Here’s something you never thought you’d hear Rush Limbaugh say: I’m sorry. Well, sort of. After being caught in a firestorm of backlash and scrutiny (more so than usual, anyway), the conservative radio host quasi-apologized to Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, the woman he called a “slut” and “prostitute” on his show last week in reaction to her testifying before Congress about government-funded contraception.
In a statement on his website, the controversial talking head said, “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.” Limbaugh then insisted his verbal attack on Fluke, which caused sponsors to pull out and President Barack Obama to speak up and show his support for Fluke, was a failed “attempt to be humorous.” (Ha ha?)
While Limbaugh stated he wanted to “sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices” he stuck to his guns about why he was using said insulting word choices in the first place. “I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress,” Limbaugh said in the non-apology portion of his apology, adding, “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?”
Ah, the all-too-easy irony of Limbaugh asking where to draw the line on “personal responsibility and accountability.” After all, this is a man who has said the following controversial statements over the course of his career:
Which Rush Limbaugh statement over the past few years has been the most controversial, in your opinion? Or is it just too darn tough to pick just one? Did his apology to Sandra Fluke seem sincere to you? Share in the comments section below, PopWatchers.