The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

05 May 2006

Patrick Kennedy, Talk Radio, Rhode Island, Car Crashes, Capitol

BATTERY RECHARGE

From Rep. Kennedy's Latest Flap, Talk's New Goldmine




*** Update below: liberals begin to complain of anti-Kennedy media coverage! ***


For talk radio hosts seeking fresh fodder, it was just what the doctor ordered: yet another flap involving Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), son of the notorious Teddy (D-Chappa- quiddick).

Call it talk's instant battery recharge. How could anyone resist this one?

Late Thursday, news spread like wildfire that Rep. Kennedy had been involved in his second car accident in just the past two weeks, this time at 3am, near the Capitol.

Boston Herald update: hostess says she saw Kennedy drinking before accident. That contradicts his own statements. Also: Herald tags Kennedy photo "Patches", a nickname used by critics.

And: at Friday's online edition, New York Times buries the story completely.

Unlike his father's infamous 1969 wreck, there were no fatalities this time. Thankfully, no young ladies were left behind at the scene.

One striking similarity, however: in all three crashes, based on available details, favoritism allegations seem to have substantial merit.

(Andrew Miga- AP) Rep. Patrick Kennedy crashed his car near the Capitol early Thursday, and a police official said he appeared intoxicated. Kennedy said he had had no alcohol before the accident.

Kennedy, D-R.I., addressed the issue after a spate of news reports.

"I was involved in a traffic accident last night at First and C Street SE near the U.S. Capitol," Kennedy said in a written statement released by his office. "I consumed no alcohol prior to the incident. I will fully cooperate with the Capitol Police in whatever investigation they choose to undertake."

Kennedy appeared to be intoxicated when he crashed his car into a barrier on Capitol Hill early Thursday morning, said Louis P. Cannon, president of the Washington chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Cannon, who was not there, said the officers involved in the accident were instructed by an official "above the rank of patrolman" to take Kennedy home.

No sobriety tests were conducted at the scene.

A letter written by a Capitol Police officer to Acting Chief Christopher McGaffin said Kennedy appeared to be staggering when he left the vehicle after the crash about 3 a.m. The letter was first reported by Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper.

Kennedy said he was late for a vote, officer Greg Baird said in the letter to McGaffin. Baird is acting chairman of the Capitol Hill chapter of the FOP police union. The last vote of the night had occurred almost six hours earlier.


Late in the evening, Kennedy claimed prescription medications were to blame:


Later, however, he issued a longer statement saying the attending physician for Congress had prescribed Phenergan on Tuesday to treat Kennedy's gastroenteritis.

Kennedy said he returned to his Capitol Hill home on Wednesday evening after a final series of votes in Congress and took "prescribed" amounts of Phenergan and Ambien, another prescribed drug that he occasionally takes to fall asleep.

"Some time around 2:45 a.m., I drove the few blocks to the Capitol Complex believing I needed to vote," his second statement said. "Apparently, I was disoriented from the medication."


Just two weeks ago, Kennedy apparently had trouble turning left to enter a CVS/Pharmacy near his Portsmouth, RI residence. Though it's hard to see why, the other driver (who was proceeding straight on a state highway) was considered to be at fault. See the police report here.

Easily America's most corrupt state, Rogue's Island is a great place to enjoy the perks of political power. Would any major local politician in a bit of a spot expect to receive special treatment, much less a Kennedy?

You bet, as that's how it's done in the Ocean State.


From Wikipedia, a quick rundown of Kennedy's major recent flaps:


Cocaine Treatment

Kennedy has also acknowledged being treated for cocaine use during his teenage years.

LAX Incident

In 2000, Kennedy was accused of pushing a security guard at LAX. City prosecutors ultimately decided not to bring criminal charges against him and he paid an undisclosed civil settlement to the alleged victim almost two years later. His critics have called this incident a "triple hate crime", as the security guard was an elderly black woman.

Mistreatment of Property

In 2000, Atlantic Navigation Company of Mystic, CT, claimed that a boat they rented to Kennedy was found abandoned off Martha's Vineyard and required $28,000 to repair.

Public Argument

In 2000, the Coast Guard was dispatched to Kennedy's yacht after he and his date became embroiled in an argument on his yacht off Martha's Vineyard.

Lackadaisical

In 2003, drew fire from his critics when he declared that "I have never worked a [bleeping] (F------) day in my life."

