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Rush is the one who politicized sports

My friends Gene Robinson and Jo-Ann Armao weighed in on this controversy, and I would like to add this: I don’t see why anyone should shed tears over Rush Limbaugh being forced out of the group trying to purchase the St. Louis Rams. This is not a case of political correctness or an attack on Limbaugh for being a conservative. It’s a wise decision by a group of owners who realize that Rush politicizes everything he touches -- and who finally remembered what happened with ESPN back in 2003.

Recall that Rush had been a football commentator on ESPN. Clearly, ESPN was looking for a piece of Rush’s vast conservative audience. And remember why he was bounced.

Here is what Rush said about quarterback Donovan McNabb: "I don't think he's been that good from the get-go. I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. I think the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They're interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well. I think there's a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he really didn't deserve. The defense carried this team."

My response back then went like this:

Limbaugh simply could not resist using a black quarterback as a vehicle to criticize “social concern” -- I guess he thinks "social concern" is just an awful thing -- and make a racial point. Imagine the grief a liberal sports commentator would rightly get for saying that because of his race or his politics, a white conservative Republican quarterback “got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve.” I say that as a fan of Jack Kemp, the white conservative Republican who was once a fine quarterback for the Buffalo Bills.

Is it any wonder that African-American players expressed concern about having Rush as one of the owners in the league? Were they not simply exercising their own free speech rights in this matter? Didn’t the owners have a right to worry about Limbaugh -- not because of his politics but because of what he had said about players in the league?

A few more paragraphs from that 2003 column that I think are relevant here:


The issue here is not that Limbaugh is a conservative. Personally, I would not care if my favorite sports commentators...agreed with Rush Limbaugh on every single political question. These guys are not on the air because of politics but because they are hugely knowledgeable about the sports they cover and are gifted at explaining to the less initiated what is going on.

In fact, I'd applaud ESPN if the network decided to hire conservative columnist George Will to talk about baseball. Some years ago my wife gave me Will's classic baseball book, “Men at Work,” as a birthday gift. Believe me on this, my wife disagrees with Will's politics even more than I do. But she knew that Will had devoted years to understanding baseball and that I would love the book. And I did.
And, to go one further, I've always thought that George W. Bush would make a perfect commissioner of baseball. Our president, formerly a part owner of the Texas Rangers, is right about a lot of baseball issues and understands the game.
By contrast, the Limbaugh hire so reeked of marketing and politics that it was an insult to all sports fans whose political commitments lay elsewhere. Most of us who love sports want to forget about politics when we watch games. Sports, like so many other voluntary activities, creates connections across political lines. All Americans who are rooting for the Red Sox in the playoffs are my friends this month, no matter what their ideology.

OK, my Red Sox, sadly, are out this year, but the point stands.

By E.J. Dionne  | October 20, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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This is a clear win for Rush Limbaugh haters.

Just take the credit and move on.

Posted by: battleground51 | October 20, 2009 6:09 AM | Report abuse

Limbaugh is being accused of saying many things that he NEVER said. No player would quit if Limbaugh owned the team..they know they are being paid more than they are worth. While Rush does have a big mouth, he is being railroaded on this issue. Hang in there Rush, America is waking up slowly and by 2010 they will come to see that the far left wackos in the media- MSNBC is # 1- have distorted Obamas real popularity. They will need help while they experience withdrawal of Obama induced euphoria. Then you can find another team and be appreciated. Until then, forgive them - for they know not what they do..

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | October 20, 2009 7:01 AM | Report abuse

The problem is......... Rush was right. At the time, if you remember, there was significant press coverage about the lack of a qualified black QB and McNab was the closest thing to that. But he just was not that good. Never was. And still is not. I think that he only had what could be called 2 'good seasons'. The truth hurts the thin-skinned and they fall back on old faithful---- the racism card.

Posted by: Dionysis | October 20, 2009 7:05 AM | Report abuse

Rush is famous for saying, out loud, what most others are thinking but are too cowardly to say, out loud.

He is hated to the nth degree by hypocritical liberals for that.

That and Rush's practice of making liberals look ridiculous and dishonest.

For many, the truth is not just hurtful, it is devastating.

