Rush Limbaugh Apologizes For Comments About Sandra Fluke
Rush Limbaugh made comments about Sandra Fluke, calling her a slut on his national radio show, heard here on KPEL, last week. It was a hot topic on talk shows this weekend, and Rush has now apologized for those comments.
Here is the text of the apology that was released by Rush Limbaugh over the weekend:
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 tax payers 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.
KPEL has put together an official response to Rush and his comments:
We have heard many things in the last several days on the comments made by Rush Limbaugh on his program, which aired on Newstalk 96.5 KPEL. The words that he used to describe a law student are not words that represent this station or our views on the topic at hand.
As to the matter of Rush filing an official apology, we have read it and have accepted it as a sincere apology on the part of Rush. While the apology can only be truly accepted by Sandra Fluke, we feel that it is an effort by one of the biggest media voices of our time to make things right.
While many have called for further action, we are exercising restraint as a means of providing the second chance that so many of us desire when we say or do things that are not the best choice. Mr. Limbaugh has made an apology on his website and on the airwaves on his daily show. It is our hope that through these acts, we can move on to continue to discuss the issues of the day in a way that Rush and all the other hosts that are found on Newstalk 96.5 KPEL do so well.
Rush Limbaugh lost eight sponsors in the aftermath. Here is the latest on that from Fox Business.