The Left Media does not want to understand Rush's point, they want to destroy an enemy.
In the early 1980's there was no man more loathed and vilified by the American Left than President Reagan's Secretary of the Interior, James Watt. Watt was a Conservationist, i.e. he believed in the wise stewardship of God's creation, for the enjoyment and benefit of mankind. That philosophy, though pretty mainstream throughout the "red states," was and is anathema to Environmentalist extremists, and the Media, Government and Cultural elites who give them credence.
Watt was marked for destruction by the Left from the outset, and the opportune moment came when Watt aimed his dry wit at Liberals and Liberalism (the unpardonable sin). Speaking about a committee or commission he had formed for some task of the Interior Department, Watt skewered the Left's trademark tokenism by pointing out that Liberals should be really happy about this particular commission, because it was comprised of "a woman, a black, two Jews and a cripple."
The audience laughed, but the Liberal Media smelled blood in the water and stubbornly refused to "get" the joke -- which was directed at them
-- insisting that Watt had bashed women, blacks, Jews and the handicapped.
It was an incident that hinted at how bloodthirsty the Left is, willing as they were to appear as complete dunces, unable to fathom the sarcasm of Watt's comment, in order to run a political nemesis out of Washington. The lie was repeated often enough, until the utter nonsense that James Watt was a sexist, racist, anti-semitic, handicapped-hater, had become the "authorized version" of events, and Watt resigned to avoid being an albatross to the Reagan presidency.
It should be no surprise then that when the man most loathed and vilified by the American Left in the 21st Century, Rush Limbaugh, provides an opportune moment, the Left-Media intentionally misunderstands his remarks, in a way that conveniently allows them an opportunity to destroy Rush's career.
Consider the substance of Limbaugh's remark about the great desire of Sports Media to see Black quarterbacks succeed. Imagine if "The Reverend" Jesse Jackson had accused, "You Honky Sportswriters, don't really care if African American Quarterbacks succeed." Can you doubt that the Sports Media would be trampling one another to get to a microphone and declare their passionate devotion to seeing Black quarterbacks excel? Would it then be terribly unreasonable to suggest, as Rush did, that such a desire might distort the perception, or at least the reporting of sportswriters thus impassioned?
Ah, but there's the rub, the Left Media does not want to understand Rush's point, any more than they wanted to understand James Watt's barb about Liberal tokenism. They want to destroy an enemy, and any excuse, no matter how fatuous, will do. So, gleeful Leftists will play-act that they are offended and scandalized by Rush's comment, when the very thinly veiled fact is they are thrilled at the chance to "Watt" Rush.
Posted by larry_naselli
at 11:10 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, October 28, 2003 5:31 PM CST