Friday, January 23, 2009

In Defense of Rush Limbaugh

As I struggle with writer's block, brought on largely by my anxiety about making my personal statement for Law School as perfect as possible, I would like to thank CNN for giving me the material to pursue my gentlemanly endeavors.

Recently on their website, CNN advertised an article in which they had audio of conservative comedian Rush Limbaugh stating "I hope he fails." This is, of course, in reference to Barack Obama's Presidency. The fat man wasted no time in criticizing our 44th President, perhaps hoping he could hearken back to the "America Held Hostage" routine which popularized his act in the early 90s.

Let's get something out in the open right away. Whether you're a conservative or a liberal, Rush Limbaugh is still a moron. He's a jackal, a hypocrite, a liar, a pill popper, a distorter of facts, and by most accounts, not a practitioner of proper hygiene. Possible-Senator Al Franken summed it up with his 1996 book "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot (And Other Observations)." The man is also unpleasant to look at, which is always unfortunate to say of another human being.

Despite all his failings, Rush Limbaugh is also one other thing. He's an American. As an American, he is entitled to freedom of speech, and entitled to not having his words thrown into a blender by the media.

The beginning of Rush Limbaugh's quote was an example of what he espouses to believe will happen under an Obama Presidency. He referenced the expansion of government, and how it will encroach the automotive industry, the banks, and other areas of the private sector at unprecedented levels. That is what he was referencing when he made his quote. He has a comedy routine built around pretending to be a conservative radio host, and in the midst of his act he brought up a perfectly valid and well-documented concern of the right; the expansion of government. In regards to this, he stated "I hope he fails." The conservative viewpoint does not line up with Obama's policies, or at least what many believe will be his course of action. To show concern that your President is going to act in ways you do not think are in your best interest is completely legitimate.

Some of you might say that this is just Limbaugh getting what's coming to him. He makes an outrageous comment and has it turned back around on him, like so many other times he's twisted the words of others to fit his own exceedingly narrow viewpoint. I say; why perpetuate the cycle at all? Why even bring undue attention to the man? He's been trying to make it big for nearly two decades, and his act still has yet to nail him a single movie, sitcom, or even HBO special. He's just not funny. The sooner we accept he's not deserving of our attention and move on, the better. Taking cheap shots at him and using a distortion of his words as the basis only stoops to his pedestrian level. Real broadcasters, especially an organization like CNN, should be above that. Limbaugh shouldn't even be a blip on their radar.

There's nothing I can say about Rush Limbaugh that hasn't been said already. Except for that he begins every morning by staring at himself naked in the mirror, sweating profusely, and sobbing as he jiggles his gut and calls himself a pig over and over again. A fat, sloppy hog not even fit for bacon. He then cuts himself until he can't feel his hands, and then showers, suits up, and faces the day. I don't think anyone has said that yet.

About CNN, however, I say shame. You are a major news organizaton that trumpets about your claim of "keeping the Presidency honest" during the first 100 days coverage. Yet you can't even keep your own reporters from distorting the facts, or attacking a man for exercising his first amendment rights? Leave Rush Limbaugh alone. He plays to the audience that wants to hear him, no one else. Whatever outlandish statements he makes are best left with them, you only make it worse by putting it on your broadcast, and worse yet by using Limbaugh's own tactics when reporting it. If Limbaugh hopes that Obama fails to pass a largely liberal agenda and expansion of government, he's far from alone. He just worded it in his typically idiotic way.

And now, the non-sequiter conclusion to my post.

"We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around. When yellow can be mellow. When the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what's right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen."
"Say Amen."


AZWiner said...

I was all ready to disagree with your post.

but I think I actually agree with you entirely.

I don't agree with what the man says... ever.

But I agree CNN is the one lowering their standards.

And really, I totally agree with this post... and you're awesome.

Jason Heat said...

All presents please stand astonished, David pratt has done the impossible...

Adam Winer is mollified.

Damo said...

I agree with most of this, except that some people do take Rush Limbaugh seriously. I believe in his first amendment right, and I'm not terribly afraid of his rhetoric, but "entitled to not having his words thrown into a blender by the media?" Come on, not that I like media spin but nobody else gets a pass on it, why would it suddenly be bequeathed to Limbaugh?

I'm actually glad he's getting some press. People need to hear how inflammatory and anti-solution the man and his schtick are. If you are a public figure who makes your living spreading your message far and wide over the people's airwaves, expect to be covered by media when you say things that people will react to.

He should probably be required to have a disclaimer on his program along the lines of: "The opinions of Rush Limbaugh are based on a nonexistent interpretation of conservatism. These opinions do not actually represent anybody, including Rush Limbaugh himself, and should be used for entertainment or brainwashing purposes only."

Jason Heat said...

Or Al Franken's classic - "Instead of 'with talent on loan from god' Rush Limbaugh should open his show with 'with fat on loan from the American Beef Council."

Man, I used to love Al Franken.

Miasma said...

"Ok, first, is Rush Limbaugh molting?" -Jon Stewart

He totally has the right to have his words chopped up and distorted by the media. I mean, he spoke, right?

Joking aside, you make several good points.

My favorite is the quote at the end. That preacherman would be Hazardous if elected; he could get ANYONE to say 'Amen'.

Anonymous said...

David, David, David... the problem with free speech is that we keep letting the little people exercise it. ;-) Seriously: how can you gloss over, in this little apologia for the devil, the Orwell-ian irony of the Head Neo-con and Bottle Washer accusing someone ELSE of a plot to expand government?

Spencer said...

Well done, Dave. I agree with your post wholeheartedly and think you will make an excellent lawyer. I'm proud to say you live in my basement.