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Rush Limbaugh’s Stupid Listeners Get It Wrong — Again!

Posted Dec 19 2010 1:06pm

I love it when people who have no idea what they’re talking about act like experts on a subject.  I saw a link today raising the question, “Did ever apologize to for accusing him of faking his Parkinson’s symptoms?”

Short answer?  Yes.  I believe he did.  Kinda .

Later Monday, still on the air, Limbaugh would apologize, but reaction to his statements from Parkinson’s experts and Fox’s supporters was swift and angry.

“It’s a shameless statement,” John Rogers said yesterday. Rogers, Fox’s political adviser, who also serves on the board of the Parkinson’s Action Network, added: “It’s insulting. It’s appallingly sad, at best.”

“Anyone who knows the disease well would regard his movement as classic severe Parkinson’s disease,” said Elaine Richman, a neuroscientist in Baltimore who co-wrote “Parkinson’s Disease and the Family.” “Any other interpretation is misinformed.”

Fox was campaigning yesterday for Tammy Duckworth, a congressional candidate, outside Chicago, when he alluded to Limbaugh’s remarks. “It’s ironic, given some of the things that have been said in the last couple of days, that my pills are working really well right now,” he said, according to a report on the CBS2 Web site.

After his apology, Limbaugh shifted his ground and renewed his attack on Fox.

“Now people are telling me they have seen Michael J. Fox in interviews and he does appear the same way in the interviews as he does in this commercial,” Limbaugh said, according to a transcript on his Web site. “All right then, I stand corrected. . . . So I will bigly, hugely admit that I was wrong, and I will apologize to Michael J. Fox, if I am wrong in characterizing his behavior on this commercial as an act.”

Then Limbaugh pivoted to a different critique: “Michael J. Fox is allowing his illness to be exploited and in the process is shilling for a Democratic politician.”

Limbaugh’s shock at Fox’s appearance is a measure of the disease’s devastation, advocates say. Contrary to the charge that Fox might not take his medicine to enhance his symptoms, the medicine produces some of the uncontrolled body movements. (Emphasis added.)

But look at some of the comments on this link .

Dallas D says:

Fox admitted to not taking his meds so the video would show more effects,,, chek it out for yourself

Dallas?  First, the word is spelled “check.”  And second, you’re talking about two different events.  Rush was talking about Fox’s obvious dyskinesia during a campaign ad he taped.  What Fox ADMITTED to was not taking meds before a CONGRESSIONAL appearance so the committee members could see what he looks like without his meds.

koalatcomics says:

once again a libeal who took thiings out of context. LISTEN TO THE COMMENT FROM RUSH than issue your own apology. there is no need to use the model for the limbaugh smear here. your above that. the answer to your question is no as there was no need to.

Koala?  Learn proper punctuation.  And the word you mean to use as a contraction for “you are” is “you’re.”  Not “your.”  And yes, there was a need for Limbaugh to apologize.  He accused Fox of faking the “flopping around” during the campaign ad, not the congressional hearing.

Political Junkie & a proud Repub says:

This is a video (that is making fun of Rush through pictures) but listen to what he is saying.

When you see MJF on television, he obviously has his Parkinson’s under control. HOWEVER, and I can verify this since the ads Rush is talking about ran in my city during the campaign between and Jim Talent in 2004. MJF WAS, in fact, shaking all over the place in this ad. He was given a script to lie about Talent’s stand on .

Jim Talent is opposed to GOVERNMENT FUNDING of embryonic stem cell research. And Jim Talent is a good man who did a lot for the state of Missouri. Stupid cow McCaskill has done NOTHING except stump for Obama and get fatter. She doesn’t care about people who are sick and in need. She allowed people to rot and be abused in the nursing homes she and her husband controlled.

As a person who suffers from a similar disease (MS) I know that my symptoms are controlled by medication. I have trouble walking at times, and it is very hard for me to get out of the bed in the morning. I feel like I am paralyzed. But once I take my shots, I am at least able to control myself a little better.

He shouldn’t have to apologize for someone who was obviously putting on, or not taking his medication properly (conveniently) before that spot was put on here in St. Louis.

Drixnot, in re: To the person below … how long will it be before your shots stop working?

