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Rush Limbaugh’s ‘Apology’

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This is how the GOP gets off the hook for not distancing themselves from Rush Limbaugh. Rush “apologizes” instead, something that happens about as often as a total solar eclipse: A Statement From Rush.

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.

I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line? If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow? Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit?In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone’s bedroom nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level.

My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.

I don’t have to point out that this isn’t really an apology, do I? Limbaugh’s obviously hoping this will be enough to get some advertisers back and calm down the media firestorm, but after spewing unbelievably misogynistic hate speech all week to a right wing audience of 30 million people, his non-apology apology may not have the desired effect.

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98 comments

1 [deleted]  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 3:19:44pm
2 b_sharp  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 3:19:49pm

This is a classic ‘notpology’ and denial of the impact of words. It’s nothing more than a rhetorical trick.

3 bluecheese  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 3:20:23pm

lol. so who called, and made him say this shit?

4 Targetpractice  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 3:21:28pm

I don’t believe for a second that this will end in anybody’s favor but his. Those Republicans that don’t declare that the “non-apology” ends the matter will just continue to shrug and whine “He’s an entertainer!” And the advertisers, especially those whole only “suspended” their ads, will quietly sneak back in within a week.

5 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 3:23:28pm

“Apology != apology” - is this also a riff on Rand? ;)

6 Dancing along the light of day  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 3:24:41pm

He knows, very well, how to play to his market, and if that doesn’t make him a whore, I don’t know what would.

7 Iwouldprefernotto  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 3:25:16pm

He still is lying about the Govt. paying for it. This is the meme that is sadly going to stick with conservatives for a long time. This is how the right wins these stupid debates, they change the subject. Obama will need to fight back during the debates….

8 wrenchwench  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 3:25:51pm

It’s not a ‘choice of words’ problem. It’s a problem of his having lied about Fluke’s testimony, and having ignored her testimony about the uses of ‘contraceptive’ medicine that have nothing to do with sex.

He’s a misogynist. He doesn’t care what women think of him, and doesn’t understand how men turned out to be also offended by his line of offensive drivel.

Women’s health means nothing to him. Sex means something to him, but he still doesn’t understand it.

9 Lidane  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 3:26:40pm

re: #7 Iwouldprefernotto

Obama will need to fight back during the debates…

He’s going to have a fairly big pulpit before then:

Obama Will Speak at Commencement at Barnard College

10 Absalom, Absalom, Obdicut  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 3:29:40pm

Limbaugh is actually borrowing from Santorum and Romney in his defense of himself here. By using their keywords ‘absurd’, ‘choice of language’, he’s deftly covering himself with them.

11 wrenchwench  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 3:31:10pm

Address this ‘choice of words’, you woman-hater:

Did you notice in that sound bite Sheila Jackson Lee or Maria Cantwell or one of them talked about the strength that Sandra Fluke had to go before Congress, which is amazing. She’s having so much sex it’s amazing she can still walk, but she made it up there. It takes a lot of courage to ask for something free, folks. Takes a lot of strength to ask for freebies, doesn’t it? I’m being facetious. You know what the solution is here, why doesn’t Georgetown lower their tuition?

12 Charleston Chew  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 3:33:31pm

Limbaugh’s apology edited for clarity:

I did not mean [to lose advertising money because of] a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.

I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. [Translation: I’m not out of order! You’re out of order!] I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line? [What kind of world is it that we live in where a guy like me can say horrible things day after day, year after year and get away with it?] If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow? Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit? [Will we be debating if old people get medicine just so they don’t die?] In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone’s bedroom [as long as they’re a Republican] nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level. [It should only reach the Congressional level.]

My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be [a hateful a-hole hiding behind the guise of] humorous[ness, a tried and true tactic that has served me well for many decades], I [successfully] created a national stir [as is my job]. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for [her not getting how awesome and right I am, which I can only attribute to her being a total femnazi slut who wouldn’t just put up with my usual] insulting word choices.

13 AlexRogan  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 3:33:47pm
Limbaugh’s obviously hoping this will be enough to get some advertisers back and calm down the media firestorm, but after spewing unbelievably misogynistic hate speech all week to a right wing audience of 30 million people, his non-apology apology may not have the desired effect.

