5 Reasons Rush Limbaugh's Apology to Sandra Fluke Isn't Good Enough

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Rush LimbaughAmazingly, Rush Limbaugh has apologized for the deplorable drivel he spewed almost all of last week, bashing the Georgetown student, Sandra Fluke, who testified on behalf of birth control coverage. He posted a statement on his website yesterday, half-heartedly noting, "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."

Rush's mea culpas have always been few and far between, so on one hand, it's encouraging to see one at all. But unfortunately, the apology itself reads as compulsory and defensive. In fact, it only served to highlight how little he seems to understand the ignorance he's demonstrated or the way he's polluted the political discourse with blatant misogyny. Here, five reasons Rush's apology doesn't warrant forgiveness.

  1. It's likely he caved because his bottom-line was being threatened. Not because he actually felt bad about calling an innocent woman vile names. It was only after several advertisers pulled out from sponsoring his radio show that Rush took to the web to offer up his tepid "sorry."
  2. He still appears to have no clue about women's reproductive health. A real apology would have acknowledged that he clearly didn't understand that birth control does not work like Viagra, in that you take a pill for every sexual encounter. A real apology would have acknowledged that accusing Fluke of basically being a horny floosy had absolutely nothing to do with her testimony, which had to do with women needing birth control pills for health concerns outside of contraception. In fact, I'm still wondering if the man has yet to actually heard Fluke's testimony, because if he had, I'm not sure he would ever, in good conscience, been able to make a connection between it and promiscuity.
  3. His apology only served to demonstrate that he still doesn't understand the politics involved, either. Limbaugh wrote, "I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress." Hey, no kidding, Rush, but it's not the Dems or Fluke who have brought politics into Americans' bedrooms. Fluke wasn't discussing her or anyone else's "sexual recreational activities" at all! He goes on to say, "I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities." For the bazillionth time, Fluke was testifying against the Blunt amendment, which didn't involve American citizens (aka taxpayers) directly. It was an attempt to allow employers already providing their employees with health insurance to pick and choose (based on their "moral beliefs") which health services and drugs they would allow their employee's insurance plan to cover.
  4. He's still hiding behind the guise that he's an "absurdist entertainer." It's the reason Rick Santorum gave him a free pass, and by opening his half-hearted apology with "I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity," Rush seems less apologetic and more defensive of his bad behavior.
  5. Claiming that he didn't mean to go after Fluke personally sounds like a huge stretch. He says his words weren't meant as a "personal attack" on Fluke. Really? I'm not quite sure how calling a woman a "slut" and a "prostitute" is rarely EVER intended as anything else.

Are you satisfied with Rush's apology?


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jkm89 jkm89

Yeah, I dislike Rush. A lot. But we're beating a dead horse, here. He's been ripped a new one, he apologized, let's move on. I'm sure he'll provide more jackassery in the future so we can pick up again then.

Autum... Autumnleaves87

Nope! I really didnt think he needed to apologize in the first place though.. Anything (even his half assed apology) that comes out of his vile mouth is spewing with hate and bigotry and everything I'm against. So I would've been happy with him just shutting his big fat pie hole!

Christine Jackman

I'm not satisfied with his limp, late and not enough apology. He lied and made degrading remarks about a young woman that was simple stating her issue with exclusions on the health insurance policies that college students are paying premiums for. Three days of his foul rants deserves a real apology to her and her family. The bully needs to man-up like Don Imus did and apology in person. Even a small child knows you apology in person.

LeetjieJ LeetjieJ

Hell no! And I am neither an American, nor live in the USA!

prplecat prplecat

Dude is a total ass with a God complex.  I don't care what he says, because he will never change.

Caera Caera

I don't care at all what Rush Limbaugh says, and I think anyone who does is an idiot. The only thing I'm interested in in this whole story is the sentiment that I don't want to pay for someone else's birth control. That SHOULD NOT be part of any government program.

nonmember avatar Jean

I do not agree on how Rush Limbaugh handled the Sandra Fluke controversy; however, it seems that we all have been had. It has been vetted that Sandra Fluke, the supposed 23 year old “wide-eyed and innocent college coed”, is actually a 30 year-old hardcore extreme women’s rights activist who attended Cornell University from 1999-2003, where she received a B.S. in Policy Analysis & Management and Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. She is the past president of “Law Students for Reproductive Justice” and has a long history of extreme activism including pro-abortion and far left feminism. It is true that she is in her 3rd year of law school at Georgetown, but Fluke specifically knew the university didn’t cover contraception and chose to attend for precisely that reason. Magically, at the same time Congress is debating the forced coverage of contraception, she appears and is even brought to Capitol Hill by Nancy Pelosi to testify as a "co-ed". The idea that she is an unwitting victim is patently absurd. She is nothing more than a propaganda tool. Don’t just drink the media Kool-Aid, you can look it up for yourself.

nonmember avatar Anon

I don't think he should have apologized. When was the last time any Stir blogger (or commenter) on the Stir apologized for uncivil comments, accusations, name-calling, and outright lies? Who the hell are you to demand any kind of apology? I also understood from the first moment that he was joking, heard him take it back BEFORE anyone jumped on him, and know the agenda behind all this uproar has nothing to do with what he said or meant, and everything to do with making subsidized sex more important than religious freedom. I'm ashamed of this site which constantly corrupts what it means to be a woman.

marat... marathongalusn

i agree with Jean's comment.  Sandra Fluke has a personal agenda here.  She even testified that she had a friend that was paying $1000 a month for birth control out of pocket.  What the heck was she doing, buying condoms by the truckload? 

Preta... PretaniVirago

I'm trying to recall but I think she testified that her friend was having to take BC for a hormone imbalance disorder or something.

But of course it's assumed she's having sex every second of the day instead, right?

Why, as women, are we so hateful and nasty to our own gender?

By the way, regardless of whether or not Fluke has an 'agenda' or not why does that justify LImbaugh's behavior? 

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