24 Years of Limbaugh Apologies
Rush apologizes rarely, and usually without enthusiasm
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2012 8:28 AM CST
In this Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh speaks during a Miss America news conference in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau, Brian Jones)

(Newser) – Rush Limbaugh's apology yesterday for calling a law student a "slut" surprised many—after all, he doesn't give out many mea culpas. And even when he does, he doesn't really put a lot of heart into most of them. So BuzzFeed takes a look at Limbaugh's six most notable apologies over the years:

  • 1988, Amy Carter: Limbaugh blamed Carter's anti-American protests as a university student for inspiring him to call her "the most unattractive presidential daughter in the history of the country." That insult earned him a rebuke from a truly formidable source—his mom. He later said he "didn't mean it."

  • 1992, Chelsea Clinton: Limbaugh famously called Chelsea the "White House dog," which first generated a fake apology ("How can I make amends to you for what I just did? I can spank myself."). A more sincere-ish one followed: "I don't need to get laughs by commenting on people's looks, especially a young child who's done nothing wrong," he said. "I mean, she can't control the way she looks. And we really, we do not do that on this kind of show."
  • 2003, Donovan McNabb: After suggesting that the media just wanted a black person to do well as quarterback, Limbaugh resigned from his stint as a commentator on ESPN and offered a semi-apology: "This opinion has caused discomfort to the crew, which I regret," he wrote. "I love NFL Sunday Countdown and do not want to be a distraction to the great work done by all who work on it."
For the full list, including one "oops" that inspired Limbaugh to admit he had no knowledge of Curious George, check out the BuzzFeed story here.