Don’t You Just Love How Rush Limbaugh Distorts Reality?

There’s claims out there that the Democrats are thrusting Rush Limbaugh into the spotlight,as reported by The Guardian:

“Last week, Limbaugh said:

If I wanted Obama to succeed, I’d be happy the Republicans have laid down. I don’t want this to work. So I’m thinking of replying to this guy, say ‘okay, I’ll send you a response, but I don’t need 400 words, I need four: ‘I hope he fails’.

Obama brought this on himself by making Limbaugh his debating partner. Last week he told congressional Republicans that they need to quit listening to Limbaugh if they want to get along with him.

Limbaugh clearly leaped at an off-hand remark. The man has hours and hours of airtime to fill each day, and this is a boon for him. Obama was telling the Republicans they need to move beyond the movement-conservative ideology that has shaped their politics since the Reagan years and seek a more pragmatic approach to opposition. But he could have chosen a way to make his point that didn’t elevate Limbaugh’s stature.”(End of Excerpt) Read the entire article here:(http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/deadlineusa/2009/jan/28/obama-white-house-democrats

But, Rush Limbaugh has been a part of the political discourse for almost two decades! Unfortunately,his ideology is shared by countless Americans. So, the ignorance that he spews must be addressed. Words are powerful weapons & he knows how to wield them! Just look how Phil Gingrey has thrown himself onto the mercy of the court. Here’s more on his pitiful apology to Rush Limbaugh from the Huffington Post:

“Following statements made to Politico yesterday telling Rush Limbaugh to “back off,” Republican congressman Phil Gingrey now has his tail between his legs. In a groveling call to Limbaugh’s conservative radio program this afternoon, Gingrey offered a humble apology and described Limbaugh as a “conservative giant” who plays an integral role in maintaining the ever-decreasing Republican base.

Here’s the meat of it, via Think Progress:

Rush, thank you so much. I thank you for the opportunity, of course this is not exactly the way to I wanted to come on. … Mainly, I want to express to you and all your listeners my very sincere regret for those comments I made yesterday to Politico. … I clearly ended up putting my foot in my mouth on some of those comments. … I regret those stupid comments.”(End of Excerpt) Follow this link to read more & see the video:(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/28/phil-gingrey-gop-congress_n_161964.html

I just don’t understand how someone like Rush Limbaugh is receiving such reverence from the Republican party. Like I said, he has made baseless remarks & represents belligerence to the fullest! A pill-popping drug-addict is the lord of the Republican party! Good luck with having him as your decider! Here’s more on why you’re going to need it from fair.org:

“This kind of sloppiness, ignorance and/or fabrication is run of the mill in Limbaugh’s commentary, both broadcast and print. From dioxin to Whitewater, from Rodney King to Reaganomics, Rush Limbaugh has a finely honed ability to twist and distort reality.

Limbaugh’s facts are almost never challenged on his programs. A hostile caller hardly ever gets through the screeners on his radio show, and his TV show is just him doing a monologue in front of his cheering audience. No one in the history of national television has had such a political platform. He has almost never corrected anything he’s said–although he did apologize once to the aerosol industry for implying that spray cans still had CFCs in them. (CFCs were removed in 1978.)

Limbaugh’s chronic inaccuracy, and his lack of accountability, wouldn’t be such a problem if Limbaugh were just a cranky entertainer, like Howard Stern. But Limbaugh is taken seriously by “serious” media–in addition to Nightline, he’s been an “expert” on such chat shows as Charlie Rose and Meet the Press. The New York Times (10/15/92) and Newsweek (1/24/94) have published his writings. A U.S. News & World Report piece (8/16/93) by Steven Roberts declared, “The information Mr. Limbaugh provides is generally accurate.”

He’s also taken seriously as a political figure. A National Review cover story (9/6/93) declared him the “Leader of the Opposition.” Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who recently officiated at Limbaugh’s wedding, says he tapes Limbaugh’s radio show and listens to it as he works out (USA Today, 5/13/94).

FAIR is publishing a compilation of some of Limbaugh’s more obvious whoppers in order to convince journalists and political leaders alike that when Limbaugh says, “I’m not making this up, folks,” it’s time to duck and cover.

Journalists, in particular, have an obligation to challenge Limbaugh’s brand of hysteria. Someone who has amassed a powerful political following through the regular use of half-truth and distortion is begging for tough media scrutiny. In 1954, Edward R. Murrow confronted another demagogue who had a similar allergy to facts and documentation. Today’s TV networks don’t ask themselves how they can challenge Limbaugh’s reign of error–but how they can profit from him. CBS News, the platform from which Murrow denounced Joe McCarthy, has been seeking to hire Limbaugh as a political commentator.

Real democracy is built on debate. But Limbaugh has little use for debates; he has forged a media empire largely on unchallenged monologues. The following confrontation–Limbaugh vs. Reality–is an attempt at stimulating (or at least simulating) a debate.

The list of fallacies compiled here is not exhaustive. It was assembled from easily available sources–Limbaugh’s books, The Way Things Ought to Be and See, I Told You So; transcripts of several weeks’ worth of his TV show; gleanings from as much of his radio show as we could take; and other published evaluations of Limbaugh’s accuracy. (There’s a publication, the Flush Rush Quarterly (FRQ), largely devoted to chronicling Limbaugh’s falsehoods, and a book, The Bum’s Rush, by Don Trent Jacobs, that debunks his environmental rhetoric.) As Josh Shenk showed in the New Republic (“Limbaugh’s Lies”, 5/23/94), scrutinizing the TV show for a month results in errors too numerous to count.

“There’s a pathology here, folks,” is a phrase Limbaugh likes to use when discussing President Clinton’s alleged inability to tell the truth. A psychiatrist might agree–and label it projection. “(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here:(http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=1895

Is this the guy who represents conservative values? Really?! Rush Limbaugh,the blithering village idiot, is the voice of the GOP?! Wow, you guys are in big trouble because you’re regressing not progressing! Get behind Sarah Palin again! She was much smarter than him. And a hell of a lot better to look atThat’s not a distortion of reality. It’s the damn truth!

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