Here's the complete statement that got Rush Limbaugh fired by ESPN this week. (They
said he "resigned" but you know how that works.)
During Sunday's ESPN broadcast of their NFL Countdown program (9/28/03), Limbaugh was
talking about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, who is black:
"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 his team that he really didn't deserve. The
defense carried this team." [Note
Here's what the black racial special interests had to say about Limbaugh's comment:
According to the Washington Post: "Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), chairman
of the Congressional Black Caucus, called the talk show host's remarks 'outrageous and
offensive.' "They have no place in American society and I would hope that he
would not hide behind the First Amendment to defend such insensitive comments,"
Cummings said in a statement. "People like Rush Limbaugh are a constant reminder that
we still have a long way to go in dealing with race in America. I call on the executives
and leadership of ESPN and its parent company, Disney, to swiftly address this
matter." [Note 1]
Also according to the Washington Post: "The NAACP also condemned Limbaugh's
remarks, calling them "bigoted and ignorant," and called for the network to fire
Limbaugh or at least provide an opposing point of view on the show. "It is appalling
that ESPN has to go to this extent to try to increase viewership," NAACP President
Kweisi Mfume said in a statement." [Note
According to Talon News, "Democrats seeking the presidency were quick to call for
Limbaugh's resignation." [Note
Talon News reports that former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean said "There is no legitimate
place in sports broadcasting for voices that seek to discredit the achievement of athletes
on the basis of race". [Note
Talon also reports the following statement by retired General Wesley Clark: "There
can be no excuse for such statements. Mr. Limbaugh has the right to say whatever he wants,
but ABC and ESPN have no obligation to sponsor such hateful and ignorant speech. Mr.
Limbaugh should be fired immediately". [Note 2]
Rush Limbaugh expressed an opinion about the sport of football which is what ESPN hired
him to do. ESPN hoped that Limbaugh would inject a little controversy into their
sports programming, thereby boosting their sagging ratings. Limbaugh did exactly
that. In no way was Rush "bigoted" as accused by the NAACP today.
Rush Limbaugh did not say anything remotely racist or even (perish the thought!) insensitive!
Please re-read the exact text of Limbaugh's supposedly controversial statement:
"I don't think he's [Donovan McNabb] 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 his team that he really didn't
deserve. The defense carried this team."
In that statement, Rush Limbaugh correctly and accurately stated that the media have a
great deal of interest in black quarterbacks and black coaches doing well. Nothing
could be more obviously true in this age of politically-correct racial politics.
Of course, Rush may have been just a tad inaccurate about Donovan McNabb's
quarterbacking skills, or about McNabb's contributions to the Philadelphia Eagles, but
ESPN did not hire Limbaugh because of the depth of his sports knowledge. Limbaugh is
a huge football fan, but he is not a professional sports commentator.
ESPN hired Limbaugh to express his opinions, which is exactly what he did. And he
got fired for it.
Remember also that this past summer the NFL levied a fine against the Detroit Lions to the
tune of $200,000 for hiring a white coach. The fine was levied because the NFL had
previously bowed to the racial special interests and had agreed to interview at least one
"person of color" for coaching jobs before making their final selection.
Unfortunately, the Detroit Lions had trouble getting any black coaching candidates to
agree to an interview because the black coaching candidates all knew that they were to be
"window dressing", i.e., not seriously considered for the job, simply in order
to satisfy this absurd and facially racist NFL requirement.
On his popular EIBN radio talk show Rush Limbaugh had been extremely critical of that
particular racialist farce, so he was already on the "hit list" of the racial
special interests. (Interestingly, in his earlier criticism of the Detroit Lions
farce, Limbaugh pointed out that such moronic racially sensitive policies were
bad for black athletes and coaches and he expressed sympathy for the blacks who were
forced by such policies to be used as "window dressing". The racial
special interests didn't make a peep about that comment.)
In that context, today's hysterical reaction of the racial special interests to Rush
Limbaugh's innocuous statement on ESPN last Sunday was totally predictable.
In this age of political
correctness and racial orthodoxy it is not permissible to criticize the race-sensitive
double standards which give special preferences or benefits or media treatment to blacks,
Hispanics, or Native Americans. Rep. Elijah Cummings and NAACP's Kweise Mfume made
that perfectly clear on behalf of their special particular racial interest, which
happens to be black folks (and which interest specifically excludes white folks).
The politically-correct racial orthodoxy further states that it is only
permissible to criticize whites, European Americans, or sometimes even Asian Americans if
they happen to benefit from their skin color.
The truth is that whites, European Americans, most Asian Americans -- and even most blacks
-- only want equal treatment regardless of race, gender or ethnicity. Just like our
-- Tim Fay,
Chairman and Editor, Adversity.Net, Inc.
Note 1: Excerpted from the Leonard Shapiro story
which appeared on page A1 of the Washington Post Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003. Last known
link to the story:
Note 2: Excerpted from the online Talon News story
written by reporter Charles Mahaleris Oct. 2, 2003. No link is available.