Rush Limbaugh Apologizes to Sandra Fluke For Calling Her a ‘Slut’

After a media and political firestorm, Rush Limbaugh issued an apology on Saturday for calling student Sandra Fluke a “slut” on his radio show this week.

Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, facing heavy criticism for branding a law student a "slut" over her remarks on President Barack Obama's new policy on contraception, apologized on Saturday. Photo: Rush Limbaugh/Facebook

The apology, posted on his website, said he did not mean to make a “personal attack” against Sandra Fluke.

The third-year law student had testified before Democrats in favor of President Obama’s new rule requiring employers to offer health insurance plans that cover birth control, reports Los Angeles Times.

“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,” the statement says.

“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?”

He continues: “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,” Limbaugh said in the statement.

Limbaugh first thrust himself into the center of the contraception debate on Wednesday when he called Fluke a “slut” on his radio show for arguing to Congress that the expense for her birth control should be covered by her employer’s health care plan.

He continued his attacks later saying that he “will buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want.”

Limbaugh was referencing the comment Foster Friess, a main financial backer of former Sen. Rick Santorum, made in February when he said the “gals” in “his day” put aspirin between their legs in lieu of contraception.

The furor prompted president Obama to call the Georgetown University student, Sandra Fluke, on Friday to express his support.

After learning of the president’s phone call during his radio show today, a day after he chided Fluke over her sex life, Limbaugh made a kissing noise with his lips and mocked Obama, tells ABC News.

“That is so compassionate. What a great guy,” Limbaugh said. “The president called her to make sure she’s OK. What is she, 30 years old? Thirty years old, student at Georgetown Law who admits to having so much sex she can’t afford it.”

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Obama called Fluke to “express his disappointment that she has been the subject of inappropriate personal attacks and to thank her for exercising her rights as a citizen to speak out on an issue of public policy.”

Meanwhile, Limbaugh’s show’s advertisers began to flee in droves, according to The Huff Post.

David Friend, who runs the online backup company Carbonite, issued a statement on his company’s website saying that Carbonite would no longer advertise with Limbaugh despite the host’s rare admission of regret.

“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,” CEO David Friend wrote.

“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.”

“Rush’s apology wasn’t actually an apology,” said Shaunna Thomas, a co-founder of UltraViolet, an online advocacy organization that does grassroots work on women’s issues.

“He did little more than continue to expose himself as the anti-woman and offensive media personality that he is. Our campaign to pressure advertisers to drop their sponsorship of his show will continue next week. ”

“No radio show that attacks women should be rewarded with advertising dollars. And more than 84,000 of our members who signed a petition in the last day agree,” he added.

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