It looks like conservative blabbermouth Rush Limbaugh's "apology" to Sandra Fluke didn't work. Not only has media giant AOL just become the eighth advertiser to distance itself from his brand of crazy, but the Georgetown law student has spent the day saying his "well, I kinda, sorta didn't mean to call you a slut" isn't good enough. And her refusal to accept his apology may be the strongest statement yet. Once again, she's allowing Limbaugh's own failings to help further her cause.
It's a cruel irony that Rush's crude and lewd attack on Fluke for trying to speak out for women's need for health insurance companies to cover the birth control pill allowed her message to reach much farther than the halls of Congress. She's had to weather a hail of epithets I wouldn't use in polite company, much less on the radio where anyone and Sandra Fluke's mother could hear it. But as Fluke told the ladies of The View this morning, even his apology doesn't address the problem:
I don't think that a statement like this issued, saying that his choice of words was not the best, changes anything, and especially when that statement is issued when he's under significant pressure from his sponsors who have begun to pull their support.
Because even this morning, as he returned to work with waning support, Rush has continued an attack on Fluke that makes it clear he speaks for the vast number of men in America who have failed to grasp the root of the contraception coverage issue. It isn't -- as Rush so crudely said -- about women wanting to be "paid" so we can have sex. It's about health.
Taking to his program today, Rush argued that he still doesn't see why Fluke would be allowed to speak in front of Congress anyway ... because he doesn't see her as having any "expertise" on the matters at hand. This is why his apology doesn't count. He doesn't see her as an expert because he's refusing to hear what she's saying. Rush -- like too many men I know -- is still discounting the real life stories Fluke has put forth from real women about the health issues that the birth control pill could have helped them avoid.
Limbaugh has apologized for calling her a slut, but he has refused to acknowledge the crux of the argument. A woman, Sandra Fluke's friend, lost her ovary because she could not afford the birth control pill that would have controlled a disease ravaging her body.
It wasn't because she was a floozy who was having way too much sex. It was because she had a medical condition, a health issue. And we are talking about health care, aren't we, Rush? This is why he's still losing advertisers and respect from the American public; because he still doesn't get it.
What would you say to Rush if you were Sandra Fluke?
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