Saturday, April 29, 2006


Drudge (and now other media outlets) report that Rush Limbaugh has reached a plea agreement with the Florida state attorney's office. I think that's good for him, but it's not going to stop people trying to demonize him. I think he has handled the situation commendably (better than other celebrities with legal proceedings against them).

In the first journalism class I ever took, my told us the primary rule of journalism is, "Dig." Also, if you don't know how news stories are structured, they are built entirely around the fact that your attention span is too short to reach the end of the story. So they put the "lead" up front; the first paragraph in which you should be able to find out everything you need to know about whatever is under the headline (for a hard news story) or to convince you to read more (for a feature). The rest of the information should progressively get less important, so if you want to know the background of a story, you usually have to a bit of digging yourself Even the placement of a story on the page is based solely on you, dear reader, and how you scan a page of newspaper.

I think the Associated Press thought they'd reached China with the final paragraph of the above link, but snuck it in at the bottom so it could simultaneously feed the moonbats and not get a lot of attention:
Limbaugh reported five years ago that he had lost most of his hearing because of an autoimmune inner-ear disease. He had surgery to have an electronic device placed in his skull to restore his hearing. But research shows that abusing opiate-based painkillers also can cause profound hearing loss.
They're just sayin'... y'know?

It doesn't really matter if Rush lost his hearing to the drugs or not, he's already admitted to being addicted to painkillers. Just about anybody on painkillers has a fair-to-middlin' chance of getting addicted to them. I had some after a bit of surgery once. I took one pill and was high all day long - completely useless at work. I never took another one. I think Rush's addiction is certainly a humbling experience for him, but I don't think it makes him a hypocrite, despite the AP and MSNBC's (and the rest of the "drive-by media" as Rush likes to say) attmpts to paint him as such.

Anyway, I wish Rush luck on the road to recovery and would like to thank him and Tom Harkin and an anonymous donor for my free Adopt-A-Soldier Rush 24/7 Subscription.

UPDATE: More at The Radio Equalizer: IT'S RUSH-BASH 2006!
I was watching the "news" on NBC's Saturday edition of "the Today Show" (not by design, Red just had it on) and they completely left out the part about this all being part of Rush's plea deal and that he is not guitly. Surprised? Didn' t think so.


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