Talk show host, and leader of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh, has issued a public apology to Sandra Fluke for derogatory comments he made against her a week ago.
Fluke had recently testified about contraception before a Democratic panel, which placed her in the conservative talk show host’s crosshairs.
Fluke, a law student at Georgetown University who was advocating for health insurance plans to cover the cost of contraception, became the target of a series of attacks by Limbaugh. Besides calling her a “slut,” he also called her a “prostitute,” said that he wanted her to make sex tapes and post them online, and speculated that she only had a problem paying for contraception because she was having “so much sex.”
Limbaugh’s comments caused advertisers to flee from his show, and even promptedPresident Obama to weigh in. The statements also became an issue in the Republican presidential race.
Limbaugh — who has a long history of making incendiary remarks, and is not known to take them back — issued the rare apology on Saturday afternoon, saying he was “sincerely” sorry about his “insulting” characterization of Fluke. But he maintained that the birth control debate was about “personal sexual recreational activities,” not any broader health questions, and compared contraception to sneakers.
“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.”
While Rush does make some good points at times, he should learn how not to be so insulting. But hey…it gets ratings right? Get a grip Rush…
A step in the right direction, but it should have never happened. Can you imagine the screaming rush would have done if a democratic voice had done that.
Thanks Ozzie, for your comment. The is not the first time Rush has gotten himself into trouble for insensitive remarks. I hope he understands that words have consequencies.
Thanks writinggomer, for your comment. It always amazes me how reasonable people allow themselves to get worked over politics that they become heartless and selfish. I have no doubt that Rush is a good man but he needs to watch his speech.
Why is the truth so hard for people to hear? Yes, it wasn’t nice of Limbaugh to call her a slut but when a person parades herself in front of Congress becomes a political spectacle in promotion of products that aid in sexual activities and advocates for insurance companies to cover at least $1000 worth of products that are used while engaging in sexual activity because of perceived needs what can she expect? Obama never apologized for calling the Tea Party “Tea Baggers” so this is just hypocrisy on the part of liberals. Intolerance against free speech. If Fluke couldn’t handle those type of comments she has no business going before Congress. Progressives are the most thin-skinned people I know.
Sister Teresa, I sense that you are a good person at heart. I also sense that you are very passionate about your religion, and your politics. But please do not allow politics to cause you to lose your soul. I know you know that contraceptives have other medical use than preventing pregnancy. Remember you are a woman and if you were on the other side you would be upset too. Politics is a game that is designed to devide people. Let us reserve judgement for the righteous judge, and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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Yes, some people use the contraceptive pills for medical reasons but that is a very low percentage of people compared to the number of women who use it to engage in sexual activity, for their own personal sexual recreation. The only other thing I’ll say is of course we should leave the judging to God but some people confuse judging with standing up for truth or what is right. Some people see truth and God’s Will as being judgmental so we must not fall into the Devil’s trap so to speak. God Bless.
I found Rush’s rant to be both inappropriate and sad.
I agree with you Debbie. People should look before they leap, think before they talk, and never do or say anything that you have to apologize for. Most often than not I use the “What would Jesus do” question to guide me.
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