A Rush to Ruin
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Legendary talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh recently joined a group seeking to purchase the National Football Leagueâ€™s St. Louis Rams, which spurred the latest attempt by the American left-wing media to destroy Limbaugh, or at the very least marginalize him as an extremist â€“ and, they hope, marginalize the millions of American conservatives who agree with him and enjoy his radio show. Some have even wished on national television that he would die or be killed â€“ including Chris Matthews on MSNBC on October 13. Last year, HBOâ€™s Bill Maher publicly wished he had â€ścroakedâ€ť from a drug overdose.
Almost from the beginning of his nationally syndicated radio show in 1988, Limbaugh has exposed the worst in journalists who are supposed to honor fairness and accuracy. Even today, with Obama and the Democrats numerically dominating Washington, the leftist media portray Limbaugh not as a commentator, but as a clear and present danger who must be curtailed.
Increasingly, the Left is acting on the principle that the ends justify the means. Anything goes in an attempt to demonize Limbaugh â€“ even the basics of Journalism 101. Obvious distortion and even outright fabrications are being used in this campaign to ruin Limbaugh. The Media Research Center has repeatedly exposed how the mediaâ€™s loathing of Limbaugh has led to vicious incivility and utter recklessness with basic facts. The leftwing mediaâ€™s character assassination campaign against Limbaugh falls into three categories
Vicious Personal Attacks: While journalists fiercely chronicle and protest the most obscure mockeries of Barack Obama, these supposed guardians of civility have insulted Rush Limbaugh as a â€śtroll under the bridge,â€ť a â€śhuman vat of vitriol,â€ť and a â€ścar-wreck-quality spectacle.â€ť Limbaughâ€™s admission of an addiction of Oxycontin in 2003 wasnâ€™t an occasion for media compassion, as most addicts receive, but a chance for anchormen to declare they were wearing a â€śpermanent smirk.â€ť Journalists even assigned Limbaughâ€™s â€śanti-governmentâ€ť rhetoric as a cause behind the bombing of an Oklahoma City federal building in 1995.
Distortions of Limbaughâ€™s Quotes: â€śNewsâ€ť reporters have often deliberately twisted Limbaughâ€™s words in TV interviews and radio routines beyond recognition. Limbaughâ€™s declaration that he wanted President Obamaâ€™s liberal policies to fail was presented as Limbaugh wanting the nation to fail. They mangled Limbaughâ€™s politically incorrect parodies, like the song â€śBarack the Magic Negro,â€ť in which an Al Sharpton impersonator sings about how Barack Obama isn't an authentic black. It didnâ€™t matter than the parody was based on a black film criticâ€™s Los Angeles Times article titled â€śObama the Magic Negro.â€ť Some journalists even compared Limbaugh to Sister Souljah, a rapper who suggested after the Los Angeles riots in 1992 that the country needed â€śa week to kill white people.â€ť
Outright Falsehoods and Fabrications: When leftist authors and bloggers circulated fabricated Limbaugh quotes, â€śnewsâ€ť networks and columnists picked them up without giving the slightest appearance of checking for an air date or an audio clip. Opponents of Limbaughâ€™s Rams bid are currently claiming Limbaugh said the slavery of blacks â€śhad its merits,â€ť and even claiming that Limbaugh praised James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of Martin Luther King. Supposedly professional cable networks used empty, undated citations like â€śRush Limbaugh On The Radioâ€ť (CNN) and even sourced a linebacker:â€śCited by James Farrior, Pittsburgh Steelersâ€ť (MSNBC). In 2007, the liberal media and Democrats in Congress rose up as one and claimed Limbaugh said that soldiers speaking in the media against Americaâ€™s wars were â€śphony soldiers,â€ť when Limbaugh was referring to men who made false claims of serving abroad.
Liberal media figures suggest it is a national injustice that Limbaugh has the popularity and influence that he has when his words are so vicious. But while they suggest he needs to be marginalized by the media and the Republican establishment, their coverage and analysis and mockery of Limbaugh has crossed every line of civility and now shows contempt for the elementary rules of evidence.