Sarah Spitz, a producer for the NPR affiliate KCRW based out of Santa Monica, recently learned a lesson about how private e-mail is isn’t. Spitz evidently made comments about how she fantasizes walking away from Rush Limbaugh if he was dying without helping him. Wow.
The thing is, I can certainly understand Spitz’s views of Limbaugh as an overbearing, ignorant buffoon. I offer as an example the following from Limbaugh’s 2009 interview with CNBC’s Mark Haines following Limbaugh’s comments calling Obama a political hack and stating unequivocally that he hopes President Obama fails:
Haines: I’m sorry a week after the inauguration you said you hope he fails. Are you now admitting that it was a stupid and mean-spirited thing to say?
Rush: No, it was an accurate thing to say, it was an honest thing to say and it came…
Haines: Well then how is that bipartisan?
Rush: Well, if you’ll let me explain.
Haines: Well so far you haven’t.
Rush: You’ve been contentious for no reason. It came after a thorough explanation and my belief that liberalism is what Obama represents destroys the free market, destroys capitalism and this stimulus plan is all about re-FDRing America, the New Deal and as a conservative I want liberalism to fail. I want the country to succeed. And that’s what I meant and that’s what I over and over again., You’ve got to stop reading these left wing media sites…
So, yeah, I can understand Spitz’s vehement distaste for the king of all dittoheads (or pinheads, if you want to go all O’Reilly). That said, though, picturing yourself walking away from a dying human being, no matter who he or she might be, is kind of sick.
The thing is, she is as a news producer in the public eye to a degree. If you make inflammatory statements like that and you’re a plumber or a doctor or a gas station attendant, it’s not very likely that it would be picked up on a national level. If you work in the field of journalism, if you …