Saturday, March 03, 2012

Limbaugh issues non-apology for sexist attacks

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Rush Limbaugh
Rush Limbaugh

After being roundly condemned and bleeding advertisers left and right in the wake of his three-day misogynistic crusade against Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh has finally seen fit to issue a blatantly dishonest and drippingly insincere statement about the controversy:

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 don’t believe I’ve ever seen a more perfect example of the textbook notpology. He didn’t mean to make any “personal attack on Ms. Fluke”! No, when he called her a “slut” and “prostitute” who “ha[s] so much sex she can’t afford birth control” and has “boyfriends lined up around the block”, he was just trying to be funny. And he’s so firm in his belief that “it is not [anyone’s] business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone’s bedroom” that he broadcast it on nationally syndicated radio to his 15 million listeners. And he’s real sorry that he “created a national stir”; he just misspoke. For three days straight.

You know, I thought the goal of an apology was to come out looking better, not even worse. And that’s not even mentioning how he still doesn’t have a clue how birth control works (hint: unlike Rush’s beloved Viagra, women don’t need to take more pills the more they have sex) and still believes Fluke’s appeal for private insurance plans to cover contraception had anything to do with taxpayer funding. The man is as pig-ignorant as he is dishonest. He should lose a few more advertisers – and his job.