I don’t usually promote Rush Limbaugh’s predictable outrage, but I suspect he’ll get some “dittos” from unexpected quarters after going off on a $238,000 state grant to retrain the Pioneer Press and Duluth News Tribune staffs.
There’s plenty of playground — he mocks the grant’s recipient as the U Journalism “Screwl,” and the papers as “drive-by” media (as opposed to the depth that is Rush).
But get past the bombast, and Rush will find allies in unexpected quarters.
Since the news broke a couple of days ago, some of my new-media pals have sneered at funding MSMers to learn what others grasped for free. A few seem impatient for the old way to die — for different reasons than Rush — and view this as good money after bad.
And then there’s the more tradtional objection to, as Rush puts it, journalists “suckling up” to the government teat.
Without further ado, here’s El Rushbo: