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A Sincere Apology
Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2012 | Cal Thomas

Posted on 03/08/2012 12:55:35 PM PST by Kaslin

he first apology by Rush Limbaugh, posted on his website over the weekend, sounded forced, qualified, almost defensive. The second, broadcast live on his Monday show, sounded sincere and heartfelt.

Rush Limbaugh did something not usually associated with either himself or bombastic talk radio. He apologized for calling a woman a "slut" and a "prostitute."

The woman, 30-year-old Sandra Fluke, a law student at Georgetown University, wants the Catholic school to pay for contraceptives in its insurance policy because, she says, she and her friends cannot afford the cost otherwise. Apparently Fluke is not aware that contraceptive pills, according to John McCormack of The Weekly Standard, "can be purchased for as low as $9 per month at a pharmacy near Georgetown's campus." Or that some places dispense them for free, along with condoms.

Back to the Limbaugh apology. I have known Rush for some years (he wrote a forward to one of my books) and I think I can tell when he is sincere. A lot of what he does is theatrics designed to rev up his audience with red meat and to dramatize a point. It isn't that he is insincere about his positions; rather, it is because the media environment, in which we are all forced to live, requires some to be louder and more emphatic than others to attract attention and ratings.

Limbaugh opened his Monday show sounding contrite: "I acted too much like the leftists who despise me. I descended to their level using names and exaggerations to describe Sandra Fluke. It's what we have come to know and expect from them, but it's way beneath me. And it's way beneath you. It was wrong and that's why I've apologized, 'cause I succumbed. ... Don't be mad at them or mad at her. Everybody here was being true to their nature except me. I'm the one who had the failing on this, and for that I genuinely apologized for using those words to describe Ms. Fluke."

That sounds sincere to me and should end the controversy, but it probably won't. Limbaugh's political enemies have never demonstrated anything approaching contrition when it comes to their desire to destroy him. They have succeeded in getting several sponsors to drop ads from his show and calls for a boycott of his show continue. Limbaugh's detractors have the example of Glenn Beck, late of Fox News Channel, as inspiration. That network dropped Beck in part because, though his ratings were high, few sponsors wanted to be associated with his controversial remarks.

Limbaugh's apology shifts the burden to his critics, including Ms. Fluke. If they keep attacking Limbaugh, they risk damaging their own character for refusing to forgive. In fact, Ms. Fluke went on ABC's "The View" Monday morning to say that Limbaugh's apology changed nothing.

As noted in many other places, there is often a double standard when it comes to speech. Horrible things have been said about conservatives and especially conservative women, but have a conservative said anything close to those things about a liberal woman and you have the Sandra Fluke controversy. Rush is right, though. Such things ought to be beneath conservatives.

That civil discourse may be on life support is not news to anyone paying attention to political rhetoric. Part of this has to do with fundraising, which mostly relies on negatives, not positives, because as a fundraiser once told me, you can't raise money on a positive. Part of it is also ratings. In an uncertain world, people like to tune into programs -- liberal and conservative -- that reinforce views they already hold.

Limbaugh might resist this next suggestion, but I speak from experience, having had to apologize for a recent misstatement of my own. Limbaugh should invite Sandra Fluke to lunch and get to know her as a person, not a label. At the very least, he would send an important message that civility and strong political speech do not have to be contradictory.

Who knows, he might even persuade her to become a conservative. From his perspective, and mine, that would be a win-win for everybody, except liberals.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: apology; calthomas; rush; talkradio

1 posted on 03/08/2012 12:55:38 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I sort of bought that at first. But when he said that he only lowered himself to the level of liberals, I knew he wasn’t 100% sincere. There are many conservatives who will level the same type of rhetoric at others. It’s not limited to liberals.


2 posted on 03/08/2012 12:57:39 PM PST by joesbucks
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To: joesbucks

What’s not sincere about that?


