Friday, October 03, 2003

Good for the Inky


Author Al Franken was right.

Rush Limbaugh is a big, fat idiot. Well, less fat than formerly, but still an insufferable blowhard and bully, mired in self-aggrandizing delusion.


One irony of this controversy is that Limbaugh's comment was no more outrageous or off-base than dozens of things he says each week on his popular show.

Limbaugh is one of the central players in the spread of an extensive, alternative media network designed to give conservative viewpoints a far more explicit, unchallenged airing than liberal views ever do in the so-called "liberal media" conservatives are always decrying.

On his show, Limbaugh's views rarely get tested by contrary argument or corrected by fact police; his callers agree with and adore him. Those who would dare challenge his preconceptions, his tidy narrative of how liberals are the root of all evil, get little air time.

Inside this cozy RushWorld, it's easy for him and his listeners to assume their views are the undisputed truth. It's interesting that it took only four weeks for Limbaugh to trip over his acid tongue on ESPN. That's not, as he would have it, a measure of the mainstream media's reflexive political correctness. It's a reflection of how out of touch he is with the majority of Americans who have a clue about what's really going on.