A day after Rush Limbaugh was forced to explain that he hadn’t been telling a caller not to watch Fox News - just not to watch the liberals on Fox News - he and Fox continued their mutual damage control, with Rush calling in to the Five, ostensibly to discuss the “news of the day” but really, I think, for a nice cozy session of Bonding and Fawning in Front of the Cameras.
First, Eric Bolling introduced Limbaugh as a "friend of freedom". Then he allowed the guest one more chance to put his spin on the incident. Limbaugh explained that "the media" (he talked about "the media" as if he and Fox weren't part of them) was going after both himself and Fox News and trying to drive a wedge between them, because “they consider us the last vestige of any opposition to the leftist agenda in the country.” There was more fawning; Dana Perino gave him an opening to heap praises on their show;" he “joked” with Andrea Tantaros about why he called her “Angela Tarantula” (starting with “I come from a long-ago era where men could be men and stereotypical humor didn’t offend anybody,” going on to black widow spiders and what they do to men, and about how “I wouldn’t want to mess with you”) and reminisced with Bob Beckel about how they'd met back during the Clinton era.
Anyway, they finally did get down to the News of the Day. The Zimmerman trial? The media ("you all excluded of course") is “invested” in a guilty verdict because liberals are “invested” in the concept that America is inherently racist, and Eric Holder is "invested" in the case and that’s why there’s wall to wall coverage. (Really? As if Fox isn't just as invested in wall to wall coverage as “the media” are?)
Immigration reform? America doesn't need new laws, Rush replied, they should enforce the existing laws and secure the border, but the "Democrat party" needs a permanent underclass of low-wage, low-skilled people who are dependent on government. “Now as Americans climb the ladder of success and elevate themselves through the middle class and become less dependent on government, the Democrats have to replace them.” And the Republicans won't fight it because they're scared to death of being called racist; they are “intimidated by the media out of criticizing Obama” (REALLY?!? Then what’s Fox doing criticizing Obama? Oh yes; they aren’t the media. Right.) And it doesn’t matter what type of legislation Congress passes anyway, he added, because the Obama administration will change it to suit them, just as they’re doing with the Affordable Care Act.
On through the need for the Republicans to stop being “Democrat Party Lite", to Obamacare ("just repeal it") and NSA which he didn't really talk about because time ran out. Luckily, that also cut into the time for fawning farewells. Video below: all twenty minutes of it.