Limbaugh: Michael J. Fox Exploited Disease
Conservative Talk Show Host Says He’ll Apologize If Fox Wasn’t ‘Acting’ In Political Ad
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2006
(CBS/AP) His body visibly wracked by tremors, actor Michael J. Fox appears in a political ad that was the subject of widespread discussion on Monday after conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh claimed Fox was “either off his medication or acting.”
A victim of Parkinson’s disease, Fox speaks out in the ad for Missouri Democratic Senate candidate Claire McCaskill, who supports embryonic stem cell research.
“I think this is exploitative in a way that’s unbecoming of either Claire McCaskill or Michael J. Fox,” Limbaugh said on his syndicated show. (Story.)
In all fairness, though, Limbaugh backpedaled a bit:
“All I’m saying is I’ve never seen him the way he appears in this commercial for Claire McCaskill,” says Limbaugh. “So I will bigly, hugely admit that I was wrong, and I will apologize to Michael J. Fox, if I am wrong in characterizing his behavior on this commercial as an act, especially since people are telling me they have seen him this way on other interviews and in other television appearances.”
And if anyone in show business is qualified to admit something “bigly” or “hugely,” it’s Rush.