#302 Rush To Judgment
Quick! What do Rush Limbaugh, Don Imus and Dan rather have in common?
Aside from one syllable first names… the wheels have come off or are coming off.
Rather was fired from CBS radio for telling a story, essentially true, but based on bad documentation – Bush was a slacker in the military.
Imus was fired from his syndicated radio show for making a racist comment about the Rutgers Women's Basketball team.
Now, Rush has a problem.
He talked about phony soldiers.
Rather wasn't fired for inaccuracy. Imus wasn't fired for the basketball comment.
Rush hasn't been fired. Yet. But his phony soldiers remark about anti war people in the military have the makings of a final straw on the camel's back.
They'd been gunning for Rather for years and needed a peg to hang it on. Same with Imus. Same with Limbaugh.
That combined with Limbaugh's past defaming of everyone who disagrees with him on anything, his bombastic, fog-horn delivery and his constant lieing about what democrats stand for and what causes every problem from acne to global warming, to medical care problems – the people who call themselves liberals is what will be his undoing.
If you heard some of the more recent Rush programs, you've heard a man on the verge of hysteria.
The sad part about it is what he said about the real phonies is true. But it's not what you say, it's how you say it. And who you are.
What is he? A drug addicted, draft dodging tool of the people who don't want you to have medical coverage, who don't want you to enjoy the fruits of your own labor when you retire, the people who don't care about American workers, who don't understand the underlying principles of this country include compromise, who don't want your children to have a tax supported public education, who want to turn you into a farm animal completely at the mercy of someone else. He is someone who hides behind God while he pops hillbilly heroin… who travels with prescription drugs that are not his own… who pays off his household help to silence his addiction, who uses valuable hospital bed space because his addictions made him deaf.
He blindly supports the incompetent, unthinking polices and actions of the president of the United States is just shy of worship, while occasionally lodging minor criticism just for credibility’s sake.
He's a guy who takes advantage of people's inborn patriotism by accusing denying that anyone who disagrees with him with treason.
He belittles civil rights. He belittles women. He belittles anything his whim directs, hides behind the flag, the bible, the Republican Party and the myth of eroding freedom. He uses Goebbels’ "Big Lie" technique, perfected in World War II
He calls the rest of us the "drive by media," and his own program "alternative media," and yet it's that very "drive by medium," a.m. radio that gives him his channels of distribution.
Sewers have channels of distribution, too. And sewers serve a purpose. They get rid of what comes out of your plumbing.
It pays to know how those things work.
You have to know in order not to step into it when it overflows.
And you have to know about it when it threatens to engulf you.
Move over, Dan and Don. You're about to get some company on the bench.
(Note: As this is written, Don Imus is reported close to a deal with the radio syndication company, Citadel, for a return to the pipes of distribution. Portions of this Wessay were broadcast on my WBLF radio program, for which Rush Limbaugh is the opening act.)
I'm Wes Richards, my opinions are my own, but you're welcome to them.
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