Posted by Jay Livingston
If there’s a lesson in the recent Rush Limbaugh flap it’s this: when you make a mistake, apologize – simply and, as nearly as you can, sincerely. Then STFU about it. Don’t complain, don’t make excuses, and don’t try to shift the blame, especially if you play for the team that claims to be all for personal responsibility.*
That’s not what Limbaugh is doing. His apology was lame, and now he’s making it worse. He’s still insisting that the only thing he did wrong was to use “those two words,” when what offended most people was the idea behind those words. After all, in his original attack Limbaugh carefully explained why those “slut” and “prostitute” were les mots justes. He just does not get it.**
Then, he blames the left. If it weren’t for those nasty lefties, he would never have “descended to their level.”
That was my error. I became like them, and I feel very badly about that. I've always tried to maintain a very high degree of integrity and independence on this program. Nevertheless, those two words were inappropriate.One of Limbaugh’s backers, James Taranto in the Wall Street Journal , goes even further in blaming the left. He says that the whole thing was a cleverly designed snare, long in the planning, that the Democrats engineered to trap the Republicans and pull a fast one on the public.
The kerfuffle was no fluke but a left-liberal set piece.If only.
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* This post is mostly speculation. I don’t know of any evidence on the effect of the various statements made in recent days.
** “Getting it” is a concept coined by the 1960s feminists, or as Limbaugh calls them Feminazis, a term he applies freely and without apology to women who disagree with him, from Sandra Fluke to the woman who is now the US Secretary of State.