On April 14, discussing the rescue of the crew of the Maersk Alabama from Somali pirates, Rush Limbaugh said:
“There you have it, three teenagers shot on the high seas at the order of President Obama. . . . Just imagine the hue and cry had a Republican president ordered the shooting of black teenagers on the high seas.”
You get the point: Limbaugh was pointing out the media double standard, with indirect reference to the customary protests in American cities (e.g., Cincinnati in 2001) over police shootings. Leave it to the media, however, to seek out a crewman from the Maersk Alabama who denounces Limbaugh for “hate speech.”
Exactly how Limbaugh’s words could be interpreted as an incitement of hate, neither the crewman nor the reporters bother to explain. Apparently the hate was so self-evident that explanation was not necessary. Just imagine the hue and cry had a liberal radio host made a joke about the shooting of black teenagers on the high seas.
Oh, wait: Liberal talk radio is a hypothetical.
UPDATE: Commenter “Tom Paine” insists Limbaugh’s joke was “nasty” — in comparison to what? Anything said about George Bush by Janeane Garafalo, Bill Maher or Rosie O’Donnell? And of conservative talk radio, Tom Paine invokes a “fist-pounding, outraged and red faced voice giving marching orders to ditto-heads.” As compared to what? Keith Olbermann?
Limbaugh was merely highlighting the partisan difference in how presidential actions are portrayed by the media. When a Republican gets tough with bad guys, it’s brutality, a violation of human rights, evidence of a “cowboy” mentality. When a Democrat does the same thing, he is praised for his decisive leadership.
As with the idiotic furor over Rush’s Donovan McNabb comments, once again Limbaugh’s critique of liberal media bias is mischaracterized (by the liberal media) as “racist.” And liberals are either (a) too stupid to comprehend Limbaugh’s arguments, or (b) so dishonest as to pretend they don’t comprehend Limbaugh’s arguments.
Which was more “nasty”: Referring to the Somali pirates as “black teenagers,” or shooting them dead?
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