3 posted on 03/08/2012 1:02:51 PM PST by SuzyQue
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To: joesbucks

—I sort of bought that at first. But when he said that he only lowered himself to the level of liberals, I knew he wasn’t 100% sincere. —

I disagree. I think he was qualifying the apology. He was really apologizing to his listeners and Fluke for using the words he used - not the thoughts behind them. I think he made that clear when adding the part about “lowering himself”.

I thought it was sincere.

I come from a position where I spar with hateful liberals on the internet almost daily. They call me all sorts of bad names while I never reciprocate. And if I were to it would simply mean I accidentally let slip what I had always been thinking.

I think it is a form of what rush did, and then apologized for. He apologized for his use of words. I have little doubt he thinks she’s a slut. Who doesn’t?


4 posted on 03/08/2012 1:08:50 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Kaslin

http://news.yahoo.com/gunman-sought-pitt-shooting-several-injured-203030338.html .. my sincere apology also ... breaking.


5 posted on 03/08/2012 1:09:07 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: SuzyQue

Well, gosh.

Rush didn’t immediately go on a nation-wide tour of contrition, donate all of his worldly goods to the DNC and Media Matters and finish it all by cutting his own throat at High Noon on the White House lawn.

Do I really need the /sarc?


6 posted on 03/08/2012 1:09:15 PM PST by Unrepentant VN Vet ((316 and a wakeup) Truth, I know, always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition.)
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To: Kaslin

Rush apologizes twice, Fluke doesn’t accept the apology, and now Rush is supposed to take her to lunch and “try to get to know her?” ENOUGH!! Maybe if “getting to know her” doesn’t work, he can grovel on his knees and promise to name a firstborn after her if she will only forgive him.

Cal Thomas can get lost. I am SICK...TO...DEATH of these lily-livered so-called conservatives.


7 posted on 03/08/2012 1:10:35 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: Kaslin

Obama should throw a keg party in the Rose Garden for Rush and Ms. Fluke. He could invite along Mahr, Olbermann, Schlitz (or whatever his name is), Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin, and Laura Ingraham. That will fix it. /s


8 posted on 03/08/2012 1:15:27 PM PST by fullchroma
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To: Kaslin
The hell with civility. The other side wants to make us into their slaves, and those that resist will end up dead. They have been treating human life like pieces in a game for millenia, but it has been worse since Karl Marx got on the scene. As Stalin said, one death is a tragedy, millions is a statistic. I know I am one of the millions who these heartless marxists will have no use for.

I don't think it's important to be nice to those who would seek to be my slave master. I only want them to be defeated. I will treat them civilly and humanely when we have won, if we win, and if we don't, I don't care about my fate, but I do not want my kids and descendants to know tyranny.

So Fluck was called a slut? Boo hoo. Look what she wants to do to us before you concern yourselves with such trivial matters. The founders didn't care about the feelings of loyalists, the fought them. They were civil after, but most of the loyalists did the smart thing (for them) and moved to Canada. Let history repeat itself.

9 posted on 03/08/2012 1:15:54 PM PST by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: Kaslin

If I’m not mistaken, Ms. Fluke first suggested in her presser that she (and other female law school students) were sluts.


10 posted on 03/08/2012 1:20:33 PM PST by rbbeachkid (Get out of its way and small business can fix the economy.)
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To: Kaslin

If I’m not mistaken, Ms. Fluke first suggested in her presser that she (and other female law school students) were sluts.


11 posted on 03/08/2012 1:20:42 PM PST by rbbeachkid (Get out of its way and small business can fix the economy.)
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To: CatherineofAragon
Fluke doesn’t accept the apology...

One of the reasons people are so reluctant to issue an apology is the fear/expectation that it will be thrown back in their face.

12 posted on 03/08/2012 1:21:57 PM PST by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: SuzyQue

Because he implied only liberals do such things.


13 posted on 03/08/2012 1:24:27 PM PST by joesbucks
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To: Kaslin
Limbaugh should invite Sandra Fluke to lunch and get to know her as a person, not a label. At the very least, he would send an important message that civility and strong political speech do not have to be contradictory.

When is Obama going to have a beer summit for Rush and Fluke?

