Image from Salon
There are few people in this country less popular than the folks at AIG. So how low do you have to go to find someone willing to defend them? Pretty low. First, Dana Perino of the similarly unpopular Bush Administration, felt sorry for these poor "middle class" millionaires. And now, Rush Limbaugh (and his army of imitators and also-rans) is leaping (bouncing?) to AIG's defense.
Limbaugh (et al) often works very hard to convince his audience of things they'd ordinarily reject. For example, he gets them to rail against the "death tax," even though most of his listeners would never have to pay it. And now, he's trying to get ordinary Americans to feel sympathy for the poor, beleagered multi-millionaire AIG bonus recipients.
Limbaugh joined by other conservatives standing up for AIG against "mob rule"
In the wake of Rush Limbaugh's defense of American International Group (AIG) on his March 16 and March 17 broadcasts, several conservative media figures -- including Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck and Fox News contributor and syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin -- have joined him in condemning criticism of the company's employee retention bonuses. In a March 18 post to his Washington Post Co. blog, Greg Sargent cited Limbaugh's and Hannity's comments in reporting that while "GOP Congressional leaders have roundly condemned AIG and its executives, as part of a strategy to position themselves as heroic defenders of the taxpayers and to paint the Obama administration as weak and ineffectual ... increasingly, leading conservative media figures are moving in a different direction: Defending AIG. . ."
Read more at: MediaMatters