December 22, 2004
By now you have probably heard about the sketch on Saturday Night Live.
It depicted Rush Limbaugh passed out and wallowing in his own vomit from drug abuse.
One should not be surprised at the political point of view expressed by Saturday Night Live, or by the show's edginess, which is sometimes fun.
What surprised me was the reaction by one of the senior production sources.
As reported on the internet drudge report, the senior production person, who declined to be named for fear of retaliation by the show's executive producer, Lorne Michaels, said he was stunned and outraged.
The production person was quoted as saying, "would we have done this to John Belushi?
Belushi and farley died from drug overdoses and their memory and work was lauded on the show and is often repeated on cable and sometimes on Saturday Night Live retrospectives.
There have been a number of people who have hosted Saturday Night Live who have had drug problems, including Robert Downey, Jr. No sketch was ever done on them.
It's all because Limbaugh is an influential conservative, of course, but it shows the double standard practiced and applied at NBC.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.