The National Association of Broadcasters is honoring Michael J. Fox with their Distinguished Service Award for his work in television for “raising awareness for Parkinson’s Disease through the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.”Seems like only yesterday (actually, it was 2006) that Rush Limbaugh, that great American, broadcasting pioneer, and conservative role model, mocked Michael J. Fox on-air accusing him of either playacting or deliberately going off his meds to enhance his symptoms to make a political point.
Fox had displeased the Maha Rushee by making a PSA that urged support of stem cell research. Delighting the dittoheads, Rush even rocked his heft back and forth on his radio throne, aping Fox’s jerky parkinsonian tremors.
It was not one of Big Pants' better moments.
"(Fox) is exaggerating the effects of the disease," he said. "He's moving all around and shaking and it's purely an act.... This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn't take his medication or he's acting.... he is an actor after all."
There were righteous outcries at the time, but the NAB's were not among them. This, the principle broadcasting trade organization was silent, as so many are in the industry when it comes to the excesses of the powerful, and vindictive Rush Limbaugh.
They had, after all - just the year before - awarded him their coveted Marconi Radio Award for Syndicated Radio Personality of the Year for the fourth time. (1992,1995, 2000, 2005).
Oops.We'd guess the NAB decided that enough time had passed, since Rush’s notorious and widely condemned attack- he might not notice this public assuaging of their collective guilt. They could show that the industry was sorry, even if Rush never was.