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Rush Limbaugh apologizes for calling student a "slut"; but it may be too little, too late

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rush-limbaugh-768719.jpgIt wasn't until his business got threatened, that Rush Limbaugh seemed to take the Sandra Fluke controversy seriously.

It all started the way many Limbaugh controversies do, with him saying something outrageous, the media reporting on the outrage and the radio host gliding through it all with an impervious mix of incredulous bombast and feigned surprise.

Soon after, the topic would change to something else and El Rushbo could continue his rants about liberals a feminazis unscathed.

But that's not what happened this time.

After his broadcast Wednesday calling Fluke a "slut" -- Limbaugh was commenting on her testimony before Congress in support of requiring Jesuit and Catholic Georgetown University to cover contraception in its student health insurance -- five advertisers dropped patronage of his show: Sleep Number and The Sleep Train mattress companies, Quicken Loans, LegalZoom and Citrix, makers of the Go to My PC service.

Other said they were seriously re-considering  their commitment, which led to an astonishing development.

Limbaugh apologized.

Will this be enough to stop those who have mounted boycotts and protests? I doubt it.

(If you disagree, consider this UPDATE: Carbonite, the online computer backup company, just pulled its ads from Limbaugh's show as well today, AFTER the host issued his apology).

Some may remember that Don Imus apologized, too. Ultimately, it didn't save his job.

rush-time-cover.jpgLimbaugh is more popular than Imus and his listeners are more inclined to help him weather the storm of public disapproval. But in the same way Glenn Beck endured many months of targeted boycotts after calling President Obama a racist, I have an idea that problems for Limbaugh are just beginning.

And he's only upset women, who are half the population and make many of the purchasing decisions for the nation's households.

Read his apology below:

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."

 

 

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