"According to Byron York, Limbaugh used Obama's denunciationg as an opportunity to criticize the president.
“Never in my life have I seen a regime like this, governing against the will of the people, purposely.”
For Chris Mathews, Limbaugh's statement was crossing a line in the sand. According to Mathews, the MSNBC pundit has never in his life heard a democratically elected administration referred to as a “regime.”
Maybe he doesn’t read newspapers.
a search of the Nexis database for “Bush regime” yields 6,769 examples from January 20, 2001 to the present.
It was used 16 times in the New York Times, beginning with an April 4, 2001 column by Maureen Dowd—who wrote, “Seventy-five days into the Bush regime and I’m a wreck”—and ending with a March 6, 2009 editorial denouncing the “frightening legal claim advanced by the Bush regime to justify holding [accused terrorist Ali al-Marri].”
“Bush regime” was used 24 times in the Washington Post, beginning with a January 22, 2001 profile of Marshall Wittmann by Howard Kurtz—who noted that Wittmann served as “a Health and Human Services deputy assistant secretary in the first Bush regime”—and ending with an October 6, 2009 column by Dana Milbank which quoted far-left antiwar protester Medea Benjamin questioning whether the Obama administration “looks very different from the Bush regime.”
And apparently he doesn’t watch his own network.
And he really must not remember the words that come out of his mouth five minutes after he says them.
on June 14, 2002, Chris Matthews himself introduced a panel discussion about a letter signed by many prominent leftists condemning the Bush administration’s conduct of the war on terror. “Let’s go to the Reverend Al Sharpton,” Matthews said. “Reverend Sharpton, what do you make of this letter and this panoply of the left condemning the Bush regime?”
So it’s OK for Chris Mathews to call the Bush Administration a “regime,” but it’s a complete violation of all decency for Rush Limbaugh to refer to the Obama Administration as a regime."