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Limbaugh addresses critics of his plan to buy the Rams

[Editor’s note:  On October 17, 2009, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch retracted the quote appearing below regarding slavery, explaining that the quote cannot be verified.]

Amid a growing chorus of opposition to his interest in buying the St. Louis Rams along with Dave Checketts, the owner of the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, radio host Rush Limbaugh addressed the situation during his weekday radio show.

By way of brief (and probably needless) background, Limbaugh is a polarizing figure.  Those who love him adore him.  Those who hate him do so with all the intensity of the surface of the sun.

From a business standpoint, he’s a genius.  He knows how to get under the epidermis of his detractors while at the same time pressing the buttons of his proponents.  All the while, his ratings — and thus his wallet — grow.

He’s also very adroit when it comes to using the English language, and when dancing around delicate subjects. 

Limbaugh focused his Monday remarks on the media, claiming that he’s not surprised by the reaction of some journalists and broadcasters.  And without specifically mentioning the quote in question, Limbaugh generally denied that he uttered one of the passages that is cited often by those who believe Limbaugh is a racist.

Here’s the quote, which can be found at multiple web site via a simple Google search, and which Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch used in a recent column:  “I mean, 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.”

During his Monday show, Limbaugh broadly claimed that 15 hours per week of radio programming covering 21 years had been reviewed.  (It’s a job that would take more than 16,000 hours, so he apparently has a bunch of employees.)  Said Limbaugh, “There is not even an inkling that any words in this quote are accurate.”   

But
here’s the key — he never directly denied saying the precise words that
Burwell assigned to him.  Sure, Limbaugh made vague claims of libel and
slander, but there should be no ambiguity here.  If Burwell attributed
a concocted, made up quote to Limbaugh, Limbaugh’s lawyers should be demanding a
retraction and a large bag of cash.

Though I’ve got no idea
whether Limbaugh said it, Burwell says that Limbaugh said it.  And if
Limbaugh didn’t say it, he’s got an open-and-shut defamation claim
against Burwell, the Post-Dispatch, and anyone else who has attributed that quote to Limbaugh.

Indeed, Limbaugh should own the keys to newsone.com, which cites Limbaugh as the source of the “slavery . . . had its merits
quote and other racially inflammatory remarks, such as “Look, let me
put it to you this way:  the NFL all too often looks like a game
between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons.  There, I said
it.”

But instead of Limbaugh directly challenging those whom he believes are deliberately misrepresenting his words, conservative web sites are
implying that Limbaugh never said that which declined on Monday to
expressly deny saying.  At NewsBusters.org, for example, Scott Whitlock
calls out MSNBC
for relying on Steelers linebacker James Farrior as the source for the
quote.  In so doing, Whitlock calls the “slavery had its merits” quote
“dubious” and describes it as something Limbaugh “supposedly” said.

Look, either he said it or he didn’t.  And in referring to an item from the Post-Dispatch
that troubled him because it suggested that he supports slavery, all
Limbaugh had to do was read the quote that Bryan Burwell attributed to
Limbaugh and say, “Folks, here are the words they say that I said.  And I swear to you that I never uttered these words.”

The fact
that Limbaugh didn’t do that makes us think that maybe he said it.  And we’ll
continue to think that maybe Limbaugh said it until Limbaugh either specifically and
categorically denies making the remark or successfully sues Burwell and
the Post-Dispatch for falsely claiming that Limbaugh made a statement that any fair-minded person would regard as incredibly and patently racist.

We
previously said that we’ve got no problem with Limbaugh owning an NFL
team, if he can keep his political views separate from his sports
interests.  But in light of the quote that Limbaugh for whatever reason
wouldn’t directly and unequivocally say he didn’t say, we’re not so sure that he should be
permitted to buy the team based simply on his ability to write the
check.

If, after all, playing in the NFL is a privilege, isn’t owning one of the franchises a privilege, too?

Moreover,
if the “slavery . . . had its merits” statement isn’t enough to
disqualify Limbaugh from owning an NFL team (if he said it), then why in the hell did
the folks who run Major League Baseball essentially ban former Reds
owner Marge Schott from her own building for saying that Hitler had his merits?

Maybe we’re simply missing something.  If we are, please use the comments section to enlighten us.
 

