AP Publicizes Dem Outrage at Limbaugh's Mention of Ted Kennedy (He Called Him a 'Liberal Lion')

Does the Associated Press have any news judgment of its own? Or does it merely say "yes" to every Democratic press idea that hits the Inbox? This incredibly weak attack on Rush Limbaugh was defined as "news" by AP:

A Democratic official rebuked conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh on Friday for suggesting a health care proposal will be named in memory of Sen. Edward Kennedy, who is battling brain cancer. On his radio show, Limbaugh said President Barack Obama's proposed health care revisions will be championed by "the liberal lion Teddy Kennedy."

"Before it's all over, it'll be called the Ted Kennedy Memorial Health Care bill," Limbaugh said.

What? Most of the news media call Ted Kennedy a "liberal lion." How is this some sort of deep, dark personal insult? And yet, the Democrat acts like Limbaugh said nasty things about Kennedy like Paul Begala says things about Limbaugh:

Brian Wolff, executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, called the remark outrageous and reprehensible.

This is where AP's editors should have clicked over to the Democrats' source for Limbaugh-bashing and listened to the audio for themselves. They should have promptly looked at each other and said "This is all there is?" Limbaugh's talking about how Obama isn't solving the banking crisis, and is talking about health care as a diversion. He concludes: "It’s not what Obama accomplishes, it’s what he cares about."

There's no room in this little AP press release to note that many Limbaugh fans think the fact that Ted Kennedy is still serving in the Senate is outrageous and reprehensible. No Kennedy opponents were allowed to ruin the gooey AP story that Britain would honor Kennedy for his "courage" with a knighthood. Opponents might point out that if Kennedy had shown courage, Mary Jo Kopechne might not have drowned at Chappaquiddick. What chivalrous "knight" leaves a drowning woman at an accident scene and waits overnight to notify authorities?

Memo to Brian Wolff, outraged Democrat. If you want an example of how to cross a line in attacking a dying politician, see Chris Matthews on ABC's Good Morning America on January 4, 1995, two months after Reagan announced he was suffering from Alzheimer's Disease: "The trouble is that Ronald Reagan left us with the check. He may not remember all this, but he left us with a $3 trillion debt."

If Rush had made a joke about Kennedy's brain after brain cancer, than AP would have a story. All it's produced today is evidence it's a lapdog.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis