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Limbaugh apologized on Saturday for calling Fluke "a slut" on his show last week, after she spoke out on the Obama administration's birth control mandate for religious employers. Bozell, who referred to the ensuing controversy as "the pickle our friend Rush Limbaugh has been in," launched istandwithrush.org to show support for the embattled host, who Bozell says "has been singled out and condemned across the board by the national media."
"Let's all agree Rush crossed a line. He agrees. He has also apologized profusely, but the left wont accept an apology," Bozell says in a video on the site.
The left never gets mad when one of its own says something outrageous about women, Bozell argues, pointing to Bill Maher, who "called Sarah Palin, a dumb -- excuse me -- a dumb twat."
"Make no mistake about it -- there is a concerted effort under way to remove Rush Limbaugh from the airwaves. To remove all conservative voices from the airwaves. And the liberal media are putting all of their weight behind it," Bozell says.
The site also asks supporters to sign a petition pledging their support to Limbaugh:
I stand with Rush Limbaugh and appreciate the massive contribution that he has made to the conservative movement and our nation over the last 25 years. Rush has apologized. But the radical left will never accept it because they despise him and want him off the air. I condemn attempts by radical left-wing organizations and the media to censor Rush and his commonsense conservative message.
Bozell -- recently seen calling President Obama "a skinny, ghetto crackhead" -- has also written an op-ed on FoxNews.com on Limbaugh, saying that "liberals want this government-mandate controversy to be not about religious liberty, which is devastating, but about contraceptives, which works in their favor."
"To the Left," he writes, "this is simply an opportunity to put their attacks on religious liberty in a feminist frame, and an opportunity to try and shut down Limbaugh. It is all about censorship and hypocrisy."