I like it when the thought police, the language cops and the political correctness
enforcers pounce on an utterance and declare it illegal? No, I hate
it. Am I delighted to see Rush Limbaugh attacked, ridiculed and forced
out of his ESPN gig? Absolutely. Justice is being served.
-- Dick Meyer, CBSNews.com editorial director, revealing his liberal bias, as well as his sheer joy, in Rush Limbaugh’s personal suffering
15 years, the Left and their vituperative moles in the liberal media have
been waiting to find the Achilles’ heel of top conservative talk radio host
Rush Limbaugh. Unfortunately, ever since these liberal media vultures
heard what it was from Limbaugh himself, they’ve been circling around their
newly discovered Republican prey.
Fueled by a mixture of seething hatred and uncontainable joy, leftist reporters
from across the country are probably giving each other high-fives and throwing
confetti in full-scale Schadenfreude over Limbaugh’s October 10 confession
of prescription drug addiction.
Undoubtedly, leftists like Eric Alterman, Michael Kinsley, Joe Conason and
Molly Ivins couldn’t run to their keyboards fast enough to crank out their
acerbic boilerplate distortions, designed solely to jump-start their latest
24/7 conservative witch hunt.
In fact, news of Limbaugh’s plight spread like wildfire, mercilessly dominating
the headlines as they immediately stepped up their acid attacks against Limbaugh,
who’s still reeling from their first politically motivated ambush: the October
2 carpet-bombing over Limbaugh’s non-racial comments that were specifically
directed at the sports media.
Despite Democrats and their media allies charging Republicans with playing
the alleged “politics of personal destruction” card when Bill Clinton was
impeached in 1998 for lying under oath to a federal grand jury, these same
Democrats are now seeking to destroy top conservative Republicans through
their usual politics of personal destruction.
What’s more, pro-Democrat media operatives spent all day and night joyfully
heralding Limbaugh’s personal and physical pain – and spared him no sympathy
in the process: “Rush Limbaugh, an admitted drug addict,” cheerfully proclaimed an ABC News
Radio reporter last Friday afternoon, just moments after Limbaugh’s admission
on his radio show.
In addition, Republican-bashers CNN and MSNBC also joined in the Rush Limbaugh
feeding frenzy with non-stop coverage that went well into the weekend.
Predictably, Dan Rather & Co., Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw, as well
as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post, weren’t far behind.
Reminiscent of the leftist media’s May 2 broadside of top conservative author
Bill Bennett over trumped-up gambling addiction charges, the Far Left seems
bent on showing complete merriment over the personal weaknesses of influential
In effect, the leftist media have had plenty of anti-Republican fodder to
feast upon with several GOP-related, albeit Democrat-hyped, controversies:
turncoat Robert Novak’s ‘outing’ of a CIA agent, which has been hyped up
by husband Joseph Wilson, former Ambassador to Iraq and an admitted Bush-hater.
Now, both Novak and Wilson seem to care more about making a name for themselves
than they ever did about protecting hers.
- The Arnold Schwarzenegger groping scandal, deliberately orchestrated by the biased Los Angeles Times,
which has been a long-time supporter of the politically corrupt and alleged
female staff-abuser Gray Davis. In 1998, the Times disingenuously
downplayed the more serious sexual abuse and rape charges against Bill Clinton.
Rush Limbaugh controversy that has trumped any seriously objective news reporting
by the liberal media of far more controversial scandals involving prominent
Since Bush’s 2000 presidential victory, liberal Democrats, who have cared
more about getting even with Bush than they do about the serious issues of
the war against terrorism and the economy, are insanely angry – and out for
Ultimately, with all of these over-hyped Republican-related scandals, the
leftist media have only one goal in mind: stopping President George W. Bush
from getting re-elected in 2004 and silencing the conservative voice that
has long been stifled in the elite media. If they can’t get to Bush
directly, they’ll eventually try by proxy.
