Saturday, March 3, 2012

Rush Limbaugh Apologizes to Sandra Fluke

Well, the video features a Dana Bash interview with Sandra Fluke before Limbaugh issued his apology, but for Fluke it's more of the same dishonesty, victimology, and media exploitation that we've been seeing all along.

The Los Angeles Times reports, "Rush Limbaugh apologizes for 'slut' remarks aimed at Sandra Fluke":

In what was surely a rare move for the conservative radio host, Rush Limbaugh apologized Saturday to the Georgetown University law school student he called a "slut" and "prostitute" earlier in the week.

The apology, posted to his website, said he did not mean to make a "personal attack" against Sandra Fluke. The third-year law student had testified before Democrats in favor of President Obama's new rule requiring employers to offer health insurance plans that cover birth control.

"My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir," he wrote. "I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices."
More at that top link, but see Limbaugh's apology (via Memeorandum).

And as you can see at the video, the double-standards are exemplary. The Washington Post has more of those, "The GOP can no longer avoid its Rush Limbaugh problem" (at Memeorandum):
IN A DEMOCRACY, standards of civil discourse are as important as they are indefinable. Yet wherever one draws the line, Rush Limbaugh’s vile rants against Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke crossed it. Mr. Limbaugh is angry at President Obama’s efforts to require the provision of contraception under employer-paid health insurance and the White House’s attempts to make some political hay out of the policy. His way of showing this anger was to smear Ms. Fluke, who approached Congress to support the plan, as a “slut” seeking a government subsidy for her promiscuity.

Like other “shock jocks,” Mr. Limbaugh has committed verbal excesses in the past. But in its wanton vulgarity and cruelty, this episode stands out. Mr. Limbaugh’s audience, and those in politics who seek his favor as a means of reaching that audience, need to take special note.
Civility. Right.

I don't recall if WaPo's editors wrote a similar editorial when Ed Schultz smeared Laura Ingraham as a "slut."   Either way, Ingraham says she's still waiting for the White House to call.

And let's not even get started on Keith Olbermann.

This is a reminder of how important it is to continue the work of Andrew Breitbart.

Added: From Dan Riehl, at Big Hollywood, "Shorter ‘Washington Post’: Bill ‘C*nt’ Maher’s Million Okay For Obama, GOP Must Abandon Limbaugh."