We can only hope…

14 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 3:38:01pm

One way to keep this issue alive is to demand Limboob to apologize on air. A site statement is not enough after 3 days of hate to tens of millions.

15 mr.fusion  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 3:39:10pm

First, let me say “WOW.” As devoid of an actual apology as this non-pology is, I never thought I’d see Limbaugh even issue a statement this half hearted. He’s clearly feeling the heat…..not just from advertisers but I think ClearChannel needs to have a real discussion about whether or not they want to keep giving this guy his platform.

That being said, it’s not good enough. He called this innocent woman a slut in front of 30 million people. We’re way past the tipping point now with Rush. I’ll tell you this…if I worked for ClearChannel in any capacity at all I don’t know if I’d be able to continue. I’ve known some of the sales people at ClearChannel in the past and they are overwhelmingly young women. How could someone continue to sell advertisers on the Rush Limbaugh show in good conscience?

16 b_sharp  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 3:39:13pm

re: #10 Obdicut

Limbaugh is actually borrowing from Santorum and Romney in his defense of himself here. By using their keywords ‘absurd’, ‘choice of language’, he’s deftly covering himself with them.

Isn’t that just disgusting.

17 erik_t  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 3:41:30pm

re: #10 Obdicut

Limbaugh is actually borrowing from Santorum and Romney in his defense of himself here. By using their keywords ‘absurd’, ‘choice of language’, he’s deftly covering himself with them.

Speaking of poor choice of words…

/

18 aagcobb  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 3:42:34pm

re: #15 mr.fusion

First, let me say “WOW.” As devoid of an actual apology as this non-pology is, I never thought I’d see Limbaugh even issue a statement this half hearted. He’s clearly feeling the heat…not just from advertisers but I think ClearChannel needs to have a real discussion about whether or not they want to keep giving this guy his platform.

That being said, it’s not good enough. He called this innocent woman a slut in front of 30 million people. We’re way past the tipping point now with Rush. I’ll tell you this…if I worked for ClearChannel in any capacity at all I don’t know if I’d be able to continue. I’ve known some of the sales people at ClearChannel in the past and they are overwhelmingly young women. How could someone continue to sell advertisers on the Rush Limbaugh show in good conscience?

Well, ya gotta eat. One can only hope this snowballs like the Imus controversy did. The only way Rush is taken off the air is if Clear Channel can’t sell ads on his show.

19 WINDUPBIRD DISEASE [S.K.U.M.M.]  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 3:46:08pm

And the game of the nasty bigot rich fucks who marginalize Americans continues

20 Charleston Chew  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 3:47:48pm

re: #15 mr.fusion

First, let me say “WOW.” As devoid of an actual apology as this non-pology is, I never thought I’d see Limbaugh even issue a statement this half hearted. He’s clearly feeling the heat…not just from advertisers but I think ClearChannel needs to have a real discussion about whether or not they want to keep giving this guy his platform.

That being said, it’s not good enough. He called this innocent woman a slut in front of 30 million people. We’re way past the tipping point now with Rush. I’ll tell you this…if I worked for ClearChannel in any capacity at all I don’t know if I’d be able to continue. I’ve known some of the sales people at ClearChannel in the past and they are overwhelmingly young women. How could someone continue to sell advertisers on the Rush Limbaugh show in good conscience?

The bad news is that Limbaugh’s 15 million listeners generate a lot of money, and money trumps conscience often, even if you’re a young woman.

The good news is that Limbaugh only gets 15% more listeners than NPR’s Morning Edition or All Things Considered. I’m tired of broadcasters bogus argument that vitriolic right-wing hate shows get airtime because they’re so much more lucrative. Non-evil shows can be popular, too.

21 AlexRogan  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 3:48:16pm

re: #18 Weareallslutsnow

Well, ya gotta eat. One can only hope this snowballs like the Imus controversy did. The only way Rush is taken off the air is if Clear Channel can’t sell ads on his show.

That’s the only thing that Rush and Premiere/ClearChannel is going to understand: money.

22 Lidane  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 3:50:27pm
23 Mich-again  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 3:50:34pm

An apology from a Narcissist like Rush Limbaugh is just a tactical retreat. They never mean it when they say they were wrong. They just want to get people off their back.

