Rush Limbaugh took to the airwaves again today and defended his public apology to Georgetown University law student, Sandra Fluke. On Saturday, Limbaugh posted a written apology on his website, stating that he apologizes for his use of words. Fluke, who pronounces her name as rhyming with ′duck′, rejected Limbaugh′s apology during her many media appearances in the past 3 days, including this morning on ABC′s ″The View.″ Limbaugh spent just over 30 minutes defending and explaining his apology, which he said was totally misrepresented by the Media. In short, Rush said that the main thing he did wrong was to adopt the tactic of the Left, saying something controversial about an individual, then attempting to hide behind his profession as a commentator-entertainer.

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Rush Limbaugh may have apologized to Sandra Fluke, but the controversy continues. Image Credit: Judy Eddy /

Limbaugh specifically said that he was wrong for using derogatory two words in describing Sandra Fluke. As we all know now, Fluke appeared on Capitol Hill at the invitation of Nancy Pelosi after Fluke was rejected as a witness in hearings held by Congressman Darrell Issa over the Obama administration regulations concerning birth control. With approval from the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a new regulation in late January which would have required private schools, hospitals, and other institutions owned and operated by religoius organizations, such as the Catholic Church, to provide contraceptive coverage to their employees as part of the Obama Care law. After an initial backlash caused by this War on Religion, the Obama administration allowed for waivers to this regulation to such employers. However, Obama still wants those insurance companies which have said churches as their clients to provide free contraceptives at their own cost.

The Democrats and Obama, along with their allies in the Media, then turned this into a mythical War against Women by Republicans. The stage for this had been set just two weeks earlier during the GOP presidential debate carried by ABC on January 7. George Stephanopoulos asked Mitt Romney about whether or not a state could ban the use of contraceptives? Romney looked puzzled by the question, since the subject had not been an issue at all, and responded that no state is considering doing anything like that.

The Issa hearing was of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which he is chairman of. The purpose was to explore into the matter of religious liberty, as protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Congressman Issa publicly stated that he supports a woman′s choice to use birth control and that the committee hearing was not about birth control but about the over-reach of power by the government to force churches, as well as insurance companies, to provide free contraceptives irregardless of a church′s religious doctrines, or in the case of insurance companies, the economic costs. Democrat members of the committee placed Sandra Fluke on the list for being a witness, but she was rejected as the committee was unable to vet her and develop a line of questioning in a timely fashion.

As we learned later, thanks to interviews Fluke, 30, gave herself, she is a social activist, having worked for a time with the Sanctuary for Families, a non-profit organization based in NYC, along with other groups focused on domestic violence. She told the Washington Post that 3 years ago, she enrolled specifically at Georgetown University, which is run by the Catholic order of Jesuit priests, because of their health insurance policy which did not cover free contraceptives. Since enrolling, she has worked on the issue of birth control at the school, as well as on domestic violence and human trafficking.

On February 27, Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats held a hearing of their own one week after Issa′s, allowing Fluke to give her testimony. Fluke claimed that the cost to her for contraceptives was as much as $100 per month. That such birth control could cost a student $3,000, ″in some cases″, during a three-year time frame. She advocated support of regulation or legislation which would require all private insurance plans to provide contraceptives.

The following day, Rush Limbaugh picked up on this from a story by Cyber News Service, which essentially described Sandra Fluke as complaining about the cost of birth control coverage. Limbaugh posed the question that what does one call a woman who wants to be paid for having sex, and he answered using two terms to describe such, ″slut″ and ″prostitute″, which then led to the firestorm. Rush often uses absurdity to make a point, and once again he did so. The immediate reaction by the Media was to attack Limbaugh for his language. This then led Rush to continue discussing the matter on Thursday and Friday, March 1 and 2, which only infuriated the Far-Left Media even further. On Friday, Barack Obama stepped into the fray, calling Sandra Fluke and giving her his support.

Needless to say, the Far-Left did what it always does, attack commercial sponsors of shows they do not like. By Saturday, March 3, six had dropped their advertising accounts with Limbaugh. Rush issued his apology at some point during Saturday, stating that his use of words was wrong. But he still held his ground that he does not believe that the federal government has the authority to force a religious institution to provide for any insurance coverage which goes against their religious beliefs. Nor does Limbaugh think it was appropriate for Obama to inject himself into the matter, although, in reality, Obama has been pulling the strings all along.

So for the first three or so segments of today′s opening monolog, Rush Limbaugh repeated his apology to Sandra Fluke, and explained in great detail the error he made in using the two words that he did. He boldly held his ground, defending his overall position on the larger subject of government over-reach into the practices of religious institutions and private enterprise. Limbaugh said his other major mistake was adopting the tactics of the Far-Left, for which he seeks forgiveness from his audience. And forgive him they did! Call after call supported Rush. As for the advertisers abandoning his radio show, the number is now nine. But no worries, as many more are lined up to replace them. Those advertisers may soon find themselves with sagging sales, since Limbaugh′s listeners represent the 50.5% of the country who actually have jobs and can afford to buy that which the advertisers sell.