Saturday Night Live's comedian Al Franken takes on Rush and the rest of the right wing in this very funny, though thoroughly vicious, satire. Should one cry foul? Somehow, the spirit of impartiality within me doesn't think so. Rush, for the most part, has been unchallenged. A few books here and there about Rush's factual errors have popped up, but for the most part, no one has ever called Rush on the carpet. This is probably due to the fact that Rush bills himself as an entertainer, which he is. His unique position allows him to bluster his opinions -- often supported by blatant misrepresentations -- and fire potshots at political figures with impunity.
Hence, it takes another entertainer to take on the Rushter. A researcher, political analyst or scientist tackling Rush could not be taken seriously. Shouldn't these people be more concerned with more pressing issues than the factual errors spouted on talk radio? Enter Al Franken, champion of the liberals, to call out Rush on his many years of inconsistency, hypocrisy and outright fabrications.
Franken mops up the floor with Rush. I almost pity Limbaugh, because it's essentially no contest. After years of spouting his opinion without challenge, someone on his own level confronts the schoolyard bully. The book is a must read for anyone interested in supporting the liberal perspective on virtually any issue: gun control, supply side economics, the environment, you name it. In addition, the Republicans now find themselves on the receiving end as Franken also takes on such ideologues as Gingrich, Gramm, Buchanan, Robertson.
Thanks, Al. We needed it.