14 posted on 03/08/2012 1:25:58 PM PST by 3catsanadog (Scats for Newt!)
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To: Kaslin
The problem with the apology is: One cannot apologize for the truth.
15 posted on 03/08/2012 1:27:29 PM PST by donna (Republicans won't change their ways until conservatives draw the line.)
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To: rbbeachkid
If I’m not mistaken, Ms. Fluke first suggested in her presser that she (and other female law school students) were sluts.

Oh, I so hope that is true!

16 posted on 03/08/2012 1:29:24 PM PST by 3catsanadog (Scats for Newt!)
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To: luvbach1

A sincere apology is good for a wrong-doer’s character, whether or not it’s accepted.

Apparently Ms. Fluke has either not heard of or does not accept “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”


17 posted on 03/08/2012 1:41:31 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: joesbucks

I don’t see that in what he said. He said he “sunk to their level”, which implies they more commonly do that, but there is no “only” there. Sounds like a very accurate description.


18 posted on 03/08/2012 1:50:04 PM PST by SuzyQue
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To: Kaslin

Shouldn’t it be a foreword, not forward, to a book? Shouldn’t an author/journalist KNOW this?


19 posted on 03/08/2012 1:54:35 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: SuzyQue
I wouldn't even go as far as to say commonly. Here's a freeper's common response.

