Rush Limbaugh, the acerbic conservative commentator with an enormous following on the political Right and the true heart and soul of the Republican Party – as well as uneducated, ignorant, religious bigots – took a break from his hate mongering this Saturday and – in a rare but quite familiar half-cocked attempt at sincerity – “apologized” to Sandra Fluke. As a vocal supporter of access to contraception, Georgetown Law Student Fluke has been at the center of a national firestorm this week for being called a “slut” by Limbaugh who went on to say that since she was at it, she might as well film her incessant sexual activities and post them online for his masturbatory enjoyment.
Note that I am using the term apology quite loosely here as there was nothing apologetic about what Limbaugh was undoubtedly forced to say to save his skin. After a paragraph that felt like a wall of vile, vacuous mind vomit essentially trying to justify his position and rationale for attacking Fluke, his exact apology consisted of the following:
“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. [blah blah blah.Lies] 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.”
He did not mean it as a personal attack and apologizes for the “insulting word choice”? So basically what he is saying is that he was principally right and stands by what he said, but that it was just unfortunate that he chose the wrong words; as in, he should have used euphemisms instead – not to mention that what he was dispensing could not, by any stretch, be interpreted as “humorous”: it was vilification and it was intended to be cruel and hurtful. He has crossed a line and there is no way he can crawl back.
So call me a cynic for not finding any sincerity behind this “apology”, which seemed more like something he was forced to do as the advertisers were dropping and he was risking losing his show, rather than sincere regret on his part, as evidenced by his refusal to admit that his attacks on her were in any shape insulting and constituted a personal attack
Finally, shame on Premiere Networks, the radio network station that syndicates his show, for not having fired him by now but instead forced him to cook up a luke warm, insincere “apology” to appease the critics.
Yeah, Rush Limbaugh is an unevolved degenerate and his apology is as sincere as John Boehner’s tears.