Audio: Limbaugh Apologizes For Calling Contraceptive Mandate Activist A “Slut”

This was the right thing to do:

An excerpt:

I want to explain why I apologized to Sandra Fluke in the statement that was released on Saturday. I’ve read all the theories from all sides, and, frankly, they are all wrong. I don’t expect — and I know you don’t, either — morality or intellectual honesty from the left. They’ve demonstrated over and over a willingness to say or do anything to advance their agenda. It’s what they do. It’s what we fight against here every day. But this is the mistake I made. In fighting them on this issue last week, I became like them.

Against my own instincts, against my own knowledge, against everything I know to be right and wrong I descended to their level when I used those two words to describe Sandra Fluke. That was my error. I became like them, and I feel very badly about that. I’ve always tried to maintain a very high degree of integrity and independence on this program. Nevertheless, those two words were inappropriate. They were uncalled for. They distracted from the point that I was actually trying to make, and I again sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for using those two words to describe her. I do not think she is either of those two words. I did not think last week that she is either of those two words.

Fluke, for her part, isn’t accepting the apology:

But then, why would she? Limbaugh’s name-calling was the perfect vehicle for the left’s spin on this issue.

They claim that Republican opposition to a contraceptive mandate is a “war on women,” and what better way to prove that than one of the loudest voices in the conservative movement calling a supporter of the mandate a slut?

Limbaugh did the debate over the contraceptive mandate a grave disservice, if only because it gave the left exactly what they wanted which was an excuse to debate this issue on their terms (war on women, etc.) as opposed to the terms of religious and economic liberty.

Speaking of liberty, some Democrats want Limbaugh taken off the air by the FCC over his comments. Because apparently “free speech” means only speech that doesn’t offend you.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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