Check out this brief transcript from yesterday's radio show (April 19th) of Rush Limbaugh deflecting criticism of his appalling comment that the Virginia Tech shooter was "a liberal".
The way Limbaugh moves attention from his own sick interpretation of mass murder to a "poor me" defence against the "drive-by media" that attack him -- before anyone has said a word about his horrible slur!
This is a masterpiece of radio manipulation -- it's why he's so big with his core and why he's stayed on top.
It's why he will get away with this outrageous and ugly connection between mass murder and liberalism.
Click here to listen to the actual broadcast mp3.
Media Matters of America tracked Limbaugh discussing the April 16 Virginia Tech shootings. According to Rush Limbaugh:
"If this Virginia Tech shooter had an ideology, what do you think it was? This guy had to be a liberal. You start railing against the rich and all this other -- this guy's a liberal. He was turned into a liberal somewhere along the line. So it's a liberal that committed this act. Now, the drive-bys will read on a website that I'm attacking liberalism by comparing this guy to them. That's exactly what they do every day, ladies and gentlemen. I'm just pointing out a fact. I am making no extrapolation; I'm just pointing it out.Does anyone have the guts to go after Limbaugh just like they went after Imus?
They try -- whenever -- I can tell you from the history of this program, starting way back in the early '90s, when there was any kind of an incident, crime or what-have-you that attracted national attention, in the early days of this program, the drive-by media went out and they tried to connect the perpetrator to this program. They did everything they could. In fact, it went so far as Bill Clinton blaming me for influencing Timothy McVeigh to blow up the (Oklahoma City federal) building.
These are the people sponsoring lies and distortion for the purposes of dividing this country and creating hatred. These are the people that invented this kind of tactic, if you will."
April 27 Update: Hmm, is Rush tempting his critics' to try bringing him down? Click here to find out about Rush's ignorant "Barack the magic negro" routine.
posted by John Parikhal @ Friday, April 20, 2007,
- At 3:48 PM, Peter Cavanaugh said...
Does anyone have the guts to go after Limbaugh?
Stephanie Miller can eat him up and spit him out, not that she'd want to. Yuk!
- At 4:43 PM, USpace said...
Obviously, he wasn't trying to say that all neo-liberals are potential mass-murderers, just that if you rail and rant against 'rich' people you would usually tend to be a so-called 'liberal'.
absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
make wacko killers famous
celebrity killer cults
breeds copycat flattery
- At 4:01 PM, Ted Remington said...
I agree that Limbaugh should be "gone after." Actually, Al Franken has done a pretty good job of that. But what all this makes me wonder about is what the *best* way is to "go after" him? Just getting into a namecalling contest with him just legitimizes the way he operates.
What that approach would be exactly, I'm not sure. It's too long to post here, but I have some general thoughts about Rush's comments on my own blog.