FauxPolitik

Thursday, October 02, 2003

What a Rush!: What is most telling about the rapid decline of Rush is that he's going to be forced to admit he's human; something he has steadfastly refused to admit thus far. Being human means you have weaknesses and are sometimes even wrong. Look to even yesterday however: "All this has become the tempest that it is because I must have been right about something," Limbaugh said. "If I wasn't right there wouldn't be this cacophony of outrage that has sprung up in the sports writer community." See? He's right; not just Right.

The drug issue, if founded, and based on his attorneys' reactions, it must be true to some degree (i.e. no flat denials), will compel him to acknowledge his imperfections. Listen, he's a radio guy who has to be controversial to attract ratings. I understand that. He needs to be larger than life. However, it's equally clear that with Rush, there's no "off" switch. He has to be right about everything.

Most telling I thought, and here's where the rubber meets the road, is when he pulls the free speech card:
"You know, this is such a mountain made out of a molehill. So much needs to be said here. I guess at the top of the list would be that we supposedly have freedom of speech in this country, but if you don't say what people who consider themselves the Arbiters of What Can Be Said agree with, then they want to come after you with everything they've got and try to humiliate you and take a stab at your reputation and otherwise get your mind right."
I know Eno has hit on this again and again. Rush: you ARE free to say whatever you want. But, you big dope, DISNEY was your employer. Disney is a company, not a government, and one bent on not having the likes of you or anyone else tarnish the image it invests billions of dollars into every year to maintain. This is not government persecution. This is the MARKETPLACE reacting to stimulus. Maybe Rush needs to read up on free market ideals; as he has obviously forgotten them.

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