Thursday, October 26, 2006

Molly Ivins: Slimebaugh's attacks on Michael Fox are WAY beyond the pale



Normally I foreswear commenting on Slimebaugh, anymore.

For one thing, I've grown weary of it, after nearly 20 years.

For another, it's about as challenging--and as satisfying--as shooting fish in a bucket.

But I do like how Molly Ivins does it:

AUSTIN, Texas—It’s a race to the bottom. For misinformation and cruelty, not to mention plain old dreadful manners, it is so hard to beat Rush Limbaugh. We can only measure the Great Blowhard against himself.

Even by Limbaugh standards, his recent attack on Michael J. Fox, the actor, is several levels lower than tacky. Fox, who has Parkinson’s disease, has done some political ads favoring candidates who in turn support stem cell research.

“He is exaggerating the effects of the disease,” Limbaugh told his listeners. “He is
moving all around and shaking, and it’s purely an act. This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn’t take his medication or he’s acting. This is the only time I’ve ever seen Michael J. Fox portray any of the symptoms of the disease he has.”

The reaction from Parkinson’s experts was swift and angry. “It’s a shameless statement,” said John Rogers of Parkinson’s Action Network. “It’s insulting. It’s appallingly sad, at best.”

So then Limbaugh, big-hearted guy, says while still on the air in the same broadcast:
“Now, people are telling me they have seen Michael J. Fox in interviews and he does appear in the same way in the interviews as he does in this commercial. ... All right, then, I stand corrected. ... So I will bigly, hugely admit that I was wrong, and I will apologize to Michael J. Fox if I am wrong in characterizing his behavior on this commercial as an act ... .”

Then Limbaugh went on to say, “Michael J. Fox is allowing his illness to be exploited and in the process is shilling for a Democrat politician.”

Exploiting his disease by pushing for a cure. Gee, I never thought of that. Do you think the late Christopher Reeve was faking it? Is Nancy Reagan exploiting her late
husband?


Yeah, the whole fucking world's waiting for the drug-addled shit-stain to criticize Nancy...

There's more. Go read. But I sure wish somebody'd take a baseball bat to Rush's fat, shit-encrusted cranium and render him eligible for some stem-cell-research-based treatment.

2 comments:

Metro99 said...

"I sure wish somebody'd take a baseball bat to Rush's fat, shit-encrusted cranium and render him eligible for some stem-cell-research-based treatment."

I must confess that this has been the subject of a recurring wet-dream I've been having for the last couple of months. By the way, the bat should be aluminum for that lovely metallic sound it makes when it repeatedly strikes the head at a high rate of velocity.

konopelli/WGG said...

you're right about that...i think as a weapon, the aluminum bat is far superior,,,however, for baseball, gimme the ol' hickory or ash...
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