Newsmax's Christopher Ruddy has decided to take the Brent Bozell approach toward Rush Limbaugh's tirade of misogyny toward Sandra Fluke -- pretend that what Limbaugh said really wasn't that offensive and play the persecution card.
In an April 4 column, Ruddy dismissed Limbaugh's denigrating attacks as nothing more than a "mistake," praising him for having gone so long without making such a "mistake" (which is not true):
It is a remarkable testament to Rush Limbaugh’s broadcasting acumen that in nearly 25 years as a national radio host, the worst mistake he’s made is his recent comments about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke.
Think of it. Three hours a day, five days a week, almost a quarter of a century (roughly 20,000 hours) of air time – and the liberal establishment wants to get America’s most-listened-to radio host off the air for a comment he’s completely apologized for!
Ruddy insisted that Limbaugh's "apology" was "sincere," that "so many liberal commentators have said far worse without apology," and that "this brouhaha should have passed" as a result.
This, of course, is followed by Ruddy's lamenting of an "attempt to muzzle conservative voices," adding that "No one has ever stopped liberal hosts from broadcasting on radio." Which conveniently ignores the fact that a certain someone is trying to stop liberal hosts from appearing on TV.