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Friday, May 05, 2006

How will the media treat one of their own?

We have seen how the media and a list of celebrities have treated Rush Limbaugh over his addiction to pain medication. Now one of the liberals own, Patrick Kennedy, has admitted being addicted to pain medicine and has checked himself into rehab after a car crash. While there are still outstanding questions of whether Kennedy was drinking in addition to pain medication and how the police failed to administer a breathalyzer test on the scene, the admission of Kennedy is now fact.

Rush Limbaugh has been subjected to much derision as liberals who hate him have made him the butt of many jokes for his habit. Make no mistake, Limbaugh opened himself to this criticism when his addiction became public knowledge. We were disappointed that he had allowed this to happen, but he took full responsibility of his addiction. While it was pictured as his fan base overlooking his shortcoming, to be more accurate there was an admission that he failed and a subsequent forgiveness of this failure. There is a difference.

If the details released are the extent of the crash incident, Kennedy appears to be taking responsibility for his addiction. From all appearances he is doing the right thing. My prediction is that while there may be some mild criticism and joking (mostly because of his father's notoriety), it will be nothing compared to Limbaugh's media drubbing. Kennedy will be embraced with the compassion and forgiveness that Limbaugh was denied, except from his fan base.

In the end it is not about the failure of men. Men will fail us even as we fail ourselves and others. It may not be addictions or moral failures. It may not make headlines, but we all fall short. When this happens leaders should not deny, drag their feet, and cover up. They should do the responsible thing. People are amazingly forgiving. Unless, of course, they disagree with you politically. Then all too often all bets are off.


  • At 6:37 AM, Blogger Malott said…

    One of the biggest "faith" problems I have is my tendency to glory in the stumblings of people I don't like.

    ...As if I had never stumbled.

    It's a easy lesson to understand and a hard lesson to put into practice... at least for me.

  • At 11:38 AM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    I have had enough people rubbing their hands and waiting for my family to stumble (just for breathing is all I can figure out) that it makes it easier for me to resist the same. I do have to consciously suppress it though.

  • At 10:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Limbaugh is deserving of derision not for being a hypocrite and saying things like "The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them and send them up the river, too" while he was eating OxyContin like candy - addicts do that stuff all the time, they’re famous for trying to cover their drug abuse with statements like the ones made by Rush. He’s being pilloried because he’s not recanting those statements now that he doesn’t want them to apply to him.

    He and his apologists on the right hope to keep him afloat with some phony story that draws a distinction between legal and illegal drug use. Rush was a drug gobbling pig who sent his $370 a week maid out to score for him. He doctor shopped. He knew what he was doing was illegal and he tried to cover it up. He’s spent a lifetime bashing the ACLU but wasn’t afraid to go running to them when he suddenly started valuing his right to privacy, which is another thing he’s also spent a good deal of wind trying to destroy for others. Rush’s whole pitch is based on self-pity, deception and the demand for rights he would deny anyone else in the same situation.

    But right-wing narratives don’t require consistency. All they ask is that those who spout them be neither particularly bright nor much concerned with the inconsistencies of the stories they spread. And there seem to be no shortage of people running around who fit that bill.

  • At 1:41 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    Anon, please provide a link to the statement you attribute to Limbaugh. I would like to verify it and read the context. The quote you gave does neither.

  • At 5:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Quote first found here:,0,5326466.column?coll=hce-headlines-tv

    I found more context here, but you would likely need to contact Limbaugh directly for a full transcript:

    Regardless, anyone thinks he shouldn't recant and admit his transgressions OR face the consequences he has wanted to dole out to others for years is blind.

  • At 6:04 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    Anonymous, thanks for the links. I would have to say that in this case Limbaugh is open to the criticism of hypocrisy based on the quotes given.

    Likewise the media has been hypocritical by treating Limbaugh and Kennedy differently.

    I do break down drug use by legal and illegal, or more accurately between originally taking it for the high and originally taking it for medicinal purposes and it becoming addictive. In both Limbaugh and Kennedy's case it was the latter so I am understanding of both.

  • At 6:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Kennedy did not make his career bloviating about drug abusers and about how they deserve no mercy. Kennedy has made his career about serving in public office, accountable to voting Americans. Kennedy has been open about his abuse issues since he was in high school. In contrast, Limbaugh has made his career spewing right-wing hatred and lies, accountable to noone, and aggressively trying to cover-up his drug abuse until caught. Even now Limbaugh tries to suggest that his booking at the police station isn't an arrest.

    Why should the media treat Kennedy and Limbaugh the same?

  • At 9:38 PM, Anonymous r2w said…


    I have been listening to Rush for well over a decade, and I guarantee you, he did not "make his career bloviating about drug abusers and about how they deserve no mercy." I can think of a multitude of topics on which he has spent far more time than that one. And I also see a big difference between a crack addict who chose to engage in that activity for the pleasure it would bring him, and someone who unwittingly becomes addicted to a drug that was prescribed to him by a physician. Am I saying Rush is an angel? No - but to not see the difference in those to scenarios is to be willfully ignorant.

  • At 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The distinction at issue here was being made between Patrick Kennedy the 6-term Congressman and Rush Limbaugh, radio talk show entertainer. Two careers that could not be more different in terms of content and public accountability.

    To quote you, "to not see the difference in those to [sic] scenarios is to be willfully ignorant."

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