Sandra Fluke on “The View”: Rush’s apology “changes nothing”

posted at 2:37 pm on March 5, 2012 by Tina Korbe

While Laura Ingraham waits for an encouraging call from the president to compensate for MSNBC’s Ed Schultz calling her a “slut,” “reproductive justice” activist Sandra Fluke rejects Rush Limbaugh’s sincere expression of regret for calling her the same:

The Georgetown law student who drew an apology from Rush Limbaugh this weekend after the conservative radio host called her a “slut” on his show said that his public apology wasn’t sufficient during an appearance on ABC’s “The View” today.

“I don’t think that a statement like this issued, saying that his choice of words was not the best, changes anything, and especially when that statement is issued when he’s under significant pressure from his sponsors who have begun to pull their support,” said the 30-year-old student, Sandra Fluke. …

Fluke said she has not heard from Limbaugh personally but added that she’s not hoping to speak with him.

“The statements he’s made about me over the air are personal enough, so I’d rather not have a personal phone call with him,” Fluke said.

Fluke has the luxury to reject his apology in large part because she has the support not only of the president himself, but of big-name advertisers who have exerted bully-like pressure on Limbaugh. (Even The View’s Whoopi Goldberg said she found the speed with which they were willing to abandon the radio host to be disturbing!)

At this point, while it’s plausible that Rush apologized solely because he’s losing sponsors (as Fluke suggested), it’s also plausible that he has genuinely repented of his word choice. Limbaugh not only said he was sorry with a statement online, but he also opened his show today — his first on-air appearance since advertisers began to pull their support for his program — with a repeat apology, in which he made it clear that he violated his own personal broadcasting standards. In fact, he took a full 30 minutes to explain the entire episode to his listeners, including an explanation for why his advertisers left him (h/t The Right Scoop):

Ed said this weekend he thinks Rush was right to apologize, but I’m not so sure. He was wrong to use the word “slut” in the first place — it’s just a disgusting word that’s better left unsaid and Rush’s use of it conveniently played into the leftist narrative that conservative men are misogynistic (i.e. it was both tasteless and strategically stupid of Rush to say it) — but his apology makes it seem as though he did something wrong by expressing his opinion about a legitimate subject of national commentary.

Folks have made the argument that Rush’s “personal attack” was somehow different than similar name-calling directed to the likes of Laura Ingraham, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. The argument typically goes something like this: Sarah Palin et. al. are public figures, while Sandra Fluke is a private citizen. But, in this instance, Fluke isn’t exactly a “private citizen.” She’s a seasoned activist who introduced the subject of Georgetown law students’ sex lives to the national debate about the Obama administration’s religious-liberty-violating contraception mandate.

Indeed, her unwillingness to accept Rush’s apology underscores that she’s far from a naive private individual who unexpectedly found herself at the center of a national controversy; she made it clear by her remarks on The View that she’s prepared to stoke this controversy as long as she derives a benefit from it. As long as advertisers continue to withdraw support for Limbaugh and the left continues to rally around Ms. Fluke, she’ll milk his remarks for all they’re worth.

The answer: Let’s stop giving Fluke the benefit of this controversy. Let’s keep the focus where it belongs and patiently continue to correct the misimpression (a.k.a. lie) that conservatives want to ban contraception. Nobody wants to ban contraception, but the Obama administration does want to force religious employers who object to contraception on religious grounds to pay for employee health insurance that includes coverage for contraception. It’s to that mandate that conservatives are politically opposed. Some conservatives are also personally opposed to contraception and to sexual promiscuity — but they’re not seeking to change the culture through the government. It’s progressives who prescribe government solutions to cultural ills and, in the process, jeopardize important freedoms.

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FdUp might be simpler.

Resist We Much on March 6, 2012 at 8:05 AM

EIEIO would be simpler.

theCork on March 6, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Let’s go all the way back to that old audio capture of Barack Obama, who claimed that the Constitution is too limited in that it listed what the government cannot do rather than what it should do. The Left is making claims for “rights” such as government-guaranteed health care or health insurance that in this specific case mandates contraceptive services. The Left presumes that rights are derived from the State, the government, not that the government is limited by the people’s inherent rights.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg made that distinction clear when she said that our Constitution is not the preferred model because it did not defined rights more broadly.

The issues with this whole brouhaha in which Fluke is the means to an end, a tool for unraveling the intent of our Constitution, are the trumping of limited government as opposed to expansionist government intruding on personal freedoms and the destruction of First Amendment rights of freedom of speech (silencing critics of government overreach) and freedom of religion (silencing opponents of conscience-quelling).

Dimwits like Fluke are ceding to the federal government the power to make reproductive decisions by forcing taxpayers or insurance carriers through government mandate the payers of population control. We know that the “green” activists see population as a threat to eco-sustainability and that the “health law” writers see population manipulation as a means of containing costs. How much power do these fools want to give to an impersonal bureaucracy?

onlineanalyst on March 6, 2012 at 10:10 AM

She is not talking about condoms, she is talking about the birth control pill taken monthly to control periods.

antisense on March 6, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Not even Seasonale is taken monthly.

Besides, contraception, where medically-indicated, is covered under the GU health plan, as Ms Fluke admitted.

Resist We Much on March 6, 2012 at 11:34 AM

She is not talking about condoms, she is talking about the birth control pill taken monthly to control periods.

antisense on March 6, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Then she is talking about a palliative care, for which there are even cheaper medications available.

You have still failed to justify why she needs $1000 a year in pills, and you have especially failed to justify why we should be paying for it.

Voyager on March 6, 2012 at 6:00 PM


Do you begin to see why may of us opposed Obamacare? Your body is not your own: if I am paying for it, then I have an obligation to ensure that you are not misusing or abusing it, same as Ms. Fluke.

If you thought the culture wars were bad, you have no clue what’s coming next.

Voyager on March 6, 2012 at 6:08 PM

So this skankazoid says that Rush Limbaugh’s apology isn’t good enough? Well of course she feels that way. How else will this flash-in-the-pan Libtard-Du-Jour stretch her 15 minutes of fame out to 16 minutes?

The fact of the matter is that Mr Limbaugh made a real apology to Miss Fluke. He didn’t flounder around while making the apology. It was not a NON-APOLOGY APOLOGY(tm) that Democrats, Libtards, Enviro Industry scum and Professional Leftists are so fond of – example “IF I offended anybody for my disgusting, reprehensible comments, THEN I apologize”. Rather, Mr Limbaugh didn’t try to game the system with an IF-THEN apology – he flat out told her he apologized for his comments about her.

Therefore, one can only conclude that it smells fishy that Miss Fluke refuses to accept Mr Limbaugh’s apology. No one can say she’s doing this for the halibut hell of it.

CatchAll on March 6, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Fluke can go fluke herself. Nothing to add here.

Olo_Burrows on March 7, 2012 at 4:25 AM

Agreed, it doesn’t change the fact that she’s a slut.. and a shill for the contraceptive industry

jomondo44 on March 7, 2012 at 3:55 PM