Exciting new media angle to Koran-burning story: Pastor went to high school with Rush Limbaugh

posted at 5:08 pm on September 10, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via the Radio Equalizer. Had this meme come from anyone else, I’d assume it was a sly joke on how inane guilt-by-association attacks can be. Turns out, though, that it broke big after being retweeted … by Olbermann. So, oh well.

The Cape Central High School (Missouri) website has the perhaps unsurprising coincidence front and center, noting:

“Rush Limbaugh USED to be Cape Girardeau’s most prominent export. One of his classmates from the Central High School Class of 1969 is dominating the news right now: Terry Jones, the Gainesville, FL, preacher who is threatening to hold an ‘International Burn a Koran Day’ on September 11.”…

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann was one of the first to call attention to the Limbaugh/Jones nexus when he posted news of it on Twitter overnight: ” ‘Rev.’ Terry Jones was classmate of none other than Rush Limbaugh (Cape Central class of ’69). Coincidence?”

Among the big-media outlets that have picked up on this thus far: The Washington Post, USA Today, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which at least can claim a local angle. Even conservative Matt Lewis finds it “weirdly secretive” that Limbaugh didn’t mention the connection before. I’m not sure why, though: What ethical issue is raised by failing to disclose that you went to high school with someone 40 years ago? Frankly, given how Limbaugh enjoys baiting the media, I suspect he would have mentioned it had he remembered going to school with Jones. I’m closer to my H.S. years than Rush is and I can’t remember the names of more than four or five classmates; toss in the fact that Jones’s name is extremely common and that he’s no longer located in Missouri and Limbaugh probably blanked on it entirely.

Even so, I’m proud to do my part in circulating this meme, as it serves as a nifty reductio ad absurdum of the sort of media crap that’s routinely tossed at prominent righties to indict them for others’ bad behavior. (Another case in point: Chris Matthews arguing last night on Hardball that Palin’s kinda sorta to blame for Jones’s interest in the Ground Zero mosque even though (a) she publicly called on Jones to stop the Koran-burning, (b) she mentioned the GZM vis-a-vis the Koran-burning only insofar as it’s another example of people having the right to do something they shouldn’t do, and (c) the media made Jones the star he now is precisely because they wanted to connect him to opponents of the GZM.) Exit quotation from Jim Treacher, who’s looking for a little more meat on the guilt-by-assocation bone: “Terry Jones went to school with Rush Limbaugh, which explains it all. Obama sat in Rev. Wright’s church for decades, which explains nothing.”

Update (Ed): You know, I went to high school with actress Lela Rochon (a fact I didn’t know until years after we both had graduated).  By this standard, it either makes me smokin’ hot, or her a pudgy middle-aged conservative writer.  I’d call that a win-win.


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That this is even a story in the FB age is astounding to me. There are friend requests all the time from high school classmates and you look at the name and a big fat blank comes to mind.
The MSM is the LSM. This is dumb.

ORconservative on September 10, 2010 at 6:21 PM

I went to high school with professional golfer J. P. Hayes. But I couldn’t break 100 if I had the only pencil on the course.

Mr. D on September 10, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Update (Ed): You know, I went to high school with actress Lela Rochon

whoa whoa WHOA — THE Lela Rochon?! Of Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo?!

Cuffy Meigs on September 10, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Yeah, I think she was married to Shabba-Doo at the time, too, or just afterward. She was better in Harlem Nights and Why Do Fools Fall in Love, though, and many would remember her as one of the Spuds MacKenzie girls from the Budweiser commercials.

Ed Morrissey on September 10, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Ed Morrissey on September 10, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Here Ed, you need a shoulder.

upinak on September 10, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Rush said today that there were about “2,000″ in his graduating class.

kingsjester on September 10, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Says Rush:

Well, it’s a small town, yeah, but Dawn do you remember everybody you went to high school with? Do you? My high school was like 2,000 people. Do you remember everybody in it?

That’s the whole school, not the graduating class.

Pay attention.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on September 10, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Heard the whole story as it developed during his show-Rush later modified his figure to 2,200 in the entire school that year.

That’s still a rather large senior class-at least several hundred. Contrast that to the New England prep school I graduated from-our senior class had about 70 or 80, and I can barely remember most of them 40 years later.