This is exactly why the leftist media are targeting Rush Limbaugh, who has
been the strongest and most influential voice for the GOP. He’s also
done what the liberal media establishment has refused to do for years: tell
the truth about Democrat improprieties, as well as honestly and objectively
report on the political and military successes of the Bush Administration
with the war on terrorism.
Limbaugh single-handedly paved the way for honest reporting to emerge from such fair and balanced media sources as Fox News and WorldNetDaily.com.
They have disseminated the stories that the pro-Democrat press doesn’t want
you to hear. Had it not been for Limbaugh, the rest of the world would
have never known the Democratic Party’s deeply rooted corruption (i.e., the Clinton
Administration) and media spin.
This is also why Democrats and their media friends want to politicize Limbaugh’s
medical problems. Because they’ve been so insanely preoccupied with
bringing down Bush for nearly three years, they will do whatever it takes
to make it happen by swaying public support away from Bush – even if it means
trying to make Limbaugh a casualty of their political wars.
In fact, the Left and their media cohorts seem to be pathologically programmed
to “get” top conservatives to the point of obsession.
On his October 9 program, conservative talk show host Mike Gallagher told of
Hollywood leftist Ed Asner’s threat against conservative talk host Sean Hannity,
which is a telling tale of the Far Left’s out-of-control behavior toward
Gallagher recently bumped into Asner at a cocktail party and was making small
talk with Asner. The conversation suddenly changed when Gallagher mentioned
Asner’s past on-air interactions with Hannity.
Subsequently, Gallagher told of his exchange with Asner:
seen and heard you with Sean Hannity. Sean’s a good friend of mine
and I’ve enjoyed your exchanges.” Suddenly, [Asner] stopped laughing.
His eyes narrowed, his smile went away.
next, you know,” [Asner said]. I had no idea what he was talking about.
“What do you mean, Ed?” “Hannity’s next,” he repeated.
“We’re going after him just like we went after Limbaugh. And you saw what happened to Rush this week, right?”
froze. At first I thought he was just trying to joke around.
But looking at him, watching him, seeing how his jovial mood dissipated at
the mere mention of my friend Sean's name, well, it was more than a little
think that he was going to actually take credit for Rush’s resignation from
ESPN was simply astounding. And to hear him threaten the career of
an award-winning and heralded broadcaster like Sean was bizarre.”
conversation with Asner is a revealing look at the unmitigated arrogance
of the American Left and their complete intolerance for differing political
discourse. It also addresses their insatiable appetite for revenge
on conservatives who offer any kind of constructive criticism.
correctly assessed on his October 12 program, Limbaugh has become the victim
of political correctness – the insidious cancer that has dominated the Left.
being said, the leftist media will continue hammering at this bone they’ve
been thrown about Limbaugh as the topic – that they have created – heats
For example, CNN’s liberal anchor Aaron Brown was visibly struggling to fight
back a smile as he led his October 10 program, reporting the illegal drug
allegations against Limbaugh.
these leftist propaganda machines continue cranking out distorted, politically-motivated
accounts of the alleged charges, the following revelation from Limbaugh’s
admission has been deliberately omitted from most of their stories: “So I’m
only going to say that the stories you’ve read, the stories you’ve heard,
contain inaccuracies and distortions,” Limbaugh said, addressing the supermarket
tabloid-paid allegations last Friday. “And I’m going to clear those
up when I am finally free to speak about them.”
than seek the truth and report the facts, the leftist media, smelling GOP
blood in the water, decided instead to circle around the shark pool and attack.
So why is it that conservative Republican controversies get more news coverage
with less compassion than the numerous scandals of liberal Democrats?
is simple: the Left is angry, and whenever they spot a weakness in the GOP,
their radars are up for fresh Republican fodder and they’re looking down
complete intolerance for the conservative voice is so great that Eric Alterman
callously admitted in a February 13, 2003 Esquire magazine interview,
after Limbaugh’s successful cochlear implant surgery, he actually wanted
Limbaugh to lose his hearing: “I hate to say it, but I wish the guy would
have gone deaf. I shouldn’t say that, but on behalf of the country,
it would be better without Rush Limbaugh and his 20 million listeners.”
leftist media mudslingers like Alterman are drooling over this latest revelation,
they’ll continue to make political hay out of a potentially serious medical
But the real National Enquirer
story these leftist media hacks are salivating over is whether Limbaugh will
face possible – although unlikely – prosecution if the allegations concerning
the way he obtained the painkillers drugs are true. That’s what’s at
the heart of the story. They are waiting with baited breath once again
Short of comparing Limbaugh to a heroin addict, CBSNews.com mockingly used the headline, “Will Rush’s Hard Line Haunt Him?”
commentator Rush Limbaugh stunned listeners of his nationwide radio show
by announcing on the air that he’s hooked on painkillers and is checking
himself into rehab.
past, Limbaugh has decried drug use and abuse on his bluntly conservative
show, mocking President Bill Clinton for not inhaling and often making the
case that drug crimes deserve punishment.
Notice that CBSNews.com
dotingly used the phrase “President Bill Clinton,” instead of “former President
Bill Clinton,” which in itself is telling. But those same leftist reporters
who now sit in judgment of Limbaugh have been using their fellow Democrats’
ranting to nonchalantly mock Bush on a daily basis – something they never
did with Bill Clinton.
What’s more, the CBSNews.com reporter also revealed a transparent
dislike for conservatives when he or she referred to Limbaugh’s show as “bluntly
conservative.” By referring to Limbaugh’s past statements about drug
crimes so early in the story, they’re immediately going for the jugular in
a feeble attempt to discredit and defame him.
reporter also erroneously inferred in the story that Limbaugh’s prescription
drug use for a medical condition is somehow comparable to harder drug offenders.
Moreover, the Associated Press on October 11 omitted from its story the key
fact about Limbaugh’s ex-maid, Wilma Cline, who previously served five years
for cocaine possession. Along with her boyfriend, Cline is a convicted
felon and only claimed to have purchased the painkillers.
The AP, famous for citing “unnamed sources,” much like the National Enquirer, the New York Times and the Washington Post,
reported that law enforcement officers would only speak to them “under the
condition of anonymity” about the Palm Beach, Fla., State Attorney’s office
investigation, when, in fact, that information was already made public.
there are many facts about the case the liberal media won’t report: Mainly
that Limbaugh was never the target of the Florida Attorney office’s investigation:
According to Newsmax.com, if Cline tape-recorded her prescription drug sales as the Enquirer
claimed (especially without Limbaugh’s knowledge), she’s guilty of a felony
punishable by up to five years in jail. In turn, Cline – not Limbaugh
– could be the one going to jail if the Florida State’s Attorney’s office
- Although so-called “unnamed” legal experts in the Enquirer
story (who are outside of Florida) have repeatedly claimed Cline’s tapes
were “the most legally problematic evidence against Limbaugh,” Assistant
State’s Attorney James Martz told the Palm Beach Post that Cline’s recordings
were illegally obtained and would therefore be inadmissible in court.
Martz’s office told the New York Daily News that Cline’s
decision to sell her story to the Enquirer compromised an ongoing drug probe
in which Limbaugh was not the target.
Regarding the comments on the strength of the case against
Limbaugh without Cline’s tapes, Florida attorney Michael Salnick told the
Post: “I think it’s legal suicide to go after a guy like Limbaugh with evidence
as flimsy as this.”
What’s more, not only did the Enquirer pay Cline millions for her flimsy
allegations, they also sat on the story until the October 2 ESPN brouhaha occurred.
Despite its editor’s claims that he wasn’t being disingenuous about the motive
for printing the story, the timing is definitely suspect. After all,
this is the same cheap supermarket tabloid that has had to fork over millions
of dollars for numerous Jayson Blair-style, fabricated stories.
As a result of the ongoing controversy, many leftist media hacks have been
taking cheap shots at Limbaugh – namely New York Magazine’s resident liberal
Michael Wolff and Al Franken, who uses the occasions to shamelessly plug
his book of fabrications.
