I don’t think that word means what you think it means
This is what Rush Limbaugh calls an “apology” to Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke:
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.
“Did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke”? Really? It wasn’t an attack when you said this?:
“She wants us to buy her sex. She wants us to pay for her sex.”
How about this?:
“[S]he wants to have repeated, never-ending, as often as she wants it sex.”
How about this?:
“She’s having so much sex it’s amazing she can still walk, but she made it up there.”
How about THIS?:
“Does she have more boyfriends? They’re lined up around the block.”
Screw you, you twisted, perverted old attention whore. Apology NOT accepted. That was an attack and it was a very intentional choice of words used for the attack.
This is not an apology and it does not change a damn thing.
It’s being called a “non-apology” by Forbes. Carbonite, a Limbaugh sponsor that has pulled its ads from his show isn’t accepting his apology either. From their Facebook page:
A Statement from David Friend, CEO of Carbonite:
“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.”
More from Carbonite HERE.
President Obama has come down firmly in support of Sandra Fluke, phoning her and telling her that her parents should be proud of her, a nice contrast to Limbaugh’s suggestion that her parents should be ashamed of her.
The president of Georgetown University, John DeGioia, minced no words, saying that Limbaugh’s provocative statements “can only be described as misogynistic, vitriolic, and a misrepresentation of the position of our student.”
Contact your local AM radio station if they carry Rush Limbaugh and demand that they stop carrying him. Boycott his advertisers and TELL them you are boycotting them. Here’s a list:
ProFlowers– Proflowers.com has “suspended” its advertising on Limbaugh’s hate show
- Mid-West Life Insurance Company of Tennessee
- American Forces Network
- Mission Pharmacal Company
- Life Quotes, Inc.
- Life Lock
Tax ResolutionTax Resolution has pulled its ads AOLAOL has suspended advertising with Rush Limbaugh
Your local station will have local advertisers as well. Companies that have pulled their ads in addition to Carbonite are Citrix, Legal Zoom, Sleep Number, Quicken Loans and Sleep Train. Stay updated on the boycott and sign a petition at BoycottRush.org.
Oh, and here’s something interesting: Bain Capital owns Clear Channel which is Limbaugh’s boss. Maybe this explains why Mitt Romney has kept so quiet on this saying only, “It’s not the language I would have used”. What language would you have used, Mr. Romney? What words would YOU have used to describe the insatiable sluttiness of Sandra Fluke? Because that’s what we’re talking about here: a concerted effort to villify her as a whore.
To all of those who say, “Oh, but Bill Maher once called Sarah Palin a ‘cunt'” or “Oh, but David Letterman once said Sarah Palin looked ‘slutty'” or “Oh, but Ed Schultz once called Laura Ingraham a ‘right wing slut'”. Please. These were one-off situations.. Limbaugh crosses that line every day and people generally just ignore him.
This situation is entirely different. This was a three-day long personal attack designed to portray Sandra Fluke as a sex-crazed, wanton whore who can’t get enough sex, a slut who has sex with any guy she can find.
All because she supports insurance companies covering contraception.
If you can’t see that you’re either lying or ignorant.