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Rush Limbaugh Shows off Mad Photoshop Skillz
July 9, 2004 6:39 AM   Subscribe

Rush Limbaugh site manipulates Kerry/Edwards photo to show Edward's outstretched waving hand completely obscuring Kerry's face, then crows, "This Says It All." Can't he just leave them alone? After all, they are clearly in love. (First link via Linkfilter)
posted by Otis (41 comments total)

 
Gasp. You mean Rush isn't telling the truth?
posted by kgasmart at 6:55 AM on July 9, 2004


Does this mean Rush will finally stop talking about Clinton and instead give great advice about Kerry?

Why, I remember when Rush warned his listeners to pull their money out of the stock market when Clinton was coming into office when George Bush the 1st was leaving. Just think of all the value Rush preserved for his listeners with that advice!

Wonder if he told 'em the good times would now re-start with George Bush the 2nd and told 'em to put thier money back into the market once Clinton was gone?
posted by rough ashlar at 7:08 AM on July 9, 2004


Not that there's anything wrong with that.
posted by PrinceValium at 7:21 AM on July 9, 2004


Holy Christ, each time I read a Drudge article, I think, "Well, at least he can't sink any lower than this." Today is no exception.
posted by UKnowForKids at 7:35 AM on July 9, 2004


I think they look cute together.
posted by dhoyt at 7:38 AM on July 9, 2004


On the Today Show this morning, they played a cheeky Kerry ad in which they make fun of the 'love' theme themselves. Smart move. Co-opt the opponents' strategy and show it for how stupid it is.
posted by tippiedog at 7:40 AM on July 9, 2004


Every time I see something like this, I think: the bottom of the barrel is now way the hell up there, and fading from view as we get ever closer to the molten hell in the center of the earth.
posted by chicobangs at 7:40 AM on July 9, 2004


It's funny that Rush has a problem with any picture where Kerry and Edwards are too close for comfort, but he LOOOOOOVES pictures of soldiers "blowing off steam" by sexually humiliating prisoners of war.

I wonder if Rush has seen this classic clip [Quicktime link].
posted by turaho at 7:47 AM on July 9, 2004


a cheeky Kerry ad in which they make fun of the 'love' theme

Please tell me they used "Love Train."
posted by octobersurprise at 7:50 AM on July 9, 2004



posted by pxe2000 at 7:51 AM on July 9, 2004


I think it would be hot if Kerry and Edwards got it on in the oval office.
posted by PigAlien at 7:53 AM on July 9, 2004


This man love thing is really getting out of hand! Who knew things like this happen in the back of the presidential limo?
posted by nofundy at 7:55 AM on July 9, 2004


Looks like the time is ripe for some Kerry/Edwards slashfic:

Running Mates

Kerry could still hear the crowds cheering as the limousine pulled away from the stadium. It was an incredible feeling--he had never inspired that level of passion before. And he owed it all to the man by his side.

He looked at the boyish face, still glowing from excitement...at the tousled hair he longed to run his fingers through. Everything came so easily to this man, this golden boy. He was charm personified. Kerry felt like a moth drawn to a flame.

"What are you thinking, John?" Edwards asked. Kerry was startled, and didn't know what to say. I was thinking about what your mouth tasted like, he realized. Oh, God. How could he have let this happen?

"Let me show you what I was thinking," Edwards went on, and Kerry realized that his running mate had slid across the broad leather seat until his muscular thigh was pressing deliciously, deliriously against his.

Kerry held his breath--what was happening?--as Edwards's strong arm encircled his neck. He felt the warmth, the incredible softness of this kiss, this incredible kiss, like a revelation. Like the fireworks above the Mall on the Fourth of July.

As they broke apart, finally, for air, Kerry looked at the sculpted, perfect face so near to his own, this marvelous, magical man who was offering himself so tenderly.

"Bring it on," Kerry said, in a husky whisper. "Bring it on."
posted by Sidhedevil at 8:07 AM on July 9, 2004


You expect a drug addict to have integrity?
posted by archimago at 8:42 AM on July 9, 2004



posted by quonsar at 8:43 AM on July 9, 2004


Shadowkeeper's take on that photo.
posted by jessamyn at 8:44 AM on July 9, 2004


Offered without comment:

Bush/Cheney and JohnXJohn
posted by artlung at 9:13 AM on July 9, 2004


Fear produces pettyness.

a cheeky Kerry ad in which they make fun of the 'love' theme themselves

Um, couldn't you have phrased that a bit better??
posted by rushmc at 9:30 AM on July 9, 2004


turaho's link is the funniest thing I've seen in a long time.
posted by LittleMissCranky at 9:38 AM on July 9, 2004


As this other Drudge story indicates, maybe he is just bored. A little too much time on his hands over the last couple of days.
posted by obfusciatrist at 9:40 AM on July 9, 2004


Rush Limbaugh is an idiot--and not even a funny idiot.
posted by The God Complex at 9:49 AM on July 9, 2004


BREAKING NEWS: Matt Drudge hypes the implied man-love a little too loudly (if you know what I mean).

