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. Dann DFW

    Sounds to me like somebody's sponsors told him to apologize or lose their support. We know Rush doesn't care what people think of him, but he can't afford to lose the money.

    March 4, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Those who live by the sword...

    March 4, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. Wanderer

    Mr. Limbaugh is just one of the typical GOP. As an independent voter, now I can see the rest of the GOP from top to bottom is obviously a cluster of his kind. No doubt about it.

    March 4, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Jeff in Atlanta

    in response to "A Woman in Detroit" with her post below.

    Jeff in Atlanta-
    1. I hope you don't have daughters.
    2. Next time, why not try including some facts rather than "way high".
    3. How do you know birth control costs $9 at Wal-Mart? And what type, exactly, would that be?
    4. Thanks again for the continuing proof that this "Idiocracy" is in full effect.

    1.Yes, I have two awesome daughters, that both are able to handle their own responsibilities
    2. Fluke's estimate was $3000 for 3 years – try $9 for pills per month x 36 months = $224 plus another $300 for doctor visits to get prescriptions – $524 actual costs vs. $3000 for bs thrown out to Congress.
    3. Got cost from sister in law that buys her pills at Wal-Mart without insurance.

    Next time say something of substance. I can back up my opinions with facts. By the way your president is pathetic. I just like to remind everyone of that. Can I back that opinion up with facts? Of course.

    March 4, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. Patiat

    It's hardly a sincere apology. A lengthy rant is hardly a 'poor choice of words'.

    March 4, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. Citizen

    Sometimes I think CNN confuses balanced reporting with reporting in a manner that doesn't offend either parties, even when one of the parties is obviously at fault. To say that top officials from both parties condemned the rush comment is misleading. Boehner's statement can hardly be considered authentic since in the same sentence he used the situation to make an attack on democrats. Romney's comments was an obvious dodge to the question. Santorum's "absurd" comment was mitigated by his "but he's an entertainer so he can do that." the only republican who actually condemned rush was Scott Brown, which tells you a lot about the party. Plus, going on these forums and seeing these disturbing comments supporting rush is very troubling and saddening.

    March 4, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Gwen

    I think R Limbaugh was WAY out of line. Has he looked in the mirror lately? If he would, then he would see a lot of his problems, him.
    You've got vasectomies, hysterectomies, tubuligations, viagra, all this covered by insurance, why shouldn't birth control pills?

    March 4, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Mooch

    Rush is incredibly astute in his analysis of Ms. Fluke's lame and non genuine portrayal of herself and her cohort's need for funding for contraception. He need not apologize. America is doomed if we continue along this pathetic and embarrassing path. We are fast-becoming a society of weak-kneed people who want the government to support our every need, want and hope. We are no longer a resourceful people–the people of my parent's generation (many of them immigrants with zero in their pocket when they arrived) took care of themselves and were strong enough to live through the depression and world war II. We were a can-do society then. We are now officially a what-can-you-do-for-me? society that JFK asked us not to become in his inaugural address. Ms. Fluke personifies this new society. Meanwhile our government has a 15T deficit and Asia is eating our manufacturing lunch. I'm surprised Rush apologized to her. He must have buckled from pressure from his sponsors. That doesn't excuse Ms. Fluke for her role in the metamorphosis of a once great society.

    March 4, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Duster4X

    And now we are finding out that Fluke may be a fake. It appears as though she researched Georgetown's contraceptive policies prior to her application. She is NOT a 23 year old student, but rather 30. Looks like she was a plant. Google 'fluke is a fake'....

    March 4, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. Thinker

    He's a barn yard animal. Its time for him to go. I'm boycotting all of his sponsors.

    March 4, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. mike

    I think he should be water boarded till he is really sorry !!

    March 4, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. Charles

    This happens every once in awhile. Rush says something stupid and a couple of advertisers drop him. The truth is there are many others in line waiting for a chance to become a sponsor. He makes a lot of money for his sponsors. Wait and see, by 8:01am Monday morning, all those that dropped him will be replaced.

    March 4, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. T. Lee

    Makes me want to PUKE – every time some caller grovels and gushes – "Oh MR. Limbaugh, it's such an HONOR to talk to you !!"

    March 4, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. Kate

    Wait til Viagra isn't covered any more .... Those old white republicans will come out of the wood work screaming about the injustice of it all. I can't wait til that blowhard, RL, starts ranting that this is against the first amendment.

    March 4, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. Sally Dwaileebe

    Advertisers rule.

    March 4, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. Ricke1949

    The focus should have been on her testimony which was not very factual. She should transfer to a Law School where her values are aligned. How dumb can one get?

    March 4, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. fugislalcla

    Under the President's plan the insurance companies will pay for contraceptives coverage not an employer with religious objections(And please note that insurance coverage has in this nation always been considered part of a worker's compensation.).And don't say 'no free lunch'.Providing access to contraceptives to the persons they insure lowers insurance cos costs.Not providing them to persons they insure would raise premiums.

    March 4, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. Patricia S. Dumas

    Really, he can't hurt anyone. This man is SO "HAS BEEN" that everything he says is laughable. If you can't say something productive and with intentions to improve society, you are just saying them to get a rise out of all the unhappy folks in this country who use him as their tongue lashers. He's absurd.

    March 4, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. Cheryl Kurtz

    Women are not idiots, Rush. Your condescending and insincere apology is not accepted. Shame on you and on any remaining or future sponsors of your mean- spirited rubbish.

    March 4, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. GeorgeBos95

    That was hardly an attempt at "humor".

    I will be looking at whomever is sponsoring Limbaugh's radio program, and boycotting them until they cease underwriting such a mean, hateful monologue.

    March 4, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. Pitbull

    The only reason he has apologized is becuase he started to lose sponsors and that money....That's it...GOP Party never stepped up and did the the right thing....

    March 4, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. Windy City Al

    Limbaugh is the perfect symbol of the Republican party: old, white, male, and preoccupied with what's going on in other people's bedrooms.

    March 4, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. Beatriz Carter

    Limbaugh is a clown – but a powerful one – and like someone else posted the so call "apology" is becuase he is loosing sponsors. Clearly he has no wife or daugthers that for medical reasons might need to take birth control every day just like a diabetic controls insulne.

    March 4, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. Richard T.

    The problem was not "word choice" BUT was about content of thought. Another shallow apology by the reich-wing GOPers.

    March 4, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. WhereIsPalin

    Of course he's apologizing. Negative feedback will always make this loser retract.

    March 4, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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