Uncle Rushbo could add a considerable amount of credence ("What me make an insincere apology just to get myself off the hot seat?") if it were accompanied by a large donation to a relevant women's nonprofit organization.
We asked the Philanthropy coach if she or any of her associates had ever asked Uncle Rushbo (Doesn't he live in a house that is worth $24 million?) what the level of his philanthropic donations are and also ask if he would like to increase that amount of giving during the economic hard times which have perceptively swelled the difficulty level of maintaining America's commitment to subsidizing charitable organizations.
Wouldn't most Americans be quite prepared to assume that Uncle Rushbo's annual philanthropic donations are rather anemic? Doesn't he advocate the "bootstrap" philosophy of self reliance?
The World's Laziest Journalist adheres to a stringent budget, but we have, in the early phase of the Occupy movement, bought fast food meals, on different occasions, for two Occupy protesters. Could it be that the parsimonious columnist outspends Rush on philanthropic endeavors? Perhaps Rush Limbaugh makes large philanthropic donations anonymously or very quietly while perversely bolstering the Scrooge image?
On Monday morning's broadcast, Uncle Rushbo's introductory monologue seemed to be an apology to his regular listeners for making the apology on Saturday. His mistake was to lower himself to the level of leftists, he explained. " . . . it was way beneath me . . ."
He did use the term "self reliance" several time Monday morning.
When Armstrong posts and shares a link to one of our columns on his facebook site ( http://www.facebook.com/james.r.armstrong1>; ) , we get a perceptible bump in hits. We had shamelessly suggested that the Philanthropy coach bring the humble efforts of the World's Laziest Journalist to the attention of some of her well known friends in the journalism industry. Could they do better at boosting the hits?
What would happen if Uncle Rushbo destroyed our speculation about his level of philanthropy giving on air and enumerated and elaborated on his donations and specifically mentioned that he was providing some fact checking information for the World's Laziest Journalist?
Over the the course of this weekend and Monday morning, we realized that about one percent of journalists have about ninety percent of the clout that publicity can deliver. The other ninety nine percent of those working in Journalism must share the remaining amount of influence.
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The closing quote has to be a line from "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance": "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."
[Correction: the Howard Hawks series has not concluded but continues at the Pacific Film Archive until mid April.
Now the disk jockey will play "the man who shot Liberty Valence," "Do not forsake me oh my darlin'" (the Oscar winning theme song from "High Noon") and the theme song from "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." We have to go get us a cup of celestial tea. Have a "smile when you say that" type week.