Bud's Beat

When talking heads speak, consider the source
By: Bud Pisarek, Loomis News Correspondent
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There is a lot of flak going around that Rush Limbaugh, the nation’s right-wing talk show host, has said that he hopes President Obama fails. Then the Republican National Committee chairman, Michael Steele, said that Rush was not the leader of the GOP. He, Steele, was. Those comments have stirred up a hornet’s nest in the minority party. Rush demanded and got an apology from Steele. Now some party leaders are calling for Steele to resign. It isn’t the first time a commentator or newsman has inserted such comments on the national scene. The New Yorker, in 1940, ran an article telling the tale of then nationally prominent columnist Walter Winchell advising British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain to declare war in 1939 against Adolph Hitler and not necessarily against the German people. Winchell was a powerful voice in the 1930s and ’40s. He was published in over 160 newspapers across the country. His critics called him a gossip writer. Like Limbaugh, Winchell’s followers held his comments as gospel. During the 1960s, Walter Cronkite was the anchor newsman for CBS. His growing opposition to the Vietnam War was said to influence those in Washington to start the beginning of the end of that fiasco. There are other talk show host besides Limbaugh and many newspeople who give advice or bring opposing views on matters pertaining to our ongoing political worlds. Which is a good thing. Know what the opposition is saying and look for ideas other than your own. I know many in this country or upset about Limbaugh’s curse on Obama, but consider the source. Steele referred to Rush as an entertainer. He probably will pay a heavy price for that, but remember what Harry Truman said: “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann called Limbaugh a comedian. Its up to the listener to determine what label fits.