I’ve always been taken aback by how much people hate Rush Limbaugh – I’m not a talk radio listener myself, but it seems odd that in any group of people you’re guaranteed to piss someone off by mentioning Rush. It’s not kosher to quote the guy with anything but disdain: Rush is a lunatic, he’s a hater, he’s a racist and a jerk. My response, when I care to even give one, is that I agree with a lot of what he says but think he’s obnoxious sometimes. Weak, for sure, but Rush hardly needs the defense of some boring dude who’s never listened to him much.
Then this whole Rams deal came up, and there was a firestorm over Limbaugh wanting to make an investment – not over some insensitive quote, silly ad campaign, or political fight. ‘Real news network’ CNN jumped on the story, essentially daring the NFL to associate itself with Rush and risk being painted as racists by association. Their money quote to prove what a creep Rush is? Made up, so far as anyone can tell. Woops.
And that is why so many people hate Rush Limbaugh. If you don’t listen to talk radio, chances are you’ve never heard a positive word about him. CNN says he’s a racist, drags out Whiners For Hire Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, and describes any argument he’s involved in as ‘controversial’ in a way that insinuates everyone on Rush’s side is also likely a member of the KKK. From Powerline:
It’s no coincidence that Democratic Party outlets like CNN had to dredge up fake quotes to make their case. Nothing Rush actually said would do the trick, even though he’s been on the radio three hours a day, five days a week, for more than twenty years. That really tells you all you need to know.