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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Rush Is No Racist

I have been critical of Rush Limbaugh in the past, and I probably will be again. But this claim that Rush has often uttered racist quotes on the air is ridiculous. First, there are sites like Media Muttheads, which transcribe every word Rush utters. Second, Rush would be called out on it by conservative listeners.

Update: One bogus quote that is floating around is this one:

“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.”

It's a phony quote, but the funny thing is that if you take that last bit out, lots of liberals have said the same thing. Travis Darby, a blogger at Salon:

If we can afford to spend nearly a trillion dollars bailing out the predominantly white bankers whose greed got us into this recession, what's another trillion to pay back the people who helped build this country through the blood and sweat of their forced labor?

Update: Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts:

"I haven't and I don't think I would even go to the point of talking to Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell, Dwight Freeney, talking to those men and seeing what their positions are. I'm very sensitive to know there are scars out there. I think as a nation we need to stop it. Our words do damage and it's something that we don't need. We need to get to a higher level of humanity and we have."

Well, if Irsay did go to the point of talking to Tony Dungy, he might be surprised by his response. You see, Dungy appeared on the Rush Limbaugh show in January of this year:

RUSH: I have been looking forward to the next few minutes ever since this interview with Coach Tony Dungy was put together. Recently retired from the Indianapolis Colts, coming off the million copies of his first book Quiet Strength. This book is Uncommon, is the title, Finding Your Path to Significance, the subtitle. Coach Dungy, welcome here. I can't tell you how thrilled and honored I am to be able to speak to you, sir.

COACH DUNGY: Well, thank you, Rush. I feel the same. It's great being on with you and thank you for having me.


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