When I first read that Rush Limbaugh was in the hospital, I did a quick look at “tweets” with his name as keywords. What I found was a disgusting collection of death wishes. Of course, anytime a major figure might be staring death in the face there will always be a soulless group who wish the worst. No political pool has a monopoly on heartlessness, but I would hope that public personalities that disagree with him would leave him alone in his time of need.
It turns out that for the most part this is true, that is, unless you took at look at leftist film critic Roger Ebert’s twitter page. People of Ebert’s status should not be diving into the gutters of political discourse for a laugh.
Take a look at the following tweets from Ebert:
There is nothing wrong with Ebert disagreeing with Limbaugh, but this is simply not acceptable. There is no reason to poke at someone when they are dealing with serious health issues. I would expect this type of garbage from ignorant and arrogant college-aged liberals, but not from people of Ebert’s status. For someone who questions the intellectual level of this country, Ebert has only proven that he is not any better than those he criticizes.
While I am not a huge Limbaugh fan, it’s doubtful he was laughing and joking when Ebert was fighting thyroid cancer. Why? Because it’s not funny!
Ebert has long been a very astute film critic and while I do not share his political opinions I have respected him for quite some time. Over the years, however, he has managed to put more of his anger into his writing. Over the summer NewsReal Editor David Swindle and I wrote a piece regarding Ebert’s unjust attack on Fox News host Bill O’Reilly by comparing him to fascist, pro-Hitler, anti-Semitic radio broadcaster Father Charles Coughlin:
“In making the comparison Ebert becomes what he seeks to condemn. He seeks to slap one of his ideological enemies with an intolerable image – that of a fascist radio broadcaster of the 1930s. This is something that O’Reilly and Olbermann do all the time – compare their ideological rivals to Nazis. Ebert’s principle subject in college was English. Surely he can recognize when a metaphor overpowers its subject and distracts more than it helps.”
There is an obvious pattern with Ebert these days. He likes to criticize people he disagrees with for using stupid argumentative tactics but then uses them himself. As we argued in our above article, if Ebert cannot raise himself to a respectable level of intellectual discipline for political commentary maybe he needs to stick with film criticism.