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Rush Limbaugh Accuses Conan of Stealing His Novel "Watch the News and Make Fun of It" Bit

January 3, 2014  |  7:30pm
Rush Limbaugh Accuses Conan of Stealing His Novel "Watch the News and Make Fun of It" Bit

On yesterday’s broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show, the talk radio host accused Conan O’Brien’s writers of plagiarism, calling a recent Conan routine mocking prepackaged news reports a “dead flat rip-off” of a Limbaugh segment from 2000 which made fun of reporters for using the word “gravitas.” Both bits, Limbaugh noted, involved editing together the repeated use of one phrase by the media, a concept so unique it has both a widely accepted name (supercut) and an online database showcasing literally hundreds of examples of the format.

Of course, unlike most “supercuts,” the Limbaugh Show and Conan segments focused on the news, a territory previously unexplored by talk show hosts, who are of course notoriously averse to lampooning current events. Either way, Limbaugh was able to finally lay claim to being “the first to discover and document how the media, all of them, will use the same word or phrase in covering a story,” a fact that would be absolutely, undeniably true if it weren’t off by over 50 years.

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