Many in the National Football League (NFL) and in the media have decided that the prospect of talk-radio giant Rush Limbaugh owning an NFL team is somehow akin to a Klansman buying out Black Entertainment Television (BET). The latter would be scandalous, of course — even though the “N” word is probably dropped more frequently during that station’s programming than during the average Klan rally. In case you missed it, Limbaugh is considered to be a racist and a bigot by a whole lot of people who have never actually listened to the guy’s radio show.
And now, Limbaugh is wanting to co-own the St. Louis Rams.Â You’d think that would be nothing more than a simple bit of news.Â However in today’s culture, where accusations of racism are hurled about quite casually,Â Limbaugh’s purchase has become an issue of race.
NFL Players’ Association executive director Demaurice Smith is encouraging the league to reject Limbaugh’s purchase.Â According to ESPN, Smith wrote in an email:
“I’ve spoken to the commissioner and I understand that this [Limbaugh] ownership consideration is in the early stages.Â But sport in America is at its best when it unifies, gives us all reason to cheer, and when it transcends.Â Our sport does exactly that when it overcomes division and rejects discrimination and hatred.”
Notably, Smith offers no proof of his claim that Limbaugh is a person of “discrimination and hatred.”
CNN’s Rick Sanchez, in an interview of former NFL player Eugene “Mercury” Morris,Â took it upon himself to offer all the “proof” he could copy from leftist blogs (many of them have top ten lists of such quotes).
Sanchez’s disdain for Limbaugh was apparent throughout the interview.Â However, at no point did he offer any context to the Limbaugh quotes that seemed, on the surface, to be racially charged. For example, Limbaugh’s famed Donovan McNabb comment was a critique of the media and had nothing to do with tearing down someone’s race.Â Nor did Sanchez quote the on-air response Limbaugh had made to criticism of his McNabb remarks:
“Liberal sportswriters have pushed the notion that it’s unfair that there haven’t been more black quarterbacks, and I agree with that. I have simply said that their desire for McNabb to do well has caused them to rate him a little higher than perhaps he actually is.”
Sanchez also quoted Limbaugh as saying:
“I mean, let’s face it, we didn’t have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back; I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark.”
Just one major problem:Â There is no proof that Limbaugh ever said that.Â That quote has been copied all over the Internet and can only be sourced to a left-wing book written in 2006 titled 101 People Who Are Really Screwing Up America.Â The book was authored by Jack Huberman, who has written for The Nation and the Huffington Post.Â Huberman offers no citations for his quote.
I should point out that Sanchez and CNN also used one of their favorite weapons for trying to discredit Limbaugh — a picture of the broadcaster looking fat.Â (You instantly know that a media outlet hates Limbaugh when they display an old photo that was taken when he was very overweight.)Â In reality, the photo at the top of this post represents what Limbaugh looks like right now, after his weight loss of recent times. Yet here is the picture that CNN, The Sporting News, and others have chosen for this story:
That photo was taken with Donald Rumsfeld and is probably at least five years old.
When is the age of Obama going to begin?Â I’m still waiting for the walls of racism to come crashing down.Â They will not be toppled by false charges of racism and empty attacks on the character of conservatives.Â Sanchez, CNN, and the NFL Players Association owe Rush an apology. Â Stop trying to put a white hood on the golden microphone.