Hammer Hit

In April 2006, during an economic development meeting in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Kennedy was struck in the mouth with a wayward hammer's head. He was taken to Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket, where he received six stiches in his bottom lip.

April 2006 car crash

On April 15, 2006, at 10:05 a.m., Patrick J. Kennedy was driving a Ford registered to the "Friends of Pat Kennedy Inc" on Turnpike Avenue. As Patrick attempted to turn left into the CVS parking lot, he was "broadsided" by a Nissan driven by Thomas Guthlein. Guthlein was attributed fault by the Portsmouth Rhode Island police who investigated the accident.

Second 2006 car crash

On May 4, 2006, at approximately 2:45 a.m., Patrick Kennedy was operating a motor vehicle with its lights turned off in the darkness. He collided with a parked Capitol police cruiser before smashing into a security barricade at First and C streets Southeast at 3 a.m. The officer approached the driver who staggered out of his vehicle and stated that he was late for a vote even though Congress had adjourned three hours earlier. Capitol Police patrol officers did not perform field sobriety tests at the scene. Officers were ordered away by the Watch Commander and later drove Kennedy home. Currently the Capitol Police are investigating the accident.


With a track record like this, New England- based talkers and others were in- position for an instant field day.

While Providence-based talk should have reaped the biggest rewards, it has recently deteriorated. Two stations which once kept local lawmakers on their toes, WHJJ-AM and WPRO-AM, have each gone either liberal (which means defending or ignoring Democrat-dominated corruption) or milquetoast (let's instead talk about American Idol).

As of 8pm Thursday, for example, WPRO had failed to even mention the latest Kennedy incident on its website.

Salvaging Rhode Island's media reputation: The Providence Journal, with some immediate coverage.


Instead, it was Boston's Howie Carr, a longtime Kennedy critic, who immediately seized upon the breaking news. Able to supply Michelle Malkin and others with a copy of the Portsmouth Police report, Carr, of WRKO-AM, spent much of the rest of his afternoon drive program pounding on the Rhode Island representative.

At cross-town rival WTKK-FM, host Michael Graham also began discussing the incident just after 5pm. According to him, "it's the only topic that's managed to push illegal immigration off the table. Just barely."

In addition, anchoring AP print coverage of the incident (and providing exclusives) was Andrew Miga, formerly of the Boston Herald's Capitol Hill bureau.


For talk radio, the issues are clear:


Is it yet another case of special treatment for members of the Kennedy clan? Will the mainstream media investigative this allegation further, or will it be again left to blogs?

Drudge is already suggesting a cover-up in the case. Given Patrick's mangled handwriting in the CVS wreck incident report, was he really sober, as has been his claim?


Will Kennedy turn himself into a victim of a hostile press, or "right-wing" cabal? Should he choose to admit to wrongdoing, will the public instead become sympathetic to his condition? Blaming the meds could backfire.


Will Teddy attempt to intervene on behalf of his son? Has he already used his political power to do so?


The big question: given his history of jerky antics, why do Rhode Island voters continue sending Rep. Kennedy to Washington? Like his father, does Patrick have a free lifetime pass due to family name and partisan affiliation?


Because this story has all the right ingredients for a major controversy, don't expect talk radio or the blogosphere to soon let go of it.


UPDATE: At the FOX-bashing News Hounds site, the Kennedy coverage griping begins. Is FOX really enjoying news of Patrick's car crashes? Take a look:


FOX News is so obsessed with crimes by Democrats and African-Americans (and so oblivious to crimes by Republicans) that you could almost see the glee on the faces of FOX News execs when they heard the news last night (5/4/06) that Rep. Patrick Kennedy had been involved in a car accident and, as Sean Hannity reported, “when Kennedy stepped out of the car, he was said to be staggering… and appeared to be intoxicated.”

For 18 minutes, the Hannity & Colmes panel combed over every detail of the case, dropping a few slurs against Ted Kennedy as they went along. Republican strategist Rich Galen surely got some FOX bonus points for tying it into the Cynthia McKinney incident.

FOX’s favorite Democratic “strategist” Bob Beckel was on hand and, as usual, quickly gave all the reasons Democrats should agree with Republicans on this issue. In this case, Beckel said that his own experience with substance abuse made him suspect that the supposedly reformed Kennedy-the-younger had relapsed. “This is a disease, it’s serious, and this is not an issue that should be politicized,” Beckel said. But he never objected to that very politicization taking place in front of him.

