Sunday, March 4, 2012

Rush's utterly inadequate apology, continued

In Part 1, we started breaking down Rush's "apology" which fails to show any actual contrition. Now, the thrilling conclusion:
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?
Well, yeah! If you can save $100 in health care spending by spending $50 on shoes, it would be silly to not do it. But that's more of an argument about the issue, not Rush's insult, so it's not particularly relevant. Except that Rush took over half of his "apology" to defend his position on the issue, not to just apologize and move on. Rush continues:
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.
Again, it's not our side that sought to carve out special rules for one particular type of medicine. And it's not only a matter of anyone's bedroom. Rush, Georgetown and other conservatives are unreasonably focused on the sexual/reproductive aspect of these medications. As Ms. Fluke testified, and as Kerri pointed out on Facebook, there are other reasons for a woman to need hormonal therapy. Rush concludes:
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.
Rush seems to think that the only thing he's done wrong here is using the particular words "slut" and "prostitute". It is the choice to personally attack a young woman, and that he demonstrates a complete lack of knowledge of the subject. It was not a poor word choice, but a conscious decision to repeatedly, over the course of several days, slander an honorable woman who has done nothing more than passionately advocate for her classmates.

His demonstrated lack of understanding of what he has done wrong, and his failure to show true contrition, makes his "apology" meaningless. I will continue to boycott any and all of his sponsors, as well as Clear Channel radio stations, until he shows actual understanding, gives a real apology, and takes steps to keep from repeating the behavior in the future.

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