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.”


Filed under: Congress • Health care • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (1,459 Responses)
  1. Jim limbaugh

    I think ms fluke should get a medal of freedom for the courage and bravery she showed testifying the enormous challenge she faces affording birth control

    March 4, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. charlie

    Abstinence is free for this "loose virtued" woman. Pay for your own birth control. It's time to give this story a rest for pete's sake.

    March 4, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. GI Joe.

    SPONSORS: (Also, Bain Capital is part owner of Clear-Channel Radio which puts his show on the air).

    UPDATE : Due to the recent deluge of complaints created by the slanderous comments directed at Sandra Fluke by Rush Limbaugh, Sleep Train, Sleep Number, Citrix Online, and Quicken Loans have just pulled their advertising with Rush.

    UPDATE II: We are still in the process of determining if these companies are current advertisers on Rush's program and/or website: Tax Resolution Services [TRS], Lifelock, Hillsdale College, Health/Heart and Body, Allstate Insurance, AOL, and Lear Capital The Precious Metal Leaders.

    March 4, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. GI Joe.

    SPONSORS: (Also, Bain Capital is part owner of Clear-Channel Radio which puts his show on the air).

    UPDATE : Due to the recent deluge of complaints created by the slanderous comments directed at Sandra Fluke by Rush Limbaugh, Sleep Train, Sleep Number, Citrix Online, and Quicken Loans have just pulled their advertising with Rush.

    UPDATE II: We are still in the process of determining if these companies are current advertisers on Rush's program and/or website: Tax Resolution Services [TRS], Lifelock, Hillsdale College, Health/Heart and Body, Allstate Insurance, AOL, and Lear Capital The Precious Metal Leaders.

    March 4, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. ATLmatt

    How many pills has Rush Limbaugh popped in his mouth? At least the pills Fluke takes are legally prescribed to her.

    March 4, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. Brett

    Where do you guys get that the tax payers are paying for any of this. The issue was originally whether church sponsored schools and hospitals would be required to provide birth control as a part of an employee's insurance plan. None of that is paid for by the tax payer.

    March 4, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. ksmary

    He's not sorry for his remarks, he's just comcerned his sponsors are getting so much heat that they feel the need to drop him.

    March 4, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Nadine Ruiz

    Don Imus was taken off the air for his remarks. "Flush Rush" should be taken off. I will not buy any products that advertise on his shows.

    March 4, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Ed

    Limbaugh is the "real America" Palin spoke of. Well, not MY America by golly!!!

    March 4, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Sardukar

    R Lumbo is is living under a rock...we do film ourselves for the taxpayer to watch...hello ...internet...amateur sites....

    March 4, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Sardukar

    LUmbo is living under rock...hello this is internet...

    March 4, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. jon

    I find it funny that not Rush nor any other Republican has a problem whatsoever with Medicare covering Viagra.

    March 4, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Davy

    I guess this is Limbaugh's way of saying this terrible word means something, this tells me that he's not getting any s-x lately? Ritght? LOL

    March 4, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. DumpTheGOP

    Actually Limpballs is doing the Dems a big favor. He exeplifies the GOP for the radical party that it is. This backlash will kick the GOP out of office in Nov.

    March 4, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. smc

    Somewhere in the all of this Romney correctly called Limbaugh "an entertainer". The larger issue in all of this is that real people take this entertainer's political viewpoints seriously, rather than as the entertainment they are meant to be.

    March 4, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. Deb

    The only reason he apologized is because he lost sponsors. It's all about the money.

    March 4, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Rachel
    So I suppose American taxpayers should pay for men to use their erectile disfunction drugs then?
    March 4, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |

    Yes, if ED drugs prevented unwanted pregnancy. Until then, no.

    March 4, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. ken

    I'am a Republican and three time war veteran. (Iraq and Afganistan). Mr. Limbaugh you are complete Idiot! Your not sorry, your worried. I hope your taken off the air!

    March 4, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. Hello

    since pregnancy is also the results of zexual activity it too should NOT be covered benefit then. It is the result of a women's activity just like birth control. So by their definition they should also refuse to provide pregnancy, birth and medical care for children.
    This should also include any ED drugs and medical care for men in any form that is connected with male zexual problems.
    Therefore any medical services that are the result or possible results of any zexual activity should be denied.
    Even support or treatment of rapppppe.

    March 4, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Crocodile tears. In an unguarded moment, Rush let slip exactly how he and his fellow conservatives feel about women in general and birth control in particular. He can apologize for the words, but the underlying feelings which generated those words have not changed. It's telling that the GOP presidential candidates condemn his words but don't mention their own stance on birth control. There are currntly efforts in several states by conservative legislatures to ban birth control–not abortion, but birth control. Anyone concerned about this issure should heed the warning signs.

    March 4, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Ghetto Bro

    There is nobody than comes close to absurd as you do Rush!!
    You couldn't even man up enough to call her and apologize personally – you posted it!! How convincing and sincere. The right wing hate squad doing what they do best – hate. Maybe some day you'll join the human race and learn how to tolerate differences instead of stamping you feet and wetting yourself.. Lord knows the American public have tolerated your bend on "free speech and 1st Amendment rights" for years now. Give it a rest and retire.

    March 4, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. keeth

    He's not sorry for what he said. He's just sorry that his own are calling him out on it.

    March 4, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. xtl

    Crocodile tears. In an unguarded moment, Rush let slip exactly how he and his fellow conservatives feel about women in general and birth control in particular. He can apologize for the words, but the underlying feelings which generated those words have not changed. It's telling that the GOP presidential candidates condemn his words but don't mention their own stance on birth control. There are currntly efforts in several states by conservative legislatures to ban birth control–not abortion, but birth control. Anyone concerned about this issure should heed the warning signs.

    March 4, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. Ted Gore

    I wish that people would get just as mad about somebody testifying before congress that someone other than her should pay for her birth control. And just as I was glad to see advertisers leave Rush Limbaugh I will be equally glad when President Obama's superpac returns the $1 million that bill Maher donated at the same time calling Sara Palin equally offensive names as Limbaugh did towards Ms Fluke. Will all be forgiven if Limbaugh donates a million to Obama's superpac?

    March 4, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. dogs rule

    For "Brock": There was nothing comical or humorous about anything this jerk said. It was nasty and mean spirited, and he should be taken off the air permanently. I am sick and tired of what these bigoted cretins get away with. He clearly has women issues.

    March 4, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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