Posted by: battleground51 | October 20, 2009 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Hey, comb-over midget. Your response at that time was also, "My main reason for disliking Limbaugh's presence on the network was an aversion to politicizing sports."

I see.

In 1990, a majority of voters in Arizona chose to reject the creation of a new State holiday for Martin Luther King. On queue, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced that the 1993 Super Bowl planned for Arizona would be moved. He also issued an edict that any State that does not create a holiday for M.L. King, forfeits it's chance of hosting the Super Bowl.

I'm just wondering if E.J. found Tagliabue's actions equally unpleasant, or does that fit the style of "politicizing" he approves of.

You blithering hypocrite.

Posted by: ej_smug | October 20, 2009 7:36 AM | Report abuse

I wish Rush could buy the Redskins. Snyder is an atrocious owner.

Posted by: PhilThijou | October 20, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Sports have been politicized since the days the Romans had political riots over the Leek Green chariot team.

I no longer read sport pages because half the time these soi-disant "journalists" (what kind of a grownup writes about the Washington Redskins for a living, anyway?) use their office to mock Sarah Palin or other prominent Republicans.

Mr. Dionne simply couldn't stand the fact that a conservative marked a tree that was marked "nonpartisan" but which has always been planted and guarded by those that loathe Rush.

Posted by: rkentesqva | October 20, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Rush "politicized" the NFL debate by pointing out the truth about McNabb???

Oh. Okay. If you say so.

So is that why you believe it is all right for the left to lynch him?

Posted by: Xdemo | October 20, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

It's nice of Mr. Dionne to check in as another race baiting enabler. Rush's lynching by the press for daring to become a partner in buying a sports franchise continues to illuminate the petty small minded hustlers arrayed against him. You must be very proud to have joined the enabler ranks of such stellar liars as the 'Justice Brothers' Jackson and Sharpton, Mr Dionne.

Posted by: BernardL | October 20, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Yo Combover Midget, I'm really happy for you, Im'a let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time.

Posted by: ii00 | October 20, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Poor Rush. He's was just looking for a place to park all that hard-earned moola and then, wham! He's victimized again! Poor, poor Rush. Will anyone reach out to him in his hour of *gasp* rejection? Doesn't anyone care about HIS feelings?

Posted by: rowens1 | October 20, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

DIONNE: "It’s a wise decision by a group of owners who realize that Rush politicizes everything he touches"

And SO DO YOU, Dionne. Ever look in a mirror?

Posted by: moonchild64 | October 20, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Rush simply said that the press wished for a sucessfull quarterback. A great one not just a good one. One to compare with say Johnny Unitas, Namath, Montana, etc. That has not happened yet. He never said that there was anything wrong with this, in fact I thought he implied it was OK to desire a black quaterback latter in the discussion. In fact I think he may have pointed out that it took over 30 years before the world discovered Johnny Unitas, and that was with every team with a white quarterback, so it may be a long time to find a black quarterback of equal stature. IMO Michael Vick was better. Vick might have come close if he hadn't ruined his opportunity.

Posted by: hpalot | October 20, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I don't see where it matters whether Rush Limbaugh owns anything or doesn't, except to Limbaugh. However, I do object strenuously to people like E.J. Dionne who seem content to allow the dregs of society, like Al Sharpton, dictate who does what in America. That is a very bad omen of things to come.

Posted by: sailhardy | October 20, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

"In fact, I'd applaud ESPN if the network decided to hire conservative columnist George Will to talk about baseball."

You would, because Will is a moderate Republican, not a conservative.

Posted by: hpalot | October 20, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

You guys kill me with the "poor, misunderstood Rush" comments. Rush makes his money saying whatever crosses his drug induced mind. If I don't like what he says (which I don't) then I don't have to listen to him. And guess what the NFL doesn't have to allow him to purchase a team just because Rush wants to. I know you neocons think he is some sort of God but the rest of the country see him for what he really is-a racist, sexist, loud-mouth bully who takes quotes out of content all the time to rile up his listeners then cries and whines we people use his quotes against him.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | October 20, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Olberman? Football? Anything?

