personally and on purpose. And like all of the Republicans, by framing this as Fluke insisting “someone else” pay for her contraception they ignore the fact that women pay health insurance premiums too. We’re not asking that “someone else” pay for our health care benefits. We’re demanding our premium dollars go to cover health care necessary for us. And the only reason it’s an issue is because Republicans insist on making it an issue.

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Mackenzie K.
Mackenzie K.6 years ago

Since you like analogies so much, here's one:
If someone has to be vaccinated for some foreign disease, you're not paying for the trip, you're paying for the vaccine.

LM Sunshine
James Merit6 years ago

thank you.

Lee Witton
6 years ago

Poetic justice indeed - thanks Myron!

Myron Scott
Myron Scott6 years ago

I heard some interesting stats that may interest you. I am not sure, but I think Media Matters was the source of the monitoring. As many of you know Rush Limbaugh has said he is not concerned about losing sponsors. The following may show how much trouble he is in.

On his show today the program had 86 commercials. 77 were Public Service announcements. (Those ads are free.) There were 9 companies that paid for ads. Seven of those are scheduled to stop advertizing. Dead Air......accounted for 5 1/2 minutes when ads were suppose to be running.

I thought this would make your day a little better.

- Thanks, Robert!

Lee Witton
6 years ago

Sandy E - you are a few bricks short of a full load. My word; how do you look at yourself in the mirror in the mornings. Derrr da derrr, derrr!

Sandy Erickson
Sandy Erickson6 years ago

Thanks Rush. You are so right! What happens in the bedroom is our own respondsablity it is not a matter of country interest. I am wondering what harmful progam Obama is playing while hiding behind this smokescreen. If you are going to make you sex life public,suck it up!

Lee Witton
6 years ago

Kute - and just so you know, you're not. You have totally listened to Limpballs b.s. and you never listened to Fluke's statement. Had you, you would have known she was not talking about any entity paying for her sexual actitivities. But since you are so incredibly immature, why would anyone expect that you would have listened to fact rather than second hand bullshit. I bet you giggle like a little girl whenever you hear the word sex. Get over yourself, NotKute.

Frances C.
Frances C6 years ago

Kute you might consider some remedial courses. Or at least rewrite your disjointed post.

Charles Yheaulon
Charles Yheaulon6 years ago

Those who have not left PLEASE, do you need money that bad to take it from the sub-humans that listen to him

Chris M.
Chris M6 years ago

And Kute, no! She does NOT want you, the taxpayer, to "pay for her birth control". That was never the issue--not last week, not now. (except for the pinheads at Faux News and their minions). This has nothing to do with taxpayer money. It is about equal access and other komplikated things you probably kan't wrap your Konservative mind around.
And while I have you on the phone here, let me remind you and some of the other trolls here:
1. The proper term for Ms Fluke's status at Georgetown is NOT "co-ed"; it is "student ".
2. Fluke is allowed to be a law student AND an activist--and a tennis player and wife and shoe-shopper and mother and ROTC member and whatever the hell else she pleases--ALL AT THE SAME TIME! Surprise!if it were your son doing two diffikult things at once, you'd be having your lokal paper writing an artikle saying something in the lines of "Kute Jr, while making the honor roll at law school, energetically and successfully broke the world rekord high skore in pinball." Like, smart people actually CAN multitask!
3. Ms Fluke didn't attend Georgetown Law School "just to challenge" the school's policy. Well, MAYBE she did. But it's not like just signing up at Vo-Tech Central. Georgetown is a very very VERY prestigious law school. Very kompetitive. If you don't have better undergrad grades than 90% of the kountry, and LSAT tests in the highest percentile, you just ain't getting in. So that "talking point" is just more hot air from the konservative stew pot.