Rush Limbaugh Releases Statement Concerning Media Firestorm Around Sandra Fluke Comments
The Premiere Radio Network, syndicator of the Rush Limbaugh Program, released the following statement from Rush Limbaugh at 4p Central Time today:
For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. 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. 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? Will we be debating if tax payers 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.
ABC News Radio this afternoon reported that at least four national advertisers have pulled their commercials from Limbaugh's program in the aftermath of the comments.
Four sponsors have severed ties with Rush Limbaugh’s radio show after the outspoken host called law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute.”
LegalZoom, Quicken Loans, Sleep Number and The Sleep Train announced this week they were pulling all advertisements.