Axelrod: Limbaugh’s quasi-apology spread falsehoods

By Eric W. Dolan
Sunday, March 4, 2012 12:58 EDT
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David Axelrod on This Week
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Senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod on Sunday accused conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh of continuing to spread lies even as he apologized to a Georgetown University law student that he called a “slut.”

“I think what Rush Limbaugh said about that woman was not only vile and degrading to her, but to women across the country,” he said on ABC’s This Week.

“The other thing about the Limbaugh story that I think is important is that it was predicated on a lie,” Axelrod continued. “The lie is that somehow she was asking that taxpayers pay for contraception. The policy is that in basic insurance policies, contraception, contraceptive services, birth control should be included.”

“Even in his sort of quasi-apology last night, Mr. Limbaugh continued that falsehood.”

After facing a public backlash and losing a number of sponsors, Limbaugh on Saturday apologized to Sandra Fluke, whom he had insulted because of her testimony to Congress about contraception.

“I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities,” Limbaugh said in a statement on his website. “What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? 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?”

In her testimony, Fluke described how Georgetown’s insurance policy failed to cover hormonal contraceptives that are used to treat polycystic ovarian syndrome.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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