(WASHINGTON POST) — Did Rush Limbaugh just have his Don Imus Moment?
With more sponsors bailing and Republican lawmakers adding to the condemnation of the talk-show host on Sunday, the flap over Limbaugh’s comments about a Georgetown law student are beginning to look like radio history repeating itself.
Limbaugh apologized Saturday in an online statement for describing Sandra Fluke, the student who had spoken at a Democratic panel in support of insurance coverage for birth-control costs, as “a slut” and “a prostitute” on his radio program — criticism he intensified a day later by saying Fluke should post videos of her sexual activity online “so we can see what we’re getting for our money.”
His statement Saturday — saying that his “choice of words was not the best” and that he was attempting to be humorous — amounted to a rare act of contrition for Limbaugh. But it only served to intensify the backlash against him, including from among his conservative allies.