He really is living rent-free inside their heads.

Del Dolemonte on September 10, 2010 at 6:44 PM

My mother in law went to highschool (actually elementary on) with Harry Casey from KC and the Sunshine Band. He wanted her to join, but alas, she was pentecostal and would not sing music that was…wait for it…OF THE DEVIL.

Vera on September 10, 2010 at 6:45 PM

For years the infidel complains of our Madrasah’s advanced course in flag burning.

But only now at this late date do we see the truth of Cape Girardeau’s Central High School, finally exposed as the den of blasphemy and apostasy that it is.

papertiger on September 10, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Rush needs to find everyone Keith Olbermann went to school with and link Olbermann to every criminal…like I’m sure he can find a child molester amongst the group. He should start a “Help Keith Stop Molesting Children” campaign. Rush used to do really absurd things like this back in the day…and they were really funny.

ramrants on September 10, 2010 at 7:07 PM

I love Rush, but there’s something creepy about that picture. Is it just me?

Rosmerta on September 10, 2010 at 7:14 PM

WOW! Marcus Allen was born in the same hospital I was born in! 14 days apart and and and Marcus Allen’s high school football team played against my high school football team WOW!

Anybody knows what this means?
Is Olbermann saying I’m responsible for Marcus Allen’s football Career?

Did Olbermann also note that when Limbaugh and Jones went to the same high school, that the sun came up in the east and set in the west? That could be important ya know!

DSchoen on September 10, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Well, Rush probably wasn’t the social butterfly of the class.

He’s excelled, post-grad and that’s all that really matters.

NoDonkey on September 10, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Del Dolemonte on September 10, 2010 at 6:44 PM

I just wanted to preserve accuracy.

I wonder when Olberwho? is going to send Rush a bill for all the space he’s taking up. Not that Olby has any other use for his noggin but rental space.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on September 10, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Rush used to do really absurd things like this back in the day…and they were really funny.

I remember when he discovered that he was unwittingly spreading EEeeevil on the airwaves. That backwards record.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on September 10, 2010 at 7:20 PM

I went to the same HS as David Hasslehoff, but you don’t see me prancing around on the Malibu beach in a red speedo…..

jbh45 on September 10, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Guilt by association, part 2:

Osama bin Laden & Barack Hussein Obowma.

Both have muslim names(hmmm?), both attempt to destroy America economically, both have lived in the middle east in muslim countries, both hate America……..wow, just like 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon…..oh oh, a muslim/pork joke.

dthorny on September 10, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Even conservative Matt Lewis

Who?

Missy on September 10, 2010 at 7:52 PM

I love Rush, but there’s something creepy about that picture. Is it just me?

Rosmerta on September 10, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Yeah it’s typical Rush, he plays into the stereotypes the media creates about him. The evil cigar smoking conservative, he plays it up to no end as a media tweak. I like Rush too, but we’ve got to admit he likes the attention, if even a little bit.

Daemonocracy on September 10, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Greg Gutfeld went to School with Barry Bonds, they were in the same class, can’t you see the resemblance?

Daemonocracy on September 10, 2010 at 7:56 PM

I went to high school with Weird Al. I can’t believe how hard the media is trying to make Rush out to be some kind of villain.

Rose on September 10, 2010 at 8:08 PM

I went to high school with Michelle Malkin, although I graduated a year before she did. Please don’t hold it against her.

sdm

stvdog on September 10, 2010 at 8:20 PM

What good eyes the media has.
Funny how they are blind to all the strange relationships and friends of Obama.

JellyToast on September 10, 2010 at 8:47 PM

Yeah, but don’t mention those twenty years that BHO and the right Rev. Wright spent together…

d1carter on September 10, 2010 at 8:56 PM

Hey, let’s hear from all the folks that graduated from highschool with Barack Obama! Or Occidental. Or Columbia. Or Harvard.

Gosh, they’re all quiet as a mouse.

drunyan8315 on September 10, 2010 at 9:10 PM

I was a freshman in the marching band at Occidental College when Terry Gilliam was a cheerleader.

