Wait, -this- is what Rush was crying foul about? Making sure the question - "Do you stand by your statement or regret your statement?" gets asked?
I'm sorry, what, exactly, is the problem with getting an answer to that question? The man is running for President. Of the United States. He's said a number of things that, in my mind and the minds of many others, are pretty vile. Whether he was speaking out of emotion at a given point, and, after reflection, realizing he was in the wrong, would show a man that - even if he is not sincerely apologetic, can show that he can acknowledge that he has flaws which all humans share, and is both willing and capable of addressing them. A regretful statement would have done him some good in the eyes of some voters that he's not in a position to lose.
We've had mush for journalism in this country and we get one solid instance of it actually being executed and people flip. Then they go home and wonder why this country is such a mess, or blame it on 'the libruls'.