Limbaugh And Right-Wing GOP Hypocrisy As Usual
Right-wing hate radio's foul mouthed fat head Rush Limbaugh has been rightly excoriated by the national "liberal" media for his anti-feminist attack on Sandra Fluke who testified before a Congressional committee about the need of working women and college women for contraceptive coverage in their group health plans. Limbaugh went far beyond the pale of decency by calling Ms. Fluke a "slut" for speaking up on a woman's right to sexual autonomy in context of health care coverage.
The reaction from the right to the widespread call for decency by Ms. Fluke's defenders, which led to Limbaugh losing over 100 national-market advertisers, has desperately sought to shift the focus from their potty-mouth hero Limbaugh onto left-leaning media personalities like Bill Maher and Keith Olbermann who have made sexist and other vile comments about certain individuals in politics and the media.
That is just so predictable and so typical of today's right wing zealots whenever one of their political or media darlings steps out of line. Newt Gingrich, a serious candidate in the GOP presidential primaries, is a serial adulterer who twice cheated on wives who were gravely ill including one who died of cancer, but that's okay because he's repented and found Jesus, don't you know. And besides, John Edwards is just as bad.
Never mind the fact that Edwards has in fact shown genuine repentance, quietly doing good works and staying out of politics, while Newt is politicking on the claim that he's turned around on his lifelong habit of marital infidelity just in time to seek the presidency. As Dana Carvey's Church Lady would say: "how con-ven-ient."
The predictable argument in defense of Rush is that we progressives are being hypocrites for attacking Limbaugh on the "slutgate" affair while defending Maher and Olbermann. As a matter of fact -which never matters to the right wing ideologues who adore Rush -many, many liberal Democratic women have publicly lambasted Maher repeatedly, and led the call for his ouster, for his vile, sexist commentary. But diehard Republican women on Limbaugh? The silence is deafening.
Thus, as usual, it is Limbaugh's right wing ditto heads who are being hypocritical here. Let's first remember that both Maher and Olbermann have been fired because of their incendiary and indecent ad hominem attacks on women generally and other politically incorrect commentary, and that is all we on the left are asking for in Limbaugh's case. It is the Limbaugh defense team that is being hypocritical for suggesting that the same fate should not also befall their potty-mouth media hero.
Some of Limbaugh's more ridiculous defenders have stated that Limbaugh is just an "entertainer," and it's just a matter of economics. Radio broadcasting is a commercial enterprise, and Maher and Olbermann were both fired because of pressure from sponsors. True enough, but after Limbaugh's offensive remarks about Ms. Fluke, over 100 national advertisers pulled their sponsorship from his daily diatribes, which sounds like a whole lot of economic pressure to me. So, what's the difference?
One clear difference is that Limbaugh has been ranked among the top 100 most influential public persons and he is vehemently outspoken in service of right wing GOP ideology, which clearly takes him out of the purported "entertainer" category and puts him squarely in the corner of right-wing politics. Limbaugh reaches a wide audience of "ditto heads" who hang on his every word and then vote Republican, and he is therefore an important asset to GOP candidates. His broadcasts typically attack Democrats generally and Barak Obama in particular with mindless repetitive invective, which serves to keep the Tea Party rank and file solidly in the Republican corner
It is therefore quite reasonable to suggest that the reason why Limbaugh has not been fired from a prominent radio broadcast position for the same "economic" reasons that both Maher and Olbermann have been fired, has nothing to do with economic pressure and has everything to do with right-wing politics. It is also reasonable to conclude that the only reason he has stayed on the air, despite massive defections by commercial sponsors, is that he's getting at least indirect support from the right-wing corporate media, the stations that carry his blather along with the likes of Beck, Coulter, Howie Carr, et al, for political reasons that have nothing to do with economic pressure.
Like I said, the hypocrisy here is all on the part of the Republican conservatives who want to shift focus onto people like Maher and Olbermann because there's no way they can defend an abomination like Limbaugh's comments about Ms. Fluke on the facts. There never is, whether it's Limbaugh, Gingrich or any one of several dozen GOP great-white hopes who have stepped out of line.
Indeed, the whole issue of mixing sexual conduct with politics is a right-wing media concoction, starting way back with JFK's sexual indiscretions and continuing through Bill Clinton's, based on the phony and basically irrelevant "values" agenda of the national GOP. Many of the Republicans who attacked Clinton were, at the same time, running off to Costa Rica with pretty senoritas, or accosting strangers in men's room stalls or cheating on terminally ill wives. If you want "hypocrisy," there it is big time -squarely in the GOP ranks.
Like Maher and Olbermann, Limbaugh should have been fired immediately for his vulgar, offensive remarks about Ms. Fluke for both moral and commercial reasons -albeit there's no difference between the two for the economic elite that funds the GOP. Again, that's all we "liberals" are asking ABC and local stations like WXKT to do with "Rush" -just shut him up, please, because his comments about Ms. Fluke were at least as far out of line as anything Olberman or Maher have ever said.