Rush Limbaugh certainly isn’t a stranger to people wanting to attack him mercilessly.
After all, when your job is to viciously attack the lying left, you have to expect some kind of retribution.
This time around his aggressive tactics may have come back to bite him as Rush Limbaugh may soon face a lawsuit based on nude photos.
One of the first things people learned to do when they discovered that you could upload photos to the internet is start sending nude photos.
In fact, it’s estimated that on any given day more than 100 million nude photos are uploaded to the internet.
Which is why you could easily forgive Rush Limbaugh for making a mistake linking a former MSNBC news host with an upload of nude photos.
Last week Limbaugh brought her up in conversation on his show.
He mentioned that Ball, who’s been in the news recently saying the Russian investigation was a huge fail, was a bit of a risqué individual.
“Remember the name Krystal Ball with a K? Some thought she was attractive. She was running for Congress, and she got elected, and some tweets came out. She posed nude when she was 14 or 15,” he said.
“She was outraged. ‘How dare you!’ I said, ‘What do you expect to happen? You put a picture of yourself nude on Facebook or MySpace or, you know, my butt, whatever it is. Somebody’s gonna find that stuff,’” he continued.
The only problem for Limbaugh is there weren’t any nude photos.
You can’t fault Limbaugh for thinking that as the rumor mill was rich with reports that Ball had posted some saucy racy photos online.
The Huffington Post went to work trying to debunk Limbaugh, and they did so successfully.
Which to Limbaugh’s credit, took a lot of work on HuffPost’s part and indicates the things Limbaugh was repeating, while untrue, weren’t easy to debunk.
As HuffPost writer Jenna Amatulli wrote, “Limbaugh’s claims were incorrect in a few ways. For one, Ball didn’t get elected. And there was no controversy about nude photos. Likely what Limbaugh was recalling were some saucy, but clothed, party photos of an adult Ball and her then-husband that made the rounds online during the 2010 campaign.”
Because of the error, and how fast word travels, Ball’s reputation immediately took a major nosedive.
In response, Ball is considering a lawsuit against Limbaugh.
The Daily Beast writes:
“[Ball said ‘Based on the legal advice that I have received—even for someone like myself who is a public figure where there’s an added level of scrutiny—you have to prove actual malice, which just means that they either knew it was a lie or there was a reckless disregard for the truth, I think he quite clearly meets that level, right?’ Ball further noted. ‘He didn’t care. None of this was remotely true and he didn’t care.’”
Chances are the lawsuit will never be brought against Limbaugh. Limbaugh never sought to assassinate her character, it was simply a misrepresentation of something that happened 10 years ago.
Plus, if anyone ever had grounds to file a lawsuit for character defamation Limbaugh should be at the front of the line.
Over the years, Limbaugh’s opponents have defamed him and promoted libel against him because he’s constantly on the attack, shining light on their dark deeds.
Of course, he’s going to get things wrong from time to time. But to suggest that this is something he should be sued over is ridiculous.
Rush Limbaugh has admitted he’s wrong, what else can he do?
If he is eventually sued, hopefully people will come to support him and show just how ludicrous that is.