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Not A Parody, Continued

Jim Burroway

March 16th, 2011

Rush Limbaugh is not, by any means fringe. He is the highest rated radio talk show host in America. On the rare occasions when GOP politicians criticize him, they are made to heel and apologize. This is Limbaugh mocking Japan’s recycling programs and production of the Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf (all of which makes sense in a country with ZERO oil reserves), and rejoicing over the widespread suffering there.

Will no prominent figure on the right denounce this?

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Craig
March 16th, 2011 | LINK

“Will no prominent figure on the right denounce this?”

No, none will.

Hyhybt
March 16th, 2011 | LINK

Strange… I used to listen to his show in the mid-90′s, and while I agreed with very little he said (other than choice of computer) he seemed sane enough. What happened?

Matt
March 16th, 2011 | LINK

Maybe you should start posting a Worst Person in the Entire World segment. Like, every day. It could happen at the same time every day, and Box Turtle Bulletin readers could be sure to set aside two minutes to take it in and feel the appropriate hate, excuse me, motivation to create positive change.

Lindoro Almaviva
March 16th, 2011 | LINK

And where is the caller from? Indianapolis. Comes to prove that there are so many idiots in this town.

What is Gaia trying to tell you? That you are an idiot, plain and simple. Both of you.

Throbert McGee
March 16th, 2011 | LINK

I listened to it, and I don’t think Limbaugh was mocking Japan or rejoicing in Japanese suffering — rather, he was mocking a particular strain of environmentalists, namely those who attribute natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina to manmade pollution of the planet.

That said, I think it was in appallingly poor taste for Limbaugh to exploit a still-unfolding tragedy in order to make fun of the environmentalist lunatic fringe.

(And I also think it’s despicable for him to portray all “green”-minded people as scientifically illiterate Gaia worshipers.)

Stephen
March 17th, 2011 | LINK

I wonder if it’s a real caller or one of the people they employ to make fake calls on topics Limbaugh wants to talk about.

AJD
March 17th, 2011 | LINK

How somebody responds to a disaster such as this is a good way to gauge what kind of person he or she is. Limbaugh is only the latest example of members of the far right exploiting the tragedy in Japan to promote their own political or religious beliefs.

“Doesn’t Rush Limbaugh remind you of one of those gay guys who likes to lay in a tub while other men pee on him?” — Bill Hicks

TonyJazz
March 17th, 2011 | LINK

Rush is another millionaire who learned how to make money off of stupid people (just look at the entire SUV industry!).

It’s the stupid people that really worry me, as Rush without an audience is just another guy with a lousy job somewhere….

Sean Santos
March 17th, 2011 | LINK

Glenn Beck did it too. Complete with the random shout-out to Gaia.

Spartann
March 17th, 2011 | LINK

to Jim Burroway …..

“This is Limbaugh mocking Japan’s recycling programs and production of the Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf ”

Hey Jim, what are you talking about? Limbaugh’s mocking ABC’s Diane Sawyer… and how she’s wasting time when she calls attention to the recycle bins in a shelter….. In fact that whole segment of El Rushbo’s show, was on how some people waste time.

But of course you know that already. In fact you couldn’t help to understand what Limbaugh was saying the moment you continued past the last few seconds of the video clip you posted. Ya know to where people are calling in, and mocking Obama for the way he wastes time on making basketball picks, but yet the president cant find the time to decide on major issues of state?

TonyJazz
March 17th, 2011 | LINK

I would venture that his definition of wasting time doesn’t include listening to his misinformed commentary programs? (or the president wasting time paying attention to hateful people such as Rush?)

Spartann, you know Rush is almost always indefensible, so why try?

Timothy Kincaid
March 17th, 2011 | LINK

Actually I think Spartann is correct on this one. Limbaugh wasn’t seeing God’s judgment here, rather he was doing what makes up about 40% of his shtick, attacking Democrats and “librulls” (the rest is about evenly divided between ranting about Obama and praising himself).

The attack wasn’t on Japan’s policies, but rather on what librulls believe about zero emissions vehicles and recycling.