Posted by: Rich7 | October 20, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

No one can accuse you of politicizing right EJ? We don't feel sorry for Rush, he can take it, but can the NFL after the Vick debacle, Ray Lewis, Plaxico, etc. What a crowd of upstanding citizens. I think in a football debate Rush would crush you just on knowledge of the game, which he happens to love. God help the Rams ---- why don't you and Eugene & Al invest in them?

From the way some of the players and union are spouting off, you would think Rush would be doing the play by play.....which he would also be great doing. Relax all you pantywaists, you're safe for now.

Posted by: gwalter1 | October 20, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Let me see if I can break this down into simple terms that even you Limbaugh lovers can understand. Limbaugh routinely makes derogatory/inflammatory statements about African-Americans on his radio program. Seventy percent of players in the NFL are African-American. Would you want to work for an employer who holds you and others of your race up to criticism and ridicule? He can complain all he wants, but Limbaugh is only reaping what he has sown.

Posted by: bienefes | October 20, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

For you non-football people expressing opinions on McNabb - when Rush made this statement in Sept 2003, he was 100% correct. Just look at McNabb's stats vs other QB's prior to 2003. And as a reminder, Rush never said McNabb wasn't decent, or good. The point was the ESPN gang and others were trying to make him the best.

Posted by: mpersicketti | October 20, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Let's see, the NFL allows Keith Olbermann to participate as a commentator for NFL broadcasts, but it would be divisive to have Rush Limbaugh as a minority share/non-decision-making owner?

Tortured logic from even as usually a congenial fellow as Dionne demonstrates the problem here. The NFL is picking and choosing, as it can as a more or less private club (it's really a public business but like baseball it gets the undemocratic exemptions from Congress to control the sport as much as needs be). The problem is that Dionne and others only really want to support those decisions which keep out prominent conservatives they're not fond of.

Dionne picks his words carefully because Olbermann used to actually be a sports commentator, but he was a news reader, like many anchors, and this offers no special insight into running a team, which is a business. Limbaugh can certain run a business (his own, for instance) and has actually worked for a major professional sports franchise (the Kansas City Royals). So, while sports commentary might not appeal to the NFL for Limbaugh, it's hard to see how minority ownership would.

What's funny though is that Limbaugh's comment about McNabb was as much a comment about the media as the QB. McNabb has always had his detractors. Limbaugh merely dared to point out that there might be political reasons behind some of the people giving him credit for the team's success. People can disagree about the merits of McNabb as a QB or the media's poltical take, but Limbaugh was accusing people of making judgements based on race, not making one himself. Dionne, in no small way, only confirms Limbaugh's take on the issue.

Posted by: speebek | October 20, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

gwalter1, do you know Rush personally. I get you like the guy but you take the admiration just a little too far.

I think you forgot that he was a commentator for ESPN and the only thing he is remembered for is his McNabb comment. That doesn't say alot about his career in sports. Let Rush do what he does best; bashing anyone that disagrees with him and Oxycontin.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | October 20, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

There have been some real pieces of work among sports owners. IMHO, they are usually destructive in their over the top comments. Rush would be as well.

I'm not into political correctness, but there is a need for civility and team support that Rush lacks. Moreover, he IS a bigot. He would not be the only bigot among sports owners, but they are dinosaurs, misplaced in the new century.

Posted by: sophmore | October 20, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

EJ, you had the middle of the story right but as other commenters have pointed out, you've missed its beginning and end. Limbaugh did not begin the politicization of sport in 2003; that ship had been launched long before that. Hiring Limbaugh as an NFL commentator was an ill-conceived attempt at counterbalancing Olbermann and a raft of sports reporting that had - and still has - left the playing field in search of societal stories only tangentially related to athletics.

Claiming that Limbaugh "started" all this can't really be called disingenous. It was simply out and out dishonest on your part. You are, and were in 2003, aware that that Limbaugh's insertion into sport wasn't some innovation, it was merely the latest chapter of the intrusion of politics into sport (albeit one of the few non-left wing intrusions, which is the only actual difference between Limbaugh and the partisan hacks on the left he was intended to be a counterirritant to).

