The Corner

In Defense of Rush

I heard Rush’s comments live: every word of it, the tone of voice, the inflections. Rush Limbaugh was using the time-honored method of satire to describe an absurd event on Capitol Hill — the whining of a 30-year-old law student whose life is apparently in shambles because she and her fellow law students are having so much recreational sex that affording birth control has become a financial burden. Seriously, that’s her very public complaint. With all of the copulating, I’d like to know when they have time to study con-law.

Rush, in his entertainer’s way, went over the top to make a point. Since when should any human being, corporation, or government entity that is not engaging in the sex act be forced to pay for someone else’s birth control? Absurd.

Rush apologized for his choice of words. But apparently, that’s not enough to satisfy the liberal media. The Washington Post went on the offensive in a Saturday editorial. President Obama gave our young hero a phone call.


Meanwhile, MSNBC commentators and the other left-leaning pundits (including esteemed Democrat members of Congress) who regularly attack conservatives in foul, hateful language, are toasted at all the best Washington cocktail parties. When President Obama goes to the airwaves urging his leftist allies in the Latino community to “punish our enemies,” it gets a yawn from the mainstream media.

But say something over the top about a female law student at one of the most prestigious and expensive law schools in America who had the unmitigated gall to complain to the United State Congress that she and her fellow female law students were having a hard time affording contraception, and you have gone too far.

Excuse me for being fed up with the media-generated histrionics. The hypocrisy is breathtaking. In a week in which Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibibi wrote vile, hateful things about my friend Andrew Breitbart, who died unexpectedly at age 43 leaving a wonderful wife and four beautiful children, the Washington Post remained silent. In a week in which some hate monger at the Huffington Post attacked the Catholic Church, calling its members “cannibals,”  the mainstream media remained silent.

Going back a bit, in 2009, when David Letterman described Sarah Palin’s purchase of makeup from Bloomingdale’s as an attempt to update her “slutty-flight-attendant look,”  the Washington Post editors and the rest of the mainstream media barely managed a “tisk tisk.” Pleased with the audience response, Letterman went on to attack her then-14-year-old daughter Willow saying, “One awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game, during the seventh inning, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.” Yawn . . .

Nobody batted an eyelid on January 14, 2011, when comedienne Cloris Leachman called Sarah Palin a “slut” on Wendy Williams’s talk show. The host and the audience thought it was just boffo.

And of course, Mr. Taibbi went after conservative writer Michelle Malkin in 2009 writing, “However, this move of hers to spearhead the teabag movement adds an element to her writing that wasn’t there before. Now when I read her stuff, I imagine her narrating her text, book-on-tape style, with a big, hairy set of b***s in her mouth. It vastly improves her prose.” Taibbi continues to write for Rolling Stone and the sages on the left remain silent. 

There are literally dozens of instances in which liberal entertainers and commentators have called Sarah Palin, Michele Bachman, Laura Ingraham, and other conservative women “sluts,” and “whores,” and have gone to great lengths to describe various violent sex acts they’d like to perform on them. I told my researcher to stop looking when she reached 50. It took less than five minutes. 

To all of the Rush haters in the mainstream media, a little consistency would be appreciated. Unlike the Catholic basher at HuffPo (I’ve left out his name to avoid giving him any more undeserved PR help) who refused to apologize for his satirical assault on the Catholics, Rush actually apologized for his words. How about expending a little ink on the real problem here — the narcissism and hedonism saturating the American culture perfectly symbolized by this whining, wannabe victim of all things . . . market-priced birth control.

The companies who pulled their sponsorship from the Rush Limbaugh show should be ashamed. And if they’re publicly traded, I hope shareholders will dump them for your lack of spine and business sense. To all of Rush’s 25 million listeners, tell Carbonite what you think of their cowardice by dumping their product and going to Mozy or Zip Cloud or one of the dozens of other data back-up services.

To Georgetown University’s president who found time in his busy schedule to publicly attack Rush, but seemingly didn’t have time to explain to the Obama advance people in April 2009 that covering the Jesuit symbol IHS (Iesus Hominem Salvator — Jesus Savior of Mankind) when President Obama spoke at Georgetown would be an insult to the University and the Catholic Church — that the lesson of our first Pope denying our Lord three times still rings true 2,000 years later — how about acting like the leader of a Catholic university and telling the young woman that her public whining was an embarrassment to the university she claims to represent?

To all of the liberal celebrities, pundits, and politicians who routinely savage conservative men and women in the most despicable manner your tiny little minds can generate, your First Amendment rights are safe with me — insult away, we can take it — but you might want to write to the Washington Post and defend Rush for exercising his freedom of speech.

And finally, to Rush, whom I will always admire as a great conservative voice, who is the most entertaining radio host of all time, and is a truly courageous American, keep doing what you’ve been doing for over 20 years – fight the good fight, finish the race and keep the faith (hat tip to Saint Paul – a man who chose death rather than hide even the merest symbol of his faith).

— Mark Corallo owns Corallo Media Strategies, Inc. a public-affairs firm in Alexandria, Va.

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