It’s amusing in a way. All it takes for Rush to be condescending and condemnatory of an issue is for a librull to adopt it. It’s hard to come up with logical opposition to recycling – especially one that is consistently conservative – but that it’s librull is enough. And if it wasn’t a partisan issue (and can anyone explain why it is?), Rush would be praising the big businesses that were being true conservators of our planet that obviously the Democrats don’t care about.

Rush has no underlying principles or ideology, he’s purely reactionary.

Spartann
March 17th, 2011 | LINK

to TonyJazz…

Limbaugh constantly makes known, a discerning individual knows his schtick is just that, “mostly satire”… The real laugh however, comes at the expense of people like yourself Mr Jazz, every time you fall into the trap Limbaugh’s set for you…….. I guess some people are just inclined to take the BIG guy literally…. But that’s OK, you needn’t fret, and please don’t take what I said to heart… because ever since Keith Olbermann’s show met a Tsunmai of its own, Chris Matthews and that Fat Ed guy over at MSNBC are 2 of the biggest suckers on TV taking the bait now… and I mean hook line and sinker!!!!!

Hyhybt
March 17th, 2011 | LINK

One thing I did wonder about, when I used to listen: when I first heard the show in 1992 or 3, he was always going on about his audience of “20 million and growing.” The last time I heard him on the radio, somewhere around 2000, he was still bragging about his audience growing by leaps and bounds… and the number he gave was still 20 million.

But until now I had no idea the “golden microphone” was a real thing. He’s nuts.

TonyJazz
March 18th, 2011 | LINK

Spartann, you are so right. Rush is a genius who has outsmarted me as I thought he was serious about his comments. He’s actually a wonderful individual who seeks better opportunities for gunnuts and rich people. You must be an outstanding member of one of those extremely intelligent subgroups… (or a member of GOProud, another bastion of logical distinction)

A.
March 18th, 2011 | LINK

regardless of who he’s making fun of, or what his point is
(he’s as goofy as beck for sure)

thousands of people dead is not an appropriate topic for satire.

andrewb
March 19th, 2011 | LINK

Let me start by saying: I’m no Rush fan, not by a long shot. I find his humor usually pretty tasteless and often a little hateful. But seriously, what is this doing here???

First of all, why is this on a gay-news-related site? I didn’t realize this had become a broader liberal politics site. Are we now shilling for Dems and the left?

You do realize that the “gaya” he was referring to was Gaia as in “mother earth”. You do realize that, right?

Secondly, he’s mocking Diane Sawyer and he’s mocking environmentalists, not the Japanese. His point on DS was: these people are screwed and her reaction is “look! recycling!”. I’m sorry, but frankly, her comment is completely insipid. He’s right to criticize her for it. I’ve long complained about the fluff that passes for network news. This is a perfect example.

And his comments about the home of environmental cars being in the “crosshairs” are facetious. As in “you save mother earth and she levels you in payback”. Kids, that’s called irony. It’s used in humor. Maybe bad humor in bad taste. Maybe unfunny humor. But the level of outrage here is ridiculous. Get a grip people.

andrewb
March 19th, 2011 | LINK

By the way, the death of thousands of people is the *perfect* place for humor. When things are so bad that they’re unimaginable, and when there’s little you can do (unless someone here has the cure for a runaway radioactive plant), the only thing left is to laugh while you can, where you can. Then you get back to the work of picking up the pieces.

Quick question: how many of the “outraged” people here have donated to the Japanese charities? Hmmm…

susie
March 29th, 2011 | LINK

spartann, could you explain this to me:

rush says something that sounds pretty insensitive to me but he’s “just joking” and i “fell for it?”

what is this, you can say something and no matter how offensive it seems, as long as you come back later and say “i was making a joke!” it’s okay?

i think that behind what people joke about is what they really are – saying “Just joking” is a way to get around having to take responsibility for saying something obnoxious.

if a person intends to be funny and they come off as offensive, i don’t give them any benefit for the intent.

susie
March 29th, 2011 | LINK

just an add – if i made a lot of comments that seemed to offend people, rather than saying that they “aren’t getting it” i’d be concerned enough about my image as someone who is callous or insensitive to change my behavior.

sorry to post twice. new.

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