We Need a Word for 'Limbaugh-anity'

RECEIVED Tue., July 6, 2004

Dear Editor,
   Louis Black really hit the nail on the head with his recent editorial on Rush Limbaugh, his many imitators, and the political discourse they engage in ["Page Two," July 2]. As Black observes, this discourse claims to command the objective high ground, but is actually based entirely on ad hominem attacks with no factual information (or, not infrequently, factually incorrect information) to back up these attacks. The recent slew of anti-Michael Moore Web sites is a perfect example. Christopher Hitchens' hysterical and barely comprehensible screed aside, there is a lot of talk about Michael Moore's "lies" and use of such terms as "crockumentary," but in perusing these sites I was unable to find even one mention of a specific factually incorrect item in Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. This movie is filled with strongly worded accusations and no-nonsense observations; surely there must be at least one thing in the movie which is false. With all this blather directed at Moore, these chumps can't find it?
   In any case, to build on Black's observation, I would like to suggest that we need a new noun to describe Rush Limbaugh-like political discourse as described above. To this end, I am sponsoring an impromptu contest for identifying a suitable word for "Limbaughanity." Send proposed nominative candidates to pgoetz@gmail.com. The winner will receive a stylish and sweatshop-free Austin Monorail Project T-shirt in addition to the satisfaction of having made a significant contribution to the meme pool once this word becomes widely known and publicized.
Patrick Goetz
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