Politico reported today that something is amiss at Rush Limbaugh’s website. The Limbaugh site has an archive. That archive has a search function. So, in theory, one should be able to go to Limbaugh’s site, search the archive for “sllut”, and get the transcribed comments he made about Sandra Fluke.
You would think.
Limbaugh’s original comments on February 28 were this:
“What does it say about the college coed Susan [sic] Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex.”
But, searching for “slut” in the Limbaugh transcript archive gets you “No results found. Please try another search.” Curious.
Let’s try searching “prostitute“.
That gets you a whole page full of results returned, but let’s poke into a couple of them. The original slandering of Sandra Fluke came in a February 28 segment titled “Butt Sisters are Safe from Newt and Rick“. If we click on that, we are whisked away to… a blank page.
Let’s try the followup piece from February 29, called “Left Freaks Out Over My Fluke Remarks“. Again, blank page.
The first question I would ask is, “Is Limbaugh removing evidence of what happened?” That makes little sense. There are videos and audio copies of it all over YouTube. Even on his own webiste, there are transcripts of other pieces from the show that reference the scandal. Like this one called “The Dumb Don’t Know They’re Dumb“. This one, in an Inception-like moment, quotes a sound bite that is playing Limbaugh’s sound bite about fluke. The archived transcript has all of that.
I could not find any other broken page references in the archive. Go give it a search yourself. Good luck. It is one of the most poorly-laid-out database searches I’ve seen. Not user-friendly at all.