"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."
The problem with all these folks is that the quote isn't true. There's no attributable source for it. At all.
Limbaugh responded yesterday:
Now, let me address one thing. The e-mail is loaded today with people requesting my comment on some of the outrageous slander and libel that's been on television and in newspapers since last week about my potential purchase, being in a group, potential purchase of the St. Louis Rams. I mentioned last week, I can't do anything but confirm this. The people bidding on this, we all have a confidentiality agreement with Goldman Sachs through the brokers here and there are just certain things that can't be said about it, I can't answer specific questions about the status, who else is in the group, and I just want to tell you I'm not surprised, I'm a little disappointed that otherwise responsible journalists are believing a bunch of garbage. There's a quote out there that I first saw it in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last week that I somehow, some time ago, defended slavery and started cracking jokes about it. And, you know, you say a lot of things in the course of 15 hours a week, over the course of 21 years. We've gone back, we have looked at everything we have. There is not even an inkling that any words in this quote are accurate. It's outrageous, but it's totally predictable.
In his column, Whitlock also brought up a supposed Rush quote about Martin Luther King Jr. assassin James Earl Ray: "You know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor? James Earl Ray (Dr. King's assassin). We miss you, James. Godspeed."
First, the quote and the date that it was supposedly made by Rush: “You know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor? James Earl Ray. We miss you, James. Godspeed. [4/23/98]” Rush never said it. It was made up back in about 2005 and this article proves it.
I am no computer research guru, but I was able to track down enough to prove that this quote first arose back in the fall of 2005, and there is no evidence of the quote before that date. Bottom line, it is inconceivable that such a quote was made by Rush Limbaugh back in 1998 and then never got any attention on the internet or elsewhere until 2005.
The earliest mention of the alleged quote was on September 9th, 2005 by "zedlappy". ”zedlappy” cited to a Wikipedia article as his source. For those newbies, Wikipedia is a cite that anybody can make shit up and it gets quoted as authority by idiots.
Unfortunately, it apparently has been edited many times since 2005, so we can’t know exactly what it said then. But now it attributes the quote to Rush Limbaugh, but lists it as “DISPUTED” because the article currently lists the source of the quote to a book 101 Persons who are really SCREWING up America by (2006) by Jack Huberman. Hereinafter I’ll call the book “101 Persons.” But note, the book came out in 2006 so it could not possibly be the source of the original Wikipedia article! ALSO NOTE: The Huberman book does not list a source!
And c'mon -- if Limbaugh had actually said that (or the slavery quote) don't you think that someone would have a recording of it? After all, the Left has folks out there monitoring right-wing talk radio all the time. And wouldn't it have been front-page news immediately after Rush had said it? Not to mention that right-leaning outlets like National Review would be slamming Rush as hard as the MSM for such disgusting statements?
There's plenty to criticize Limbaugh for without fabricating stuff out of thin air, people.