Rush Limbaugh made some comments about a young lady who stood in front of Congress to explain why the Jesuit affiliated college she is attending should be forced to go against their firmly held, consistent beliefs against birth control and provide it to their students. One of the specific comments was that contraception costs $3000 a year, leading Rush to speculate about how much activity this women and those going through that much birth control a year are engaging in. The left and the media (redundant I know) pounced, some sponsors bailed, and Rush took the high road and apologized.
I absolutely believe there was no good reason for him to do so, for several reasons. First, the man was expressing an opinion. Where did we get this ignorant idea that everyone's opinions have to be nice, or even that we have to accept those opinions? I work in a prison, and get all kinds of nasty words thrown about referring to me and the other C.O.'s, kitchen workers, teachers, and every other employee. Do I get to raise a stink to earn a apology? Do I deem the comments worth even reacting to 99% of the time? Do their words really mean a hill of beans to me? The answer to all three is no. Ms. Fluke went publicly in front of Congress, and made some very bold statements about a controversial issue, among those statements some of questionable validity, like the $3K annual cost, or the idea that these students and employees have no other option for their birth control methods then through their school, who is opposed to such things.
The second reason is very related. Google Bill Maher and Sarah Palin, then Louis C.K. and Sarah Palin. Those are just two examples of some of the sick, nasty things that have been spewed at Palin by left leaning folks, and only examples of what was thrown at her, never mind the horrible things said about other conservative and Christian individuals. Then you can easily delve into viscous attacks on organizations, ideology and people groups from various individuals, groups, media organizations, ect. Where are the demands for apologies and sponsors fleeing from them and front page news stories? It's the hypocrisy and doublethink out of these people that makes them undeserving of any apology.
Thirdly, the people demanding the apology refuse to accept it. Everywhere you look, commentators are saying Rush only apologized to save his show, it was meaningless, he was just lying. I hate to break it to folks, but Rush could probably walk away from his show today and never have to look back financially. His show is the top market share, and has a list of people wanting to be advertisers that runs around the block. According to the man himself, some of the "leaving" sponsors have already asked to come back, and I'll bet a huge stack of bills that if you keep track of those lists of advertisers "blacklisting" Limbaugh, in six months to a year tops, they will be right back on the EIB network, because few companies, no matter what their professed political leanings may be, are going to turn their back on having their product exposed to that many people in one fell swoop. Back on track, even Fluke herself, the only person the apology really should matter to, said it doesn't change anything, and she hopes Limbaugh doesn't try to contact her directly for a personal apology (See here)
Rush did the right thing. I'm glad he did. I'm glad he was a big enough man to overlook these and many other reasons that I'm sure he and others could think of and issue an apology for his words. As an individual, the apology is always the right thing to do. But I will say I think he could have used the opportunity to highlight the hypocrisy of his detractors as well as their pettiness. Of course both shine through even in light of his apology. But neither will garner anywhere near the attention of the event itself.