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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  1. T. Lee

    Limbaugh: "I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.”

    LOL – that's all your pompous, self-aggrandizing, bombastic , self does Limbaugh – is direct every attack at the person !!

    Remember the attack on Michael J. Fox?...saying he was jerking all around, exaggerating his Parkinson's symptoms – shown in front of your microphone jumping and jerking as you attacked him PERSONALLY? Remember that?

    Makes me want to puke every time some call-in listener grovels and say, "Oh what an honor to talk to with you Mr. Limbaugh"

    March 4, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  2. Christopher

    For those who this man (Rush Limbaugh) is a hero to, "good for you."

    In the lexicon of logic, Mr. Limbaugh's rhetoric has as much moral value as a stick of "fried butter" has nutritional value. The man and his ilk are "money worshiping ear hustlers" who thrive off being the mass media's equivalent of "serial verbal arsonists."

    Blessings to those who ire on the side of what's good and righteous in and about America! And, "to hell" with those who adamantly refuse to be objective and consciously choose to dwell on the side of apathy and hate...

    March 4, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  3. mm

    must have ticked off a sponsor....because that is the only way he would apologize. Boycott any thing that this advertised on his show.

    March 4, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  4. Richard R Flory

    This is just the kind of stupid remark that I would expect from Rush. The media would be better off if he would retire and then we not be exposed to his trash mouth any more!

    March 4, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  5. MaryM

    My question is: If some of Limbaugh's large sponsors had not pulled thier ads from his show, would he still apologize?

    March 4, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  6. Terry

    Sorry, we should see thousands of responses, CNN just fails to post them. So much for freedom of speech and expression when Americans say, "Stop Already".

    March 4, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  7. Kris

    Nice try, Not only was the "apology" not an actual apology, it was an insult. Mr. Limbaugh was forced to issue that statement because his advertisers were pulling out, not because he felt sorry for the things he said. As to his comment about how he was making "an attempt to be humorous", I call foul on that as well. He wasn't funny and what's more he wasn't trying to be funny. He was his usual crass, boorish and misinformed self. I don't see him (or anyone else) decrying the fact that insurance can and does pay for Viagra. Limbaugh and his sycophants want to be able to play but they don't care that it's the women who pay. For a man who loves irony, Mr. Limbaugh is blind to the irony of the Viagra and birth control arguments. It's okay for the men but not the women. Wake up, Rush! Your opinions are antediluvian and dangerous.

    March 4, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  8. Joseph

    The apology was written by Rush's lawyer. Rush needs to verbally apologise on air because most of his listeners can't read and never go to a web site.

    March 4, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  9. justanothergirl

    I am so sick of all these pigs. You name it ... politicians and/or media-hog types like Rush. The fact that he is sharing headline news with decent citizens who have suffered trauma and loss as a result of the tornado damage. Shove that apology right up his self-important rear-end. I don't even want to hear from him. He needs to humble himself.

    March 4, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  10. manyote

    Who is he apologizing to? The sponsors that dropped him and the ones the are threatening to drop him.

    March 4, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  11. Rob

    Were we as tax payers paying for his prescription drugs he was addicted to? You're welcome, mr. Limbaugh, always the hypocrite. Somebody please shut this windbag up. I can not believe people give this guy as much attention as they do. He knew EXACTLY what he was doing when he said those things about Ms. fluke. Don't let him fool you.

    March 4, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  12. Marsha

    What DID happen to "personal responsibility and accountability," Rush?

    January 12, 2004

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    PALM BEACH, FL – In a motion filed today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida said state law enforcement officers violated Rush Limbaugh's privacy rights by seizing the conservative radio talk show host's medical records as part of a criminal investigation involving alleged ""doctor-shopping.""

    March 4, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  13. westward

    Not an apology. Too little, too late coming from Limbaugh and the GOP.

    GOP = the anti-women party.

    March 4, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  14. Carl R Gottstein Jr.

    Democrats are salivating.

    They love it when they can make a mountain range out of a mole hill.

    March 4, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  15. TBONE

    Maybe its time for Mr.Limbaugh to retire and just enjoy those millions he has. When a person comes down to that level and starts attacking a person they do not know, just to enhance their financial interests like his talk show, then its time to them look themselves in the mirror and see what they can do to improve themselves. Like Don Imus, Limbaugh is treading on thin ice. Its good he appologized, its a start, but it is not enough and I think those sponsors that sponsor him have any sense they should really distance themselves from him. It would send a clear message to people like Limbaugh, that shock radio only goes so far to the point where a line needs to be drawn otherwise, this will be allowed to go on.

    March 4, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  16. luffing

    An attack of conscious? Hardly. Someone owns him.

    March 4, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  17. Brent Stallo

    Not buying an apology. If he had said it once, OK. He said it on three different shows. He is only doing an apology because of the backlash against him and not because of a true feeling. When will people learn that if they say something mean and hurtful there will be a reaction?

    March 4, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  18. J.Andrew

    What an idiot

    March 4, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  19. Kevin

    Does this mean we should forgive his complete misrepresentation of the facts as well?

    March 4, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  20. Sorensen Guillermo

    Lumbaugh's apology is as lame as a two legged stool. The Republican ultra conservatives feel that it only amounts to a poor choice of words, absurdity or "oops" I would've used other words. The fact is they need the sleaze and Lumbaugh provides it.

    March 4, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  21. Michelle

    Not sure why anyone takes him serioulsy. His show is just an act, he really isn' too bright and has questinable morals~Instead of throwing his illegal Viagra away coming back from the Dominican Republic (as a single guy) he smuggles it to Florida, like they don't check from arrivals from a drug hub.

    March 4, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  22. j rude

    What other word would you use, consult Mr Webster. No matter the word, the truth is the truth. I feel pity for Ms Fluke and brainwashing by the regime.

    March 4, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  23. jim

    She should have just considered the source of the comment and moved on. Rush Limbaugh is a hopeless dunce, not worthy of a moment's attention from any intelligent person.

    March 4, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  24. david

    Rush ... you are a bigot and a pig.

    March 4, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  25. Ho Hum

    Limbaugh's a pig who lines his pockets by giving the ignorant and the bigoted what they need and the Republican candidates who want to lead the free world are cowards. But there's nothing new in any of this.

    March 4, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
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