NewsBusters reported Wednesday that CBS's Bob Schieffer compared President Obama taking on the gun lobby to America defeating the Nazis in World War II.
Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh on Thursday took on Schieffer's absurd tirade and asked, "Where is the media outrage when Bob Schieffer of CBS compares Obama's gun initiatives to defeating Hitler?" (video courtesy Daily Rushbo follows with transcript via RushLimbaugh.com and absolutely no need for additional commentary):
RUSH LIMBAUGH: Okay, so the media has a conniption fit about me every day. I supposedly cross the line of propriety. I am always pushing the envelope. Yet whatever I say, I think, pales in comparison to what Bob Schieffer said yesterday. Where is the media outrage when Bob Schieffer of CBS compares Obama's gun initiatives to defeating Hitler? In other words, taking on the NRA is the equivalent of taking on Adolf Hitler.
Now, is there room for that in our discourse today? Why is that not an example of over-the-top defamation, exaggeration? Why isn't it insulting, not to mention a lack of civility? Comparing the NRA, people like Wayne LaPierre and David Keene and how many millions of Americans -- decent, good-hearted Americans -- and taking out the NRA as Obama's equivalent of taking out Hitler. Here's what he said.
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BOB SCHIEFFER: Let's remember, there was considerable opposition when Lyndon Johnson went to the Congress and passed -- presented -- some of the most comprehensive civil rights legislation in the history of this country. Most people told him he couldn't get it done, but he figured out a way to do it. And that's what Barack Obama is gonna have to do. What happened in Newtown was probably the worst day in this country's history since 9/11. We found Osama Bin Laden. We tracked him down. We changed the way that we dealt with that problem. Uh, surely, finding Osama Bin Laden, surely passing civil rights legislation as Lyndon Johnson was able to do, and before that surely defeating the Nazis, uh, was a much more formidable task than taking on the gun lobby.
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LIMBAUGH: Right. Now, where is the media outrage at Bob Schieffer comparing Obama's gun initiatives to the Civil Rights Act 1964, killing bin Laden -- which, by the way, the steps that were taken to kill bin Laden, people like Bob Schieffer don't approve of. And a movie that was made, Zero Dark Thirty, was shut out of meaningful Oscar nomination because of the portrayal of waterboarding as having been relevant in capturing and finding and killing bin Laden. We can't have that!
And then the Hitler comparison. "Surely if we can defeat Hitler, we can wipe out the NRA! I mean, surely." Why does the left get away with all of these? This man is ostensibly a journalist. He supposedly is a newsman. There isn't any news anymore! There isn't any reporting of what's going on. There's no telling people what they missed. There's no people going home at the end of the day who've been busy working and haven't had a chance to have the TV or radio on, and turning on the TV to find out what happened during the day. That's not what will happen.
If you go home at the end of the day after having been out of touch, you'll turn on your TV and you'll find out what a bunch of mean-spirited extremist enemies Obama has, and they all happen to be Republicans and they all happen to have talk shows. Every day, all you get is a never-ending effort to eliminate all Obama opposition -- and not, by the way, in the arena of ideas. They do it by way of smear. Defamation. Slander. As they did with Romney in the presidential campaign. As they did repeatedly with George W. Bush.
What is it with these people comparing their enemies, who happen to be us, to Nazis and Hitler? Remember, it is people on the left who made movies and wrote books about the assassination of George W. Bush, and yet they get all hoity-toity and high and mighty -- they get on their high horses -- and start talking about all this dangerous rhetoric which might lead to violence. Dangerous rhetoric? How about the dangerous provocation that is coming at the American people every day from this White House and their lackeys in the media?
It's an in-your-face every day, from the White House on down, to over half the people in this country: "You're the problem!" A guy gets home at the end of the day, turns on the NBC Nightly News, CBS News tonight, ABC, whatever, and guess what he finds out? He's the problem. And our brave, courageous, young president is doing everything he can to take out people like you and make sure that you don't provide any more opposition. A guy gets home at the end of the day and finds out after a shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, that the NRA is the problem, the modern incarnation of Hitler.
It's not news anymore, and these people aren't journalists.
They're political activists disguised as journalists. Do you know what they loved about the Civil Rights Act? I'll tell you the truth about the Civil Rights Act. The Civil Rights Act would not have become law were it not for Republicans in the Senate. A greater percentage of Republicans in the Senate... I can say this 'til I'm blue in the face, and it's not gonna matter. People aren't gonna believe it. It isn't gonna make any impact. A greater percentage of Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act than did Democrats. Bill Clinton's mentor, stated mentor, J. William Fulbright -- a senator from Arkansas -- was a segregationist.
He was opposed to the Civil Rights Act.
Algore Sr. and most of the southern Democrats were righteously indignant and opposed to the Civil Rights Act. The reason the media loves LBJ is because LBJ was governing against the will of a lot of people who didn't want any part of it. He forced it down their throats. It happened to be a number of Democrats who had to have it forced down their throats! The media loves any president who can stick it to the American people. The media loves any president who can get what he wants, especially if a majority of the people do not want it, such as the elimination of the NRA.