Sandra Fluke Rush Limbaugh Apology Doesn’t Change Anything
March 28, 2012 by staff
Sandra Fluke Rush Limbaugh Apology Doesn’t Change Anything, Two days after Rush Limbaugh issued a tepid apology to Sandra Fluke, the woman whom he called a “sl*t” and a “prostitute” for her advocacy for expansion of access to birth control, Fluke dismissed Limbaugh’s statement as insufficient.
The 30-year-old Georgetown law student noted in a Monday appearance on “The View” that Limbaugh had only apologized for his choice of words, as she sought to refocus the discussion on access to contraceptives being a matter of women’s rights.
“I don’t think that a statement like this, issued saying that his choice of words was not the best, changes anything,” Fluke said. “Especially when that statement is issued when he’s under significant pressure from his sponsors, who have begun to pull their support from the show.”
Limbaugh’s apology – “I chose the wrong words in myanlogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke” – came after some advertisers, including Sleep Train, Sleep Number and Quicken Loans, had pulled their ads from his show.
Limbaugh again apologized on his show Monday, insisting that the apology had nothing to do with his lost advertisers. The apology was “heartfelt” and “sincere,” he said.
Before welcoming her to “The View,” hosts Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg took issue with the practice of advertisers pulling away from an entertainer whose opinions have offended some listeners.
Goldberg, referencing her past experience angering sponsors, said advertiser revolt was “a slippery slope.”
“If you don’t like something somebody’s saying, you have the right to protest, but to take away their livelihood, I think, is not the right way to go,” Goldberg said.
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