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Rush Limbaugh Smears Michael J. Fox, Mocks Parkinson's Patients

Here's a wrap-up of the Rush Limbaugh/Michael J. Fox stem cell campaign ad controversy in which Limbaugh smeared Fox, accusing him of acting and exaggerating the effects of the disease.

Clockwise from top left, the campaign ad for Claire McCaskill, Limbaugh's radio rant, MJF's interview with Katie Couric, and finally, maybe the most heinous image of all, a video of Limbaugh physically mocking Parkinson's patients. What a pig.

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  1. I guess all people with "ugly" diseases (Parkinson's, cancer patients undergoing chemo, people with advanced HIV, etc) should just hide so we don't have to see them. We should prevent them from expressing their opinions, their hopes, their dreams. At least this is what Rush and his defenders apparently want.

    Oh, and we should just stop all scientific research because, hey, you don't know if it will provide any useful information. Let's just go back to the days of alchemy and superstition.

    Posted by: homer | Oct 27, 2006 2:58:21 PM

  2. funme

    scroll up

    I site a study which shows why they are trolling around here

    This commercial is devestating to them. Pat Buchanna admited it the other night. Call him a Nixon crook, a crazy wako, rabid conservative....But he sometimes admits to the truth

    A new study showed that AFTER viewing MJF ad the support for stemm cell research jumped from 78% to 83% a 5% point jump

    Self identified republicans who said that they were going to vote republican in Nov DROPPED.....DRPPED!!! 10% points

    the latter being the most significant

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Oct 27, 2006 2:58:43 PM

  3. Oh and Pat Buchanan admited that this ad will most likely loose the senate for the repub party

    the hosue is already lost to them...it is just a question of by how much....it is down to the senate

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Oct 27, 2006 3:00:47 PM

  4. Although I do not agree with desrtoying embryos for the sake of medical science and i despise the fact that Rush "imitated" Michael's movements, I do believe in the first ten amendments of the Constitution called the Bill of Rights. We all have a right to express ourselves freely even if it does seem offensive to others. With that said, Rush did what he did to stir up controversy and boost ratings for his show and Michael is honestly trying to help people with this terrible disease.

    Posted by: Jacqueline | Oct 27, 2006 3:03:12 PM

  5. Jacqueline

    your point would be valid if embryos were being destroyed

    These fetuses are from Fertility clinics and are being tossed into the trash

    We are actualy saving them from the trash can and wanting to put them to good use

    These embryos would be going to the local dump otherwise

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Oct 27, 2006 3:05:32 PM

  6. I am sure if stem cell research could cure impotence, drug dependency and obesity, Rush would leading the charge and raising millions of dollars for it.

    Posted by: Marco | Oct 27, 2006 3:11:32 PM

  7. Tee hee. Someone googlebombed the story and it's top of the Google news train on the story...so a lot of the closeted wingnut Foleys out there clicked, got an eyeful for themselves with the ads here and then hit and run with these troll posts.

    Don't forget to call Specter and ask why Fox was exaggerating and acting in the Democratic TV ad and NOT exaggerating and acting in the Rethuglican ad?

    711 Hart Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Tel: 202-224-4254

    And will Specter now return the $2000 Fox contributed to him and also start mocking Fox's Parkinson symptoms, too?

    Posted by: kabamabam | Oct 27, 2006 3:14:40 PM

  8. don't walk, run. don't jump, leap. don't talk, yell. have a nice day.

    Posted by: tommy2tone | Oct 27, 2006 3:17:00 PM

  9. The Left doesn't dare enter into a debate using only facts. Seems odd to me that the Left can call people fat, morons and hate-mongers and make fun of the fact that someone uses Viagra but God help anyone who makes "fun" of someone the Left admires. The hypocrisy of the Left is astounding. For instance, in Maryland there is an ad the the Left is boo-hooing over that depicts Ben Cardin as someone who will raise taxes, take away guns and, apparently, will party at the Playboy mansion. In the ad, a white womans says, "Call me sometime." The Left and the Dems have gone nuts over this. They call the ad racist because of the white woman telling Ben to "call her sometime." Aren't we supposed to be a color blind society these days? Why does the Left see this a racist? What's wrong with a black man dating a white woman? How is this racist? Here's the kicker though; in the same state of Maryland, the Republican candidate, Michael Steele, was pelted with Oreo cookies by some Left wing "geniuses" while he was campaigning. Hmmm...who are the real racists? The Left in made up of holier-than-thou, hypocritical, narrow-minded pinheads who's days are numbered. You're all losers in everything you do. You can't enter in the arena of debate without distorting the truth and your armament of insulting names. Just read the above posts and look at the hatred pouring out towards Rush Limbaugh - a man who is nothing more than a radio personality and who has the same freedom of speech as Michael. J. Fox. You morons!

