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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-12-09 12:49 PM
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9. As the documentary Outrage showed, there is only anecdotal evidence, and MSM won't touch the topic
Arkush was not entirely complimentary. He criticizes Rush for not crediting Norm Woodruff for pulling the strings that got him into KFBK, which was where he was working when he met Ed McLaughlin. Norm gave Rush that last chance (he had been fired a number of times and fallen into obscurity while working in baseball). Norm taught Rush how to dress for success and presented him to KFBK at a key moment -- upon the firing of Morton Downey. Arkush says Rush fails to give Woodruff his just credit for his involvement in Rush's success, which if it ever does come will have to come posthomolously. Woodruff died in the mid 1980's of AIDS. He was gay.

Arkush also touches on Rush's military deferrment in a less-than-complimentary manner. David Limbaugh says Rush had a student deferrment and a pilonidal cyst. Arkush found room to print lines from people who questioned the deferrments and whether Rush should be allowed to comment on matters military.

Yet Arkush either missed or just failed to take the more obvious opportunity to cast Rush in a questionable light. Ex-coworker Mary Jane Wolf recalls attending a 70's pot party with Rush. As the joint was being passed around, Wolf told Rush she didn't want any. Rush told her to act like she was busy scratching his back and he would pass the joint on without using it either. "Nobody is going to dare say anything to me," she credits Rush (then Jeff Christie) as saying. For all the guff Rush gave Clinton about attending a pot party but claiming he "didn't inhale", the truth was that under similar circumstances, Rush didn't either. Arkush never links the event with Rush's later critisism of Clinton.

These only mildly disparaging events take up only a few of the pages of the biography, which is overall complimentary toward Rush's talent, ability to think and to speak, and to capitalize on his gifts. There is an overall theme concerning Rush's insecurity, his devotion toward excellence, and his love for show business. It is Arkush's first book (he co-wrote a sports book and writes for the LOS ANGELES TIMES) and is beautifully written.

http://www.americanpolitics.com/20030103Letters.html
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