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Bill Maher Has Rush Limbaugh’s Back

Defends his apology on Twitter

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Controversies make for strange bedfellows, and the biggest controversy gripping the nation for the past week seems to be Rush Limbaugh making ill-advised comments on his radio show.

Rush Limbaugh? Saying something controversial? I know, the news came as a gigantic shock to me too. By now, I’m sure you’re aware of the comments that started all of this, so i’ll keep it brief: Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke testified to Congress in support of mandatory coverage of contraception as part of healthcare plans. Limbaugh went on the air and said that that equates to her wanting “to be paid to have sex” and that it makes her a “slut” and a “prostitute.”

He went on to say: “Ms. Fluke, and the rest of you femi-Nazis — here’s the deal: If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus, pay for you to have sex, we want something for it, and I’ll tell you what it is — we want you to post the videos online so we cal all watch.”

Classy.

The backlash was quick to accumulate and it was severe. And though it would be misleading to say that it came in equal doses from both sides of political aisle, criticism did come from all angles. Many looked to Republican leadership to denounce Rush’s comments. House Speaker John Boehner called the comments “inappropriate,” while GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that it “wasn’t the language that [he] would have used.”

Along with the criticism came the advertiser exodus. The first train carried off Quicken Loans, Sleep Number, Legal Zoom, and a few others. On the heels of all of this, Limbaugh issued an apology, saying “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.”

The apology failed to move some. A lot of the remaining criticism talked about Rush Limbaugh’s apology as a “non-apology.” Once again, the criticism still came from both sides.

But anyone with a brain can see that a larger anti-rush push is coming from the left. And here’s where Bill Maher comes in. Nobody could ever accuse Maher and Limbaugh of being pals, but on Tuesday the comedian came to his defense on Twitter:

Hate to defend #RushLimbaugh but he apologized, liberals looking bad not accepting. Also hate intimidation by sponsor pullout(image) 16 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

According to Media Matters, 38 advertisers have dropped Rush Limbaugh since his comments.

Full disclosure: I’m no Rush Limbaugh fan, and I don’t think that the Fluke comments we’re even close to as vile as some things that have come out of his mouth. But is Maher right? Whether or not you think Limbaugh’s apology was up to your sincerity standards or not, should we move on? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Bill Maher Has Rush Limbaugh’s Back
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  • LeveHeaded

    I think it’s quite possible that Maher, the educated, classy, high brow entertainer that Pavlovian liberals idolize, is quite cognizant of the etymology of the “newly apocalyptic” term sl_t.

  • Wphyatt

    I honestly think Rush Limbaugh has a mental problem and should be removed from the radio. I also believe that his sponsors have been waiting for an opportunity to cut ties with him and now they have it.

  • Susan

    Rush apologized for his word choice not for the content of his 3 day rant or his attack on women’s health and rights. What century is he living in? What he said was not entertainment or a joke to any woman. It was demeaning and vile. Any politician who choses to side with Rush over women will experience the consequences again come election time.
    PS I am not a liberal or a Democrat

  • Dave

    Rush Limbaugh’s so called apology was very patronizing. It only came to try to keep his sponsors. Yesterday Rush Limbaugh has moved on to another female target: investigative journalist Tracie McMillan. Trash radio & TV shows like Rush Limbaugh’s, Glen Beck and Bill O’Reilly have no place in a civilized country. It is hate media. No decent person would watch/listen to them!

  • Mike

    I’ve never listened to Limbaugh because there is this knob or button on the front of your radio labelled “power”, or alternatively “tuner”. If you press either Rush goes away. Beyond that he is protected by the first amendment just like Maher and can pretty much say anything except those seven words George Carlin ID’d for the FCC some time ago. Anything else is a witch hunt and hypocrisy. If you don’t like Rush, then don’t listen.

  • Charles

    I have listened to Limbaugh’s comments off and on for a number of years. He has always attempted to be fippent during his commentary. He has been very cleaver at hiding his prejudices during his remarks.
    I don’t care what he thought the Democracts were trying to do, his remarks and characterization of this lady were inexcusable. If Rush is to be considered a viable spokesperson for the left, then they are in trouble. He flat out lost it and in doing so he exposed himself. He did not express an intelligent opinion of the subject matter, but rather he exposed himself. If anyone believes his comments was other than a true reflection of the person and that he was merely trying to be funny or entertaining, then they should be encouraging him to try his hand at being a stand up comic. For all of you that feel he had a right to say what he did because of “freedom of speech”, then sit you children down and play the video for them and then try to tell them why rappers are so bad.

  • Brent

    I was actually listening when Rush made the comments. Most news outlets, especially all the ones in bed with Media Matters, have taken what he said out of context and chopped it up. Sandra Fluke was testifying before congress on the public record despite the republicans on the congressional committee having no idea who she was or why she was there. She then gave testimony on an issue that wasn’t even being discussed nor was she even properly vetted as to her credentials before appearing. Rush did the simple math of this woman claiming it cost 3000 dollars over three years for contraception, citing online retailers selling condoms for roughly a dollar a piece. The math breaks down to three sexual encounters every single day for three years using a condom every time. Anyone who demands that someone else pay for them to have sex is by definition a slut or prostitute. Rush was using satire and sarcasm in his comments and if you were listening or hear the entire narrative you can plainly hear that is what he was doing. Maher and others use worse language to directly call any conservative woman names. There is little comparison here. Plus, anyone that knows how radio and TV work, 40 sponsors on a national broadcast is nothing because there are over 1000 sponsors just for Rush and the affiliates that carry his show.

    Also, just for the record, Sandra Fluke’s math is horribly wrong or she is stupidly overpaying for birth control. The Walmart and Target near Georgetown both offer generic birth control pills for less than 10 dollars a month. Average exam cost is usually less than 100 dollars per yer. 300 for exams and 360 for pills over three years equals 660 dollars, not 3000.

    You should feel ashamed that the liberals trotted out Ms. Fluke as a kind of sacrificial pawn to advance a non-existant social issue like access to birth control. No one is saying birth control should be outlawed, they are saying that it is a matter of personal responsibility and not the employer, especially if they have a religious objection to it.

  • robert

    Too bad rush wasn’t aborted. A big fat mouthed idiot. Not worth the price of the powder to blow him away. He doesn’t sway me one bit, I won’t vote again until they abolish the electoral college. Democrats are no angels, sometimes the only good thing they have going is they’re not republicans. Kill Limbaugh!

  • Mike

    Whether you like Rush or hate him, he has every right to voice his opinion and say whatever he wants to say. I never thought i would agree with Bill Maher but he’s right. Also, if you have the right to come on here and bash Rush and say whatever you want, why doesnt he have the same rights as you. This is your medium as radio is his. If you dont like his views then turn your radio dial to another station, but go down on someone for using their first amendment rights.

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