Rush To Fellow Talk Hosts: 'Hold Your Heads High'
January 10, 2010: "What an embarrassing weekend it has been for the media," was the way Rush Limbaugh began his monologue Monday morning, talking about the media's response to Saturday's shooting in Tucson of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others, in which six people were killed.
In the immediate aftermath of the attack, some media outlets and online commentators attempted to draw a connection between the accused shooter, Jared Loughner, and various conservative political figures, most notably Sarah Palin. A number of outlets suggested such links before the name, age, or other details on the suspect were released.
Limbaugh said, "To take an incident like this and try to turn it into a political advantage" is "beneath contempt." He called Loughner "genuinely insane, irrational," and said the response of the mainstream media was based on a "desperate hope that the losers in November of 2010 ... could revitalize their political fortunes because of this unfortunate shooting of a Congresswoman in Arizona. That was the most important thing to them. And that, to me, is sick."
Limbaugh also pointed to his own experience when he attempted to become part-owner of the St. Louis Rams, when many media outlets repeated fabricated quotes purported to be from Limbaugh's show. he ultimately withdrew his bid to buy a stake in the team.
'I'm Not Going To Be Silenced'
In the second half-hour Monday, Limbaugh said he and fellow Talk radio personalities have "led the charge against Congress and the political class for noble and obvious reasons." He continued, "I can't speak for others that do what I do, but I'm not going to be silenced by this."
Limbaugh said he and others like him have "pointed out [Congress'] folly every step of the way, but at no time has anybody who does what I do, or I, ever called for violence. We have never subtly promoted it, have never one anywhere near it."
He said, "I say this to all the people who do what I do: Hold your heads high, and turn this back on the media and the Democrats."
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