Developing...

nttawwt
posted by mr_crash_davis at 10:04 AM on July 9, 2004


Eh, who cares?
posted by gyc at 10:13 AM on July 9, 2004


Yay for the Metrosexual Revolution!
posted by SisterHavana at 10:14 AM on July 9, 2004


It's not unlike Miss Drudge to get his panties in a bunch about all these public displays of affection.
posted by digaman at 10:18 AM on July 9, 2004


Haha. Rush has been doing that kind of parody and goofy stuff for years - even before the web he had parody ads, sound clips and songs on the radio show. Any one who visits rush's site knows that 90% of the images on the front page are edited.
posted by tomplus2 at 10:20 AM on July 9, 2004


So if Moore does this it's commentary, and when Rush does parody it's now the end of the world.

Got it.
posted by soulhuntre at 10:56 AM on July 9, 2004


How is this a parody? I think there is a difference between:
a) Photoshopping Kerry to make him look like Lurch or adding devil horns to Hillary Clinton and
b) manipulating a photo in such a way that it still looks genuine and then saying "see, look we told you."

I think most people would have considered that photo genuine if they hadn't seen the original.
posted by Otis at 11:19 AM on July 9, 2004


Well, I think that the photoshopped version, even if it's taken as genuine, doesn't do any actual damage. It's done to make a (theoretically) comical point, so I think it does fall under parody.

In other news, soulhuntre, I'm not seeing anyone call this the end of the world or, you know, give a shit, so maybe you want to turn down the drama queen shit a notch.
posted by LittleMissCranky at 11:23 AM on July 9, 2004


it's now the end of the world

Unclinch, dude, I think it's freakin' hilarious. Gotta admit though, that Shadowkeeper's comment "That's nearly a full knuckle's worth of enthusaism, right there." is even funnier than Mt. Rushbo's photoshopping.

And I'll bet Rush and Drudge would both give a lot for some of that sweet, sweet Kerry-Edwards lovin'.
posted by octobersurprise at 11:24 AM on July 9, 2004


Lighten up people! Geesh! Contrast and compare this with the way the moveon.org crowd declares that Bush is the new Hitler.

Kind of puts things in perspective, huh?
posted by republican at 12:41 PM on July 9, 2004


How are those two even slightly analogous?
posted by graventy at 12:58 PM on July 9, 2004


the moveon.org crowd declares that Bush is the new Hitler.

This is bullshit, of course.
posted by chuq at 1:00 PM on July 9, 2004


I can never remember: is Matt Drudge definitely gay (out and everything) or is that just a rumor?
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 1:01 PM on July 9, 2004


is Matt Drudge definitely gay (out and everything) or is that just a rumor?

not sure, i think hes a human being tho
posted by Satapher at 2:28 PM on July 9, 2004


uh, it should be stated that the Kerry/Edwards "ad" that was shown on the Today show this morning was not an ad, it was a bit from last night's Leno.
posted by akmonday at 2:37 PM on July 9, 2004


I can never remember: is Matt Drudge definitely gay (out and everything) or is that just a rumor?

Drudge is definitely gay, but not out.
posted by amberglow at 2:45 PM on July 9, 2004


not sure, i think hes a human being tho

Not so. It's clear from all the DEVELOPING that he's a Fotomat in Hackensack, NJ.
posted by ed at 3:25 PM on July 9, 2004


the moveon.org crowd declares that Bush is the new Hitler.

Someone submits one ad to an open contest and suddenly everyone has the same opinion like...um dittoheads.
posted by john at 3:41 PM on July 9, 2004


what john said--Republicans are really grasping this election cycle....sad, and not at all funny or clever. All the Clinton smears at least showed initiative and some twisted creativity.
posted by amberglow at 3:51 PM on July 9, 2004


"......and when Rush does parody it's now the end of the world."

soulhuntre - Yes. We certainly went too far when we claimed this photo edit was going to lead to the end of the world. I would like to personally admit that we on the left were wrong - This parody WILL NOT bring about the end of creation as so many here have asserted. It was very wrong of us to go on and on about how it was going to destroy the planet. It was very astute of you to catch this wicked attempt a trickery. Bravo to you and your penetrating wit sir! In these times of trouble, your keen ability to ferret out the truth should be a guide to us all.

Just in case anyone else was deceived by our cruel and unfair hyperbole - This parody WILL NOT bring about the end of the world. And I'm very sorry to those who were made to believe it would.
posted by y6y6y6 at 4:30 PM on July 9, 2004


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