Rush Limbaugh may want to just consider shutting up. He opened his Monday show by reiterating his apology. He decided to attack the left saying “I descended to [the left's] level when I used those two words to describe Sandra Fluke. I’ve always tried to maintain a very high degree of integrity and independence on this program. Nevertheless, those two words were inappropriate. They were uncalled for. They distracted from the point that I was actually trying to make, and I again sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for using those two words to describe her. I do not think she is either of those two words. I did not think last week that she is either of those two words.”
He also said that “It was way beneath me, and way beneath you. I was wrong. I genuinely apologize.”
The problem is that Limbaugh has a history of using this kind of language and being an extreme misogynist. Limbaugh has claimed that he was not forced into issuing the apology even though several prominent Republicans have demanded it and nine advertisers have already parted ways with Limbaugh.
For his part, Limbaugh stated that “The apology was sincere and heartfelt … pure, simple, heartfelt. All the theories, all the experts are wrong.” Of course, it was so heartfelt that he used the usual run of language showing absolute insincerity.
Limbaugh tried to laugh off the fact that his advertisers are leaving in droves stating “I reject millions of dollars of advertising a year, much to the chagrin of my ad sales team, including General Motors. I made the decision [after the government bailout] not to accept [GM advertising] because you, the audience, comes first. We’re going to replace those that leave. Fine, we’ll replace [you].”
Limbaugh’s apology included “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.” By claiming that this was meant in humor and that he made a poor choice of words simply shows that he was not being sincere.
On the other hand, even Don Imus, who has been just as bad as Limbaugh, said that Limbaugh’s apology was “lame” and said “He’s a fat, gutless loser” and said “and if I’m running a radio station, he’s not on it … until he does that.”
The National Organization of Women, a group that Limbaugh has attacked constantly with language very much like he used against Fluke, have called for Limbaugh to be fired. Terry O’Neil, NOW’s President, said “When one of the leading commentators for the conservative Republican Party is out there using this vicious language against an ordinary young woman who simply wanted to testify before Congress—that goes so far beyond the pale.”
Of course, Limbaugh whined about the supposed double standard saying “I’m not going to wait for apologies from the left, for saying despicable things they say about us, about people like Sarah Palin. Don’t expect apologies, they’re never going to apologize. Talk about a double standard. . .Rappers can say anything they want about women [and] it’s called art. And they win awards. . .Forget about the double standard going away—it never will.”
Limbaugh’s selective hearing means that he never actually hears the fact that many Liberals have denounced and tried to stop rappers from using that language. Then again, Limbaugh never really tends to hear anything other than the echo chamber in his head.