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Rush Limbaugh Comments On Stephen Colbert’s War on the Heartland of America

When David Letterman announced his upcoming retirement on his show last week, CBS quickly announced that Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central will replace him behind the desk. This marks what many are calling a “shake-up” of network late-night television. Jimmy Kimmel’s ABC show recently took over the long-running Nightline’s spot, followed closely by Jay Leno’s (second) exit of The Tonight Show for Jimmy Fallon.

While many in the news and entertainment media praised Colbert’s hiring, one lone (but loud) voice has expressed his displeasure with the move. Rush Limbaugh said last week that in choosing Colbert, “CBS has declared war on the heartland of America.” On Monday, he doubled-down on those assertions, suggesting that if one doesn’t “conform”—i.e. praise Colbert’s hiring—than “you are an enemy of the state.”

The question remains, however, how any of this matters at all. Outside of the entertainment beat, the only reason anyone in the media—outside of Limbaugh, apparently—reports this story to seem culturally relevant. Herein lies the genius of Limbaugh. He is correct in pointing out how vapid and homogenized the news media is in this story and others. The small facet of insight is then wrapped in bacon hyperbole and bluster and served to the Rush faithful.

Limbaugh’s concern is that the comedic war on conservative value has, like those pesky gays, come out of the closet. “No longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on…conservatives,” he said Thursday, “now it’s just going to be wide out in the open.” He goes so far as to suggest bumping Colbert up to the network heralds a redefining of comedy.

On Monday though, we got a small insight into what is really sticking in his craw. Rush brought up a joke from a 2012 segment during the Sandra Fluke controversy in which Colbert insinuated that the Taliban had a “better record” with women than Limbaugh, which apparently bothered him. Bill O’Reilly, who Colbert most directly lampoons on his show, responded differently offering congratulations and offered to be his sidekick on the show.

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. Along with news and current events, he writes about parenting, art, and personal stories. His serial fiction story "The Prophet Hustle" is available at JukePop.com and a forthcoming independent ebook about the cam-modeling industry "Dirty Little Windows" will be available later this summer.