24 mr.fusion  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 3:51:05pm

It’s also interesting that it’s not the sentiment he’s bringing up, but the word choice. See, she’s still a slut…just shouldn’t have used that particular word

25 Interesting Times  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:05:06pm
26 AlexRogan  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:08:07pm

re: #25 Interesting Times

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Ouch…

27 Targetpractice  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:08:29pm

Perhaps the suddenness of Rush’s fake “mea culpa” is because he talked to his lawyer and found out that Fluke may have grounds to sue him after all.

Fluke Considers Limbaugh Suit

Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke told The Daily Beast Friday that she may sue conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh because he called her “slut” and a “prostitute” after she testified that health insurance companies should be required to cover contraception. “I’ve certainly been told I might have a case, but it’s not something I’ve made any decisions about at this point,” Fluke said. The possibility of a lawsuit over Limbaugh’s remarks was floated today by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York, who said “we will be filing a slander suit against Rush Limbaugh. What he’s really trying to do is silence a young woman. It’s unfair, it’s un-American.” Maloney also suggested that Sybil Shainwald, a prominent women’s-rights attorney, would be the perfect counsel for the case.

28 Lidane  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:08:38pm

Someone please tell the folks at HuffPo that their blaring headline about Rush “caving” is inaccurate.

What liberal media?

29 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:10:50pm

Scumbag Breitbart called Sherrod a racist.
Scumbag Limbaugh called Fluke a slut.

Pattern.

30 PhillyPretzel  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:12:47pm

re: #29 Wash Rush’s mouth with a soap.
I agree and that screen name is perfect.

31 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:13:17pm

Frum’s old column about Limbaugh:

thedailybeast.com

32 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:13:49pm

re: #30 Georgia Tech Aunt

I agree and that screen name is perfect.

A Georgia aunt would say that! :)

33 AlexRogan  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:15:06pm

re: #29 Wash Rush’s mouth with a soap.

Scumbag Breitbart called Sherrod a racist.
Scumbag Limbaugh called Fluke a slut.

Pattern.

The only thing that, in my mind, kept Sherrod from cleaning Breitbart’s clock thoroughly in court is his unexpected demise (I don’t know how the case is going to proceed against Breitbart’s companies, if it can).

I hope that Rush has a long, healthy life so that he may reap the wages of hubris and arrogance.

34 PhillyPretzel  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:17:14pm

re: #32 Wash Rush’s mouth with a soap.
This is the soap that should be used. //
amazon.com

35 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:17:59pm

re: #34 Georgia Tech Aunt

Laundry Stain Remover - Great on Whites!

!!!
/

36 BongCrodny  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:18:01pm
I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.

I could live to be a million years old, and I’ll never understand how “slut” and “prostitute” is not a personal attack.

37 Lidane  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:18:30pm

re: #36 BongCrodny

I could live to be a million years old, and I’ll never understand how “slut” and “prostitute” is not a personal attack.

SATIRE!

38 Gus  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:18:54pm

re: #14 Wash Rush’s mouth with a soap.

One way to keep this issue alive is to demand Limboob to apologize on air. A site statement is not enough after 3 days of hate to tens of millions.

• A real heartfelt on the air apology.
• Apologize to all women in general.
• A plea to his listeners not to engage in same behavior.
• Pick up Sandra Fluke’s Georgetown tab for one year.

39 AlexRogan  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:19:08pm

re: #34 Georgia Tech Aunt

This is the soap that should be used. //
[Link: www.amazon.com…]

No, this or nothing:
Image: Lifebuoy%20Soap%20Christmas%20Story.jpg

40 Gus  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:19:24pm

Not. Gonna. Happen.

41 PhillyPretzel  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:20:57pm

re: #39 talon_262
I can work with that. :)

42 Gus  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:21:03pm

Breaking!

43 Gus  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:21:29pm

No. Shit. Sherlock. ;)

44 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:21:48pm

re: #42 Gus

It’s up to Fluke. But she must get support.

45 BongCrodny  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:22:15pm

re: #42 Gus

Breaking!

“You’re forgiven, Rush. Please start abusing us again.”

46 Gus  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:22:59pm
47 BongCrodny  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:23:46pm

Oops — my bad — didn’t see the “Doesn’t” in front of the statement.