    Posted by: The Ghost of Jacob Marley | Oct 27, 2006 3:27:36 PM

  10. Are you all stupid, getting caught up in political parody at midterm election time, or what? Fact, embrionic stem cells do not nor have they ever worked! Period. Adult stem cell research shows promise, without controversy. MJF put his own dumbass out there and now will pay the price. So just shut up already.

    Posted by: MICHAEL | Oct 27, 2006 3:30:47 PM

  11. Regardless of where you stand on the research issue, Limbaugh's antics were desperate and childish. Fox should absolutely be fair game for criticism on his politics, but not for his physical status. It was schoolyard bully behavior and it was ugly, sad, and indefensible.

    Posted by: Rascal | Oct 27, 2006 3:47:46 PM

  12. Wow. What vitriol! No, embryonic stem cells haven't produced clinically viable results yet, but the government hasn't allowed the research to rule it out yet. Let's let the scientific inquiry continue, and if it turns out that embryonic cells aren't useful then the research community will jettison the idea on their own.

    And telling people to "shut up already" or calling people names does nothing to help make a point. Rush Limbaugh deserves the criticism he's getting, but he'll get over it. No one's suggesting that he be arrested or killed. Calm down, people.

    Posted by: Brian to | Oct 27, 2006 3:52:13 PM

  13. Thanks Jacob Marley for that pants load of a post. Let me know when you who claims the left doesn't argue with facts care to bring a fact into your argument.

    You've got the wrong state and candidate regarding the racist "call me" ad you mention.

    Rush Limbaugh lies so much, to print all of his blatant falsehoods in one post would crash the server. You've got to be kidding us - Rush argues with facts?

    Your Oreo cookie incident is a myth. A MYTH. No one can corroberate or produce any evidence that it even happened - including those who attended where the oreos were allegedly flying. Just because Hannity mentions it over and over does it make it real.

    I also find it hysterical that you attack the left for name calling, then let loose with a litany of Bill O'Reilly's favorite attacks.

    We're losers? Only in bizarro world of easily led, talking points fed wingnuts like yourself.

    Posted by: Marco | Oct 27, 2006 3:58:40 PM

  14. Rush needs to get his hearing fixed... Oh Wait he already did. Rush does not understand. Until you live with someone who has this disease, there is no understanding of what the family endures. Just like if you have not lost any loved one in this stupid war, you don't understand why I want a troop pullout. Until Mr. Rush has lost a loved one or lives with a person with this disease I suggest he keep hit Fat, Bloated, unedcuated trap shut. Maybe he should ask his buddy Tom delay how it feels to be looking in from the outside because he danced a jig a few years ago when Tom Daschel was voted out of office. What goes around comes around Rush. Go Dem's

    Posted by: Hayze | Oct 27, 2006 4:08:38 PM

  15. Maybe MJF should sue Rush for slander and Liabel. Rush seems to be Dr. Rush so let him feel what a Malpractice lawsuit feels like.

    Look, anyone who thinks Limbaugh is right on this one either has their blinders on or cannot think beyond any republican Psychobabble rhetoric they are being fed thru their blow hole. Rush is wrong and should issue an appology not only to MJF but to eve person who suffers from this disease. These Republicans not only believe in God, they believe they ARE GOD.

    Posted by: Hayze | Oct 27, 2006 4:15:04 PM

  16. Keith Olberman said it best. Read this :


    Posted by: Hayze | Oct 27, 2006 4:19:17 PM

  17. Some observations from a non-American:

    1. The MJF ad will prove to be the tipping point for this year's mid-term election. It's sincere, heart-wrenching and will win over those moderate and sitting-on-the-fence republicans;

    2. Thanks to their lack of religio-ideological burden, European and especially Asian countries like China, South Korea, Singapore are leading the race in stem cell research. For those Americans who are still doubtful about the benefits of stem cell research, please take a minute and look what's happening overseas. The rest of the world (Asia & Europe) are investing vast amount of resources in such research, and that can only mean one thing: it holds tremendous promise for medical breakthroughs that would save lives and reduce sufferings.