Ironically, Franken told CNN’s liberal anchor Aaron Brown last Friday night
that Limbaugh was a “dishonest demagogue.” This is rich. Especially
coming from Franken, who has lied about his Harvard connections, among other
serial fabrications, in his newest book.
Instead of challenging Franken’s many serial distortions, Brown repeatedly
let Franken off the hook by not confronting his allegations against Rush.
Through Brown’s obviously quivering grin, it was almost as if Brown was tacitly agreeing with Franken.
“You’re seeing this as a media empire, aren’t you?” Brown sarcastically asked
Franken. Since when is Franken a credible source, anyway?
But it comes as no surprise that CNN would invite Franken. CNN consistently
gives Franken a platform to not only tout his book, but also to lie about conservative
Republicans. And his blatant distortions have never been challenged.
That’s the reason Franken won’t appear on Fox News – even though he’s been
invited several times. Franken knows he won’t be able to get away with
lying about Limbaugh the way CNN allows him to do.
So it’s understandable why Franken would feel right at home on CNN, the leftist
network that covered up twelve years of Iraqi atrocities in order to keep their
Iraqi propaganda bureau. That’s why liberals like Wolff and Franken
don’t have a problem with CNN’s bias.
Brown ended his show by claiming that he felt bad about Limbaugh’s situation
and wished him “the best of luck.” That was shortly after Brown, Wolff
and Franken spent the entire hour mercilessly tearing Limbaugh apart.
Like his CBS News.com colleague, $8 million man Dan Rather, also
known for his partisan editorializing, opened his Rush Limbaugh segment by
egregiously comparing Limbaugh to being part of an illegal drug cartel:
Talk radio’s Rush Limbaugh, who refused to talk for days about allegations
of illegally abusing narcotics, today admitted he is hooked on drugs – the
kind of painkillers often sold by powerful drug traffickers. CBS News’
Jim Axelrod reports what we know and don’t know about Rush Limbaugh’s involvement.
While the legal issues concerning Limbaugh’s prescription drug purchases
haven’t been officially verified, Rather’s stingingly biased take that Rush
was “illegally abusing narcotics,” “sold by powerful drug traffickers,” was
obviously a bit over the top.
First off, Rather inaccurately implied that Limbaugh was already involved
in illegal activity. But, again, that hasn’t yet been confirmed.
Plus, Rather deliberately neglected to use the word “alleged,” thereby insinuating
Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty, Dan? Much like the rest of
the leftist media, Rather is playing judge, jury and executioner in the court
of public opinion – and playing loose with the facts for partisan reasons.
Among the Democrats who are trying to score political points from Limbaugh’s
private pain was Democratic “presidential” candidate John Kerry. Kerry
was among 26 other Democrats (including Howard Dean and the anti-military
general, Wesley Clark), all of whom had the audacity to call for Rush’s
Since when does a candidate for the presidency try to stifle free speech?
Only when they don’t like what they hear – in this case, top conservative
voices like Limbaugh. It’s amazing that Kerry actually took a break
from his daily spiel of bragging to the whole world about his supposedly valorous Vietnam service to make the call.
During a recent political debate, Kerry launched an irresponsible and childish
attack against Rush, poking fun at his addiction: “There are two ways you
can lower prescription drug costs. One way is you could hire Rush Limbaugh’s
The fact is Rush would never have gotten away with those kinds of remarks.
So why should Kerry get away with his comments? But, nonetheless, the
left-wing press continues to give Kerry, as well as other Democrats, free
Would Kerry have wanted personal attacks launched against him when he was
going through prostate cancer surgery in February? Of course not.
Rush was one of the first – despite his political misgivings about Kerry
– to publicly wish Kerry a speedy recovery. Where was Kerry’s sympathy
Regardless of the endless attacks on his character (that the left-wing press
let Democrats get away with), Limbaugh does know his loyal supporters – especially
those of us who truly understand his unique and refreshing sense of humor.
On October 11, the AP story told about Limbaugh’s hometown of Cape Girardeau,
Missouri, where he shined shoes as a teenager at the Varsity Barbershop.
