Jewish World Review Jan. 14, 2004 / 20 Teves, 5764
Why did Fox begin its football coverage last Sunday with a political attack on Rush?
Rush Limbaugh has more than his share of detractors. After using
his ESPN post to talk about race, Limbaugh was pummeled by
sportscasters from coast to coast for mixing sports with politics.
Fair enough. Viewers do turn into sporting events to
watch sporting events.
So why did Fox begin its football coverage yesterday with a political
attack on Rush Limbaugh, including a pill-popping parody of the
embattled talk show host? And why, in the climactic fourth quarter
of the Packers game did a Fox sportscaster make yet another
gratuitous attack on a man with a 20 million listening audience?
You know, Rush Limbaugh is a big boy and he should be able to take
care of these types of parodies that he's been dishing out for over
15 years. But the issue is not about Rush. It's about Fox's football
team, who crucified Limbaugh for making a 20-second political
statement on the media's handling of a black NFL quarterback. But
then they treated Rush to a slick, produced skit of him sniffing a bag
You know what, Fox? You were offsides. And you don't owe an
apology to Rush Limbaugh. You owe an apology to your fans who
tune in each week to watch your superb coverage of the NFL, not
your petty attacks directed at a political talk show host.
Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in Washington
and in the media consider "must reading." Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.
Former Congressman Joe Scarborough (R-Fla.) hosts Scarborough Country, 10 p.m. ET, weeknights on MSNBC. Comment by clicking here.
© 2003, MSNBC
Joe Scarborough Archives