DO YOU have Multiple Sclerosis? Do you have Parkinson’s? Are you a freeking authority for EITHER disease? Don’t piss me off now because I am normally a good natured person. The injections I take CONTROL my symptoms. They don’t completely remove them. I’ve had the disease since I was 26 years old when they found FORTY FIVE lesions on my brain. The injections of Kopexil help me WALK. And it doesn’t prevent ALL the symptoms. I still have headaches, I still have numbness in my lower limbs. I still get dizzy from time to time. I walk with a damn cane at 31 years old. THIRTY ONE.

If I DIDN’T TAKE my shots, I’d be flippin’ out like Michael J. Fox was in that campaign ad. I know for a fact he couldn’t have properly medicated himself before recording that spot.

You have anything else to say?

And embryonic stem cells have not proven to help these diseases, let alone cure them. The government shouldn’t fund ANYTHING that has not been proven.

Junkie?  Sorry about your MS.  Comparing MS to Parkinson’s disease is like comparing horses to Valencia oranges.  You know for a FACT that MJF couldn’t have properly medicated himself before recording that spot?  And where did you get your neurology degree, Junkie?  Medication CAUSES the dyskinesia MJF showed during the campaign ad.  And the word is spelled “freaking.”  You may be an expert on MS, but you don’t the slightest idea what you’re talking about with Parkinson’s disease.  Oh, on the subject of embryonic stem cells and the government not funding anything that hasn’t been proven?  On the second part of that lunacy, say goodbye to most of the advances made in treating MS.  They came from government funding of Clinical Trials which, by their nature, are INTENDED to test theories “that have not been proven.”  And the reason embryonic stem cells haven’t been shown to help these diseases is BECAUSE RELIGIOFASCISTS have chosen SUPERSTITION over SCIENCE!!!  If Bush had been president when the car was invented, he would have denied funding for safer vehicles because the horse and buggy works JUST fine.

mykol13 says:

RUSH SAID HE -THOUGHT- MJF DIDN’T TAKE HIS MEDICATIONS at that time SO THAT HIS SYMPTOMS WOULD SHOW UP MORE FOR THE CAMERAS. HE BASED THAT ON PREVIOUS APPEARANCES BY MJF WHICH HE NOTED DIDN’T SHOW MUCH OF ANY SYMPTOMS INCLUDING THE WALK ON THE CARPET TO THE MOVIE AWARDS JUST MONTHS BEFORE.

You actually took the Washington Post as a source for what Limbaugh said? The Washington Post seems to be taken out of context and still got THE CONCEPTION OF THE ISSUE wrong. I heard the actual quote and he said a lot about it in a lot of ways.

MJF DID CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEMOCRAT PARTY IN 2004 AND WASN’T INDEPENDENT AT THE TIME MAKING POLITICAL COMMENTS ABOUT A POLITICAL ISSUE. YOU CAN SEARCH FEC RECORDS AND PUBLIC RECORDS TO SEE.

No, Mykoli.  YOU are wrong.  You are confusing the campaign ad (in which he was medicated and for which Limbaugh mocked him) with the congressional appearance (before which he clearly stated he was off his meds so the congressmen could see what it was like.)  Again, I know for the right wing, “knowing what you’re talking about” is not a prerequisite for pretending to be an expert, but DO, please, TRY to learn something about something before you make yourself look foolish, like you just did.

bmovies60 says:

“”He is exaggerating the effects of the disease,” Limbaugh told listeners. “He’s moving all around and shaking and it’s purely an act. . . . This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn’t take his medication or he’s acting.”
– The Washington Post”

Rush turned out to be right. As it turned out, MJF purposely didnt take his medication before his appearance to the congressional committee in order that his tremors were visible..

Another one confusing the two issues.  Limbaugh was mocking Fox for the campaign ad, not for the congressional appearance.  Is being ill-informed a prerequisite for being a “ditto” head?

But this next comment REALLY sums up the attitude of the typical Limbaugh defender.

frank m says:

I don’t think Rush or anyone owes that little dweeb squat. M.J.Fox is not an American and as far as I’m concerned he should go back to Canada where he came from and let his great countries health care system take care of him instead is complaining to our Congress and bad mouthing America.

Frank?  I hope you don’t ever get Parkinson’s.  I would wish something far worse for you, but your punishment is waking up every morning and still being… you.

You want the facts about Parkinson’s, people?  They’re widely available.  I know it’s not in the mindset of the Limbaugh Listener to READ or LEARN anything that Limbaugh doesn’t order them to read or learn, but try these sites for starters.

http://parkinson.org

http://adpaparkinson.org

http://viartis.net

http:www.pdf.org

Or dwell in your stupidity.  Your choice.

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