I guess I’m just so used to Democrats bending over when it comes to Limbaugh I just read it as same ol’ same ol’.

48 Gus  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:24:30pm

Will Sandra Fluke sue Rush Limbaugh for calling her ‘a slut’?
When Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke ‘a slut’ and a ‘prostitute,’ he set off a firestorm of criticism. Some advertisers are leaving Limbaugh’s show.

49 AlexRogan  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:26:06pm

re: #42 Gus

Breaking!

Because Rush’s “apology” wasn’t a true apology, it was a way to give cover to any advertisers that “suspended” their ad campaigns and a route for them to sneak back in and spend their money with him, because he still has his audience. Not only that, it was still chock full of lies, untruths, and backhanded remarks that showed absolutely no remorse at all.

Rush can just fuck off.

50 BongCrodny  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:27:25pm

Limbaugh: “My choice of words was not the best…
Romney: “Not the language I would have used.

To quote Stephen King’s epic, “The Stand”:

“Weasels in the cornfield!”

51 allegro  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:29:01pm

re: #50 BongCrodny

Limbaugh: “My choice of words was not the best…
Romney: “Not the language I would have used.

To quote Stephen King’s epic, “The Stand”:

“Weasels in the cornfield!”

Joining Cain’s goldfish-torturing child of the corn. Damn creepy.

52 Dark_Falcon  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:29:36pm
My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.

Well, at least he admitted the words he used were insulting. That’s better than Romney managed.


Sorry I was gone so long, I had an episode.

53 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:30:15pm

re: #51 allegro

Joining Cain’s goldfish-torturing child of the corn. Damn creepy.

Finally. This was jumping around in the subconscious. Perfect description.

54 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:30:46pm

re: #52 Dark_Falcon

Hope you OK.

55 Dark_Falcon  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:34:38pm

re: #54 Wash Rush’s mouth with a soap.

Hope you OK.

It’s just narcolepsy. I’m fine.

56 allegro  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:34:42pm

re: #53 Wash Rush’s mouth with a soap.

Finally. This was jumping around in the subconscious. Perfect description.

Really. That was my first thought - a little blonde girl with the face of an angel and the voice of some satanic ghoul taking glee out of the suffering of that poor little goldfish. Then Cain standing on the cliff like Thulsa fucking Doom. Good lord, who thought this was a good idea?

57 Gus  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:35:03pm

A Statement from David Friend, CEO of Carbonite:

“No one with daughters the age of Sandra Fluke, and I have two, could possibly abide the insult and abuse heaped upon this courageous and well-intentioned young lady. Mr. Limbaugh, with his highly personal attacks on Miss Fluke, overstepped any reasonable bounds of decency. Even though Mr. Limbaugh has now issued an apology, we have nonetheless decided to withdraw our advertising from his show. We hope that our action, along with the other advertisers who have already withdrawn their ads, will ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse.”

58 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:35:17pm

re: #56 allegro

Demon sheep evolved into demon kids.

59 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:36:16pm

re: #57 Gus

YES!
YES!
YES!
Every time I am at his site I see a prominent Carbonite ad. This is a big fucking deal.

60 labman57  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:37:36pm

Did he actually apologize to HER? Did he contact her directly? Or is he cowardly hiding behind his web site, unable to verbalize the words.

That’s the problem with Limbaugh’s out-of-control “pie hole”. Either massive quantities of apple pie are being crammed in, or a steady stream of cow pie is being spewed out.

61 Dark_Falcon  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:37:41pm

re: #58 Wash Rush’s mouth with a soap.

Demon sheep evolved into demon kids.

THAT’S NOT TRUE AND YOU KNOW. DEMONS DON’T EVOLVE, THEY WERE CREATED AS ANGELS BY god AND THEN TURNED THEIR BACKS ON HIM, JUST LIKE YOU’VE DONE WITH AMERICA, YOU LIBERAL HEATHEN!!!111

62 Four More Tears  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:37:56pm

re: #59 Wash Rush’s mouth with a soap.

YES!
YES!
YES!
Every time I am at his site I see a prominent Carbonite ad. This is a big fucking deal.

That is pretty huge.

