In case you missed it---Yes, Rush Limbaugh apologized. But for what? Just for his choice of words. From his “statement” issued on Saturday: “I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.” Which is to say that he meant what he said about Sandra Fluke and her habits and inclinations. Just needed to phrase it a touch differently.
*Big Rush weekend: Paul Farhi of the Washington Post notes how Ed Schultz of MSNBC got rid of a similar problem — i.e., issue a real apology.
*Apology is “too little, too late,” says Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite:
Rush Limbaugh, conservative radio talk show host, attempted to silence women’s voices in the public square through sexual shaming. The early church did the same thing to Mary Magdalene, sexually shaming her in the 6th century, mistakenly calling her a prostitute, and effectively undercutting her spiritual authority.
But today, women are not Mary Magdalene, demeaned by church authority and made into the poster woman for the repentant prostitute.
*At least seven advertisers have pulled their support for Limbaugh’s show, reports the New York Times. The key point in this piece is that opponents of Limbaugh are having a bit of a problem determining just where the money for the show comes from. As the Times points out: “several lists [of advertisers], some inaccurate, are floating around the Web. Mr. Limbaugh’s own Web site appeared to have no actual advertisers on Sunday, only ads for its own online store of products.”
*Kirsten Powers writes in the Daily Beast, hey, hold on — there are all kinds of misogynists on the left of the political spectrum. What about those guys?
But if Limbaugh’s actions demand a boycott—and they do—then what about the army of swine on the left?
During the 2008 election Ed Schultz said on his radio show that Sarah Palin set off a “bimbo alert.” He called Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut.” (He later apologized.) He once even took to his blog to call yours truly a “bimbo” for the offense of quoting him accurately in a New York Post column.
That parenthetical there is telling. Schultz didn’t just apologize; he apologized in full, leaving little question about his contrition. Same cannot possibly said about Limbaugh’s demi-apology.
*On the non-Rush front, Soledad O’Brien asks House Majority Leader Eric Cantor about Iran. The question is whether he agrees with Mitt Romney that if Barack Obama is reelected, Iran will get a nuclear weapon. “Do you agree with that?” asks O’Brien. Cantor: “Well, I think the issue there is the fact that the president has said he doesn’t want Iran to become a nuclear power. . .”
O’Brien: “That’s a yes-or-no question!”
*Current TV launching new morning news block. From a news release:
Current TV today announced the launch of a new morning news block featuring live simulcasts of the radio programs “The Bill Press Show” from 6am-9am ET and “The Stephanie Miller Show” from 9am-12pm ET every weekday starting early this spring. These additions further strengthen Current’s line-up of political commentary and analysis programs which include “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” “The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur,” and “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm”.
“I’ve followed Stephanie and Bill for years. They provide the kind of smart, insightful news analysis that our viewers want to hear,” commented Current TV Chairman, Al Gore. “Bill brings a vital perspective directly from the heart of the Beltway, and Stephanie’s fresh take on politics and news has a decidedly outsider flair. We’re really looking forward to bringing their voices to our viewers.”
*Your daily dose of depressing news about newspapers.