The rude and crude radio fool is back and he’s poking fun at a Parkinson sufferer and accusing him of faking illness in order to help Democrats win office. Meet Viagra-smuggler and Oxycontin-addicted and mudslinger-against-the-disabled, Rush Limbaugh. Here’s his mugshot when he was arrested on fraud charges:
On October 23, 2006, Rush Limbaugh said this on his national radio program:
LIMBAUGH: Now, this is Michael J. Fox. He’s got Parkinson’s disease. And in this commercial, he is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He is moving all
around and shaking. And it’s purely an act. This is the only time I
have ever seen Michael J. Fox portray any of the symptoms of the
disease he has.
I know he’s got it and he’s raising money for
it, but when I’ve seen him in public, I’ve never seen him betray any of
the symptoms. But this commercial, he — he’s just all over the place.
He can barely control himself. He can control himself enough to stay in
the frame of the picture, and he can control himself enough to keep his
eyes right on the lens, the teleprompter. But his head and shoulders
are moving all over the place, and he is acting like his disease is
deteriorating because Jim Talent opposes research that would help him,
Michael J. Fox, get cured.
Michael J. Fox isn’t playing politics with his disease.
He isn’t a good enough actor to fake the shaking. It’s interesting that
the shaking that offends Limbaugh so is actually a side-effect of the
Parkinson medication Fox is required to take every day. Without the
medication, Parkinson sufferers become quiet and immobile and,
LIMBAUGH: All right. Now, people are telling me that they
have seen Michael J. Fox in interviews and he does appear the same way
in the interviews as he does in this commercial for Claire McCaskill.
All right, then, I stand corrected. I have never seen — I’ve seen him
on Boston Legal,
I’ve seen him on a number of stand-up appearances, I’ve never seen the
evidence that he’s got — I know he’s got it. It’s pitiable that he has
the disease. It’s a debilitating disease, and I understand that fully.
Now, just stick with me on this.
It is fascinating to me when drug addicts play doctors and try to
diagnose illness from the sick perspective of their own broken minds:
LIMBAUGH: All I’m saying is that I’ve never seen him the way he appears in this commercial for Claire McCaskill. So
I will bigly, hugely admit that I was wrong, and I will apologize to
Michael J. Fox if I am wrong in characterizing his behavior on this
commercial as an act, especially since people are telling me they have
seen him this way on other interviews and in other television
Not quite able to leave well enough alone, Limbaugh
fell back into the habit of the addict to persuade and to poke away any
personal responsibility for mistakes made and to once again accuse the
LIMBAUGH: So Mr. Fox is using his illness as another tactic
to try to secure the election of a Democrat [sic] senator by implying
that with her election, that we’ll be on the road to stem cell research
her opponent opposes, and people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease,
as he does, will have a cure. Now, I just — you know, it’s a negative
In 2004 Michael J. Fox campaigned for a Republican as he discussed in an interview with Katie Couric on October 25, 2006:
“Would you support a Republican candidate?” Couric asked.
“I have,” Fox replied. “I’ve campaigned for Arlen Specter,” describing
the Republican Senator from Pennsylvania as a “fantastic champion of
Limbaugh never objected to Fox’s support of Specter.
When one media star mocks the verified disease of another by using
innuendo and rumor — and when that attack is done on a vicious
personal level in the name of a disingenuous political cause — we
begin to see just how severe the erosion between real people and the
mediamongers has become and how much worse we all are for being stuck
in that crevasse of mistrust.