By Paul Porter
Life has been kind to Rush Limbaugh. He’s made a career of mocking, attacking, slandering and crossing the bar of sanity for over 20 years. With over 600 radio stations and a weekly audience of more than 20 million listeners Limbaugh’s roars have made a indelible mark on shaping pop culture.
In a wriiten statement on his website Limbaugh, sheepishly offered a apology to Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student that he attacked for three days.
“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.”.
Limbaugh’s description of his show illustrating the absurd with absurdity is much more telling. Absurdity is defined as “utterly or obviously senseless, illogical, or untrue; contraryto all reason or common sense; laughably foolish.”
Absurd is the Limbaugh apology. Pressure from advertisers has caused the normal roar of the Limbaugh lion to meow to protect advertiser revenue. The pattern of unwarranted ridicule is apparent. The occasional apology is predictable. The Limbaugh apology list is now becoming a habit. Rush Limbaugh’s apologies come with no remorse and more importantly no policy changes.
Until broadcast media changes a system that rewards “absurdity”, we can only expect more of the same. You can’t have it both ways, Rush. Never apologize for being you.