Guest: Representative Tim Ryan

By The Ed Show, The Ed Show - March 5, 2012

Guests: Krystal Ball, Richard Wolffe, Terry O`Neill, Joan Walsh, Rep. Tim Ryan, Howard Fineman, John Nichols

ED SCHULTZ, HOST: Good evening, Americans. And welcome to THE ED SHOW tonight from New York.

Rush Limbaugh`s fake apology was rejected by Sandra Fluke. And the king of conservative talk is bleeding advertisers. Conservatives are attacking me over this controversy? I`d say, bring it on. I`ll set the record straight tonight.

This is THE ED SHOW -- let`s get to work.


RUSH LIMBAUGH, RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: Those two words were inappropriate. They were uncalled for.

SCHULTZ (voice-over): Rush Limbaugh has issued an apology and the woman he victimized isn`t buying it.

SANDRA FLUKE, GEORGETOWN UNIV. LAW STUDENT: I don`t think that a statement like this issued saying that his choice of words was not the best changes anything.

SCHULTZ: NOW`s Terry O`Neill on Rush Limbaugh`s attempt at an apology. Democratic strategist Krystal Ball on the latest on the boycott.

Plus, "Salon`s" Joan Walsh and Richard Wolffe on the sorry Republican response to Limbaugh`s sorry remarks.

Ohio Governor John Kasich is refusing federal disaster relief for his state and Democrats accused him of playing politics. Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan is furious and he`ll weigh in.

And it`s Super Tuesday eve, Mitt Romney`s campaign just keeps getting goofy.

MITT ROMNEY (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Born on a mountaintop in Tennessee, greenest state, the land of the free, raised in the woods so he knew every tree.

SCHULTZ: We`ll have all the latest on the state of the race with "The Nation`s" John Nichols, and political analyst Howard Fineman.

ROMNEY: And he killed himself a bear when he was only three. Davy, Davy Crockett. Remember that? That`s --


SCHULTZ: Good to have you with us, folks. Thanks for watching.

Breaking news off the top: a second station has just decided to drop the Rush Limbaugh radio show. Could it be the tip of the iceberg?

For the last three days of last week, Rush Limbaugh has had no remorse about attacking a 30-year-old law student, Sandra Fluke. He called her some of the worst names imaginable and assaulted her character. When Rush started losing sponsors, he finally said he was sorry. But he didn`t really apologize for what he had actually done.

Today, he said he attacked Sandra Fluke because he was using the strategy of the left.


LIMBAUGH: This is the mistake I made. In fighting them on this issue last week, I became like them. Against my own instincts, again my own knowledge, against everything I know to be right and wrong, I descended to their level when I used the two words to describe Sandra Fluke. That was my error.


SCHULTZ: The words were slut and prostitute.

Rush is pretending these are the only two things he called Sandra Fluke? As if it was just a slip of the tongue?


LIMBAUGH: Those two words were inappropriate. They were uncalled for. They distracted from the point that I was actually trying to make.

And I again sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for using those two words to describe her. The apology to her over the weekend was sincere. It was simply for using inappropriate words, in a way I never do.


SCHULTZ: Folks, let`s remove all the political spin and look at the facts. This was no slip of the tongue. It was not a one-time mistake. This was a three-day attack for nine hours of broadcasting.


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