Limbaugh Lashes Out at Anti-Palin Pundit

'Wimp' columnist climbs into the mud with 'pig' radio host
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2008 5:16 PM CDT
In this Jan. 30, 2008, file photo, radio personality Rush Limbaugh arrives for a screening of Bernard and Doris at the Time Warner Center in New York. (AP Photo/Gary He, file)   (AP Photo/Gary He, file)
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(Newser) – Going so far as to call him a “pig,” Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell has launched a full-on war of words with Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh called Mitchell a "racist nutball" and ridiculed her and other “drive-by journalists” for saying Sarah Palin and John McCain should restrain supporters at their rallies, some of whom have shouted "kill him" and "terrorist."

“Whenever a crowd gets whipped up to the point that they turn ugly and start hurling racist insults, it is common sense that the candidate moves to rein it in,” Mitchell writes. “Had Obama fans acted a fool the way McCain fans did, every pundit—with the Limbaugh leading the way—would have demanded he offer some kind of apology.”