Your feelings of persecution aren't warranted AAA. All of this liberal talk is silly. The fact is if anyone on either side makes a stupid ill-informed statement like Rush did, the opposite side cites it and prints it a million times. It's just politics. Labelling is done by everyone to try and pinhole the perceived enemy. And I don't know where you came up with the McCarthy parallel, but Ok. You are absolutely correct on the former point... it is the producer's fault that this happenned just as much as it's Rush's fault (unless it was rehearsed differently and Rush changed the line of argument on the fly, which he's been known to do). They knew what they had in Rush when they hired him.