January 16, 2007, - 9:27 am

Rush Limbaugh Cites Schlussel “24” Column

By Debbie Schlussel
Yesterday, on his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh read an e-mail that cited my Sunday post about “24.” Viewers were challenging Rush’s support for “24” because of the apparent propaganda, which I detailed in my post.
Rush posted the transcript and audio on his site, and linked to the post. Thanks, Rush!:

El Rushbo Impatient with Ornery “24” Critics
January 15, 2007


I must admit, I’m a little impatient with some of you people who are sending me caustic notes about the first two episodes of “24” last night. For example, I have two of them here, let me just share them with you. These are all from the subscribers at RushLimbaugh.com, members of 24/7. “Dear Rush, please read the following. It’s a column by Debbie Schlussel regarding this season’s PC bent on ’24’. Can’t we have one series which deals with the reality of Islam?” Next one. “Rush: I have mixed feelings about the new ’24’ season. I love the action, but I hate the limp-wristed liberal political correctness attitude toward the Muslims. Also, the undertone of bringing up all the mistakes of previous administrations and trying to make people fearful the Bush administration is trying to do the same. You probably don’t see it that way, but that’s how I felt about it. Regards and kudos, signed Richard.” There are a bunch of others who think that what we have here is a politically incorrect liberal bent on this program and on “24”, and that the Muslims are getting soft treatment and so forth.

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Rush will continue to defend “24” because the show’s creators and producers have bought him off.
Not only has Rush sung the virtues of “24” to the rafters for years, but he gets advance DVD’s of the show, he’s been given behind-the-scenes guided tours of the show, and he’s met with the show’s actors, writers, producers, and its caterers.
Rush says that although Kiefer Sutherland may be a LIBERAL, his LIBERALISM doesn’t come off in the show. However, how many other LIBERAL actors has he suggested viewers boycott because of ther agenda (I don’t know this for a fact, but it’s worth exploring).
Anyway, this is what happens when a talk-show host (or anyone, for that matter) showers a TV show with praise, and who’s been feted with perks by its creators – it’s awfully difficult to take off the rose-colored glasses. It’s awfully difficult to declare the obvious once the show engages in PC revisionism bullshit.
Note to the next victim: Try not to get bought-off.

Thee_Bruno on January 16, 2007 at 10:26 am

What about the character Ahmed? He was a Muslim neighbor whose uncle was arrested for being a suspected terrorist. His next-door neighbors protected him from other neighbors, and portrayed him as a good guy. Later, Ahmed revealed himself to be a terrorist.
A lot of ’24’ was PC, but obviously the above wasn’t.

Norman Blitzer on January 16, 2007 at 10:48 am

I spend some time on a couple online forums, usually I follow Debbie’s ICE coverage on debbieschlussel.com and the other site is a law enforcement/military forum. Over on the LE forum we talk about 24, it seems to be a favorite amongst the law enforcement community.
What strikes me as funny, is that none of the people who are fighting the war on terror, aka Police, federal agents, and soldiers, have a problem with 24 being too PC. A federal agent runs around shooting people at will, torturing suspects to get quality information to follow up on leads, disobeying direct orders in order to save the day, car-jacking people’s vehicles, etc, etc, and yet comes out smelling like a rose and yet this is PC??
Seriously people, you need to spend maybe one week fighting the REAL war on terror if you want to see political correctness in action. I thought everyone would be in favor of this season of 24 because jack is back fighting Islamic terrorists. Apparently not.

ICEAGENT on January 16, 2007 at 11:02 am

“24”‘s next season opener will feature Osama bun Laden swapping spit with Bush, and turning over all of his cave-dwelling associates. The next episode will feature Iran’s president stopping a bunch of nuclear-armed Amish from blowing up a corn maze. The third episode will feature the untold tales of Yasser Arafat uncovering a Norwegian plot to take over the shipping industry in an effort to squeeze the world economy.
This is the beginning of the end of “24”.
Too bad.
Maybe Keifer will preface next season’s opener with him bending over naked while members of CAIR-less have their way with him.