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152 Responses to “Limbaugh addresses critics of his plan to buy the Rams”
  1. WashingtonRedOookies says: Oct 12, 2009 7:14 PM

    Hopefully Limbaugh buys the team and draws up an all white roster. That would make for some quality football.

  2. longrodvanhungendong says: Oct 12, 2009 7:14 PM

    I think most people already knew he is an idiot. You didnt need to write a 2 page story to explain it. Sadly, if Mark Cuban can own a team, this dumbass has a chance also. Back to football….

  3. kravon says: Oct 12, 2009 7:15 PM

    How does Rush feel about NFL teams “sharing the wealth?” True that.

  4. CaptainObvious says: Oct 12, 2009 7:16 PM

    Hey Rush, if the NFL turns you down, the KKK is always looking for investors. They even have their own uniforms already. You might want to try the Aryan Brotherhood while you’re at it as well. Y’all have a LOT in common.

  5. endzoneview says: Oct 12, 2009 7:18 PM

    I have a feeling that this post will break the “most comments” record.
    The only problem I have about Rush buying the Rams is that we’ll be talking about this kind of crap instead of football.

  6. jd713 says: Oct 12, 2009 7:18 PM

    the white al sharpton . force him to move the team to compton

  7. darrius_heyward-bey-butterfingers says: Oct 12, 2009 7:21 PM

    Yeah that’s a hilarious non-denial from Rush and only a moron would fall for it. I’m sure his listening audience believed it though.

  8. truushot says: Oct 12, 2009 7:26 PM

    Florio, I come here to read about football not about your supposed understanding of what Limbaugh said or says. Why didn’t you post his address? You didn’t even paraphrase what he said. That is simply shit reporting.
    Further you reach conclusions that are absurd. You act as if you can clearly know what Limbaugh was thinking and that he should directly dispute some quote attributed to him by some third source. Did you address this with the Limbaugh show? The people that he works for? Did you try to get a quote from them about this topic? Again shit reporting.
    I’m not even trying to defend Limbaugh. My rant has nothing to do with Limbaugh. It has to do with shit reporting. You apparently have moved into journalism without the slightest idea of how to do it.

  9. JaredAllen69 says: Oct 12, 2009 7:26 PM

    If Rush made the comment that is being attributed to him, it should be easy enough to find the day and time he made the statement. The fact that nobody is giving the day and time he allegedly made the slavery quote, tells me the story is false. The thing we all need to remember is that all liberals lie all the time. Especially politicians, lawyers, and members of the news media.

  10. jcarollo says: Oct 12, 2009 7:27 PM

    Let’s face it, 50% of the country are democrats and 50% are republicans. Therefore half of you will like him and half of you will hate him. The guys speaking out against him are only doing so because they outspoken democrats. Let see is someone like Lynn Swann or a JC Watts has a problem with Rush owning the Rams. They both personally know Rush and do not believe he is a Racist.

  11. Treezs says: Oct 12, 2009 7:27 PM

    “”If, after all, playing in the NFL is a privilege, isn’t owning one of the franchises a privilege, too?””
    No, in fact preventing him from buying a team would produce anti-trust issues. In effect, clowning all these morons trying to gang up on someone who has his own opinion.
    Believe it or not we live in a capitalistic society, not a socialist or aristocracy.
    Our country that allows a person to form their own opinions, whether they hate white people or love black people, hate brown people but like white – that is their choice no matter how much you’ve been brainwashed against it … P E R I O D. Is it recommended? No, it’s better to deal with your own issues rather than blaming others – but bottom line, people can have whatever opinion they want and can also express it. This works both ways, but it’s not to protect lynch mobs bud.
    As much as you fascists hate – there’s plenty of folks ready to defend these rights that those before us so graciously gave their life to establish. “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots” TJ

  12. Treezs says: Oct 12, 2009 7:30 PM

    Who has hurt more lives?
    Rush Limbaugh saying **fill in the worst thing he could say here**
    -or-
    The Rooneys, who encourage people to ruin their lives via gambling while at the same time espousing the “Rooney Rule” which gives minorities(african americans) required interviews.
    Let me know, thanks.

  13. Pauly1620 says: Oct 12, 2009 7:31 PM

    Captain Oblivious is a more appropriate moniker. The vapidness of your statement defies all logic and reasonableness. If you truly want to see a bigot, just look in the mirror.