“I’m very sensitive to that… I only want him to get better.” Hannity said, as “New Kennedy Scandal” appeared along the bottom of the screen. There wasn’t a close up so I couldn’t be sure but I suspect his nose grew right after he said that. “The issue here is whether or not as a lawmaker he’s being treated differently because of his position.” Oh, right.

Turning to Galen, “sensitive” Hannity said, “Maybe it’s unfair. But it reminds me of the fact that his father left a woman in a pond and went home. And didn’t tell anybody ‘Oh by the way, I just crashed off a bridge and a woman’s in the car at the bottom of a pond.’ And got away with it, for all intent and purposes, here.” The “non-politicizing” Hannity brought up Chappaquiddick later in the discussion, too.


AND: equally entertaining silliness on this subject from Daily Kos.

UPDATE: ever driven after taking Ambien? ABC News wants to know! And the AP has more details about these drugs. While Kennedy's office has "no knowledge" of any accident-related citations, he's apparently been issued three. Police report lists alcohol as contributing factor.

In a new press conference, Kennedy tries to turn himself into a martyr. Rehab comes next, Teddy is "proud" of his son. Expose The Left has video from CNN. Drudge notes how his new "can't remember anything" strategy conflicts with yesterday's statement.

CNN wants us to feel sorry for Rep. Kennedy.

More about media double standards at Hot Air. Excellent takes at NRO's Media Blog.

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27 Comments:

  • Here's a rich quote perfect for the occasion:

    "Do we operate under a system of equal justice under law?Or is there one system for the average citizenand another for the high and mighty?"
    - Senator Ted Kennedy, 1973 -

    By Blogger kitty, at 04 May, 2006 23:35  

  • (D-Chappaquidock)

    Thats so funny. Hey Baloney, did you know Laura Bush killed her boyfriend in 1963?

    By Blogger Mr. Kite, at 04 May, 2006 23:43  

  • Laura Bush was 17.

    Ted? A bit older.
    -=Mike
    ...Laura was investigated. Ted? Not so much.

    By Blogger MikeinSC, at 05 May, 2006 00:19  

  • The Great One, Mark Levin, weighs in Here

    By Blogger Rich in MT, at 05 May, 2006 00:35  

  • For the record, Patrick Kennedy is 39 years old.

    " a quick rundown of Kennedy's major recent flaps:



    Cocaine Treatment

    Kennedy has also acknowledged being treated for cocaine use during his teenage years."

    So you believe that cocaine use 20 years ago is recent??

    There went any potential credibility you had.

    By Blogger Ezsuds81, at 05 May, 2006 00:43  

  • Common sense tells you, do it once, do it for life!

    And kite--got any evidence that Mrs. Bush did what she did?!

    And NOBODY on the right will ever let Ted Kennedy, Drunken Socialist live down Chappaquiddock--except of course his friends in the corporate communist run media!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 05 May, 2006 08:16  

  • so, killing someone when you are 17 makes it ok? i'm pretty sure that vehicular homicide is vehicular homicide, no matter how old you are.

    and as for the drug abuse - i'm pretty sure rush limbaugh went to rehab because he admitted he was addicted to prescription pain medication.

    it's easy to throw stones when you ignore the fact that your own party does the same thing.

    By Blogger hardcore conservative genious, at 05 May, 2006 09:57  

  • This coverup is simply amazing.

    The issue is not in my local paper on the west coast this morning.

    My cubbyhole neighbor says the incident never happened.

    By Blogger tradersmith, at 05 May, 2006 10:46  

  • Mr. Kite


    One small difference (so small, I admit that it seems have escaped your notice) between the Laura Bush situation and the Kennedy situations is that Laura Bush wasn't an elected member of Congress at the time the incident took place.

    Oh, and she's not acting as co-president, as Hillary did, either.

    By Blogger Lokki, at 05 May, 2006 12:30  

  • Sounds like Patrick needs help. Hopefully he won't come to a bad end some time in the future because this is being swept under the rug.

    By Blogger eLarson, at 05 May, 2006 14:06  

  • If Patrick Kennedy is going to stick to his story of taking Ambien after he was safely at home - then became so disoriented he went driving again - it's a death sentnce to Ambien.

    Not saying I'm believing the drug alone was the culprit - but I have heard recent reports of Ambien causing 'sleep-driving'.

    With Kennedy stating that Ambien caused it - the drug should be taken off the market immediately.

    Looks like big money is on both sides of this blame debate.