Dear Ass Clown, You swine. You vulgar little maggot. Don’t you know that you are pathetic? You worthless bag of filth. As we say in Texas, I’ll bet you couldn’t pour piss out of a boot with instructions on the heel. You are a canker. A sore that won’t go away. I would rather kiss a lawyer than be seen with you. You are a fiend and a coward, and you have bad breath. You are degenerate, noxious and depraved. I feel debased just for knowing you exist. I despise everything about you. You are a bloody nardless newbie twit protohominid chromosomally aberrant caricature of a coprophagic cloacal parasitic pond scum and I wish you would go away. You’re a putrescence mass, a walking vomit. You are a spineless little worm deserving nothing but the profoundest contempt. You are a jerk, a cad, a weasel. Your life is a monument to stupidity. You are a stench, a revulsion, a big suck on a sour lemon. You are a bleating fool, a curdled staggering mutant dwarf smeared richly with the effluvia and offal accompanying your alleged birth into this world. An insensate, blinking calf, meaningful to nobody, abandoned by the puke-drooling, giggling beasts who sired you and then killed themselves in recognition of what they had done. I will never get over the embarrassment of belonging to the same species as you. You are a monster, an ogre, a malformity. I barf at the very thought of you. You have all the appeal of a paper cut. Lepers avoid you. You are vile, worthless, less than nothing. You are a weed, a fungus, the dregs of this earth. And did I mention you smell? If you aren’t an idiot, you made a world-class effort at simulating one. Try to edit your writing of unnecessary material before attempting to impress us with your insight. The evidence that you are a nincompoop will still be available to readers, but they will be able to access it more rapidly. You snail-skulled little rabbit. Would that a hawk pick you up, drive its beak into your brain, and upon finding it rancid set you loose to fly briefly before spattering the ocean rocks with the frothy pink shame of your ignoble blood. May you choke on the queasy, convulsing nausea of your own trite, foolish beliefs. You are weary, stale, flat and unprofitable. You are grimy, squalid, nasty and profane. You are foul and disgusting. You’re a fool, an ignoramus. Monkeys look down on you. Even sheep won’t have sex with you. You are unreservedly pathetic, starved for attention, and lost in a land that reality forgot. And what meaning do you expect your delusionally self-important statements of unknowing, inexperienced opinion to have with us? What fantasy do you hold that you would believe that your tiny-fisted tantrums would have more weight than that of a leprous desert rat, spinning rabidly in a circle, waiting for the bite of the snake? You are a waste of flesh. You have no rhythm. You are ridiculous and obnoxious. You are the moral equivalent of a leech. You are a living emptiness, a meaningless void. You are sour and senile. You are a disease, you puerile one-handed slack-jawed drooling meatslapper. On a good day you’re a half-wit. You remind me of drool. You are deficient in all that lends character. You have the personality of wallpaper. You are dank and filthy. You are asinine and benighted. You are the source of all unpleasantness. You spread misery and sorrow wherever you go. I cannot believe how incredibly stupid you are. I mean rock-hard stupid. Dehydrated-rock-hard stupid. Stupid so stupid that it goes way beyond the stupid we know into a whole different dimension of stupid. You are trans-stupid stupid. Meta-stupid. Stupid collapsed on itself so far that even the neutrons have collapsed. Stupid gotten so dense that no intellect can escape. Singularity stupid. Blazing hot mid-day sun on Mercury stupid. You emit more stupid in one second than our entire galaxy emits in a year. Quasar stupid. Your writing has to be a troll. Nothing in our universe can really be this stupid. Perhaps this is some primordial fragment from the original big bang of stupid. Some pure essence of a stupid so uncontaminated by anything else as to be beyond the laws of physics that we know. I’m sorry. I can’t go on. This is an epiphany of stupid for me. After this, you may not hear from me again for a while. I don’t have enough strength left to deride your ignorant questions and half baked comments about unimportant trivia, or any of the rest of this drivel. Duh. The only thing worse than your logic is your manners. I have snipped away most of what you wrote, because, well... it didn’t really say anything. Your attempt at constructing a creative flame was pitiful. I mean, really, stringing together a bunch of insults among a load of babbling was hardly effective... Maybe later in life, after you have learned to read, write, spell, and count, you will have more success. True, these are rudimentary skills that many of us “normal” people take for granted that everyone has an easy time of mastering. But we sometimes forget that there are “challenged” persons in this world who find these things more difficult. If I had known, that this was your case then I would have never read your post. It just wouldn’t have been “right”. Sort of like parking in a handicap space. I wish you the best of luck in the emotional, and social struggles that seem to be placing such a demand on you. P.S.: You are hypocritical, greedy, violent, malevolent, vengeful, cowardly, deadly, mendacious, meretricious, loathsome, despicable, belligerent, opportunistic, barratrous, contemptible, criminal, fascistic, bigoted, racist, sexist, avaricious, tasteless, idiotic, brain-damaged, imbecilic, insane, arrogant, deceitful, demented, lame, self-righteous, byzantine, conspiratorial, satanic, fraudulent, libelous, bilious, splenetic, spastic, ignorant, clueless, illegitimate, harmful, destructive, dumb, evasive, double-talking, devious, revisionist, narrow, manipulative, paternalistic, fundamentalist, dogmatic, idolatrous, unethical, cultic, diseased, suppressive, controlling, restrictive, malignant, deceptive, dim, crazy, weird, dystopic, stifling, uncaring, plantigrade, grim, unsympathetic, jargon-spouting, censorious, secretive, aggressive, mind-numbing, arassive, poisonous, flagrant, self-destructive, abusive, socially-retarded, puerile, clueless, and generally Not Good.ative forum on a regular basis.

I think that was a good day.

20 posted on 03/08/2012 1:57:49 PM PST by joesbucks
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To: SuzyQue
No. He didn't sink to their level. A lot of conservatives operate at that level too. He should have included them. It would have been more genuine.

Instead he will claim apology while still making digs.

21 posted on 03/08/2012 1:59:53 PM PST by joesbucks
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To: Kaslin

Worst thing he could have done is apologized.

Fluke was a setup by Pelosi and company and it would have been nice if someone, during the questioning, if someone would have called her out then and there.

You could start by saying, “You’d be correct Ms Fluke, under Obamacare it would cost tax payers $3000 for contraceptives for 48 months which is about $62.50 per month or about 7 times more then it cost now. A typical government run program.”

Or call it like it is: “Ms. Fluke? Are you that damn stupid? or are you banging that many people?”


22 posted on 03/08/2012 2:04:14 PM PST by maddog55 (OBAMA: Why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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To: Kaslin
I have little doubt he thinks she’s a slut. Who doesn’t

At this point, I think most folks would doubt that. From the photos, she looks like a lesbian.