I think that we said “Hi” to each other once or twice.

slp on September 10, 2010 at 9:28 PM

This shows you how far the leftist media will go to smear a Conservative. They will ignore the associates of Obama- Pastor Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, Mike Royko,Willaim Ayers,Bernadine Dorn plus many other shady and crooked characters. They will also ignore that the guy who attempted to blow up the Discovery Channel building was inspired by the Al Gore Movie. But will go on and on that this minister attended the same High School as Rush Limbaugh. By the way, I don’t think that this Pastor committed any crimes- can’t say that about the associates of Obama.

flintstone on September 10, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Wow, that’s kinda….desperate.

N. O'Brain on September 10, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Pervert Olbermans H.S classmates burned their yearbooks to be rid of his icky pictures.

seven on September 10, 2010 at 10:28 PM

…and Michael Medved knew Hillary Clinton in college.

So?

AaronGuzman on September 10, 2010 at 10:32 PM

Yeah, who did Obama go to school with, again?

Merovign on September 11, 2010 at 12:38 AM

Yeah, who did Obama go to school with, again?

Merovign on September 11, 2010 at 12:38 AM

Also odd that no one has come forward admitting to attending classes he supposedly taught at U. Chicago Law. You might think they would be proud to have been students of the new president.

slickwillie2001 on September 11, 2010 at 1:28 AM

About the size of Rush’s school. I went to a high school in Warwick, RI. I started my freshman year in 1973 and the school had just gone back to a normal schedule after years of doing half days because of the number of students it had to accomadate.

1969 would have been just about the time when the bulk of the Baby Boomers were going through high school.

Jaynie59 on September 11, 2010 at 9:09 AM

And Tommy Lee Jones went to Harvard with Al GBore….

….and yet I think most of us can get through the first 5 minutes of a TLJ movie without falling asleep.

Unlike “A Convenient Lie”

cableguy615 on September 11, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Yeah it’s typical Rush, he plays into the stereotypes the media creates about him. The evil cigar smoking conservative, he plays it up to no end as a media tweak. I like Rush too, but we’ve got to admit he likes the attention, if even a little bit.

Daemonocracy on September 10, 2010 at 7:55 PM

The attention will be there whether he likes it or not. Liking it makes it easier to live with and, as you pointed out, much more fun to play with.

Extrafishy on September 11, 2010 at 11:29 AM

So the Left-wing media establishment is trying to rake Rush over the coals for going to school with this guy 40 years ago and not hearing from him since but Obama went to Rev. Wrights church for 20 years until recently but doesn’t remember ANY of the controversial things that were said there but Obama gets a pass?

That sound about right?

Yakko77 on September 11, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Hey, I went to high school with Calvin Murphy.
Basketball player Houston Rockets ( Retired )
and Richard McAlister who murdered a parent and
another kid in the ’60s.

Keith, scoop me, baby scoop me.

Texyank on September 11, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Oh! And Keith, Marilyn “Briggs” Chambers went to high shool
one town over.

Texyank on September 11, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Palin grew up in the very same country the Pastor did. Coincidence?

The Notorious G.O.P on September 11, 2010 at 5:06 PM

I went to high school with David Buckner, the guy who fainted on Glenn Beck.

That makes me important.

dicentra63 on September 11, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Did Glenn Beck have something to do with Dan Rather getting fired? He and Mary Mapes are from Mount Vernon, Washington. It’s a conspiracy I tell you.

jarhead05 on September 12, 2010 at 1:39 PM

I was in a graduating class of 760, the entire school of 3 classes was about 2000. 30 years later, I remember very few of them and haven’t seen any of them in 20 years.

Unlike the cheerleaders and football players, high school was not that important for me, something to get over with rather than focus on as “the best years of my life”.

Common Sense on September 12, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Keith Ubermouse went to Hackney High School in Westchester (shocking, I know). Two years ahead of him, was Chris “Insert Nickname” Berman. Both of them worked at ESPN. E, S, P, and N are the 5th, 19th, 16th and 14th letters of the English alphabet. 5+19+16+14=54!

On March 9, 1954 Edward R. Murrow and Fred Friendly produced a documentary on Senator McCarthy. McCarthy was anti-communist, so anyone who was anti-McCarthy was an anti-anti-communist. Two anti’s cancel out, carry the eleventeen and switch to base-12, which means Edward R. Murrow was a communist!

It’s all there, man. It’s all there.

/dons tin foil hat.

DailyDanet on September 13, 2010 at 9:49 AM

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