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On Thursday, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert came under fire for the following tweet, which has since been deleted:
The tweet was related to a bit on his show where Colbert was lampooning Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder's plan to form a Native American advocacy group called Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation after he said he had been reassured by dozens of tribal groups that his team name was not racist.

Shortly thereafter, writer Suey Park suggested Colbert's show be cancelled for racism:

Self-described "lover of liberty" and conservative blogger Michelle Malkin took up the charge and relayed it to her slackjawed minions:

And, predictably, trolls on the #stoprush stream clumsily tried to turn the tables on online activists working to remove advertisers from Rush Limbaugh's show:

Now let's think carefully about this comparison, wingnuts--although I know thinking is not your foremost skill.  The Colbert Report is a satirical program where the host plays a sort of Super O'Reilly.  Am I moving too quickly for you?

Colbert himself describes his schtick this way:
"I do the show in character - and he's an idiot; he's wilfully ignorant of everything we're going to talk about."

Colbert's tweet was intended to expose the stupidity of Daniel Snyder having the misguided cojones to advocate for Native Americans whilst stereotyping them at the same time.

So Colbert's point was essentially that forming a racist-sounding advocacy group doesn't absolve one of racism.

Now let's compare that with Rush Limbaugh's infamous 2012 attack on Sandra Fluke, the shot heard round the world that launched the StopRush movement.  

When Limbaugh said Fluke was a slut who had been having so much sex since 6th grade it was a wonder she could walk, was he playing a character in order to make the point that there are some grade A asshole talk show hosts who have zero respect for women let alone basic understanding of how contraceptives work?  

Check it out and judge for yourself:

The answer, of course, is no.  Limbaugh believed everything he said.  El Rushbo is not smart enough for satire, so who would expect his fans to be smart enough to detect or understand it?  Limbaugh is nothing more than a genuine asshole whose bread and butter used to be beating up on women, minorities, homosexuals, and the poor--until The Flush Rush Facebook community turned that bread and butter into crackers.  

People may disagree with how far Colbert takes his satire--and they may have a point.  But it's ludicrous to equate Colbert and Rush Limbaugh.

Decent folks who believe in tolerance and equality are no longer powerless against Rush Limbaugh's efforts to spread intolerance on the radio.  StopRush is making a major impact by convincing advertisers on this show to withdraw their ads--and with your help we can do even more.  Just a few emails, tweets, or Facebook messages a week to Limbaugh's advertisers can go a long way toward making hatred less profitable.  It is our collective voice that makes us strong.  

Want to do something hold Limbaugh accountable?  
Join StopRush!  We can use your help in the following ways:

Join:  The Flush Rush Facebook community
Visit:  The StopRush sponsor database
Tweet:  #stoprush Twitter campaign
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Install: ThinkContext StopRush browser extension--notifies you as you browse which companies advertise on Rush

Originally posted to ProgLegs on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 04:57 AM PDT.

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