Rush Limbaugh Says Media Twisted Buckley's Remarks
On Sunday, NewsBuster Warner Todd Huston reported on how CBS misquoted famed conservative author William F. Buckley, Jr. On Tuesday, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh weighed in on the issue (audio link to follow):
This is not the first time that Mr. Buckley has been highlighted by the Drive-By Media in his disagreements with President Bush — and, look, I don’t want to speak for him. As to sound bite number three, let’s tackle that one first because that’s the easiest. I have said this, Buckley just said it in a different way when he says, "I think Mr. Bush faces a singular problem best defined, I think, as the absence of effective conservative ideology." Well, I’ll climb on board. I’ll agree with that. But all he’s saying is that Mr. Bush is a Republican, but he is not the leader of a movement.
Limbaugh then astutely pointed out why the media – who typically have little interest in what conservatives say – are so fascinated with Buckley’s comments:
We have a Republican president who is conservative on some things and others he’s not. He’s going about his job in his own way. That certainly is no crime, but to the Drive-By Media, why, why, that would be an indictment. He’s lost his wheels as a conservative because they are interested in conservatism losing its wheels, they are interested in conservatism falling apart because they know conservatism is the foundation and the dynamic of the Republican Party. So when you have somebody as powerful as Mr. Buckley saying it, they get all excited and they start panting. (Panting.) "The Republican Party is about to fall apart! Bill Buckley says so, we’ve got it on tape, Saturday night CBS Evening News!"
Exactly. And this is why NBC suddenly loves Pat Buchanan, and why the drive-by television media will invite on any conservative pundit that has a difference of opinion with the Administration.
Audio Link courtesy of Crooks and Liars.