Rush Limbaugh Denied NFL Ownership: Five Takeaway Lessons

The same mainstream media that fact-checks comedy skits about Barack Obama on Saturday Night Live didn't seem to be able to find the time to check out quotations that were dreamed up from scratch about Rush Limbaugh. With Democrats, everything gets triple-checked for accuracy and reluctantly printed in the middle of a long article on page A-18 if it's damaging. With conservatives, "Oh, we saw it on the internet, so it must be true and if it's not, we don't like Rush Limbaugh anyway" was good enough to get a phony quote on CNN.

5) Conservatives are too forgiving. If you listened to the left you'd think that conservatives were violent, easily inflamed mobs of fiendish KKK/Nazi/Taliban hybrids. Meanwhile, no one seems to be the least bit scared of offending conservatives in any way, shape, or form.

The mainstream media treats conservatives like something they scraped off the bottom of their shoe. Hollywood stars who desperately need conservatives to watch their movies openly mock conservative values and Keith Olbermann can co-host Football Night In America, while Rush Limbaugh is being told he can't even invest in the NFL. It's doesn't matter what people say about conservatives; the way we get treated tells you that we're not commanding any respect.

So here's a thought: Maybe conservatives should actually start raising a lot more hell about issues like this one. When Hollywood, the NFL, and the mainstream media conclude that conservatives aren't suckers who will still hand them money even as they're insulted, maybe the insults will stop.

Let me conclude by saying that Rush Limbaugh can take the heat. At the end of the day all this means is that he's going to be able to spend huge sums of money on something other than an NFL team. Moreover, there's nothing unusual about corporations steering clear of political controversy. That's something that everyone in this profession just has to accept.

Yet and still, it's the double standard here that grates. No matter what the situation may be, it always seems like there is one set of rules for conservatives like Rush Limbaugh and a much more lenient, convenient set of rules for liberals.

If conservatives do nothing else in the next few years -- well, besides taking back Congress and defeating Barack Obama -- we should insist on an end to that double standard.