October 1, 2003

Blood In The Water

So Drudge has big red headlines about a National Enquirer story alleging Rush Limbaugh has a pain pill problem. Now assuming (we'll see) it's true, why do I get the feeling that the mainstream media won't have the same warm fuzzy love and understanding for his problem that they do every time someone like Aaron Sorkin or Robert Downey Jr. ends up arrested and in rehab for the umpteenth time?

I think we're about to see the old double standard go into hyperdrive with this one.

Posted by Ithildin at October 1, 2003 5:58 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

Fame does not hold much sway over me.

Celebrities are people with jobs like the rest of us. People give celebrities power over themselves with silly idol worship. They should not have to put up with papparazi and I should not have to suffer news items about who Britney is sleeping with this month.

That said:

Downey Jr. got what he deserved.

Rush should do some time if he has broken the law and judge feels it appropriate punishment. He should go to rehab like a good celebrity if he is hooked on pills and. . .

who is Aaron Sorkin?

Posted by: ESP at October 1, 2003 11:51 PM

Aaron Sorkin is a producer/writer/director.

Posted by: Ith at October 2, 2003 11:41 AM

In general, I just don't understand people with Big Appetites. But what's really puzzling about this (assuming it's true at all) is the risky and low-class way it was done.

If I owned (1) millions of bucks (2) a private jet and (3) a drug habit, I'll bet I could find several smart ways to use items (1) and (2) to satisfy item (3). Perhaps buy a pharmaceutical company in Mexico, or just buy a doctor. I wouldn't trust a housekeeper to purchase the stuff on a local street corner. But maybe the risk of discovery, as with Clinton's Oval Office Follies, was part of the fun.

Posted by: ockham at October 4, 2003 12:28 PM