63 allegro  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:38:21pm

re: #57 Gus

A Statement from David Friend, CEO of Carbonite:

That is so excellent! So was his statement. Beautiful.

64 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:38:27pm

re: #57 Gus

Doyle Griffin
I do not agree with you Mr. Friend on your decision to not support “Freedon of Speech”. I have been a customer of Carbonite for 3 years and I will be canceling your service and moving to “SugarSync. I just canceled your “Automatic Renew”.
12 minutes ago · Like · 1

65 AlexRogan  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:38:49pm

re: #57 Gus

A Statement from David Friend, CEO of Carbonite:

Good on them; let’s just hope that Carbonite and others that pulled their ads hold the line and don’t buy Rush’s cockamamie BS “apology”.

Hell, I hope still other companies pull their ads after this.

66 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:39:28pm

re: #65 talon_262

Even though Mr. Limbaugh has now issued an apology, we have nonetheless decided to withdraw our advertising from his show

67 Four More Tears  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:40:03pm

re: #53 Wash Rush’s mouth with a soap.

Finally. This was jumping around in the subconscious. Perfect description.

I think you meant to say “flopping” around…

68 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:40:43pm

re: #67 The Right Height

Maybe. I haven’t seen it. /

69 BongCrodny  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:40:50pm

re: #57 Gus

A Statement from David Friend, CEO of Carbonite:

Never thought Carbonite would do that. I owe Mr. Friend an apology.

A real one.

70 Gus  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:41:05pm

re: #63 allegro

That is so excellent! So was his statement. Beautiful.

It was wasn’t it? Now there’s someone who put some thought into his words. This happened soon after Limbaugh’s “apology.”

71 Gus  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:41:49pm

BOOM! Take that Lamebaugh!

//

72 allegro  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:42:28pm

re: #70 Gus

It was wasn’t it? Now there’s someone who put some thought into his words. This happened soon after Limbaugh’s “apology.”

Makes me wonder… yesterday I saw a statement of his saying he had a meeting set up with Limbaugh to discuss the matter. Wonder if that meeting happened and this is the result.

73 AlexRogan  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:42:51pm

re: #64 Wash Rush’s mouth with a soap.

Doyle Griffin
I do not agree with you Mr. Friend on your decision to not support “Freedon of Speech”. I have been a customer of Carbonite for 3 years and I will be canceling your service and moving to “SugarSync. I just canceled your “Automatic Renew”.
12 minutes ago · Like · 1

Dear Mr. Griffin,

You are a bonehead, because “Freedon of Speech”, as a constitutional right, only applies between the government and its citizens, not between private parties.

I’m sure that David Friend is quaking in his boots that a troglodyte like you is pulling their business; don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!

74 Gus  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:43:27pm

re: #72 allegro

Makes me wonder… yesterday I saw a statement of his saying he had a meeting set up with Limbaugh to discuss the matter. Wonder if that meeting happened and this is the result.

Could well have been part of it. So Rush issues this “apology” anyway which was not to Friend’s liking.

75 Gus  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:44:26pm

TPM picks up the Carbonite news.

76 Targetpractice  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:44:26pm

re: #64 Wash Rush’s mouth with a soap.

I have never, for the life of me, figured out how those who claim to espouse “freedom of speech” think that “freedom from criticism” comes with it as some sort of package deal.

77 AlexRogan  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:44:26pm

re: #66 Wash Rush’s mouth with a soap.

I meant that they pulled their ad buys and keep them pulled permanently.

78 Interesting Times  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:45:43pm

re: #72 allegro

re: #74 Gus

People are comparing this to the Don Imus affair, though it reminds me of something that took place around 12 years ago:

stopdrlaura.com

On March 1, 2000, five friends got together and launched StopDrLaura.com with the goal of forcing Paramount Television to cancel Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s then-upcoming TV show. Schlessinger had repeatedly called gays and lesbians “biological errors” and deviant — (one of our favorite Dr. Laura quotes: “How many letters have I read on the air from gay men who acknowledge that a huge portion of the male homosexual populace is predatory on young boys?”) — and we were outraged that Paramount would give a national platform to someone intent on spreading that kind of intolerance against a class of Americans.

79 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:47:04pm

Stupid joke, but made me smile.

