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Limbaugh vs. GOP vs. Fox News (Oh, My!)

Rush says his "friends" at Fox tried to stifle his criticism of the Republican Party. Is that really what happened?

Kathy Shaidle


July 4, 2013 - 9:00 am


They asked me,
what do you want to talk about, I didn’t want to talk about Egypt — first thing out of my mouth, I want to talk about immigration and the state of the Republican party. Wouldn’t go there. I had to bring it up myself to whatever extent I did. And that, by the way, is quite telling to me.

Telling Rush Limbaugh — one of America’s legendary talkers — what not to talk about?

Especially when you’re all supposedly on the same “side”?

Rush Limbaugh was (almost) speechless on Tuesday, when — he says — his presumed ideological allies on Fox & Friends tried to steer their conversation away from what he considered a pressing issue:

The precarious future of the Republican Party.

It’s not clear to me from his complaint if Rush is referring to some pre-show conversation with a producer, or about his on-air conversation with the Fox & Friends gang.

Especially because Limbaugh did manage to get in a few remarks about the GOP on Fox News, including his prediction that they could lose the House in the 2014 midterms.

You can read the transcript or watch the clip below and see what you think:

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And of course, Rush has his own top-rated radio show, airing three hours a day, five days a week, where he can talk about whatever he wants!

Still, I was struck by his perception — expressed back on his own show on Tuesday afternoon — that those “friends” at Fox had tried to tamp down any talk about fading Republican fortunes.

Is this intramural sniping just a tempest in a tea (party) pot?

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(KATHY SHAIDLE is a blogging pioneer who runs FiveFeetOfFury, now in its 15th year. She's been called "one of the great virtuoso polemicists of our time," by MARK STEYN. Her NEW book is Confessions of A Failed Slut (Thought Catalog, 2014).

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Internal squabbles are actually a sign of health.
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Oh my god, yes. It proves there's no "towing the line" and that the party may be innovating itself (not always a good thing, per se, but one can hope).
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