Did Rush Limbaugh Really Apologize?
The great, the Titanic, the humongous, the over-the-top, Rush Limbaugh has issued the following statement:
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.
I’m sorry, but this is the classic non-apology apology. The issue of whether you pay for contraception, whether the government pays for it or whether it paid for somebody from Mars was not the issue. The issue quickly became Rush Limbaugh calling a young coed a slut for testifying in front of Congress. That was the issue. He lost the ability to go back and discuss contraception once he called her a slut.
For those who follow media, notice that he issued his apology on Saturday. I think that speaks volumes. His arm was twisted by the executives at Clear Channel. They wanted to get ahead of this. I wish them luck. With the Internet and social media, everybody knows that Rush Limbaugh has called a Georgetown law student a slut simply because she testified on contraception. As far as I know, during her testimony she did not talk about her personal sexual preferences. Maybe I missed that.