    By Blogger TeddiBear, at 05 May, 2006 14:07  

  • i have to correct patriot on his "communist controlled media" statement.

    NBC is owned by GE, CBS is owned by Westinghouse, CNN is owned by Time Warner, and ABC is owned by Disney.

    and if you do a little research, you'll find that the people who sit on the board of directors at these and other major media outlets, also sit on the boards of some very high-profile, republican-supporting companies:

    New York Times: Carlyle Group, Eli Lilly, Ford, Johnson and Johnson, Hallmark, Lehman Brothers, Staples, Pepsi

    Washington Post: Lockheed Martin, Coca-Cola, Dun & Bradstreet, Gillette, G.E. Investments, J.P. Morgan, Moody's

    Knight-Ridder: Adobe Systems, Echelon, H&R Block, Kimberly-Clark, Starwood Hotels

    The Tribune Company (Chicago & LA Times): 3M, Allstate, Caterpillar, Conoco Phillips, Kraft, McDonalds, Pepsi, Quaker Oats, Shering Plough, Wells Fargo

    News Corp (Fox): British Airways, Rothschild Investments

    GE (NBC): Anheuser-Busch, Avon, Bechtel, Chevron/Texaco, Coca-Cola, Dell, GM, Home Depot, Kellogg, J.P. Morgan, Microsoft, Motorola, Procter & Gamble

    Disney (ABC): Boeing, Northwest Airlines, Clorox, Estee Lauder, FedEx, Gillette, Halliburton, Kmart, McKesson, Staples, Yahoo

    Viacom (CBS): American Express, Consolidated Edison, Oracle, Lafarge North America

    Gannett: AP, Lockheed-Martin, Continental Airlines, Goldman Sachs, Prudential, Target, Pepsi

    AOL-Time Warner (CNN): Citigroup, Estee Lauder, Colgate-Palmolive, Hilton

    take a look at the political donations of those companies, and it'll lead straight back to the republican party.

    now, what were you saying about the "communist media"?

    By Blogger hardcore conservative genious, at 05 May, 2006 14:20  

  • Wow...Rush gets hooked on drugs, doesn't hurt anyone else, and the wingnuts go insane. A Kennedy crashes his car while hooked on drugs, and not only is he not charged, the cops drive him home and it's straight off to some ritzy rehab clinic.

    I eagerly await the "fair and balanced" treatment the wingnuts have suggested for the past year.

    By Blogger Darin, at 05 May, 2006 15:33  

  • AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - At 17, Laura Bush ran a stop sign and crashed into another car, killing her boyfriend who was driving it, according to an accident report released to The Associated Press on Wednesday.

    Mrs. Bush is the wife of Republican presidential nominee-to-be George W. Bush (news - web sites), the Texas governor.

    ``It was a very tragic accident that deeply affected the families and was very painful for all involved, including the community at large,'' said her spokesman, Andrew Malcolm. ``To this day, Mrs. Bush remains unable to talk about it.''

    Mrs. Bush did say in March [2000], when asked at a campaign stop about the crash, ``I know this as an adult, and even more as a parent, it was crushing ... for the family involved and for me as well.''

    According to the two-page accident report released Wednesday [3 May 2000] by the city of Midland, Laura Welch was driving her Chevrolet sedan on a clear night shortly after 8 p.m. on Nov. 6, 1963, when she drove into an intersection and struck a Corvair sedan driven by 17-year-old Michael Douglas.

    Although previous news accounts have reported Douglas was thrown from the car and broke his neck, those details were not in the report.

    The speed of Laura Bush's car was illegible on the report. The speed limit for the road was 55.

    Neither driver was drinking, the police report said.

    Laura Bush and her passenger, Judy Dykes, also 17, were taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries, according to an accident account printed at the time in the Midland Reporter-Telegram.

    The police report indicates no charges were filed. That section of the report was left blank.

    ``As far as we know, no charges were filed,'' said Midland city attorney Keith Stretcher. ``I don't think it's unusual that charges weren't filed.''

    The police report was released after an open records request was submitted to Midland officials in March. City officials had declined to release the records because the victims were under 18.


    Yup - Lots and lots of moral equivalancy between a 17 year-old who wasn't drinking running a stop sign and hitting a corvair whose occupant was killed when he was thrown out of a car, and a sitting congressman aged 38 who sideswipes a police car at 2:30 in the morning and checks himself into rehab because the rehab he was in, in December, didn't take.

