Rush Limbaugh Needs Lessons in how to Apologize

Posted on March 7, 2012

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Don't play games. Just say you are sorry.

The furor surrounding Rush Limbaugh over his comments about law student Natalie Fluke have continued as more advertisers have pulled their support from the show.

One person who has actually shown some support for Limbaugh is Bill Maher the liberal comedian who hosts “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO.

While many people are surprised by this, if you look at what Maher tweeted, “Hate to defend #RushLimbaugh but he apologized, liberals looking bad not accepting. Also hate intimidation by sponsor pullout,” it all makes sense.

Maher has said a number of things over the years he has had to apologize publicly for. Just because he’s a liberal doesn’t mean he hasn’t crossed the line and said things he’s had to take back. So it’s no surprise that from his point of view, it’s disconcerting if apologies stop working.

The key however, is that Limbaugh’s apology rings hollow primarily because he went back to ripping on Fluke a day later. Following his apology, when Limbaugh learned Fluke had received a call from President Obama he said, “The president called her to make sure she’s OK. What is she, 30 years old? Thirty years old, student at Georgetown Law who admits to having so much sex she can’t afford it.”

He also discussed the trendy new right-wing conspiracy theory that Fluke had intentionally gone to Georgetown in an effort to get the school to provide contraception and derided her testimony as consisting of vague examples.

The truth is, whether Limbaugh consciously decided to keep discussing the issue because he feels all publicity is good publicity or his ego just won’t allow him to shut up, what he needed to do was drop the subject.

When you have an argument with your significant other that gets to the point of apology you don’t keep trying to make your point. You say you are sorry and let it go. Maybe revisit the idea at another time when things have calmed down if you must but when you say you are sorry, drop it.

Of course, this may explain why Limbaugh has been married three times. He has no idea how to apologize effectively which, in today’s world of sensitivity and political-correctness, is a skill every host should have.

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