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Carl Hiaasen takes a satirical look at the Rush Limbaugh controversy in his column, “The Rush-Muffin Feels The Heat:”

Mrs. Limbaugh’s diary:

I feel so bad for my precious Rush-Muffin.

Middle of breakfast, the man from Clear Channel calls to say that a bunch more advertisers have pulled out of the radio show — that’s 42 so far!

“Who?” I ask.

“Ha, small-timers,” my husband says. “AOL, Bonobos, Quicken Loans. And get this one: The Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington.”

“All because you called that college student a slut for using birth control?”

My Rush-Muffin, he just shrugs and fires up another cigar. He’s trying to act so tough, but I know he’s worried.

“Netflix, Geico, J.C. Penney — who needs ’em?”

“Why don’t you make another apology?”

“Because I’m Rush Hudson Limbaugh III, and the entire Republican Party sucks up to me. Apologizing is for weenies. Why should insurance plans be required to pay for contraception? It’s Obama-style socialism! Every family, rich or poor, has the constitutional right to a financially devastating unplanned pregnancy!”

"You dumb bastards" was the epithet hurled by Donald Trump yesterday at those enemies of the people in the news media, specifically CNN, who annoy him by continuing to report on the worst public health disaster in a century. While Trump keeps repeating that the pandemic is almost over, and other such absurd lies, it is in fact sickening more of us and taking more lives.

In her eloquent rebuttal today, CNN anchor Briana Keilar points out that Americans need to know what is happening as coronavirus cuts down their families, friends, and communities. They need to see their suffering reflected, despite Trump's sociopathic refusal to acknowledge the reality and deal with it. They need to grieve and honor the 220,417 dead, and counting...

The ruin wrought by Trump's numb incompetence has already made you angry, no doubt. This will make you angrier.