“No one with daughters the age of Sandra Fluke, and I have two, could possibly abide the insult and abuse heaped upon this courageous and well-intentioned young lady. Mr. Limbaugh, with his highly personal attacks on Miss Fluke, overstepped any reasonable bounds of decency. Even though Mr. Limbaugh has now issued an apology, we have nonetheless decided to withdraw our advertising from his show. We hope that our action, along with the other advertisers who have already withdrawn their ads, will ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse.” – A Statement from David Friend, CEO of Carbonite, Posted on Facebook
This is what happens when you do your work without being involved or engaged in the world around you. Few inhabit the rarefied air of what has been Rush Limbaugh’s perch. Caught in his 1% bubble, Limbaugh missed the new century dawning and new generations rising, as well as new media taking over where right-wing radio used to reign.
Rush Limbaugh stepped well over the line this time and like the medium that made him king, his power has plummeted.
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 taxpayers 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.
It is preposterous for Rush Limbaugh to write he “did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.” He’s been doing personal attacks for 20 years. The problem this time is he was called out in a climate he no longer recognizes, at a point in time where he no longer holds power, except in radio and Republican circles, which will never be the same as it was.