Recently, Rush Limbaugh was brought into a group that was planning to buy the St. Louis Rams (By Dave Checketts leader of the group). Then came the complaints, saying that Rush is a racist. That, at some point, defended slavery and then proceeded to joke about it. Rev. Al Sharpton and a few others pushed the NFL to deny Limbaugh’s bid, and very few players threatened to quit, all in regard to this quote. And the quote was that he said, at one point, that slavery “had its merits.”
“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.” –Rush Limbaugh October 12th, 2009
And yesterday (13th of October) he stated that this was a fabricated quote. That the quote was from a single blogger, who posted the quote on Limbaugh’s Wikipedia page (Wiki Quotes), and it was unsourced.
Then he demanded that the people who started this to go and to find the source. To find the sound-bite, something. Because they have presented no evidence that he had ever said that. He wants them to prove it. That’s perfectly reasonable.
And he’s not the only one who wants to see that source.
“I have been a faithful Rush Limbaugh radio show listener for almost 20 years. I have never heard Rush make one racist comment. As a matter of fact, I am a black man who has been inspired and encouraged by Rush on numerous occasions. Rush is part of a partnership bidding to purchase an NFL football team. I am highly offended watching the liberal media’s all out assault on this great American. In their efforts to block Rush from ownership of a team, the liberal media and the Left are attempting to brand Rush as a racist.” -Loyd Marcus with American Thinker on October 14th, 2009
Stephen A. Smith said: “If he has the money, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it, and those black ballplayers that are saying that, I’m here on national television telling you they’re lying through their stinking teeth.” Exactly. If he has the money, there is nothing wrong with it.
“Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh will not be part of group buying the St. Louis Rams football team, ESPN is reporting from sources close to the situation.
Sources tell ESPN that Dave Checketts, chairman of the NHL’s St. Louis Blues and the point man in the Limbaugh group attempting to buy the Rams, is planning to remove the controversial radio host as a minority member in the group in order to get approval from other NFL owners.” –CNBC October 14th, 2009
So they decided that it was “too controversial.” A reasonable decision. They dropped it because it was hot. It makes sense, just kinda wimpy though.
Dave Checketts (leader of the group to buy the Rams) invited him (Rush) in the first place. He was the one who brought him into the group. And now he drops Rush? Just because he’s “controversial.” That was wimpy. Now, of course, I don’t know that man. He might be a good guy. But this decision had no backbone.
The Big Picture:
In the end we’ve lost a moral. You have to stand up against false accusations. There was no evidence to support the accusation that Rush is a racist. When Checketts decided to drop him, he might as well have agreed that Rush was a racist.
Whether they were liars, or just misinformed. They were wrong. Don’t allow lies to stand, or they will become considered as truth.