Where is Edward R. Murrow when you really need him? Oh right, He died a few decades back of lung cancer after smoking about five packs a day during his illustrious radio and TV news career.
One of the things Murrow is most remembered for is taking on Joe McCarthy, the right wing, paranoid Senator from Wisconsin who believed there was a communist behind every misdeed in America and certainly at least one on every backlot in Hollywood.
We need a Murrow now, to take on the Joe McCarthy of our time—Rush Limbaugh. No doubt Limbaugh would take that as a compliment.
The man brings new meaning to the definition of uncivil. And he’s leading the charge of the uncivil political dialog now going on in the country.
I’m as much a believer in free speech as the next person. The problem with Limbaugh is he makes stuff up. Kind of like people who deny there was a Holocaust despite the preponderance of evidence.
Did you know that President Obama was responsible for the financial crisis? Yep, he intentionally caused it too, as “payback” to a nation that suppressed African Americans for more than two centuries. Just ask Rush. He’ll tell you. Obama doesn’t like America. He thinks it is an immoral country. He ran for office just so he could bring it down. Just ask Rush.
I believe Limbaugh is racist and hateful—attributes that don’t necessarily proscribe someone from standing on a broadcast soapbox and spewing venom.
That’s why we need someone like Murrow to thoroughly examine Limbaugh’s record. To show the extent to which his positions and viewpoints lack any evidence and then to do an engaging and scathing expose stating the case. Maybe then some of his loyal legions will wake up and at least find someone with a brain to worship.
And just maybe calling a college kid a whore for having a viewpoint on the funding of contraception in testimony before congress will be the tipping point. The point at which influential advertisers, a growing number of disgusted listeners and his bosses say enough already. The whore card unreasonably played brought down Don Imus, at least temporarily. And he was only kidding, or so he said. Rush, who has no sense of humor, sick, twisted or otherwise, was serious.
My guess is he’ll get away with it. This is the man who got away with calling Michelle Obama, the first African American First Lady, “uppity.” And who advertised his show in Arizona with a billboard made to look like it was riddled with bullet holes with the Tagline “Rush Limbaugh, Straight Shooter,” days after the attempted assassination of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Limbaugh is the most uncivil of all the uncivil commentators on the air today. But also the most Teflon-coated.