October 14, 2009

More "Rush to the Rams" MSM nonsense

Mark Steyn echoes some of what I said yesterday:

For some reason, Rush Limbaugh's mooted purchase of a sports franchise has prompted CNN and others to distribute far and wide what appear to be entirely fabricated racist quotes by Rush. As Tim Blair points out:

Bizarrely, nobody running these career-killing “quotes” seems to question why they weren’t of previous interest.

Just so. What's the theory here? He said these things on the air in 2006 and nobody noticed? 2001? Maybe 1995, back when Clinton was blaming him for Oklahoma City? Hey, let's not get hung up on details. Just because nobody can find any evidence anywhere of Rush saying these "quotes" doesn't mean he didn't say 'em.

In case you missed it, that last part is sarcasm. IOW, the MSM is trying to make Limbaugh prove a negative (which he already attempted to do, BTW).

Steyn continues:

More to the point, when I began guest-hosting for Rush, I was amazed to discover that George Soros pays a team of stenographers, many of them called Zachary, to work their tippy-tappy fingers to the bone for three hours transcribing everything Rush or his fill-ins say in the hope that their efforts will one day be rewarded and he will deliver the big career-detonating soundbite. Among the afficionados of this service are, as I discovered recently, America's "newspaper of record," which faithfully follows the George Soros typing pool and dutifully plasters any potentially damaging bon mot on page one.

And, aside from all that, 20 million people are out there listening.

So where are these racist soundbites? Where's the audio? Where's the transcript? Name the year.

It's what Steyn quotes Jason Whitlock on: Limbaugh doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt on racial matters. But, amazingly, buffoons like Al Sharpton somehow do.

In a related matter, Soccer Dad forwards me an very interesting article by Jeff Jacoby from 2001. He writes:

Limbaugh could never have earned such esteem if he were a racist and hate-peddler. Honest liberals admit as much.

In 1993, Washington Post columnist William Raspberry wrote a piece blasting Limbaugh for his "demagoguery ... his gay bashing, his racial putdowns." Like the Mississippi segregationists of his youth, Raspberry said, Limbaugh "is so good at ... tossing the raw meat of bigotry to people.... Limbaugh is a bigot."

Eleven days later, Raspberry wrote a second column retracting the first.

"Rush, I'm sorry," he began. He confessed, to his great credit, that the earlier piece had been written in ignorance. "My opinions about [Limbaugh] had come largely from other people -- mostly friends who think Rush is a four-letter word. They are certain he is a bigot. Is he?"

Raspberry -- who by this point had listened to several hours of Limbaugh's shows and perused one of his books -- went on to answer his own question. Limbaugh might be "smart-alecky" and love "to rattle liberal cages," he might be "unrelenting in his assault on ... political correctness." But he was no more a bigot or hatemonger than Art Buchwald.

I'm sure we'll see the pundits at MSDNC, CNN, ABC, et. al. make similar statements, right? Heh. Look, as I said yesterday, there's plenty to go after Limbaugh with without resorting to outright lies. You don't have to like the guy; hell, hate 'im if you want to. That's your right. But don't make up something out of thin air to just to trash him.

UPDATE: Newsbusters currently has a "flashback" to my June post about MSDNC's Rachel Maddow using the phony James Earl Ray quote to slime Limbaugh.

UPDATE 2: See also here and here for what blogging can, and should, be.

UPDATE 3: My buddy Rhymes With Right also serves up an excellent post on the whole imbroglio.

UPDATE 4: Kathryn Jean Lopez:

Rush Limbaugh is not an acceptable sports investor because of his politics. How else to interpret the state of a sports world where Keith Olbermann can be on Sunday Night Football and Rush Limbaugh's hard-earned money can't be spent as a partial owner of a team in a sport he loves?

Posted by Hube at October 14, 2009 07:18 PM | TrackBack

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If you added up the paychecks for all the MSNBC leftists [including Maddow, Mathews, Olbermann, Scarborough, etc combined, I bet Rush gets paid even more.

Posted by: AJ Lynch at October 15, 2009 01:00 PM

You're probably right, AJ!

Posted by: Hube at October 15, 2009 02:57 PM