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Rush Limbaugh apologizes — for vocabulary

Limbaugh just needs to work on the vocabulary. (Brian Jones/Associated Press)

“So Miss Fluke and the rest of you feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”

A good apology for those outrages could have been worded simply: “I sincerely apologize to Sandra Fluke.

But Limbaugh just couldn’t resist inserting verbiage — incriminating verbiage. This is the money line from the rambling statement he released yesterday:

I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.

Implication: Limbaugh doesn’t regret the meaning of what he said; doesn’t regret the associations he made; doesn’t regret impugning Fluke’s integrity across the country.

Just a word choice thing, huh? Well, Limbaugh is one of the country’s most careful choosers of words. How much longer will we let him broadcast his ”choices”?

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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