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Thursday, December 15, 2005 

Hollywood stars get free passes, conservative radio hosts don't

Two articles from the AP Wire, one that lets actor Colin Farrell off the hook as best as it wishes it could, and the other that tries to take things out of context when reporting on radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. In the first one, about Farrell, who's been getting drug treatment:
Colin Farrell is being treated for exhaustion and dependency on prescription medication, his publicist said.

The medication was prescribed to the Irish actor after a back injury, publicist Danica Smith said in a written statement Monday.
As you can probably tell, that's putting it as lightly as possible, since H'wood stars are apparently worthy of de-facto diplomatic immunity (unless they've committed crimes like what a former Sopranos star did earlier this week; I can't recall his name just now). On the other hand, when it comes to a radio host like Limbaugh, who may or may not have bought illegal painkillers:
A judge on Monday ruled that prosecutors can subpoena Rush Limbaugh's doctors as part an investigation into whether the conservative talk show commentator illegally bought painkillers.
But, as PRNewswire reports, what really happened was:
MIAMI, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Roy Black, Rush Limbaugh's attorney, issued the following statement regarding Judge David F. Crow's decision today prohibiting prosecutors from asking the talk show host's doctors about his medical treatment and condition or information he shared with his doctors during his care and treatment.
(The full statement is in the article linked to above.)

So what on earth is the AP trying to do? Simply put, it would seem that they're resorting to selectivity. And this is the same news agency that once reported that the public doesn't consider movie star celebrities good role models!

Hat tip: Camp Katrina.

As for Limbaugh, it's good to know that he was able to obtain some good legal defense.


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