September 24, 2003

Moore at UMD

Michael Moore is coming to UMass Dartmouth to talk. Of course, I'll be there.

I wonder why we don't see Rush Limbaugh out in uncontrolled venues like universities. Oh, wait, I know why. He can't screen calls or hang up on people there. I think having Limbaugh to the university to talk would be a laugh riot, but I won't hold my breath.

I am really interested to see Moore in person, and wonder if he will address questions. One thing I admire about him is that he not only stands up for what he believs in; he doesn't shrink away and disappear under the scathing blasts of criticism he's faced after the Nader campaign and after his recent comments when receiving an award for "Bowling for Columbine."

I've previously dealt with how Moore is not the Limbaugh of the left. Here's another example. When was the last time Limbaugh decided the Republicans were on the wrong track and got behind a non-Republican candidate for office, drawing the ire of Republicans everywhere? Don't hold your breath -- it's not going to happen. Moore's interest rests on the strength of his ideas, his ability to make people think, even if they disagree with him, which they often do. that's why he can survive pissing off the left and the right. Thoughtful people are going to come back for more, and they do.

On the occasions I have listened to Limbaugh, he didn't make me think. And that has nothing to do with Limbaugh's politics -- I find many conservatives very though provoking and worth a listen. Limbaugh is just a dull windbag, doling out vituperation. If he started blasting Bush the way he leaned into Clinton he'd lose his listener base faster than you can say "Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot."

Folks would like to cast Moore that way to dismiss him, but the evidence shows otherwise.

If you don't agree about Rush, here is the evidence showing how frightened he is that he might be perceived as slipping from his rightist demagoguery:


LIMBAUGH: Rush Limbaugh was invited to be a panelist on This Week With David Brinkley on April 16--filling in for Sam Donaldson. While Donaldson is in no sense a left-winger, he sometimes argues with George Will. In Donaldson's absence, Brinkley, Will, Cokie Roberts and Limbaugh basically agreed about almost everything: tax cuts, the Voting Rights Act, Clinton's comments on Vietnam. But some debate was provided--Limbaugh vs. Limbaugh--as the "truth detector" tripped over himself to agree with Will. Here's Limbaugh on the question of whether Gen. Colin Powell was in or out of the presidential race:

"Well, I think Powell's definitely in. I don't think there's any real question about it. I think he's playing it very--very coyly, in fact. He's taking advantage of the third party candidate opportunity."

VS. LIMBAUGH: Here's Limbaugh a few minutes later, after Will said, "I disagree with Rush":

"Now, I'm not suggesting that he will run. I'm saying he's--he's-- the stories last week that he's pulled himself out are not true and that he is keeping himself in a situation where the option remain open, for whatever reason. I don't--I don't see him running, either."

You'll find that bit on FAIR's website here, along with other great Rush info.

If I were to hear Moore stumbling all over himself that way, you can bet I wouldn't be nearly as interested in seeing him talk.

Posted by James at September 24, 2003 2:46 PM
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Moore was up in Manchester last weekend. I know you are a Moore fan. I didn't find out he was speaking until the last minute so we missed him. No big deal though :-)

Posted by: Jim Correia at September 24, 2003 4:13 PM

I wonder, did Limbaugh ever shame an insurance company into paying for a patient's new pancreas?

Posted by: julie at September 25, 2003 9:07 AM

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