I went into the Patent Office planning to register a few of my inventions.

I went to the main desk to sign in and the lady at the desk had a form that had to be filled out. She wrote down my personal info and then asked me what I had invented. I said, “A folding bottle.” She said, “Okay, what do you call it?”
“A Fottle.” “What else do you have?”

“I have also invented a folding carton.”
Again she said “What do you call it?”
“A Farton.” She sniggered and said, “Those are silly names for products and one of them actually sounds kind of crude.”

She burned me up so bad that I grabbed up her dang form and left the office without even telling her about my folding bucket.

80 Gus  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:47:59pm

THIS IS ALL PART OF A COORDINATED WITCH HUNT AGAINST RUSH LIMBAUGH, GOD, COUNTRY AND CONSERVATIVES!!11TY

81 Gus  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:51:23pm

Wingnut victimhood clock has begun. Any sightings yet?

82 AlexRogan  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:51:34pm

re: #71 Gus

BOOM! Take that Lamebaugh!

//

Image: boom_headshot.jpg

83 AlexRogan  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:57:24pm

re: #74 Gus

Could well have been part of it. So Rush issues this “apology” anyway which was not to Friend’s liking.

Which is a bit surprising, since Friend’s apparently a RWNJ, from what’s been said here the past couple of days.

Friend might have been genuinely upset about what Rush said and his non-apology, given that he said he has daughters that age, but I’m sure that he also knows that staying hitched to Rush will drag him and Carbonite down.

84 Gus  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 4:58:58pm

re: #83 talon_262

Which is a bit surprising, since Friend’s apparently a RWNJ, from what’s been said here the past couple of days.

Friend might have been genuinely upset about what Rush said, given that he said he has daughters that age, but I’m sure that he also knows that staying hitched to Rush will drag him and Carbonite down.

Right. The prudent thing for a real conservative would be to oppose what Rush Limbaugh said all last week.

85 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 5:00:41pm
86 Dark_Falcon  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 5:04:35pm

re: #81 Gus

Wingnut victimhood clock has begun. Any sightings yet?

Yep, here’s a mass email from our old “friend Scott Wheeler:

Democrats trying to smear Rush Limbaugh

Dear GOP Trust Supporter:

Rush Limbaugh mocked a witness at a congressional hearing this week and the Democrats found just what they wanted- a chance to lie and distort the facts to redound to their political benefit. THE DEMOCRATS FEATURED WITNESS WAS A COLLEGE STUDENT DEMANDING FREE BIRTH CONTROL!!!!! AND DEMOCRATS ARE DEFENDING THIS!!!

Now Democrats are denouncing Rush Limbaugh!

We must respond quickly by putting Democrats on the defensive over this or Obama will use this for another disinformation campaign…

We need to announce to the country that Democrats want you to take food out of your children’s mouths so they can use the money to buy contraceptives so that college students can be as promiscuous as they want. This is a huge outrage for this nation. This is all part of Obama’s reelection strategy to convince uninformed and foolish voters that Republicans want to make birth control illegal. I saw an email Obama’s campaign sent last night saying just that:

“Romney said he would have supported a “personhood” amendment for Massachusetts, which could have banned many common forms of birth control, including the pill, and fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization. And he’s supported legislation to force women seeking abortions to first view ultrasounds. Rick Santorum’s actually called contraception “harmful to women” and “harmful to society.”

Obama’s campaign conveniently neglects to mention that in the same breath, Santorum mentioned how he voted in favor of birth control numerous times because he believes in it from a “governmental point of view.” We cannot allow these lies to stand because no matter how ridiculous they are eventually those lies will take root with the help of the so-called “mainstream” media.

Obama’s email also said something else that is very dangerous:

Women’s birth control “decisions being made about their care would more likely be left to men: Businesses are 80 percent more likely to be owned by them.”

Notice the attempt to divide American men and women in that statement, which implies that the only way to solve inequality between men and women, real or perceived, is to force private businesses to submit to the federal government’s authority on matters of contraception. Obama’s radical agenda knows no bounds.

We must respond immediately WITH ADS that will put Obama and the Democrats back on the defensive regarding the highly unpopular Obamacare!

That is what they are running away from. Obama knows his healthcare bill has been rejected by the majority of Americans so he is trying to distort conservative opposition to it.

