Even a dire cancer update isn’t enough for the liberal Washington Post to lay off trashing Rush Limbaugh. The paper on Wednesday highlighted hateful left-wing attacks on the “bigoted” “trash bin.” Writer Marisa Iati also regurgitated old controversies from “one of the most polarizing figures in radio.”
The Post writer quoted Limbaugh from his Monday show telling listeners: “It’s tough to realize that the days where I do not think I’m under a death sentence are over.” She then quickly moved to highlighting liberals preemptively dancing on his grave, including a particularly nasty taunting about offering “no sympathy.”
The announcement that Limbaugh’s cancer had worsened prompted both expressions of prayer for him and angry denials of sympathy, painting a real-time picture of his divisiveness.
“I’ll say it again, Rush Limbaugh is a sexist, misogynistic, racist, hateful, bigoted conspiracy theorist trash bin with a repugnant radio program who is by far the most undeserving Medal of Freedom recipient in US history,” wrote singer-songwriter Ricky Davila on Twitter. “He gets no sympathy from me because he has cancer. Nope.”
Liberal writer Bob Geiger tweeted: “I am attempting to compose a thoughtful, sensitive tweet that wishes Rush Limbaugh well despite what a hideous, racist, bilious, hate-monger he is … I’ll let you know when I manage to do that."
Finally, Iati got around to those hoping for the best, including conservative writer Rod Dreher: “Even if you don’t like Rush Limbaugh, please pray for him, or wish him well. He is going to pass through a terrible trial, one that we should all hope to be spared.”
She also included S.E. Cupp cautioning against such ghoulish attacks:
“I can separate my political issues with Rush, which are deep and real, from my sadness that anyone and their family is going through cancer … it costs us nothing to have compassion,” political commentator and television host S.E. Cupp tweeted. “Even when they don’t. Be better.”
Of course, what Limbaugh piece would be complete without turning the clock back to a 17-year-old controversy involving Limbaugh:
In 2003, ESPN removed Limbaugh as a football commentator after he said Donovan McNabb, an African American quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, got more credit than warranted because “the media has been very desirous that a Black quarterback can do well.”
Advertisers briefly boycotted Limbaugh’s program in 2012 after he called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” for pushing for mandatory insurance coverage of contraceptives. Limbaugh ultimately apologized for his remarks.
Can anyone imagine the Post treating a liberal star with a cancer diagnosis this way? The Washington Post can be contacted on Twitter here.