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Does Rush Limbaugh’s apology put his ‘slut’ comment behind him? Not likely

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(Read caption) Rush Limbaugh speaks during a Miss America news conference at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas in 2010. Limbaugh has drawn fire from many directions for his depiction of a college student as a "slut" because she testified before Congress about the need for contraceptive coverage.

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You didn’t think Rush Limbaugh’s apology to Sandra Fluke for calling her a “slut” because of her comments about contraception would end the controversy, did you? In the middle of a presidential campaign? Of course not.

Anything involving sex, women’s rights, and the acid-tongued conservative radio broadcaster was bound to keep political partisans and the media stirring the pot for days, if not longer.

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When a Republican House committee chairman (Darrell Issa) denied Georgetown University law school student Sandra Fluke permission to speak at a hearing, minority Democrats quickly organized their own unofficial event at which Ms. Fluke talked about the importance of having contraception services covered under government-required health insurance plans.

Never one to waste an opportunity to attack liberal causes, Mr. Limbaugh took after Fluke – calling her a “slut,” a “prostitute,” and – one of his personal favorites – a “feminazi.” He also suggested that she make sex tapes and post them online “so we can all watch.”

Outrage ensued on the left, grudging criticisms of Limbaugh on the right – some from Republicans known to have apologized to Limbaugh when he took them to task for not being sufficiently conservative.

To Democrats, it was proof of the GOP’s “war on women.”

Advertisers on Limbaugh’s syndicated radio show, heard by millions every day, began jumping ship.

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