This morning America awoke to criticism that comedian Wanda Sykes crossed a line when she joked that Rush (Boss) Limbaugh was “the 20th hijacker” during Saturday night’s White House Correspondents Dinner.
Looking for and manufacturing controversy where one does not exist is an unfortunate practice of many in the mainstream media, talk radio and the blogosphere. Dealing with issues such as the economy, health care and other things impacting Americans on a daily basis must be too bothersome.
Folks like Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News and the London Daily Telegraph’s Toby Harnden have taken Sykes to task and some have even called out President Obama for laughing at the joke. One can only wonder how much time cable news will dedicate to this manufactured controversy and whether or not White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs will be bombarded with questions about it during his next briefing.
While Lupica acknowledges that, “Limbaugh is another gasbag in this country who has gotten rich on meanness,” he also asks what would happen if Limbaugh dared to cross the line with jokes that Sykes is “half-a-terrorist?”
Well Mr. Lupica the answer is: he would and has already become a mega-rich, influential power broker that no Republican would dare cross.
Limbaugh will most likely respond to Sykes today so lets see if he “keeps it classy.” The speculative moral equivalency about what would happen if Limbaugh did the same thing is BULLS@&T!
For the last two decades he has DONE THE SAME THING and has gotten rich and famous as a result. This behavior has become so accepted that he has inspired other divisive, bigoted, demagogues like Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Michael Savage who have also laughed all the way to the bank.
For years Limbaugh and his ilk have had no problem calling folks they don’t agree with un-American, socialists, fascists, feminazis, etc. They also rail against political correctness run amok, HOWEVER whenever anyone swings back and lands a punch they scream bloody murder.
As for President Obama laughing at a joke about a man who calls him an Halfrican American, Barack the Magic Negro and has wished that he will fail? Get over it and get a life . . .Boss Limbaugh had it coming.
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