I’m sure most of you have heard of the Michael J. Fox and Rush Limbaugh controversy by now. What you might not have SEEN is the video of Rush in his studio mocking Fox’s movements in the spot he taped for Claire McCaskill. Feel free to take a look. This is a clip from Keith Olbermann’s “Countdown” on MSNBC that shows the video of Limbaugh and Fox’s reply to it.
Whether you agree or disagree with Fox’s stance on stem cell research (and I bet you all can guess where I stand on it), it is NOT acceptable to make fun of his disability, period. PERIOD. I am appalled at how the dirt is being thrown all over the place as we get down to the wire on these important elections. Not that I didn’t expect it, of course. Since the republican administration faces the loss of control of the house and perhaps even the senate, it was bound to get messy. But to see just how low people will go to retain power boggles this chick’s head!
** Labeling Mark Foley a democrat on Fox “news”, not once but several times.
** Covering up the fact that many knew about Mark Foley’s predelictions years ago and did nothing about it.
** Saying “we are not about staying the course” when that’s been the talking point for the entire frigging duration of this
“war on terror”, search for WMD, bringing democracy, whateverthefuck they are calling it nowadays.
I know some out there will likely see things differently (waves to my sweet Cousins ‘O Flair and Love) but I cannot see how making fun of MJF’s disability furthers the discourse in a reasonable way. Had Limbaugh even done a modicum of research (ha! I know), he’d understand the effects of the medication on Fox. Had he done a modicum of research (out there on “the google”) he’d see that Fox did a spot for Arlen Specter (a republican) back in 2004 because Mr. Specter supported stem cell research. It’s about finding ways to let others know that this (stem cell research) is a viable option for help – regardless of political affiliation.
Of all the things that galls me about this mudslinging, I’d say that it’s the incredible hypocrisy of it all. I didn’t hear Limbaugh saying all this when Fox did a spot for a republican. Gee, think there’s a connection?? If Mark Foley HAD been a democrat, oh my Lord! The shitstorm you wouldn’t have seen!! But because he’s a repub, well, let’s sweep it under the rug, blame anyone else we can and move along, now. Gotta go change that terror alert color. Osama and terrorists and war, oh my!
Shitty behavior is shitty behavior, regardless of political affiliation. Had Mark Foley been a democrat, I’d be calling for exactly the same investigation into who knew what and when and if it was covered up, why? Because it’s shitty behavior (and that’s the nice word for it, btw).
I think I rambled about this and went from one topic to another but that just shows you how strongly I feel about it all. It cannot come out of my fingers fast enough. So, this is what it is. More coherent thoughts may or may not follow.
Folks, please vote in this election. I don’t care what affiliation you are but I do care that all our voices are heard. It’s so important that we understand the consequences of apathy.
one who used to be apathetic herself until she woke up