    Lots and lots of comparability there.....

    By Blogger Lokki, at 05 May, 2006 17:50  

  • Lots and lots of comparability there.....

    You're right, they're pretty different. Kennedy didn't even kill anybody.

    By Blogger Mr. Kite, at 05 May, 2006 18:27  

  • Big Eddie talked about the Kennedy matter when the story first broke on WEDNESDAY.

    Ed Schultz and his callers spent much of today's show discussing how Kennedy is taking responsibility for his addiction (compared to "druggie Limbaugh"). And the discussion on the effects of drugs like Ambien included calls from a drug sales rep defending Ambien, and other callers ripping it (including one who said her employer, United Airlines, prohibits its employees from using it).

    This is the same Ed Schultz who is partnered with Randy Michaels, the man you cite as taking over WLIB.

    With the head of Air America's syndication division being Tom Athans, whose former company brought Big Eddie to the airwaves, I get a feeling you're not gonna be happy when New York gets Ed-ucated.

    By Blogger QEd, at 05 May, 2006 20:26  

  • hcg:

    You remind me of Paul Jalbert, a communist FRENCH-born teacher I had at UCONN--he denied a liberal bias and bashed corporate America--like all his sheeple do listening to WBAI-FM!

    I checked a website Newsmeat--TRY THIS:

    Ben Bradlee--Washington Post--$250 to Steny Hpyer of Maryland

    Jim "Mad Money" Cramer--$264,000--to Democrats

    Nancy Grace--$1,000 to Hillary Clinton!

    I'll give you Clear Channel's Mays family, but yet they run liberal talk outlets.

    The rest you see here:

    http://newsmeat.com/media_political_donations/


    By the way, I more put the blame on news directors, anchors and writers than anything--as to why some of these media corps hire these liberals is beyond me.

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 05 May, 2006 20:42  

  • so, killing someone when you are 17 makes it ok? i'm pretty sure that vehicular homicide is vehicular homicide, no matter how old you are.

    Unlike with Ted, Laura was investigated. Obviously, there was no cause to press charges.

    Unless you assume the police somehow knew she'd be First Lady in about 30 or 40 years.

    and as for the drug abuse - i'm pretty sure rush limbaugh went to rehab because he admitted he was addicted to prescription pain medication.

    ...and?

    and if you do a little research, you'll find that the people who sit on the board of directors at these and other major media outlets, also sit on the boards of some very high-profile, republican-supporting companies:

    New York Times: Carlyle Group, Eli Lilly, Ford, Johnson and Johnson, Hallmark, Lehman Brothers, Staples, Pepsi


    The funny part is that the biggest investors in the Carlyle Group are left-wingers.

    Just saying.

    And I lack the energy to dig through the others --- but I will put money most are not run by "conservatives".

    now, what were you saying about the "communist media"?

    Noam Chomsky has been on the payroll of the Dept. of Defense for decades.

    He manages to bitch about them ad infinitum.

    You're right, they're pretty different. Kennedy didn't even kill anybody.

    Which makes him very much unlike your average Kennedy.

    Ed Schultz and his callers spent much of today's show discussing how Kennedy is taking responsibility for his addiction (compared to "druggie Limbaugh"). And the discussion on the effects of drugs like Ambien included calls from a drug sales rep defending Ambien, and other callers ripping it (including one who said her employer, United Airlines, prohibits its employees from using it).

    Except Rush went to rehab and didn't actually damage anything. And Rush had his medical records leaked to the press.

    Yes, Mr. Kennedy has shown SO much more responsibility. I'm sure the cops who drove him home scolded him.

    With the head of Air America's syndication division being Tom Athans, whose former company brought Big Eddie to the airwaves, I get a feeling you're not gonna be happy when New York gets Ed-ucated.

    When nobody listens --- as usual for Ed --- he'll blame somebody besides his utterly uninteresting self.

    By Blogger MikeinSC, at 05 May, 2006 22:51  

  • @hardcore conservative genious: I love it when the MSM is accused of double standards and bias, the defense looks at the corporate ownership of the MSM. Ah, the debate is about content, not ownership. The vast majority of corporations give to both political parties. And Big Business is only conservative in the fevered fantasies of the liberals. They're not conservative, they're not pro-Free Market. They want to socialize their costs, they want big government spending in their industries and they could care less about the cultural issues.

    This is all irrelevant, since bias is in the content, not the ownership. If you go to ownership, you've given up defending the accusation that the MSM is biased. You have to be willfully blind to ignore the bias.