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There is a slight edit to note: The sentence where Wheeler screams about Susan Fluke had 5 exclamation points on it, but LGF reduces that to 3.

87 AlexRogan  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 5:06:16pm

re: #86 Dark_Falcon

Yep, here’s a mass email from our old “friend Scott Wheeler:

There is a slight edit to note: The sentence where Wheeler screams about Susan Fluke had 5 exclamation points on it, but LGF reduces that to 3.

What a misogynistic POS…

88 William of Orange  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 5:11:57pm

After two matrasses sellers left the show, Rush can now say bye-bye to another advertiser.

And another.

89 William of Orange  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 5:17:53pm

And another.
businessinsider.com

And another.
facebook.com

90 AlexRogan  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 5:23:27pm

re: #89 William of Orange

And another.
[Link: www.businessinsider.com…]

And another.
[Link: www.facebook.com…]

Quicken Loans and Citrix…not exactly bit players here.

This will hopefully leave a mark.

91 William of Orange  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 5:24:22pm

It’s not stopping the advertisers leaving!

Me again, with another advertiser.

carbonite.com

No one with daughters the age of Sandra Fluke, and I have two, could possibly abide the insult and abuse heaped upon this courageous and well-intentioned young lady. Mr. Limbaugh, with his highly personal attacks on Miss Fluke, overstepped any reasonable bounds of decency. Even though Mr. Limbaugh has now issued an apology, we have nonetheless decided to withdraw our advertising from his show. We hope that our action, along with the other advertisers who have already withdrawn their ads, will ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse.”

Money talks, bullshit walks!

92 Bubblehead II  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 5:28:55pm

“In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.”

BULLSHIT!

You called her a slut and a whore and meant every word of it, you worthless piece of shit.

And the businesses that have been buying advertising time on your show know it as well.

Guess what, those who can read the prevailing winds will be leaving you and your show like fleas leave a freshly dead and rapidly cooling body.

93 Mich-again  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 5:32:16pm

Hopefully this is how it ends for Rush Limbaugh.

94 Bubblehead II  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 5:40:04pm

Moving up to the Front Page.

95 sagehen  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 5:59:00pm

re: #83 talon_262

Which is a bit surprising, since Friend’s apparently a RWNJ, from what’s been said here the past couple of days.

Friend might have been genuinely upset about what Rush said and his non-apology, given that he said he has daughters that age, but I’m sure that he also knows that staying hitched to Rush will drag him and Carbonite down.

Or maybe his daughters threatened to not come home for spring break unless he does this, and his wife yelled “Lysistrata Lives!!”, and Mr Friend realized there’s other advertising outlets that won’t bring such tsuris into his home.

96 Raccoon City  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 6:00:22pm

re: #89 William of Orange

And another.
[Link: www.businessinsider.com…]

Saturday’s “apology” is going to be cover for Monday’s lineup of new advertising sponsors making the show’s debut, just wait. I’m sure there are no shortage of companies that think this is their great opportunity to get in good with Rush. Any publicity is good publicity, right?

I’m sure even if public opinion rightly turns against them too and they have to drop the ads, Rush’s marketing department is still gonna get paid.

97 teresa  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 6:03:10pm

I just love that his advertisers are not returning, I love the carbonite CEO, he really said it all. It is time that this particular brand of vile public discourse should be the subject of public shaming.
For Rush even his extremely half assed “apology” is something he has never had to do in his life on his radio show, altho’ he certainly couldn’t hold a position as a sports dude, (the only job he ever wanted by the way), because his mouth and huge ego always get in his way. He never thought this talk of his could affect his bottom, he really believed he was untouchable. Hah! Finally! His real bottom line is affected, major advertisers fleeing his program. I think we witnessed the ultimate in Karmic retribution. I can’t begin to describe how good this makes me feel.

98 mr.fusion  Sat, Mar 3, 2012 9:38:09pm

re: #57 Gus

A Statement from David Friend, CEO of Carbonite:

This is absolutely huge. That is an advertiser that has been with him for a long long time and spends a lot of money advertising on his show

One thing is certain: It is no coincidence that he issued this “apology” the same day Carbonite pulled their advertising


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