Commentary: Liberal Media Covered Islamic Terrorist's Death More Warmly Than They Covered Rush's Death

Talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh passed away Wednesday, and when liberals online were celebrating his death, you knew it wouldn’t take long before their allies in the establishment media began reporting on the event from their own slanted perspectives.

One wouldn’t expect Limbaugh’s passing would see him eulogized in a positive light by the “drive-by media,” as Limbaugh as often called them. After all, the 70-year-old was a thorn in their side, and has been since 1988 when his radio program was syndicated nationally.

But with Limbaugh’s tragic death, it’s appropriate to point out that some of these so-called journalists in the country’s corporate media actually treated a terror leader more fairly when he detonated a suicide vest during a U.S. military raid in 2019.

Recall this obituary headline from The Washington Post for ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

After the serial rapist, slave holder and killer took his own life rather than face justice from a raid ordered by former President Donald Trump in October 2019, The Post downplayed al-Baghdadi’s violent life in an obituary.

The paper summarized the mass murderer as a relatively obscure “austere religious scholar with wire-frame glasses and no known aptitude for fighting and killing.”

The paper later edited the obituary to properly reflect exactly who the ISIS leader was, but only after facing public mockery and ridicule.

Fast-forward to Wednesday, and The Post reported on Limbaugh’s death plainly: “Rush Limbaugh, conservative radio provocateur and cultural phenomenon, dies at 70.”

The description of Limbaugh isn’t too unfair, as he was at times provocative early in his career — depending on where you sat in the ideological spectrum. We know which way The Post’s reporters and editors lean, so it isn’t at all surprising he didn’t receive the al-Baghdadi treatment.

Still, “Rush Limbaugh, dutiful media trailblazer with soothing voice and propensity for provoking laughter and independent thought” would have been a nice sendoff.

But Limbaugh wasn’t a terrorist, he never held sex slaves and he never had men, women and children murdered. He was a conservative with the heart of a lion, a love for his country and a sense of humor, to boot.

With that fact being known, there would be no al-Baghdadi treatment, especially for the people over at HuffPost. The outlet actually smeared the beloved conservative with this nasty headline: “Rush Limbaugh, Bigoted King Of Talk Radio, Dies At 70.”

“Limbaugh saturated America’s airwaves with cruelty and conspiracies, amassing millions of listeners and transforming the Republican Party,” Nick Robins-Early and Christopher Mathias wrote for the leftist outlet.

“A full accounting of Limbaugh’s lies and exaggerations; his racism and his misogyny; his homophobia and his Islamophobia; and his sheer cruelty could fill books — and have — but even a cursory overview of his lowlights makes his prejudice clear,” the obituary continued.

It went on to connect Limbaugh to the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing and the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion, which it called a “historic insurrection.” HuffPost essentially summarized Limbaugh as a tinfoil hat-wearing grifter with a hatred for homosexuals — and none of that is true.

But the point of all of this, again, is that the establishment media that Limbaugh spent more than three decades having it out with on substance, policy and culture, set a precedent in 2019 when one of its papers labeled a terror kingpin an “austere religious scholar.”

When he passed away on Wednesday, leaving millions in mourning and a widow behind, his legacy as a media pioneer was reduced to the following by the left: bigot, provocateur and homophobe.

Those who let Limbaugh into their cars, homes and hearts aren’t going to let him be defined by the hateful extremists on the left. It’s also hard to imagine that the man who helped to lead the conservative movement for three decades would have had the drive-by media cover his passing from this world any other way than it did.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Responses

  1. Let the hateful rhetoric begin! How dare Rush Limbaugh die and upset the crybabies. No one forced them to listen. Just like the many who find Don the Lemon to be a the waste of an hour.

  2. Yeah, this is the same Rush Limbaugh that had shows mocking and celebrating the deaths of gay men, called for drug users to be put on a desert island and bombed (while all the time being a opioid abuser) and on and on and on.
    Help me wipe the tears away, you hypocrite.

  3. Why is it surprising that they would be more critical of Limbaugh, after all, they have more in common with a Muslim terrorist.

  4. “you knew it wouldn’t take long before their allies in the establishment media began reporting on the event from their own slanted perspectives” Kipp Jones

    Really? It THAT what you think, Kipp? That right-wing media doesn’t report based on THEIR slanted perspectives? Give me a break, Kipp. A LOT of right-winger opinionists GET PAID to write their slanted perspectives. How much are YOU paid to come out with THIS kind of garbage, Kipp?

    Rush Limbaugh deserves NO praise or adoration after his decades of riling up the brainless conservatives that looked to him for his, um, ‘guidance’ or opinion on issues. None.

      1. Mac: The Western Journal content is SUPPOSED to trigger YOU, but their content seems to be so toxic that even you guys aren’t falling in line. That’s pretty sad.

        The only thing that they trigger in me is a negative one based on how low quality their disinformation is. I mean it is so bad that their intended targets are ignoring it, which is pretty bad, don’t you think?

        You see, to have some sort of intellectual discourse, it really helps to have some quality aspect to it. I haven’t found ANY yet. Even on the surface, their points suck. Is this what you find in other right-wing disinformation sites, Mac?

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