Advice to Limbaugh: Zip It
October 25, 2006 1:42 PM
Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh is a spiteful zealot, attacking Michael J. Fox, who now appears in a political TV ad supporting urging viewers to support stem cell research by voting for Democratic candidates in Maryland, Missouri and Wisconsin.
The ad is spellbinding, showing the ravages that Parkinson’s disease has taken on Fox and how infirm he really is, unable to control movement of his body. Limbaugh told his radio listeners that Fox was “acting or didn’t take his medication.”
Preposterous. I saw the actor in New York just several years ago, where he was attending a dinner to accept an industry award onstage for his role in the popular series “Family Ties.”
Sitting at a table beside him, I saw the difficulties he had handling silverware and noticed that his speech was labored as well. And it was with great difficulty that he got to the stage to address the public. That, Mr. Limbaugh, I assure you was not “acting.”
The actor should be applauded for his activism. He formed the Michael J. Fox Foundation to advance stem cell research, especially for Parkinson’s disease, for which there is no cure yet, and has lobbied in Washington to support his cause.
Limbaugh later gave a half-baked apology, saying the actor is being exploited and is “shilling” for a Democrat. Limbaugh is the real shill here, using the public airwaves to pander to the right wing.