The conservative embrace of Zev Chafets's Limbaugh bio
I have yet to read Zev Chafets's biography of Rush Limbaugh, "An Army of One," although I've read the magazine profile that started Chafets on his subject. David Frum's respectful pan of the book doesn't inspire a lot of confidence:
Chafets quotes Limbaugh telling Maureen Dowd in a 1993 interview, "You have no earthly idea how detested and hated I am. I'm not even a good circus act for the liberals in this town. . . . You can look at my calendar for the past two years and see all of the invitations. You'll find two, both by Robert and Georgette Mosbacher." (Robert Mosbacher was secretary of commerce under President George H.W. Bush.) Not two pages later, we hear of Limbaugh's New York evenings with investment banker Lewis Lehrman, William F. Buckley and Henry Kissinger. And yet the aggrieved subject and biographer are fully sincere in both instances.
I agree with Andy Alexander that The Post should have been more clear about Frum's long-running criticism of Limbaugh, but I've seen conservative blogs imply that Frum shouldn't have reviewed the book at all, and that seems a little silly -- with so little new information coming from the book, the story here is that Chafets has produced a product Limbaugh promotes every day. It's also being offered as part of a package deal for Townhall magazine buyers: