Why the #StopRush Effort is *not* Censorship

Thursday, April 5, 2012 0:48 EDT
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Jay Adler has an excellent post that pushes back against Rush Limbaugh, his “crisis management” team, and his army of Twitter minions who now complain that the #StopRush efforts, which began as a response to Limbaugh’s misogynistic attacks on Sandra Fluke —  amounts to liberal censorship.

As you might expect, that claim is hogwash:

It’s hard enough sharing the country with a bunch of jerks, why do so many of them have to be so full of shit? (Or is that a contradictory complaint?) The jerks, of course, are those who stand for everything you detest.  You know – the other side. The full-of-shit are fairly equally distributed, though some shit smells sweeter than the rest.

Rush Limbaugh, let’s be clear about it, is a jerk. He may be your jerk, you may like the way he jerks, you may forgive his jerknsess because the people he attacks are, in your expert opinion, jerkier than he is, but he’s a jerk. If you won’t admit that, I’m sorry – you’re full of shit.

Some people, when they are told that Rush Limbaugh is a jerk, and why, say, “So’s your Mom” “So’s Bill Maher.” Okay. I’ll give this some credit. What do the two have in common? Do they both talk about politics? Check. Are they both entertainers? Check. Yeah – check. I’ll give that some credit. But this is where we need to start making some distinctions, and making distinctions, you know, is the beginning of thought. If you won’t acknowledge distinctions, you’re a jerk. If you try to prevent other people from perceiving distinctions, you’re full of shit. Either way, I’ll bet you think this post is about you.

via Rush Limbaugh and the Free Market of Speech.

Read the whole thing.  It’s a great read.


ABL aka Angry Black Lady aka Imani Gandy is a recovering attorney with a burning love of fire and perfectly-constructed sentences. The “anger” portion of her moniker stems not from her displeasure at the hellscape that American politics has become, but rather is a symptom of the pituitary tumor which has been indefinitely detained in her brain since 2006. When she’s not pointing out that people are wrong on the Internet – or writing for Balloon Juice, The Grio, The Team Uterati Wiki Project, or RH Reality Check -- she likes long sits on the beach. Also, she thinks gravity is a real downer. You can follow her on Twitter at @AngryBlackLady.
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