Rush Limbaugh has offered an apology for calling a Georgetown law student a slut and a prostitute, but it didn’t draw any praise.
On CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” CNN contributor David Frum spoke about Rush Limbaugh’s offer, “It was about the most graceless apology ever.”
Frum noted that David Letterman took seven minutes to say he was sorry for a tasteless joke about one of Sarah Palin’s children.
In the apology that Limbaugh posted late Saturday on his website, he said he “chose the wrong words” in talking about Georgetown student Sandra Fluke. “I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke,” the Conservative radio host said.
Frum said the Limbaugh controversy would linger and leave the Republican Party in “a smoking ruin” because many people may find Limbaugh’s “slut/prostitute” comments “about the worst thing I’ve ever heard on radio.”
On ABC’s “This Week,” George Will blasted Republicans’ reaction to Limbaugh. “[House Speaker John] Boehner comes out and says Rush’s language was inappropriate. Using the salad fork for your entrée, that’s inappropriate. Not this stuff,” Will told George Stephanopoulos. “And it was depressing because what it indicates is that the Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh. They want to bomb Iran, but they’re afraid of Rush Limbaugh.”
In The New York Times, Maureen Dowd derided Limbaugh in a column titled “Have You No Shame, Rush?” She discussed being a Limbaugh target (“it’s no fun”) and said he was “brutalizing” Fluke for supporting the Obama administration’s policy on contraception coverage.
Of Limbaugh, Dowd said: “Isn’t this the last guy who should be pointing fingers and accusing others of taking pills for recreational purposes?”
That’s the richest vein for columnists and comedians: the hypocrisy. And they’ll keep returning to it when Limbaugh makes headlines with his outrageous comments.
Limbaugh’s apology came after he lost a few advertisers, notably Quicken Loans, AutoZone and Select Comfort. So he was feeling some pain in his wallet.
The lesson? Dana Milbank of The Washington Post told “Reliable Sources”: “If people are out there saying outrageous things, OK, smoke them out. Don’t just say, ‘That’s how it is.’ ”
Could this be Limbaugh’s Waterloo?
No, he has too many fans. But it sure was fascinating to hear Limbaugh sing a different tune. If he didn’t sing it well, that’s because apologies are so rare for him.