Even after Rush Limbaugh apologized (on more than one occasion) for his ugly and intemperate language, even acknowledging (as well he should have) that he was “wrong” to call the reproductive rights activist a “slut,” some on the left will have none of it. Some of my friends on Facebook are still posting appeals to the conservative talker’s advertisers to cancel their contracts. The woman in question refuses to accept his apology.
In one thread, a woman distinguished this Rush’s case from that of Ed Schultz (who used the same term to describe conservative talker Laura Ingraham) because the left-winger “publicly apologized”. Now, Rush has done the same. Both men used ugly language. Both men acknowledged their mistake, yet some of our liberal friends persist in attacking the conservative.
Guess perhaps because only liberal apologies are accepted?
FROM THE COMMENTS: Rick67 explores what he dubs, the “unspoken assumption – and Ann Althouse helped me see this – is that there is some sort of consistent principle which the left applies”:
There isn’t. Other than the Goal. Everything else is ad hoc and contingent. Yesterday we have no problem with intemperate language – against conservatives. Today we are outraged by intemperate language – against leftists. Yesterday we offer an apology and that should be the end of it. Today we demand an apology and when you offer it it’s not good enough. Yesterday we’re outraged you didn’t include our pet activist in your hearing. Today she’s the only one speaking at our press conference.
The left is simply grabbing whatever rhetorical and emotional weapon is available for attacking anyone who would stand in the way of their agenda. So to say “only liberal apologies are accepted”, while maybe true, is to assume there’s some sort of consistent principle here. There isn’t. I think this whole episode has demonstrated that quite well.