Mythmaker Limbaugh Says College Is Where "Hate Is Taught"
Some things are so inane on conservative talk radio that -- if not for the possibility of causing a traffic accident -- one might smack his head against the steering wheel in disbelief.
Today, Rush Limbaugh provided one of those moments.
A caller from Austin, Texas, remarked that some very brilliant people never completed college. Limbaugh agreed, noting that Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and El Rushbo himself had never finished college. (It's one of the few times those three names would be considered "parallel.")
But then Limbaugh had to add some conservative mythmaking -- you know, the one about evil liberal professors indoctrinating innocents to hate the United States and all it stands for (cue the reference to Ward Churchill.)
"Where do you think hate is taught?" Limbaugh offered as he headed to commercial. "What do you think journalism school is all about?"
Are there over-the-top liberal professors? Sure.
Are there over-the-top conservative professors? Sure.
Last time I checked, though, there weren't any professors teaching "How To Hate The United States" -- in journalism school or elsewhere.
What you do find on most college campuses are classes in political science, history, economics, sociology and other majors in which students are asked to question decisions made by our government. Quesitoning a decision -- be it the various elements of the New Deal, McCarthyism, the Vietnam War or supply-side economics -- does not make one a hater of the United States. Students protesting the Vietnam War a generation ago, Apartheid two decades ago, or the Iraq War now don't hate the United States -- even if they hate an individual decision made by its government.
That seems easy enough to understand. As easy to understand is the reality that while Bill Gates and Steve Jobs have become immensely successful in spite of lacking a college degree, there are also a seemingly endless number of failures -- people in dead-end jobs, the homeless, the imprisoned -- who also failed to graduate from college.
Picking two people at random -- three, including El Rushbo -- to make a point is simplistic. But that's the sort of inanity one should expect from conservative talk radio.