RushLimbaugh.com appears to have removed parts of his radio transcripts from February 29 and March 1 in which he called Sandra Fluke a "slut" and demanded a sex tape as a thank you to taxpayers for subsidizing her birth control. The links to "Butts Sisters Are Safe From Newt and Rick" and "Left Freaks Out Over My Fluke Remarks" now show blank stretches of white space. On March 3, Limbaugh posted an apology on his website. On March 5, he apologized at length on his show. In between, he was not apologetic at all. It's the first round of insults and that bit of doubling down that appear to have been scrubbed.
The site still has the March 1 transcript "The Dumb Don't Know They're Dumb," in which Limbaugh plays a clip of CNN, which itself plays Limbaugh's "prostitute" line (a clip inside a clip, essentially). So the "slut" slur still appears on the site in some form. Limbaugh's now infamous words:
What does it say about the college coed Susan Fluke who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex, what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex.
The deleted sex tape demand was caught by Think Progress. Limbaugh said:
So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex. We want something for it. We want you post the videos online so we can all watch.
Here's the clip:
The pages were clearly working a few days ago -- several sites linked to them. We only noticed the pages were gone when a reader email sent us looking for the transcript. It had disappeared from the original source. The pages don't show up on the February 29 and March 1 archives, either, though links to them still exist on other transcripts related to the controversy.
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