Faking the Shake?

October 25, 2006 / Posted by:

Responding to Michael J.Fox’s commercial for Missouri Senate Challenger Claire McCaskill, radio host Rush Limbaugh said, “He is moving around and shaking, and it is purely an act. If this was not an act, then I apologize”

The 30-second spot feature Michael, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, speaking for McCaskill who supports stem-cell research. He shakes throughout the spot, a condition that is associated with the disease. Michael’s spokeswhore is outraged and said, “It’s an appalling, sad statement. Anybody who understands Parkinson’s disease knows it’s because of the medicine that one experiences involuntary movements like those Fox shows in the commercial.

I know that when I posted this clip yesterday, some readers also felt he was exaggerating his condition for the cameras. Sure, it’s possible but impossible to prove. Making those kind of assumptions or accusations also attacks Michael’s personal character. Rush has every right to say whatever he wants, but he’s also calling Michael a manipulator and a phoney.

I just want all this to end and Alex P. Keaton to wake me up with a warm cup of cocoa. Not Mallory though, because she’s a bitch.

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