Brad Messer Commentary
Friday, October 3, 2003

Rush a Pillhead?

The National Enquirer is making a splash with a story claiming Rush Limbaugh bought black-market painkillers from his maid— powerful pills - thousands and thousands of them - over a four-year period. Says she was wearing a wire during two of the deliveries. Says she has email he sent her about pills. Says Limbaugh went through detox twice.

Limbaugh issued a statement yesterday: he was “unaware of any investigation" and, "If my assistance is required, I will, of course, cooperate fully.”


Mr. Limbaugh's statement - perhaps significantly - ignored the issues of black-market pills and trips to detox.

The National Enquirer's cover headlines were: RUSH LIMBAUGH CAUGHT IN DRUG RING" and "COPS' PROBE NAILS HIM" and "Rush's Secret Narcotics Addiction-- The Shocking Details".

The allegations wouldn't be big news if they were about an unfamous person. It might even not be news if it involved Rush but only a few pills. But 4,350 in one 47-day period is fairly impressive. If it's true.

It may not be. He hasn't detailed his side of the story. There has been no charge against him. No arrest. No trial, no verdict, no nothing except allegations in The National Enquirer.

The black-market drug story is interesting to contemplate— but we know better than to Rush to judgment. (I couldn't resist the phrase.)

Brad Messer commentary, KTSA.

The National Enquirer 10/3/2003
Rush Limbaugh caught in drug ring

NY Daily News 10/2/2003
Rush Limbaugh in pill probe

Fox TV Channel 21 10/2/2003
Rush Limbaugh issues statement

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