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Rush Limbaugh Apologizes on Radio Show; Byron York Explains Background

Posted on | March 5, 2012 | 30 Comments

Rush Limbaugh devoted the opening monologue of his nationally syndicated radio program today to explaining why he issued an apology to Sandra Fluke. Limbaugh said that in his fight with the Left, he had “descended to their level.”

Limbaugh then cited a Washington Examiner column by Byron York, in which Republican sources on Capitol Hill explained how Democrats had made a last-minute effort to substitute Fluke as a witness at a Feb. 16 hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California) rejected Fluke as lacking demonstrable expertise on the issue which was the subject of the hearing.

Fluke was subsequently invited by Nancy Pelosi to speak at a Feb. 27 meeting of the House Democratic Steering Committee, which was turned into a media event with Fluke presented as if she were testifying before an actual hearing. York writes:

The entire basis of her testimony to the Democratic Steering Committee the next week was that she had “a friend” who had a medical problem that required her to take birth control pills. Georgetown’s policy covers her friend’s condition, Fluke said, but did not actually pay for the pills, which caused her friend to stop purchasing and taking the pills and, later, to suffer a medical emergency. It was all pretty vague, and certainly wasn’t expert testimony.

Limbaugh subsequently read on his program a Feb. 28 Cybercast News Service article about Fluke’s “testimony.” When he labeled her a “slut” and a “prostitute,” left-wing organizations including Media Matters orchestrated a campaign to pressure advertisers to drop Limbaugh’s program, which remains the most popular radio show in America.

In her appearance at the Feb. 27 committee meeting, Fluke asserted that her fellow Georgetown Law students “struggled financially” to pay for contraceptives which, she told congressional Democrats “can cost a woman over $3,000″ during the course of a three-year legal eductation. John McCormack of the Weekly Standard found that generic birth-control pills are available at a pharmacy near Georgetown for $9 a month, which would make the cost of a three-year supply $324.

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  • Federale

    Typical of Limbaugh to back down.  No appologies were needed to Fluke.  I will state though that it is unlikely that she is sexually active, at least where she would need protection against pregnancy.  But she was defending sluts, hos and tramps.

    But it must be emphasized, Limbaugh always backs down when confronted.  Breitbart would have fought on.

    And Limbaugh lost advertisers anyway.  Never back down!  Winners fight on.  They are a strong horse.  People, especially Arabs, follow the strong horse.

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  • http://twitter.com/dicentra33 Dicentra spectabilis

    But she was defending sluts, hos and tramps.

    No, she was saying that if an insurance policy won’t cover The Pill for contraception, it makes it hard to get payment for The Pill when it is not used for contraception.

    However, she is not making this argument out of concern for women with polycystic ovary syndrome but to force a private university to bend to the will of the Left’s power.

    The HHS mandate is primarily a way of showing the Catholics (and all religious people, by extension) who’s boss. It’s a huge middle finger to middle America.

    In other words, she’s not defending sluts, hos, and tramps, she’s defending the Oministration’s unprecedented, unconstitutional, tyrannical power grab.

    Hos, tramps, and sluts will always be with us; the Constitution may not be. Let’s get outraged over what she’s actually up to instead f what she appears to be doing.

  • K-Bob

    Emphatic BS.  How is apologizing “backing down?”  Is he suddenly changing his stance on the issue?  Is he suddenly calling for support of Obama’s stupid lurch toward tyranny?

    No, he’s not.  All he did was apologize, and drop the namecalling as a tactic.  Which is fine, given that namecalling isn’t a successful tactic in the first place.

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  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady
  • Finrod Felagund

    Jane Sandra Fluke, you ignorant slut.
     

  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

     He still shouldn’t have apologized, it will be and probably already is interpreted as a sign of weakness. The best thing Limbaugh could have done is kept on and then laughed at them and their continually more strident responses, even played some of them on the air. Maybe he should feature a “Leftist Rant Of The Day” and portray it (fairly or unfairly, makes no never mind to me) as typical leftist fare.

    Instead, now THEY  are laughing at HIM.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dianna.deeley Dianna Deeley

    I know she wasn’t sworn in, but surely there is some consequence to lying like this?
     