Thee_Bruno on January 16, 2007 at 11:10 am

I’ve never watched the show, I’ve only heard and read about it. I’m not much of a Keifer fan. I will only say that IF they have non-arabic looking men portraying terrorists, it’s a cop-out. They might as well show Keifer riding in to save the day on a unicorn.

Stealthkix on January 16, 2007 at 11:31 am

Okay…i’m trying to figure out HOW television is responsible for foreign policy…especially after Herr Bush made it clear that HE don’t listen to anyone!!!
MAYBE what y’all should be questioning is had the little draft dodger in the white house listened to the Nigro who SERVED…then maybe there’d be no need to SURGE the troops right now?

EminemsRevenge on January 16, 2007 at 11:50 am

Ummmm, did anyone one of you armchair critics (you included Debbie) see the Muslims detonate a nuclear bomb in L.A. on last night’s episode?
Say what you will about the PC aspects concerning search, seizure, and arrest – but so far they have not painted Muslims in a particlularly positive light.
With respect to the notion that some Muslims on the show wish to “open a dialogue” with the West, what’s the big deal? Yeah, we all know that is not the reality of the situation today. But wouldn’t it NICE to have it that way at some point?
Get a grip – this is a TV drama!
If I want the realities of war and radical Islam, I will go watch the news. When watching ’24’, I want to be entertained. I want the suspension of disbelief that comes with fiction. I want art, as Ayn Rand put it, ‘to depict life as it can and ought to be’.
So far this season I think ’24’ has done a good job of that.

David Svendsen on January 16, 2007 at 12:09 pm

Sure, the muzlums detonated a bomb, however, the next few episodes will reveal;
Episode 2: That those muzlums are really a bunch of disgruntled Jews looking to frame innocent islamists.
Episode 3: Will show world condemnation of that act by the muzlum street.
Episode 4: The imams will crawl out of their sewers and help apprehend the Jews who did the bombing.
Episode 5: Iran’s president will condemn the act and then relent on his desire to acquire nuclear weapons.
Episode 6: Louis Farrakhan will then sit down with the white man and the Jews in “Hymietown” and break bread with them declaring; “I love my Jewish brothers and sisters.”
Episode 7: Muzlums worldwide will stand in solidarity with the infidels in America and call for the stoning of the Jews who detonated the bomb.
Episode 8: Osama bum Laden will call for an end of jihad against America, and will offer to help the Pentagon apprehend the Jews who did the bombing. He will enlist the aid of his jihadists and their camels to ride the streets of America to keep order.
Episode 9 – 24: All other episodes will be canceled after the American people realize they’ve been had by LIBERAL propagandists and tune out en masse.

Thee_Bruno on January 16, 2007 at 1:10 pm

I never did care that much for “24”, even before it’s dimmification.
Just got tired of having to turn up the volume every time whispering mumble mouth Kiefer Sutherland spoke to try to understand what he was mumbling, and then having to turn the volume down when someone else spoke.
Where the hell did that ever get that guy anyway.
Oh, ya, his dad is an actor too.
Funny how that works.

feralcat9 on January 16, 2007 at 1:32 pm

Rush Limbaugh is an admitted and convicted drug abuser.
He’s also a fat, ugly, thrice-divorced jerk who goes to the Dominican Republic for a boys-only weekend with an unmarked vial of Viagra!
I can’t understand why you are proud to be associated with him.