23 posted on 03/08/2012 2:12:14 PM PST by SamuraiScot
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To: joesbucks

He wasn’t apologizing for other conservatives, as well he shouldn’t. You’re gonna feel what you’re gonna feel about it, though, so I think we’ve taken this as far as we can. Signing off...


24 posted on 03/08/2012 2:15:11 PM PST by SuzyQue
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To: joesbucks
That's good. Very good. It could use a little formatting, however.

I've seen only two better insults. One was on firehat.com but I can't find it.

The other was a letter to the Sultan of Turkey from the Cossack of Ukaraine which we had to recite word perfect to get into a fraternal organization of which I was once a member. The version we had to recite was a little racier than the version posted here, but it gives you a general idea.

25 posted on 03/08/2012 2:23:10 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SuzyQue
He wasn’t apologizing for other conservatives, as well he shouldn’t. You’re gonna feel what you’re gonna feel about it, though, so I think we’ve taken this as far as we can. Signing off...

I don't think he should be apologizing for others either. My point is it isn't only liberals who stoop to what he stooped to. And he should have called out that he lowered himself to what both conservative AND liberals do and that is too often step over the line. Of course that wouldn't have gone over well.

I see you're signing off. Be well.

26 posted on 03/08/2012 2:26:25 PM PST by joesbucks
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To: Kaslin
He did a couple of things in addition to apologizing. Yesterday, his staff went in and quietly redacted portions of the transcript from 2/29 about Fluke.

Today, they removed from the 2/29 and 3/1 show transcripts the entire segment about Fluke.

Those who are angry he apologized have something else to be angry about, but I think the lawyers did damage control.

27 posted on 03/08/2012 2:27:10 PM PST by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Cal Thomas needs to renew his prescription for his testosterone patch.


28 posted on 03/08/2012 2:30:30 PM PST by LeonardFMason
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To: cuban leaf
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29 posted on 03/08/2012 3:31:52 PM PST by Col Freeper (FR is a smorgasbord of Conservative thoughts and ideas - dig in and enjoy it to its fullest!)
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To: joesbucks

I think that covers it! I’d love to see R. L. Ermey do his ‘thing’ with it!


30 posted on 03/08/2012 4:18:45 PM PST by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it doesn't get any better than that!)
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To: joesbucks

The difference between the rhetoric of the Left and Right is that the Left engages in character annihilation (not merely assasination), whereas the Right points out the facts. Leftist rarely apologize, and when they do it is insincere because they are back to the vitriol and nastiness. Rush should not have apologized. He questioned if she was a slut, then said she wasn’t, and went further to characterize her as “round heeled”, meaning promiscuous.

Fluke is a operative who used contraceptives as a gateway to gender assignment surgery. She wants a Catholic university to give up its’ beliefs and pay for her contraceptives. Universities and colleges are for education, which she should do more of. But remember, she is a operative. Until this happened she was just another student, but Nancy Pelosi trotted her out. Connect the dots.


31 posted on 03/08/2012 4:25:20 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: luvbach1

That isn’t Fluke’s reason. She is a darling of the Left now. She was chosen for the limelight. No one knew her name last week, and then Nancy Pelosi trotted her out. Connect the dots.


32 posted on 03/08/2012 4:27:14 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: joesbucks

Joe, wrong again. Dishonesty is the hallmark of the Left, and you’ve demonstrated it quite well.

I am a former Liberal. Thank God I recovered!


33 posted on 03/08/2012 4:34:05 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: joesbucks

He didn’t stoop to anything. Read the transcript, then comment.


34 posted on 03/08/2012 4:36:56 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: NEMDF

Ever make a mistake? Or do you always walk on water? BTW, how many books have you sold, especially that Rush has contributed to?


35 posted on 03/08/2012 4:39:22 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: oneamericanvoice

When did Rush mention her goal was to be a gateway to gender assignment surgery?


36 posted on 03/09/2012 5:02:07 AM PST by joesbucks
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