This just reported by USA Today as calculated by liberal watchdog group, Media Matters. And two radio stations–WBEC in Pittsfield, Mass., and KPUA in Hilo, Hawaii – have cancelled his program entirely, according to Inside Radio. To add insult to injury, according to CBS News, the musician Peter Gabriel wants Limbaugh to stop using his hit song, Sledgehammer, as the opener to his program. Advertisers are looking at the program as a pariah.
All of this as a result of Limbaugh calling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” on his radio show. Limbaugh has since apologized for his “bad choice of words” and if anyone had taken offense. (See complete transcript of apology below.)
The controversy has politicians and activists squaring off on all forms of media. Even conservatives admit that Limbaugh was right to apologize because he was out of line in his demonization of Fluke, who had testified during an unofficial hearing last Thursday led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Fluke argued that birth control should be covered by health insurance at religious institutions.
But some say the apology was unnecessary.
Sarah Palin used the opportunity to weigh in on CNN last night. ”I think the definition of hypocrisy is for Rush Limbaugh to have been called out, forced to apologize and retract what it is that he said in exercising his First Amendment rights.”
However, one of the first advertisers to cancel, Carbonite, took a different position. CEO David Friend wrote on his Facebook page:
“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.”
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“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.”