On his radio show today Rush Limbaugh continued to talk about Tiger Woods, only this time he painted Woods as the victim of liberal media bias, “The media is digging deep to find out everything they– imagine if the media had acted this way with Bill Clinton and John Edwards back in their day.”
Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:
Limbaugh said, “Compare the attention that the drive-bys are giving all of these alleged mistresses. Compare that to the way they treated Gennifer Flowers and the other bimbo eruptions during the first Clinton campaign. They made excuses for Clinton. … Gennifer Flowers was ignored, and then she was mocked, and then discredited. And she had tapes!”
He continued, “And they went out of their way to save Bill Clinton and to destroy– even when the Lewinsky thing hit. They all joined forces and tried to make Ken Starr out to be some sex pervert. That was so laugh– but anyway. Now, with Tiger, all theses alleged mistresses are believed: Every word they say. The media is digging deep to find out everything they– imagine if the media had acted this way with Bill Clinton and John Edwards back in their day.”
It was only yesterday that Limbaugh was accusing Woods of contributing to the poor frame of mind of black people, but today, Tiger is the victim of liberal media bias. Rush’s memory of the Lewinsky scandal media coverage is totally off. The media was obsessed with this story. The scandal resulted in a de facto news blackout in the United States. Clinton/Lewinsky was the only story on the news.
The media did rush to save Bill Clinton. It can be argued that they fed the story with nonstop coverage of it. Tiger Woods carefully cultivated and marketed an image of himself as a pure all American good guy. It is a huge story when the public image of one of the world’s most popular athletes gets blown to shreds.
The media loves a good sex scandal, because sex scandals are great for ratings. There is no liberal media bias here. Unlike Rush Limbaugh the media has no political agenda when it comes to Tiger Woods. This is another example of Limbaugh trying to his ideology where it clearly doesn’t belong.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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