I Hate Talk Radio

I’m certain that, by now, enough has been said about Rush Limbaugh’s idiotic comments from the previous week in which he called a Georgetown law school student a “slut” and a “prostitute” for wanting health care coverage for contraceptives.

But there’s still plenty to say about Rush’s incredibly weak apology in which he claimed he “did not mean a personal attack” on this young woman and that “in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir.”

As Colonel Sherman Potter of M*A*S*H would say, bull cookies.

Limbaugh attacked this woman for days. He characterized her in one of the worst ways a woman could be characterized. And, he did it on the national airwaves.

This is why I hate talk radio. Limbaugh and his ilk talk about whatever they want — no matter how ridiculous, incendiary, or wrong — and they peddle it as “the truth.” They attack people with the vilest of language. They challenge your patriotism and your intellect if you disagree with them. I have zero professional respect for these people because they deliberately obfuscate the issues and manipulate their listeners.

And don’t even try the bogus “it’s Rush’s First Amendment right to say what he wants” claim.

Being on the radio is a privilege. It is not a right. No one has a right to be on a nationally syndicated radio talk show. Furthermore, Rush Limbaugh does not have a First Amendment right to say whatever he wants on his radio show. The First Amendment won’t protect him if he libels someone by calling her a slut and a prostitute. Libel is never protected by the First Amendment.

It is this kind of host who is incredibly irresponsible with the powerful position he has been given. Sure, there are some responsible hosts and programs on talk radio. But I’ve generally found this format to be a vast wasteland of megalomaniacs, liars and con artists who have nothing constructive or informative to offer.

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