Martin Bashir: Rush Limbaugh Enjoys 'Sexist, Homophobic and Racist' Humor

April 26th, 2012 4:32 PM

The Obama-loving media just can't stop talking about the President's appearance Tuesday on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

MSNBC's Martin Bashir on Thursday used it as an opportunity to bash conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh as liking "sexist, homophobic, and racist" humor (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

As the segment began, Bashir said to Politico’s Joseph Williams, “The President got a jump on the jokes by slow-jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon. Yet Rush Limbaugh and several Fox News commentators seem to worry America may slide into the ocean as a result of that appearance. Now why is that?”

“The criticism on the right on this reads especially hollow when it doesn’t take a long Google search to find other examples of presidents enjoying the moment of humor to show that they’re regular people,” answered Williams.

He mentioned Dwight Eisenhower going on tour with Abbott and Costello as an example, as well as Richard Nixon appearing on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In.

What Williams ignored was that Time magazine reports Eisenhower appeared with Abbott and Costello “while kicking off Armed Forces Week in 1955.”

As for Nixon, his Laugh-In stint lasted all of four seconds and occurred while he was a presidential candidate not president. There was absolutely nothing political about him saying, “Sock it to me?”

By contrast, Obama was on for practically half Tuesday’s Late Night discussing policy while bashing Republicans.

That’s far different than anything Ike did with Abbott and Costello or Nixon’s four seconds on Laugh-In.

But the best was yet to come Thursday when Bashir said to his other guest, the perilously liberal Krystal Ball, “We should point out that when you listen to someone like Rush Limbaugh, the sort of comedy that he enjoys generally is sexist, homophobic, and racist. But they don’t have any problems with all of that.”

Ball responded by lashing out at other conservatives saying, “The Party that had Donald Trump, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich as their frontrunner is now concerned about the dignity of the office of the presidency.”

Did I mention this all transpired on a channel that claims to be a news network?

Hard to believe, isn’t it?