(CLICK ANYWHERE ON SCREEN TO START RUSH AUDIO...)
I realize this asshole's attempts at humor are supposed to be for amusement purposes only, but sometimes he crosses a line. Journalists are being harassed, beaten, detained, and in some cases kidnapped, by authorities of the Egyptian government or by supporters of Mubarak. This may sound like an opportunity to score political points to some people, but I find Limbaugh's commentary offensive, at best.
Here's part of the transcript, read it for yourselves:
“It is being breathlessly reported that the Egyptian army . . . is rounding up foreign journalists. I mean even two New York Times reporters were detained. Now this is supposed to make us feel what exactly? . . . Are we supposed to feel outrage – I don’t feel any outrage over it. Are we supposed to feel anger – I don’t feel any anger over this. Do we feel happy? Well – do we feel kinda going like [taunting sound]“
Brian Hartman, an ABC News producer, along with his cameraman and two others, were threatened with a beheading by a mob of men who kidnapped them earlier today. They only escaped with their lives because their interpreter made an elaborate show of respect for an elderly Egyptian, and praised Egyptians for their tolerance and humanity. Christiane Amanpour's car was surrounded in the same area, but they managed to avoid capture.
Rush might think it's funny for foreign journalists to be beaten or threatened for covering these events, especially if they represent networks or newspapers with whom he disagrees. But it is a frightening escalation of tensions in that country that do not bode well for its future. A concerted effort is being made to intimidate and threaten journalists, perhaps to encourage them to leave Egypt so that the coming crackdown receives less international condemnation.
We should be supporting those who are willing to put themselves in harm's way to bring us this story, not mocking their misfortune at the hands of goon squads hired by a dictator.
Limbaugh never ceases to disgust me.