    Posted by: a foreigner | Oct 27, 2006 4:25:42 PM

  18. The number of Rush Trolls (get it, get it, it's like RUSS trolls only.....nevermind) who have posted here is a reflection of how scared the right is.

    Good. They should be.

    Posted by: mark m | Oct 27, 2006 5:54:55 PM

  19. And to think. I was thinking about not voting this year. The Dems get my vote.

    Posted by: Damon | Oct 27, 2006 6:07:18 PM

  20. I love Michael J. Fox

    Posted by: Norma | Oct 27, 2006 6:43:31 PM

  21. Michael


    please do the minimum amount of research necessary before posting.

    Adult stem cells show LESS promise than embryonic stem cells. Every single last study shows this to be a FACT. facts are not unicorns dancing around in our heads....they are REALITY

    Embryonic stem cells have show to cure BALDNESS in mice. In science, all you need is 1 thing to disprove a hypothesis, and your hypothesis of stem cells not being show to cure anything is FALSE

    I repeat

    Scientists have already shown that YES embryonic stem cells when injected just under the skin of bald (induced) mice = GREW HAIR

    I predict that when that info gets out more and spreads around......receding hair line Rush limbaugh will demand total government funding of embryonic stem cell research.

    Scientists have also shown that embryonic stem cells injected into the spinal columns of purposefuly sliced (handicapped) spinal column mice....they were able to regain mobility by a large percentage. the embryonic stem cells turned into spinal column stem cells and healed a large part of the damage.

    Now another study purposefuly done by wingnuts, I am sure, took human embryonic stem cells and injected those into the brains of mice where they formed tumors. The wingnuts jumped on this bandwagon but PROBLEM!!!!!!!!!!! No tumors in the bald mice to hairy mice experiment and no tumors in the spinal cord experiment....the tumors happened when injecting HUMAN stem cells mice. The first 2 experiments utilized mice stem cells.....let's talk about frankeinstein scientists...i submit wingnuts with an agenda injecting human stem cells into mice to try to make a point that any 1st grader would understand was sooooo flawed

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Oct 27, 2006 6:58:30 PM

  22. PS

    For your reading pleasure and stomach turning anger

    Wyoming Republican congress person Barbara Cubin went psycho on a diabled person in a wheel chair. This hate and anger towards the handicapped is prevelant amongst neo-cons (RB there is a little nod to you as a non neo-con republican whom I do not wish to tar with these types in the republican party)


    Recently Cubin when confronted by the Libertarian in the debate with some facts, threatened to slap him if he wasn't in a wheel chair.

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Oct 27, 2006 7:30:35 PM

  23. Sadly, as I was watching the Michael J. Fox interview with Katie Couric it dawned on me that Michael J. Fox is probably entering his last stage of Parkinsons and probably wont be with us much longer. It speaks to the strength of his character that he is choosing to use what time he has left to advocate for the betterment of humanity unlike his detractors on the right who have nothing but hate and anger to offer the world.

    Posted by: Robert In WeHo | Oct 27, 2006 7:31:22 PM

  24. Robert in Weho

    sadly Yepp

    I personaly would like to see the Christopher Reeve kids make a commercial stating how much their father fought for stem cell research and how much he supported Liberal politicians who supported stem cell research.

    I would then DARE Rush to bad mouth the legacy of Superman

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Oct 27, 2006 7:36:47 PM

  25. I'll never understand gay Republican conservatives. Entangling themselves in a philosophy and party that preaches hatred and abandonment of those who are different seems hypocritical. The Republicans didn't give a damn about people dying of AIDs. Instead, they used it as a wedge issue to drive voters to the poll. Bush and company are now leaping on the NJ decision to scream about activist judges forcing gay marriage on America. While in Tennessee, the GOP is running blatantly racist ads to bring out the closet KKK vote.

    Rush Limbaugh is part of the Republican propaganda machine. Pointing out Limbaugh's hypocrisy isn't a personal attack as much as revealing the insincerity and cynical nature of his messages.

    Frankly, for too long, people in the center and left have stood by while extremists bullied, lied, and cheated to achieve their political goals, all the while wrapping themselves up in the Flag, God, and apple pie, even though they were happy to shred the Constitution in the process.

    Posted by: dave | Oct 27, 2006 8:36:49 PM

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