  • K-Bob

     Yeah, I get that.  But it was gonna happen no matter what. It’s not a zero sum game, so Rush will make out fine.

    Meanwhile, read what Ace has to say about her (the Fluke).  She’s a phony.

  • http://twitter.com/Chris___B Chris

    “However, she is not making this argument out of concern for women with polycystic ovary syndrome but to force a private university to bend to the will of the Left’s power.”

    Good thing we have a mind-reader of your powers to tell us what women are thinking.

    Why, if I had your talents, I could tell that your whining about religious freedom and leftist power grabs is just a cover for your REAL motivation of making women the legal property of men.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MJGP4QXZ5PRW2MFA5E25CV2WNU rosalie

    There’s never a consequence when it concerns the Democrats.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dianna.deeley Dianna Deeley

     That needs to change. 

  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

     Good thing for leftists they aren’t really interested in power grabs, cos there ain’t nothing I’d like better than to see a leftist freak with a Molotov cocktail and put a bullet in his brains. Cos see, I’m determined that I am never going to be their legal property, or of any state you vermin infest, no matter what I have to do to prevent it.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Now Imus is going after Rush…Imus?  
    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/292655/don-imus-house-pet-andrew-c-mccarthy  Imus is just a pile of dried scabs.  

  • http://twitter.com/ThatChristyChic Christy Waters

    I hate that Limbaugh called the Fraud Broad a slut, not because I disagree with him, but because it has created such a massive distraction that makes me wonder what the libs are trying to sneak in the back door while we’re all focused on the front. The word “slut” has become as benign as the word “racist. Frankly, I wish he would’ve called her Uncle Sam’s whore, and asked her how she likes living in his brothel.

    I find it pathetic that these supposedly “independent” women who say that the govt has no place in their reproductive decisions, expect that same govt to pay for them. That’s like a teenage girl telling her father that he can’t tell her what to do, while she’s still living under his roof. If hypocrisy smelled like body odor, Sandra Fluke and her ilk would clear the damn room! It might also be because “those kind” tend to stay away from Lady Bic. #JustSaying

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

     Even unsworn testimony to Congress is covered by the law, and lying is a crime.

    However, this wasn’t even a hearing.  It was a Democratic Caucus meeting called by Pelosi after Dan Issa ruled that Fluke didn’t qualify as an expert to give testimony before the Committee, so it doesn’t count.

    Issa should consider inviting her to testify under pain of perjury about her “survey” and its methodology and how the costs were figured.  That would be interesting.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

     If they couldn’t lie, what would they say?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

     Exactly.  We had the high ground in the debate over conscience, and the whole issue was hijacked by Limbaugh’s big fat mouth. 

    He’s been around long enough to know it was coming.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    Spot-on.  He wimped out.  He showed weakness and now the jackels are circling.  Rush has shown that can be intimidated.

    More: Tis Pity She’s A Whore.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere
  • K-Bob

     I suspect he realized he crossed his own line on this one.  I don’t think he cares about the media’s line.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    But Rush didn’t descend to the level of the Left. Unlike the Left who have thrown out the term ‘slut’ without it being tied to reality, he used it according to one of it’s proper meanings.

    With his apology, Rush played by the Left’s rules.

  • K-Bob

    Now that level of convolution is playing by the left’s rules. <emoticon goes here>

  • http://twitter.com/richard_mcenroe richard mcenroe

     Never explain, never apologize, Mister… it’s a sign of weakness (Col. Nathan Biddles, USCAV (Ret.)

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

     But are you saying that . . . Imus and Maureen Dowd are  . . . really one and the same person?

    Come to think of it, I never have seen them together . . .

  • K-Bob

    As usual, it depends. You know the exceptions as well as I do.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    I think you may be right.  Eeeewww.  

    I did laugh at that SNL skit that had Shepard Smith as Norman Bates.  That may not have been a skit…

  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

    Actually, yeah she used to come on his old show, the one that was dropped after he made the “Nappy-Headed Ho” comment. She used to be something of a regular on that show. She appeared at least a couple of times, and at least one time along with Frank Rich.