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January 26, 2010

The Onion Crosses A Line

I like The Onion. Iíve linked to it from time to time because I find it to be a good, humorous site. I donít even mind when it pokes fun at my beliefs and my heroes. But you know, there are lines of taste that should not be crossed.

And one piece posted yesterday that really does cross that line. It is a column allegedly by Rush Limbaugh.

Now I donít think that Rush is a sacred icon, and I have no problem with a little bit of humor at his expense. But putting these words into the mouth of any living human being goes beyond any reasonable boundary of humor and common decency.

You know what? I wish someone would just kill me. I'm serious. Yeah, yeah, I know what you're thinking: "Oh my God, how can you say such a thing? You can't print that in a newspaper!" But see, I don't care anymore. I've cried my tears. I've battled my demons, and I've lost. It's over. It's all over. The only thing left for me to do now is just go away. Have I even once contributed a single ounce of good to humanity? Put me out of my misery. I wouldn't make a fuss. I wouldn't even humiliate myself by saying goodbye. For the first time in my odious, pitiful life, I'd accept my fate with quiet dignity.

Now a certain class of low-life liberal has wished death in all manner of ways upon Limbaugh for years. But to put into the manís mouth an invitation to the world to murder him is appalling. Whatís more, I canít imagine any responsible periodical or website, even a humorous one like The Onion, putting those words in the mouth of Keith Olbermann or any other living public figure.

Indeed, letís use the following as the gold standard of what is appropriate Ė if anyone claimed that these were the words of Barack Obama, would the Secret Service be paying them a call because their words could be interpreted as a solicitation for his assassination? If one can reasonably say that it would, then it ought not be put out there about any individual.





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