Customer Jerry Lawrence said of Limbaugh’s addiction: “Rush admitted a problem
and that is the first step. It is when you keep lying about it that
you get in deep and lose respect.”
Just like a certain former president who wagged his finger before the entire
nation and lied about his affair with a woman half his age. Unlike
Clinton, Rush has admitted to his addiction and is taking personal responsibility:
“No governmental representative has contacted me directly or indirectly,”
Limbaugh said in a statement. “If my assistance is required in the future,
I will, of course, cooperate fully.”
Unlike Limbaugh, pride wouldn’t let Clinton confess to his own addictions,
which eventually led to $40 million in legal investigations over Clinton’s
perjury charges, evidence tampering, and suborning and forcing witnesses
to sign false affidavits.
Unlike the Left, who want to blame everyone else for their problems and won’t
give their political opposition a pass, Rush is more of a man than Clinton
will ever be for facing his demons – instead of using his power, like Clinton
did, to lie and cover them up.
Libertarian talk show host Neal Boortz told Joe Scarborough that those people
enjoying Limbaugh’s pain will have to live with themselves: “Rush will outlast
the people taking glee over his problems.”
Last Friday night, Ann Coulter made an excellent observation about liberals
when she told Scarborough that they seem to avoid their hypocrisy by having
no standards of their own. That way, it makes it easier for them to
pass judgment on those on the Right.
Boortz also had an interestingly revealing exchange with Court TV anchor
and admitted liberal Lisa Bloom, who kept badgering Coulter about Limbaugh’s
possible legal troubles.
According to Boortz, Bloom was apparently taking great joy in Limbaugh’s
misfortune: “It reveals your delight in Rush’s situation,” he told Bloom.
“This will never negate Rush’s influence.”
In fact, Premiere Radio Networks, Limbaugh’s distributor, said in a company news release:
“Rush’s health is our first priority,” said company president Kraig T. Kitchin
about Limbaugh, who is a three-time winner of the Marconi Award. “We
are proud of his decision to seek treatment and join his 20 million listeners
in looking forward to his return to the airwaves.”
In the end, before Democrats and their corrupt media cohorts continue condescendingly
railing against conservatives Republicans, they should first look in the
mirror at themselves for a change, instead of being so quick to cast the
Speaking of throwing stones, Newsweek’s in-house liberal Evan Thomas, known
for his long-held disdain for conservative Republicans, mercilessly gutted
Limbaugh like a fish in the leftist magazine’s latest front-cover edition.
Thomas, who’s been a staunch Clinton apologist, ended his spiteful rant against Limbaugh by declaring:
“Limbaugh’s long-running act as a paragon of virtue is over. Now the
question is whether he can make a virtue out of honesty.”
Thomas, in his Newsweek hack piece, has severely underestimated Limbaugh.
Although Limbaugh’s addiction has made him dependent, he humbled himself
enough to get help – and his far-reaching influence will never be diminished
because of it.
Despite hateful leftists like Thomas, Wolff and Franken, who are now celebrating
Rush’s misfortune, Rush will indeed be back – and better than ever.
In the long run, the Left wishes to take out Limbaugh because media partisans
like Dan Rather and CNN, who really control the elite media, no longer have
a stranglehold on the ebb and flow of news and information; they are now
being held accountable.
That’s why they hate Limbaugh. He’s been holding them accountable for
distorting and slanting news to fit their left-wing agendas. Ironically,
it’s the Left who wishes to censor those of us on the Right.
The fact is: We on the Right actually welcome dissent and the liberal opinions
of the Left. It’s essential to a fair, accurate and healthy national
debate. But the Left seeks to stop alternative voices and opinions
that divert from their political agenda.
The truth is, the Left is so hungry to regain political power that they are
willing, along with the sycophantic help of the leftist media, to try to
take out anyone that gets in their way.
Leftists like Thomas, who insists on passing judgment on Limbaugh, need to
be the ones showing compassion. If they don’t, they, too, could find
themselves on the receiving end.
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