Posted by: UniqueID | October 20, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Let me see if I can break this down into simple terms that even Bienefes can understand. Limbaugh haters seeking to diminish his influence routinely claim that Limbaugh "routinely" makes derogatory/inflammatory statements about African-Americans on his radio program. Apart from the McNabb comment, *all* of those claims have been proved FALSE. There are Limbaugh haters who record his program (or subscribe to his site so they can play his program back), looking for statements they can publicize to attack Rush. If Rush had actually said the things that Limbaugh haters have claimed, there would be audio proof with dates. As for the "McNabb is overrated" comment described in Dionne's article, it's patently not racist (hint: Limbaugh gave more credit to the Eagles' defense, and I doubt they were all white) but suggests racialism as the motivation for the over-rating.

Posted by: AngelEyesGBU | October 20, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Well, it's official - E.J. Dionne has "jumped the shark"........

Posted by: jammies | October 20, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Sorry AngelEyesGBU, like the Birthers no amount of audio proof or otherwise would convince you.

There is proof of him telling an African-American caller to "Take the bone out of your nose and call me back". Then there is the wonderful Barack the Magic Negro song that he played over and over again during the election. There's also his feminazi comments. His mocking of Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's disease. And much, much, more.

Most people that religiously listen to his show aren't offended but the other 80% of the country is. Besides how many times did politicians have to call Rush up to apologize because they said something about the great Rush Limbaugh. Michael Steele had to bend over so far it was embarrassing. Rush is just getting a bit of his own medicine. Now he needs to act like a big boy and just take it. Despite what you and Rush think, the NFL does not have to let him into the owners club.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | October 20, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Social concern is a terrible thing. When should a white student score a 1450 on the SAT and an Asian student score 1600 on the SAT just to get the same opportunity to attend college as a black student who can only muster a 1150? Kinda makes you wonder how well Obama did on his SAT... Besides, if social concern is such a great thing, why doesn't the NFL provide affirmative action opportunities for players of other ethnicities? Blacks appear to be disproportionally advantaged.

Posted by: FreedomFighter1 | October 20, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

TO: JUNGLEJIM123 who wrote:
“Limbaugh is being accused of saying many things that he NEVER said. No player would quit if Limbaugh owned the team. They know they are being paid more than they are worth. While Rush does have a big mouth, he is being railroaded on this issue. Hang in there Rush, America is waking up slowly and by 2010 they will come to see that the far left wackos in the media- MSNBC is # 1- have distorted Obamas real popularity…”
________________

Well Jungle Jim, you made my point about why Rush isn’t wanted: You went directly from insulting football and its players, to Presidential Politics.

No one wants to sit down for a good game of football and end up arguing politics instead of the game.

And why are you trying to defend Rush Limbaugh who isn’t even denying he made the statements, and he can't because it's on record. Lying for Limbaugh, again! Who WOULD want the crock mixed in with sports, no one.

If you don’t like football, just stay out of it and quit trying to mix pork fat with ice cream.


Posted by: lindalovejones | October 20, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Of course I'm still waiting on Dionne's objection to Olbermann, Kornheiser, etc.
Hypocrite, thy name is Dionne.
And to the idiots that think Rush hasn't denied these statements, he has , his black
producer has also. You must live in some deranged cocoon.

Posted by: denroy3 | October 20, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

The NFL, my university, any organization you can name makes a big deal about diversity. Rush made a point that thousands of others have--the _______ organization is determined that _________ will win the job and keep the job. Rush did not invent this focus on racial/ethnic and sexual identity, he simply lives in the world that the government created when it moved into affirmative action.

Posted by: rusty3 | October 20, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

The real problem with the whole Rush Limbaugh thing is that a whole week was devoted to it on TV and in papers, and mistruths about what Limbaugh said were passed along to justify Sharpton's campaign. Oh, I forgot, Limbaugh was THINKING that stuff...

Why not devote the same energy to sorting out what's going on with Charlie Rangell?

Posted by: tacheronb | October 20, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

You oh-so tolerant lefties are showing your ignorance. Limbaugh's show monitor and call screener is black, as well as one of his regular guest hosts, Walter Williams. Ah, but I forget myself..conservative people of color aren't "real black people."
As usual,you guys cannot compete in the arena of ideas. Your constant whining about racism is met mainly with lots of eye-rolling...find a new argument, the race card is worn out.

Posted by: faktcheker | October 20, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Repeating the McNabb story doesn't make it any more damaging to Rush or even remotely racist.