LoveAManInAUniform on January 16, 2007 at 3:18 pm

Like him or hate him, Rush’s opinions are correct more often than not. That’s the only reason you even know about the problems in his personal life. He’s been a big enough thorn in the left’s side that they constantly look for dirt on him. You think many people in the puplic eye have cleaner closets than he does?
Becoming addicted to pain medicine is not the same thing as being a crack whore. His looks have nothing to do with the content of his radio show. I know a lot of nice people with multiple divorces, and unmarried guys going for some out-of-the-country ass is fine as far as I’m concerned. Sure he’s a blowhard who’s way too into himself, but what celebrity isn’t?
You listen to his show to hear what he has to say. That’s it. How he looks or the fact that he uses Viagra have no bearing on the show’s content, and frankly is none of our business. A lot of people have been cut a lot more slack than Rush has. He’s the king of conservative talk radio and rightly so. I think any conservative person should feel pride to know they got kudos from him.

Stealthkix on January 16, 2007 at 5:35 pm

Drug abuse is drug abuse, no matter what the drug, and it’s against the law! Possession of prescription drugs (viagra) that have not been prescribed to YOU is also against the law.
And this website is very much concerned with how people look and behave.

LoveAManInAUniform on January 16, 2007 at 6:22 pm

Rush’s acknowledgement(s) of Debbie’s work is how I got turned on to the DS site. It says something that Rush finds DS work compelling and DS’ site a regular read on his list. I don’t think anyone can be looked to as being given 100% carte blanche approval for every view on every issue–Rush included–BUT….
Rush is as GOOD AS IT GETS in America today–he has done more to keep the liberals from running amok (to the extent any one human being can) than any one person or even network in the information age. I am fond of his saying “I know liberals like I know every square inch of my glorious naked body!” He does and he nails them daily with great mastery.
All the other talk show hosts are only “Rush wanna be’s”–some better than others–but there is only one Rush and just like Elvis will always be the “king of Rock and Roll”–El Rushbo will live on forever as the real king of all media!!! (Sorry Howard Stern–you are a pathetic VD on our world which infects drags us down into the gutter).

BB on January 16, 2007 at 10:49 pm

LoveAManInAUniform spewed this blatant lie:
“Drug abuse is drug abuse, no matter what the drug, and it’s against the law! Possession of prescription drugs (viagra) that have not been prescribed to YOU is also against the law.”
I suggest you research the facts before you go off the deep end and embarrass yourself in public. It is not Illegal to possess prescription drugs in another name in Florida if the Doctor does it to protect a patients Identity. In this case, the Doctor wrote the prescription in his own name to protect Rushís identity.
“It is generally not illegal under Florida law for a physician to prescribe medication in a third party’s name if all parties are aware and the doctor documents it correctly, said Mike Edmondson, a spokesman for the state attorney in Palm Beach County. He would not discuss specifics in the Limbaugh case Tuesday.
and then there is this twisted, outright libelous lie:
“Rush Limbaugh is an admitted and convicted drug abuser.î
Rush is not a convicted anything. He has admitted he became addicted to prescription Doctor prescribed pain medications, entered treatment, and has been drug free every since.
“Under last month’s deal with prosecutors, authorities will dismiss a “doctor shopping” charge if Limbaugh doesn’t get arrested for 18 months, among other terms.”
He never was tried in a Court of Law and the Prosecutor made a pretrial diversion, to avoid the embarrassment of trying a case with no evidence. Rush Limbaugh plead not guilty and will be held in abeyance until that 18 months of treatment has been completed, at which point the charges filed by the state attorney’s office will be dismissed.
The palm Beach DA lost its appeal in the State Supreme Court about illegally obtaining his medical records from Limbaugh’s Doctors. Kind of hard to prosecute Rush when they had zero evidence.
Maybe because “The defense won an important round last December when a judge, basing his ruling on privacy, refused to let prosecutors take testimony from Limbaugh’s doctors about his medical treatment.”
LoveAManInAUniform, you owe Rush Limbaugh an apology for libelous accusations and to the people on this forum as well. Just because this is an Internet forum does not give you the right to spread lies and make accusations that are patently false.

ScottyDog on January 17, 2007 at 8:08 pm

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