Limbaugh apologizes for ‘slut’ comment
March 3rd, 2012
06:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Limbaugh apologizes for ‘slut’ comment

(CNN) - Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh apologized Saturday for calling Sandra Fluke a "slut" this week after the Georgetown law student advocated for contraception coverage in a Democratic hearing.

“My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir,” Limbaugh said in a statement on his website. “I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.”

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Limbaugh made the original comments Wednesday, in which he also suggested Fluke wanted taxpayers to pay for her to have sex.

"What does it say about the college co-ed [Sandra] Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says she must be paid to have sex?" Limbaugh asked. "What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She's having so much sex she can't afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex."

His remarks set off a major outcry, prompting top Republicans and Democrats alike to denounce the famed talk show host.

President Barack Obama called Fluke on Friday to offer his support, while Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum labeled the comments as “absurd” and Ron Paul described them as “crude.” Mitt Romney said Limbaugh's words were "not the language I would have used."

But Limbaugh repeated his comments during his show on Thursday and Friday, even taking them further to suggest that women who accept free contraception should film themselves having sex so taxpayers could watch.

In his apology Saturday, Limbaugh said he disagrees with the notion that contraceptives should be covered under federally backed health insurance plans, saying he finds it “absurd” that Americans are “discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress” and argued taxpayers should not “pay for these social activities.”

But Limbaugh admitted Saturday his choice of words referring to Fluke were “wrong.”

“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.”


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soundoff (1,459 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    On Sat. Limbaugh tells us not to believe what he said on Fri. So on Sun. I'm not going to believe what he said on Sat.

    March 4, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  2. Roger

    It's called slander. Fire him.

    March 4, 2012 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  3. luckyone4

    “I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.”

    ? Does that mean he would have liked to say the same thing differently?

    March 4, 2012 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  4. taylor

    Could somebody post a list of companies that advertize on his talk show, so i can boycott them, please.

    March 4, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  5. Be_O_Be

    So a mattress company pulls its ads and you fold. You showed yours and the repugs true colors this week. Your both about power and money.

    March 4, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  6. some guy in New Hampshire

    This is the right wing's new tactic: smear your opponent, then wait while the comment sinks into the public consciousness, then apologize. Obama's a Muslim; oops, I'm sorry. Democrats are conducting a war on religious freedom; oh, bad choice of words. Now it's Limbaugh's turn. Sorry, but some things are beyond the reach of apology - even if you try to claim it was just a big laugh to begin with.

    March 4, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  7. pockaleelee

    Too little, and way too late. I will not support ANY business that advertises on his show. EVER> including not supporting any Clear Channel station.

    March 4, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  8. asokintern

    Goodness! What's a dittohead to make of this. Is Rush speaking in code to confound the liberals and feminazis?

    March 4, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  9. sensible

    He must have gotten the law suit papers.......

    March 4, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  10. bill james

    Liar.

    March 4, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  11. TampaMel

    He apologized because money was involved. His advertisers started pulling their ADs. You can only apologize for an accident. If I fall and bump into you then I can apologize. If I stick my foot out to trip you I cannot then apologize. The said those things on purpose. There can be no apology.

    March 4, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  12. GODZILLA1

    He said it wasn't a "personal" attack! Really? Then it was what, a professional attack?

    March 4, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  13. Fred Gavin

    Rush, that takes real character to apologize timely – you have character. Hopefully, Huffington Post publisher Arianna Huffington and AOL will apologize to Catholics for their reporters attacks on Holy Communion – far more egregious.

    Maybe, even, Congresswoman Maxine Walters, will get a conscience andl follow Rush's lead by apologizing to conservatives in the orderly Tea Party movement..

    March 4, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  14. Anonymous

    He may not have intended to insult Ms. Fluke personally, but he insulted all women in general!

    March 4, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  15. Jenn Coolidge

    TOO LATE Rush... you have crossed the line for the final time. Get ready to join Glenn Beck!

    March 4, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  16. 40 acres

    What a heartfelt apology. He is basically saying he meant what he said but thinks he could have used better words. And I really like the part where he says "I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.” I can only take that to mean that either he feels this way about all women and not just Ms. Fluke, or he's just trying to get his sponsers back.

    March 4, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  17. NukeTim

    I bet his VI AG RA is covered....

    March 4, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  18. Nick D.

    Rush, not another "I was just joking"?!? Really, that seems to be a standard answer when right wing comments are unacceptable. Much like Romneys' repeated "That was tricky question and please let my election professionals actually tell you what I meant." When folks like Rush, with his bully pulpit, truly take responsibility for what they say, that will make them almost as brave as Miss Fluke who stood up for what she believed, said so, and stood by her well thought comments.

    Rush, wasn't it just a couple years ago when you were caught entering the country with too much Viagra by US Customs?

    Keep your fat face out of others business, you flip-flopping hypocrite.

    March 4, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  19. Rick 7809

    So Rush bloviates for 3 days about this girl, in his typical insulting "absurd" way, and then he apologizes on his web site, on the weekend, where no one will see it. I am sure the only reason is that it cost him some money in advertisers. This is just as bad a comment that got Don Imus thrown off radio for a while. I hope she sues and wins big.

    March 4, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  20. jon

    Aw... he apologized....aw...

    March 4, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  21. jaydee

    Rush should apologize for even breathing and taking up space on this earth.

    March 4, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  22. Ponder This

    This was a non-apology. It was, instead, a double-down,. Simply changing nouns and adjectives, and basically saying the same thing, is not an apology.

    Up with women!!!

    March 4, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  23. DH

    Limbaugh's mom should have used contraceptives.

    March 4, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  24. Doozer

    Liar.

    March 4, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  25. JW

    Too little too late. This guy is out of control, and uses this for profit and control of his audience. If you enjoy this stuff, have to stop and think why . . . and if it is so good.

    March 4, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
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