The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

20 December 2004

Limbaugh Subjected to NBC Hate Attack

NBC's unfunny Saturday Night Live subjected Rush Limbaugh to a mean-spirited attack on the most recent program, according to Drudge. Backstage production and support people are said to have objected after seeing the image of Limbaugh passed out on the floor in front of a toilet with pills and bottles around him.

The worst part of the story is that these supposedly outraged staffers are afraid to be named, fearing retribution from program dictator Lorne Michaels. If Michaels really wants to stand by something this awful, after all of the fatal drug abuse he turned a blind eye to for years, then perhaps it's time for advertisers to revisit whether they really want to be a part of such a program. When someone's substance abuse issue becomes a punchline then it's time to examine what's going on at the network.

Rush has faced his demons, been through rehab and honestly discussed his addiction with millions of radio listeners. It's a highly addictive substance that any one of us could get hooked on after a medical procedure.

Don't expect media outrage, they will give SNL and Michaels a pass since Limbaugh is a conservative Republican.


  • I agree. Lorne Michaels is a dangerous man. I can't imagine anything more harmful to the nation than the sight of Limbaugh's fat ass on a bathroom floor. I wish that more people in the media (?) had the courage that you have shown in addressing this issue.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 20 December, 2004 03:48  

  • Gotta love those "anonymous" comments! I didn't see the sketch, but I'm never surprised at the attacks on the right from the left. The way I heard it, it wasn't even funny, so it will probably die on the vine and the originators of the ignominious sketch will end up being the losers. I doubt that Rush will even address it. SNL generally gigs the left as well as the right, but they may very well hate Rush more than most. Still, you just have to consider the source and let it ride. That which is truly funny is based on truth, and if it's not based on truth, there's no basis for humor. Therefore, I don't think this has come across as being very funny.
    rich glasgow

    By Blogger rich glasgow, at 20 December, 2004 04:07  

  • Hey, Rich, are you Brian? Just curious.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 20 December, 2004 04:15  

  • I think Rich has made it clear he's his own man.

    Maybe Lorne Michaels, Chevy Chase, et. al., are doing conservatives a big favor by continuing this type of behavior after the election.

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 20 December, 2004 12:50  

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