The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

05 February 2010

Libtalker Uses Same Language That Landed Limbaugh, Emanuel In Hot Water


Will Libtalker Be Denounced As Rush Was?

Ahead of the snowstorm that will hopefully put it out of its misery, it was one silly week inside the Beltway, especially in relation to language usage.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel came under fire for comments made last August but not reported until now: "f---ing retarded", he was quoted as calling certain members of his own party.

But when the state-run media saw the uproar hitting too close to Obama, they predictably shifted the anger to Rush Limbaugh, whose apparent crime was repeating Emanuel's words on his program. To boost its impact, the smear merchants even fabricated a phony Rush-Palin row.

Emanuel has since taken a pledge not to use the "R-word" again, while Limbaugh continues to take heat from the Special Olympics organization and others.

But Limbaugh and Emanuel aren't the only ones using this kind of language, as MSNBC libtalker Ed Schultz has happily joined the "R" club with his own rant. Like Limbaugh, Big Ed was simply interpreting Emanuel's words to reflect his own political standpoint.

But is it really fair to leave Schultz out of the seek-and-destroy game that has consumed the political world in recent days? What makes this rant acceptable where Limbaugh's isn't? Take a listen for yourself:

SCHULTZ (21:56): Now, from a liberal's perspective, I would think that Rahm Emanuel would be speaking for the president. The bigger picture here is, now that I see that single payer was never on the table, public option was never fought for, did the president think that the liberal group that came out with the idea of health care, did the president think it was retarded? That's where I'm at on the story! I mean, if that's how Rahm Emanuel thinks about what the liberal base came up with with health care, is that where the president is?!

He may not use that word, but is he saying, aw the hell with 'em behind closed doors, we're not gonna do that, it's crazy. Well, look at it. Single payer wasn't on the table. They didn't seem to fight very hard for public option. There was never any line drawn in the sand. I mean, I would have to think that there's a connection between what Rahm Emanuel says and how the president thinks based on how this all unfolded! That's the story for liberals! The story's not the word 'retarded' or who offended who. The story is, what we elected, what we wanted, it didn't even get represented!

SCHULTZ (23:21): Look, I'm a big fan of the president, OK, and I want this all to work. But in the health care debate, Barack Obama beat up Hillary Clinton more than he beat up the opposition when it came to fighting for the public option! What's going on here?

Schultz simply repeated Rahm's words and attempted to analyze the context. But hey, that's all Rush was doing from his perspective and look how he was trashed by the media!

So are we going to denounce Schultz, or back off of Limbaugh? Pick one, guys, you can't have it both ways.

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  • "P for Predictable"

    What Bri, no trademark Rush transcript here because he did a little more than paraphrase Emanuel? Sorry, he did. I don't care, I think the whole thing is PC stupidity. Nevertheless, this blog is never big on intellectual honesty, is it?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 06 February, 2010 13:15  

  • The difference here is Limbaugh is significant while Schultz is not. Agree or disagree, love him or hate him, what Limbaugh says matters. Even if people were listening to Schultz, which they are not, no one would care what Schulz says.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 06 February, 2010 14:11  

  • Limbaugh repeats leftists words because it makes the liberals mad.

    By Blogger GeronL, at 06 February, 2010 15:16  

  • Rush will often set up a bit..Then go for quite some time without referring back to the original premise. If you tune in a little late, you will totally not get it.

    Many of the so called “shocking” Rush quotes result from people not hearing, or choosing to ignore the initial set up.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 07 February, 2010 07:59  

  • as a liberal, I have to say that it doesn't matter what side you're on, this whole thing is retarded. no matter who says what, someone somewhere is going to be offended. neither side should have to apologize.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 08 February, 2010 12:06  

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