Rush Limbaugh Swift

A number of you are arguing that Rush Limbaugh is actually putting together a high-flown satire that I missed.  Umm, okay, maybe.  The problem is, if so many missed it, it's not a very good satire.

I know, I know--I'm a humorless west coast liberal who doesn't get an obvious joke.  No offense, but Limbaugh's listeners are not known for their ability to appreciate maybe-sort-of-satire.  I don't think it's ridiculous to say that for Rush Limbaugh, racism isn't a big problem in this country, but anti-racism is one of the greatest threats facing America today.  So when he does a "satire" that comes perilously close to his normal rants against feminazis and raice-baiters, well, I don't really think you can expect the rest of America to get the joke.

Update:  Okay, perhaps I am unfairly tarring Rush Limbaugh's viewers with his own behavior.  But I have, in fact, listened to Rush Limbaugh quite a bit, though not recently, and at least back then, he was a humorless jerk who really didn't find, say, Michael Moore or Jon Stewart funny.  His main product is outrage at the vast conspiracy against him and his people.  Sound familiar?

This is not funny, or acceptable, for the same reason that Michael Moore's "truthy" BS isn't acceptable.  The "humor", such as it is, comes at too high a cost.

And yes, I think that the people who are claiming that Rush is inciting a race war or a revolution are also humorless twits.  But what he's doing is quite bad enough.  The world is not desperately in need of more anger, hatred and paranoia.

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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