Those who actually read the full transcript know that Rush was going after the liberal media for overhyping McNabb - a point both fellow commentators agreed with and McNabb career performance has confirmed. Of course only Rush got the boot.

And Dionne, you've got it backwards...
it is the LEFT that politicizes everything.

Rush has been the NFLs biggest booster for years.. giving them likely millions of dollars worth of free promotion on his daily show. He has been a HUGE supporter of free market pay performance for NFL players - apparently 75% of them black.

Who would have thought that an old African-American hater like Rush would want better salaries for black players ?

Posted by: pvilso24 | October 20, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Keith Olbermann, a former ESPN anchor for several years, knows how to put on and take off his various hats. As a sports commentator he talks about sports. As a political commentator he talks about politics and sometimes makes reference to sports but never in a political way.

He has no trouble separating his roles. Rush, not so much. So to say "It's the same thing" is clearly inaccurate.

About Donavon McNabb: he could of discussed wether or not the team defense was more responsible for the team success than the quarterback play? A totally legitimate question. But no, he had to make it all about the media being too eager to praise a Black quarterback. That's clearly a racist approach to a non racial question.

Didn't the play of Doug Williams end this kind of discussion years ago?

Rush doesn't think he is a racist just because he doesn't 'think' he's a racist. He just makes racist comments on his radio show. Maybe he doesn't really mean them but his audience thinks he does and I guess that means he's taking them all for a bunch for simple minded chumps.

Posted by: cfeher | October 20, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Well said, cfeher.

I don't understand the Olbermann comparison. Olbermann isn't on his show talking about race. Clearly he is a liberal and he bashes conservatives but it's not about race.

And please, stop it with the Rush walks on water talk. Rush doesn't give one cent about NFL players, white, black or otherwise. He couldn't care less if NFL players were paid more. Don't get it all twisted that Rush is trying to own a NFL team so he can help the 75% of African-American players. Rush cares about Rush, nothing more, and the money he would make owning an NFL team. Quit talking like he walks on water.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | October 20, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh buying a share in a NFL franchise is akin to Father Coughlin wanting to buy a share of the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940's.

Most NFL owners are political conservatives and donate to Republicans.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/27299.html

As usual Rush plays victim.

Posted by: MerrillFrank | October 20, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Funny how the media can run with outright lies (fake quotes) about Limbaugh for just long enough to ruin his football ownership aspirations, and then meekly say, "Oops, those WERE lies, but he's an obnoxious loud mouthed conservative anyway so he deserves to be defamed."

And how ironic that this occurs about the same time that the White House launches a full scale war against Fox News for being "not news" even though NONE of the facts brought out by Fox about ACORN or myriad far-left White House appointees have been successfully contested.

So, to sum up, leftists are allowed to lie and defame to destroy conservatives, but any news critical of the left (even when true) is not "real" news and to be attacked and dismissed.

Sounds a lot like a brave new world out there folks. Castro and Chavez are grinning ear to ear.

The self-righteous, fundamentalist left is so committed to winning at any cost that the truth has become an inconvenience to be ignored.

Posted by: Parker1227 | October 20, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Ruch Limbaugh didn't lose. He wanted attention and he got it.

Posted by: didnik | October 20, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

The junior Senator from Minnesota pegged Rush just right with his book, "Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot."

Only in America could such a diarrhea-mouth earn so much money.

I guess he does serve a social purpose; all his loony fans listen to him instead of blowing things up.

Posted by: dicka1 | October 20, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Bottom Line:
The BEST thing that we the people could do would be to totally ignore the amoral crap that R. Limburger spouts.
If ever we needed to tune to a different station . . . . the time is NOW (and long overdue).

Posted by: lufrank1 | October 20, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

the NFL commissioner's father worked for Obama's transition team. He is a die hard democ. and you don't think it was political. Read up before you spill your guts. Facts are important in any story, not just ones that you would rather ignore.

Posted by: dy19spider57 | October 20, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I definitely agree with the article, except personally I have a special hatred reserved for other teams that I don't have for the opposite political party. I've considered voting Republican more than once because Boston is known as such a liberal bastion, and I don't want to be associated with BoSox or Pats fans in any manner!

