(Needless to say, we agree – promoted by Colorado Pols)
Rush Limbaugh’s 1950’s-era comments last week, calling a woman a “slut” for believing that her health insurance should cover birth control, came from the mouth of…Rush Limbaugh, an unelected publicity hound/entertainer of the first order.
And Limbaugh’s extremism got all kinds of coverage, locally and nationally.
Then ColoradoPols broke a story yesterday about extreme comments at home in Colorado, by elected Republican legislators at a rally on the west steps of the Capitol.
Pols posted videotape of GOP speakers, including Sen. Tim Neville comparing Nazi Germany to the Obama Administration. Other video clips consisted of, as described by Pols:
“Sen. Harvey declaring that a program of mandating contraceptive coverage is “not a slippery slope, but a cliff” to “genocide somewhere down the road.” Sen. Lambert called the policy “mind control,” and read from a right-wing column warning that the same authority could be used to force the purchase of “euthanasia pills.” Not to be outdone, Sen. Renfroe said that it could to a situation “where England was when their king decided he needed to rule the church.”
Reporters who didn’t make it to the rally should go back and cover these comments, handily posted on Pols, to air them out. That’s what journalism is about.
It’s obvious to me that the statements by elected GOP officials deserved more attention from the local media than Limbaugh’s comments, weird as they were. They’re elected officials. Maybe they’re publicity hounds too, but still.
Candidates like Joe Coors who make extreme comments in secondary media outlets, like talk radio, also deserve media scrutiny when they go off. There’s not much public-interest value in reporting that KNUS talk-show host Steve Kelly thinks Obamacare is leading to a government takeover of the individual, but when Joe Coors, who’s running against Rep. Ed Perlmutter, says it, it’s news.
Here’s what Coors said on KNUS’ Kelley and Company yesterday:
Kelley: How big an issue is [Obamacare] in this race?
Coors: It’s huge…. Governments that have controlled health care in their countries basically own the individual. And we cannot let Obamacare legislation dictate our lives in any matter shape or form, and I’m very much opposed to it and would certainly vote to repeal it or defund it or whatever I could do when I get back there. [BigMedia emphasis]
Kelley: You make a great point. Yeah. Think about that. If someone could make a decision on your health and decisions on your health, they have total control over you.
Coors: Yes, sir.
Listen here to Joe Coors on KNUS 3-13-2012 say Obamacare leads to total control of the individual.
A reporter might ask a veteran getting VA coverage if he or she feels the government owns him. Or a Brit, or to a lesser degree a Canadian or someone on Medicare, for that matter. And what does government control over healthcare have to do with mild-mannered Obamacare anyway?
With depleted staff, reporters at legacy news outlets can’t be everywhere and do everything like they could before, or at least try to. They should throw out any hesitancy to use material from places like Pols or talk radio, if the material is verifiable and newsworthy.
For example, I was just listening to a podcast of Grassroots Radio Colorado from Monday, in which Sen. Neville describes how he prepared his comments about Nazi’s and the Obama Administration for the rally.
I was doing some research last night, and I was putting my notes together [for his speech at the rally] and of course you pull things apart. You don’t like this. You don’t like that. And you know I was looking at the rise of Hitler in Nazi Germany and the parallels I was seeing were pretty scary.
What’s scary to me is how many of us, including smart reporters, are ignoring this stuff.
Why did Limbaugh get more press than Greg Brophy?
Simple. Ask anyone on the street which one they’ve heard of.
I know it’s top Democrat Blueprint priority to tie every Republican to Rush Limbaugh since he’s been vilified, but the media is just not going along with your character assassination. I’m so sorry for you and Pols.
It’s top priority to tie “Republicans” to what they really believe rather than the two faced lies they tell all the time to hide their extreme nature. Republicans have been hiding for 20 or more years under nice “moderate” talk like Rmoney. That’s why your masters are upset you dumb ass. The inmates control the asylum and they are starting to say enough stuff that the public is finally becoming aware of the true nature of what your “Republican” party believes. Conservative, my ass. Totaliarian, every day.
Democrats don’t have to “do anything” to tie today’s Republicans to Rush’s vile comments – Republicans are doing a fine job of doing what is necessary to tie themselves to that bloated bloviator.
Democrats are only trying to bring attention to what Republicans are openly supporting. It’s hard to assassinate someone’s character with the truth.
That Limbaugh’s speech is being repeated everywhere. He is their Dear Leader.
Infanticide … supported and backed by both Hitler and Obama.
Senators Neville and Harvey’s points are valid and this truth painfully hurts Democrats as it should.
Like Hitler and the Nazis, your Party’s leaders back the culture of death. Its sad and true.
I wonder how conservatives like Mr. Coors explain the fact that quite a few countries that “own the individual” do better at keeping their kids alive.