AOL and Tax Resolution joined the seven others advertisers who pulled their ads from the Rush Limbaugh show. Local advertisers in specific areas, like Hadeed Carpet and Rug in the Washington area, have severed ties with the local shows aired by Limbaugh’s network.
In spite of the fall-out from his attack on Sandra Fluke, Limbaugh continues his rampage, but under the guise of an “apology.” In spite of saying that his apology was “heartfelt,” there was no remorse in his comments, and in fact he used this opportunity to drive his point home.
1. Limbaugh suggested that he acted like liberals, and that “In fighting (liberals) on this issue, I became like them.” He said “Don’t be mad at them, that’s what they do.” It was reminiscent of Sarah Palin suggesting she had been a victim of “Blood Libel” when Gabby Giffords was shot. Instead of apologizing to women, Limbaugh suggested that women had called people offensive names as a result of the controversy surrounding funding of contraceptives. If you watch Sandra Fluke’s testimony, you will note she did NOT call anyone a name, and was extremely professional in her presentation.
2. As if to say “F**k you” Limbaugh posted on his web site on March 3rd, a comment regarding advertisers who had pulled their ads, he said:
“They decided they don’t want you or your business anymore. . . . We’ll replace them.”
Then on March 5th, yesterday, he posted an entire article on his web site, encouraging his listeners for boycott those companies who had discontinued their advertisements. Further polarizing people he wrote:
“Don’t Worry, Folks: Advertisers Who Don’t Want Your Business Will Be Replaced”
RUSH: Advertisers who have split the scene have done very well due to their access to you, my audience, from this program. To offer their products and services to you through this venue is the best opportunity that they have ever had to advertise their wares. Now they’ve chosen to deny themselves that access, and that’s a business decision, and it’s theirs alone to make. They’ve decided they don’t want you or your business anymore. So be it.
3. Limbaugh never tried to contact Ms. Fluke personally. Limbaugh never said he was sorry, only that his choice of words was “not the best”.
4. Among those condemning Limbaugh on Monday was radio host Don Imus, who lost his radio and TV jobs in 2007 for making insulting remarks about a women’s college basketball team. Said Imus on his morning program: “He owns a Gulfstream 4. Get on it, go to Washington, take her to lunch and say, ‘Look, I’m sorry I said this stuff,’ and never do it again, period. Now, he’s an insincere pig, pill-popping pinhead.” That’s a pretty strong condemnation coming from Don Imus.
5. On March 3, 2012 Rush issued a “Statement” that was printed on his web site. He used this as an opportunity to once again make his position known, that American taxpayers should not pay for birth control and equated paying for birth control pills to paying for “these social activities.”
He wasn’t talking about reimbursement for his Viagra.
5. Yesterday, March 5th, he posted several other articles on the web site:
a. “Obama’s Trouble with Women Voters Led to This Contraception Distraction”
b. “How Feminism Screwed Up the Sexes”. In this enlightened commentary, Rush referred to the women who have advocated re-imbursement for contraceptive care as a case of “victimology.” Limbaugh stated the women are “trying to turn us into predators.” He then explained himself:
“But it’s all victimology and you hit the nail on the head when you used the term “social engineering.” That’s what feminism is ultimately about and it did start with the premise that men and women are the same, and the only thing that makes women subservient to men is that men have run things, so we gotta get rid of men running ’cause we’re gonna run things. Was it Betty Friedan who wrote The Feminine Mystique? When that book came out 30 or 40 years ago, the myth was that Betty Friedan was a Long Island housewife, minding her own business, finally just outraged by what she was seeing happen to women. This was in the sixties. It later was discovered, much later, not that it mattered then, but she was not just a Long Island housewife going to the store for milk and eggs every day. She was a full-fledged activist.”
Limbaugh said: “…so Joe Scarborough thinks that the Republican Party has descended into depths unseen since Watergate with all this, something that’s fake, totally trumped up, not real. Now, the perception is that it’s real, but it isn’t real. The Republicans do not want to do what they’re being accused of doing. They don’t want to deny anybody contraception.”
The unmistakable message is that Limbaugh is not sorry. Instead of sending a message of apology, he is simply using this national attention to repeat his message. An “apology” by definition is an acknowledgment expressing regret or asking pardon for a fault or offense.http://www.thefreedictionary.com/apology In no way has Rush Limbaugh indicated regret or asked for pardon for his offensive behavior. The message of the rants of the last few days is that he continues to feel as strongly as he did on Wed., that he believes Sandra Fluke is a “feminnazi,”that women are playing the “victim” card, and that Mr. Limbaugh’s attitude toward anyone who disagrees with him is “F**k you.”