Politico's Patrick Gavin Although comedian Wanda Sykes' remarks on Saturday about Rush Limbaugh continued to generate buzz, the radio talk show host avoided the topic during his Monday broadcast.
The Telegraph's Toby Harnden has the pithiest take: "Obama seemed to think this bit was pretty hilarious, grinning and chuckling and turning to share the 'joke' with the person sitting on his right. There's not much room for differing interpretations of what Sykes said. She called Limbaugh a terrorist and a traitor, suggested that he be tortured and wished him dead. What was his crime? Hoping that Obama's policies - which he views as socialist - will fail. That's way, way beyond reasoned debate or comedy and Obama's reaction to it was astonishing...Obama laughing when someone wishes Limbaugh dead? Hard to take from the man who promised a new era of civility and elevated debate in Washington."
Time Magazine Editors Apparently Devoted Rush Limbaugh Listeners
I found the reaction of Time's Karen Tumulty ... interesting: "It will be most interesting to see how well Rush Limbaugh can take the sort of stuff that he dishes out on a daily basis."
Rush Limbaugh jokes about how his political opponents are no better than al Qaeda terrorists who should die? Really? He says that on a daily basis? I find that hard to believe, though I must admit I haven't listened to Rush in years (since I don't own a radio), but apparently Time's Tumulty is such a devoted listener that she knows Limbaugh makes similar jokes on a daily basis. Would she care to provide some evidence to back up that heady charge?
Time's Joe Klein also accused Limbaugh of "delivering misinformation, lies to a large audience in America." It sure would be nice if he could back up his accusation as well. Klein also dismissed the
Just to see if Klein would be such a good sport, hopefully next year's comedian feels free to crack a joke about how Klein's words are treasonous, and you hope he dies.
high on pot and a little blow, not smack, though.