A test for the ‘drive by media’

The Daily Inter Lake Principles and targets: When left meets right notes that the grade was not indicative of good perception skills.

Rush Limbaugh has been criticized for saying he hopes the president fails in his efforts to reshape the economy, most recently in this newspaper by columnist Ellen Goodman, who called Limbaugh “a talk radio host who’d rather be (far) right than have his country rescued.”

This kind of twisted commentary is what makes one pessimistic about the future of the country.

Of course, Limbaugh is ‘just an entertainer’ – but that only means his goal is to create audience and, in his field as in politics, that is helped by controversy. If you accept the view that political ideology is a win or lose type of game, then getting into the opposition’s mind is a part of it. Limbaugh did that in response to attacks on him. He took advantage of a weakness and played their game to his benefit,

it almost seems like Alinsky’s “rules for radicals’ are what govern our nation today even more than the U.S. Constitution. When thinking about the undefined “change” Obama promised us before he was elected, consider this. Alinsky wrote: “Change comes from power, and power comes from organization…. The first step in community organization is community disorganization. The disruption of the present organization is the first step toward community organization. Present arrangements must be disorganized if they are to be displaced by new patterns…. All change means disorganization of the old and organization of the new.”

Besides playing ‘their game’ to win, there is also the factor that one should not abandon one’s principles in the fight. That is where Limbaugh gains his strengths. He has put the misperception and distortion of the major media on record over time and labeled it (“drive by media”). By issuing a provocative assertion, he set the stage for a demonstration of his claims.

Limbaugh never said he didn’t want Obama to succeed in ‘rescuing” the United States; instead he said that he didn’t want Obama to succeed in destroying the country by turning it into a European-style socialist state.

But it doesn’t matter what Limbaugh really said, does it? Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals’ included this unpleasant advice: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

The idea isn’t what some think Limbaugh said, it is what he meant. That, for anyone honest enough to listen, is well understood as much of the power he uses to gain his audience is in a consistency in philosophy. His ‘Obama fail’ episode not only illustrates and underscores his observations about the ‘Drive by Media’ and the Left in general, but generates a controversy that feeds his ratings. That is winning the American way.

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