On the whole Rush Limbaugh “controversy”, I think the best thing written thus far is this concise summation by Glenn Reynolds.
IT’S NOT A “SMEAR” — it’s better understood as “battlespace preparation.” And the target is the traditional media; the intent is to limit the ability of people like Limbaugh or O’Reilly to drive stories in the mainstream news as we get closer to the election. Expect more of this, with more targets.
Also, follow his link to this writeup of the not-at-all-hidden connection between the paid attack dogs of Media Matters and Senator Hillary Clinton.
One of the interesting connections that the News Busters link didn’t mention is the common ground on the oxymoronic “Fairness Doctrine” that would force broadcast outlets to give equal time to opposing political views. This is an obvious dagger aimed at the heart of talk radio – the one place where conservative views dominate. Media Matters, John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, the Clintons, and the nutroot bloggers who get money on the side from various George Soros-funded organizations are all pushing very hard for this egregious pile of government censorship. Attacks like the ones on O’Reilly and Limbaugh are important to getting the Fairness Doctrine made law.
But of course, George Bush is the fascist who’s stifling all the dissent, right?
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin gives chapter and verse on the “fake soldiers” as well as a truly foolish resolution that is scheduled for a vote later today in the House of Representatives condemning Rush Limbaugh for something he didn’t actually say.