Commentary: Rush Limbaugh’s Misguided Attacks

Commentary: Rush Limbaugh’s Misguided Attacks

Rush Limbaugh issued an apology to a Georgetown law student for his slanderous remarks, but he set his eyes on a new group to malign: rappers.

Published March 6, 2012

If you’ve been paying attention at all to the news lately, you’ve undoubtedly heard about Rush Limbaugh being reprehensible again, but this time there’s a twist: He not only besmirched a female university student, now he’s set his tirade against young Black men. 


Even after seeing his advertisers dwindle despite his groveling  — he did issue an apology to Sandra Fluke after a lot of pressure  — Limbaugh won't go down without a fight. His next victim now that his “slut” attack didn’t work? Rappers


Limbaugh wants everyone to know that his personal attacks on a single woman should be acceptable because hip hop stars say worse all the time. “Talk about a double standard,” Limbaugh said to his listeners on Monday. “Rappers can say anything they want about women [and] it’s called art. And they win awards.”


Just like a bully who can’t take criticism, when he can’t shout at women anymore, he turns the “blame” to someone else.


As you’ve probably heard, it all started last week, when Limbaugh slandered Georgetown law student Fluke on his highly rated radio show after she testified in support of the Obama administration’s health care coverage plans, also calling her a “prostitute” because she said she had trouble affording birth control as a student with limited income. 


Outrage about Limbaugh’s comments came immediately, with activists calling for a boycott of Limbaugh’s show. While Limbaugh himself seemed content to ignore the activists, when advertisers like Carbonite started dropping his show, that’s when he took action and asked for forgiveness.


“In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke,” wrote Limbaugh in an apology. “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.”


Many people naturally felt Limbaugh was being insincere. A spokesperson for UltraViolet, a nonprofit dedicated to women’s rights issues, told the Huffington Post, “Rush's apology wasn't actually an apology. He did little more than continue to expose himself as the anti-woman and offensive media personality that he is.”


The harmful words he blurted out are not easily forgotten.  Limbaugh had entire outpourings of disparagement for Fluke, including this crude verbal assault: “[I]f we're going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”


Though the conservative firebrand is no stranger to controversy, what’s rare is for him to actually apologize for his offensive ranting.  Now he’s whining about the backlash not being fair.


How will he make amends to rappers by comparing his comments to theirs?  Stay tuned for the ongoing whiny saga.


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Written by Cord Jefferson


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