Posted by: terpguy2009 | October 20, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Other than Limbaugh, who shed any tears over this?

Posted by: TheProFromDover | October 20, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Rush was right about the media's overhyping of McNabb. He made the statement on 9/28/03. At the time, Brad Johnson, QB for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, had a better QB rating than McNabb and outperformed him on all major stats except rushing.

The Bucs and the Eagles both had two of the best defenses in the league, yet Johnson had led the Bucs offense to a SuperBowl win the previous season ('02) and had soundly beaten the Eagles in the two most recent matchups.

However, on the first Monday Night game in the '03 season, Monday Night Football promoted the game as "Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles Versus Warren Sapp and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers." This was a deliberate attempt to diminish Johnson, a better QB, and at the same time promote McNabb.

Rush's comment was about the media, using McNabb as a rather obvious example to anyone who actually follows the game and knows how to read a player's stats -- something EJ Dionne either doesn't know how to do or chooses to ignore.

Posted by: djeanis1 | October 20, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

To Dionne
LOL I am being called a racist by the KKK Liberal Democrats!
If it were not for the Democrats we would have not had slavery, the KKK, Jim Crow, Lynching, we would not have needed civil Rights legislation.
Lyndon B. Johnson (D., Texas), President, 1963-69
"These Negroes, they're getting pretty uppity these days and that's a problem for us since they've got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness.

Now we've got to do something about this, we've got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.
--.Lyndon B. Johnson (D. President, 1963-69

"I'm not going to use the federal government's authority deliberately to circumvent the natural inclination of people to live in ethnically homogeneous neighborhoods. . . . I have nothing against a community that's made up of people who are Polish or Czechoslovakian or French-Canadian who are trying to maintain the ethnic purity of their neighborhoods."
--Jimmy “CROW” Carter,
President, 1977-81
Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, 2002

Posted by: workingclassslave | October 20, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Um, can someone tell me what was remotely controversial about Rush's remarks concerning the institutional pressure for more diversity among the backfield? It's not whistle-blowing when the remarks are already public knowledge.

Posted by: squarebird | October 20, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Oh, one thing Dionne did get right, it is not a case of political correctness, it is a case of political blacklisting.

Posted by: squarebird | October 20, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Rush has the right to say anything he wants. He also has the right to suffer the consequences of his statements. The free market has spoken.

Posted by: BillC1 | October 20, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives like Limbaugh are extremely deft at feigning injury and threatening that the south will rise again whenever their intrusions are sensibly beaten back.

The reality is that the football players and the owners are intelligent enough to know that if they allowed Rush Limbaugh to bring his political posturings and race baiting into their workplace it would be the end of the league.


Posted by: Brigadere | October 21, 2009 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Limbaugh and his Rupert Murdock morons are no more than pigs feeding at the troff of ignorance and supported by the profits of people whose motivation is nothing more than pure greed. These are the same people who sold drugs to pay for a war that now comes back to haunt us in Iran and Iraq. War and death is the legacy of the republican party and those who profit from it are animals of the worst kind for they fight their wars with your childrens lives. Fogerty was right, I a'int no fortunate son!!!!

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | October 21, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

I believe that "fact check.com" listed 28 racist remarks Limbaugh has made during his show. Of course with Faux News O'Riley who has this crack pot research team was only able to dig up 2 instances. Pleazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzeeeee.

Why do you people listen to and suport such liars? I will never understand. They lie, you know they lie yet you repeat their lies as if they are truth. WOW - who could possibly explain that one?!

Posted by: Kathy5 | October 21, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't take long for bubbleheads like Dionne, Katy5, and opinionatedsob to crawl out of the nation's sewers to attack Rush, while giving the poverty pimps Jackson and Sharpton a pass. But then what do you expect from the left, truth? Really?

Posted by: nmg3rln | October 21, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

EJ,

Well done. You made the one persuasive argument to keep the man off the investor list: because as long as he was on it, the everybody associated with the football team would be dealing with the latest Rush Limbaugh crisis. It would be a royal pain in the a$$ for all involved.

I will say, though, that he has written two opinion pieces that have been widely circulated because they made sense, and this seems to have scared the bejesus out of the opposition.

Posted by: Femlin | October 21, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

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