    By Blogger Jabba the Tutt, at 06 May, 2006 07:45  

  • "You have to admit, the extensive coverage of this story is a testament to the power of the blogosphere. Twenty years ago, this story would have been buried, because so many people in the media admire the Kennedys on a personal and political level..."

    http://drtucker.blogs.friendster.com/my_blog/2006/05/do_you_know_who.html

    By Blogger D. R. Tucker, at 06 May, 2006 09:02  

  • In sum: Laura Bush ran a stop sign when she was in high school, and the other driver died; therefore, Democrats should be allowed to drunk-drive all they want.

    By Blogger Jim, at 06 May, 2006 15:48  

  • Easily America's most corrupt state, Rogue's Island is a great place to enjoy the perks of political power. Would any major local politician in a bit of a spot expect to receive special treatment, much less a Kennedy?

    You bet, as that's how it's done in the Ocean State


    Why do you suppose I'm so eager to leave? I could spend the afternoon telling you about all the things that make Rhode Island a rotten place to live. For the most part, it's a beautiful place, which is why the collective, sheltered, haughty, inbred idioacy of the population is so heartbreaking.

    After three and a half years, I'm moving in a month and I couldn't be happier.

    By Blogger Robosquirrel, at 06 May, 2006 21:33  

  • What's this "Laura Bush ran a stop sign when she was seventeen" BS? Mr Kite is correct. The victim was her boyfriend. (Speculators infer that she hit him on purpose.)And, no, it was not "investigated" as stated here by another apologist for the Bushes. It's absolutely never, ever discussed.

    Patrick Kennedy needs to get honest about his drinking and drug problem. An addict who takes the sort of prescription drugs he was taking is creating a scenario for disaster.

    By Blogger memedme, at 07 May, 2006 12:22  

  • "What's this 'Laura Bush ran a stop sign when she was seventeen' BS?"

    Well, it was two days after her birthday, so I think it still counts. But admittedly, it might have been a stop light.

    By Blogger Jim, at 07 May, 2006 18:09  

  • What's this "Laura Bush ran a stop sign when she was seventeen" BS? Mr Kite is correct. The victim was her boyfriend. (Speculators infer that she hit him on purpose.)And, no, it was not "investigated" as stated here by another apologist for the Bushes. It's absolutely never, ever discussed.

    It most assuredly WAS investigated. But, since no amount of reality will disabuse you of your false notions...
    -=Mike

    By Blogger MikeinSC, at 07 May, 2006 22:43  

  • Liberals, have EVERY right to complain. The white House Hooker gate, (main reason Goss stepped down) is being buried in the media in favor of this. I do not doubt for a second that the Kennedy story should be news, it is NEWS, fine. but a scandal involving republicans receiving hookers for bribes, no coverage???
    Anyone care to explain why Republican sex scandals get ignored by the media?
    Jeff Gannon?? IGNORED. Hookergate, so far ignored

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 08 May, 2006 14:26  

  • and for those crying about Limbaugh. Last week I posted that anyone else caught doing what Limbaugh did, would be in jail. You neo-clowns called me a liar. Well there is a story in the NY TIMES about someone else who got busted in Fl. doing what Rush did. slap on the wrist???/ Try 25 years in jail

    Like Rush Limbaugh, Richard Paey suffers from back pain, which in his case is so severe that he's confined to a wheelchair. Also like Limbaugh, he was accused of illegally obtaining large quantities of painkillers. Although there was no evidence that either man sold drugs illegally, the authorities in Florida zealously pursued each of them for years. Unlike Limbaugh, Paey went to prison. Now 47 years old, he's serving the third year of a 25-year term. His wife told me that when he heard how Limbaugh settled his case last week — by agreeing to pay $30,000 and submit to drug tests — Paey offered a simple explanation: "The wealthy and influential go to rehab, while the poor and powerless go to prison"

    Reported May 6th John Tierney

    http://select.nytimes.com/gst/tsc.html?URI=http://select.nytimes.com/2006/05/06/opinion/06tierney.html&OQ=_rQ3D1&OP=7d3ee4a2Q2FhdckhbQ2BzUUbhQ60xxQ26hxXhxQ26hUTuguUghxQ26buczgcQ3C,sb6Q7E

    bu bu bu Lib media?????????
    Rush is not a VICTIM neo-clowns, this poor man is.

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 08 May, 2006 14:29  

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