  14. wvugrad00 says: Oct 12, 2009 7:32 PM

    Marge Schott was a bigot and everyone knew it. MLB was waiting for her to run her mouth one more time and thats when she was suspended. It was not only because of one comment that got her suspended it was years of being a bitch that got her out of the game.

  15. VoxVeritas says: Oct 12, 2009 7:32 PM

    “The fact that Limbaugh didn’t do that makes us think that he said it.”
    You keep doing the same sorry thing over and over, Florio.

  16. DcNinerFan says: Oct 12, 2009 7:32 PM

    Its a sad state of affairs in this country when ones political views interferes with his rights as an American and a capitalist. If Rush is himself oppressing anyone, then yes he needs to deal with the consequences. However, he is just an extremely outspoken individual, and as far as I can see he is no different than Al Sharpton, Re. Wright, Jesse Jackson, Van Jones (who claimed that pollution is the white mans fault) or any of the other exhaulted “black leaders” the media loves to coddle.
    Let Rush be a business man, you jackasses in the media (yes, Florio and Co. you are now the media, and it shows) let the “black leaders” mentioned jabber on with racist sayings and leave them be. Stop with the double standards.

  17. sluggrad says: Oct 12, 2009 7:34 PM

    If he does buy the team is he automatically put in the substance abuse program?

  18. csaber2007 says: Oct 12, 2009 7:34 PM

    CaptainObvious says: October 12, 2009 7:16 PM
    Hey Rush, if the NFL turns you down, the KKK is always looking for investors. They even have their own uniforms already. You might want to try the Aryan Brotherhood while you’re at it as well. Y’all have a LOT in common.

    More like Capitain Douchebag…

  19. Olbermanisadouche says: Oct 12, 2009 7:36 PM

    What a bunch of “sheople”. Anybody who thinks Rush is a racist is uninformed and has obviously never really listened to his program for more than a soundbite or two. And regarding this so-called racist “quote”. Until I can hear an unedited recording of it with my own ears, I do not believe it. I’ve listened to the show on and off for years and years and have never heard anything close to this come from the man’s mouth. The fact that some in the media (with obvious agendas) are promoting this lie is more shameful than anything else Rush has ever said.

  20. Ben Roetlisbunger says: Oct 12, 2009 7:36 PM

    Whenever a public figure is libeled or slandered, they have to prove not only that the words were false, but that they were said with actual malice, NY Times v. Sullivan. Florio, you should know that. Even if Limbaugh didn’t say those words, he would still have to prove the reporter was malicious when he reported the quote, and not simply misunderstanding something. That is a tough thing to prove.
    People shouldn’t demand that celebrities sue for libel or slander every time something false is said about them. It’s too hard to actually win that case. Instead, the onus should be on the reporter. Why is he reporting those words without producing the media in which they were originally recorded? There should be a radio clip if it was said on air.

  21. csaber2007 says: Oct 12, 2009 7:38 PM

    And Florio, the quote is made up. I would imagine Media Matters is behind it.

  22. knoxaholic says: Oct 12, 2009 7:39 PM

    Whether he said it or not, he’s playing anyone who cares. Rush Limbaugh’s business model is defining himself in association with certain principles and then getting persecuted in a way that makes it seem like the principles and those who share his principles are being persecuted.
    It’s simple in group/out group, group salience shoots up when that group is in conflict. People who otherwise like him become infinitely more dedicated as a fan base when he is under attack and has deniability on the basis of the charge.
    I have no idea if he said it or not, but I think that that is an entirely different question than whether he believes it. I’d say it’s equally likely that he said it and didn’t mean it as he means it but didn’t say it.

  23. FireJerryJones says: Oct 12, 2009 7:43 PM

    My attention deficit precludes me from reading this freakin’ article.
    Limbaugh found another opportunity to boost his ratings.

  24. TheGuardian says: Oct 12, 2009 7:44 PM

    DcNiner… I agree… I am not white…
    The majority of the men (black, white, Democrat, Republican) that make their living putting themselves on a pedestal while pontificating about religion or ethics have a chick on the side. Enough of the hypocrisy. If Jay Z, who spews out some really offensive views and pled guilty in a stabbing can own a stake in a professional NBA organization in the US, so can Rush. Let’s see if any player boycotts the Rams.
    I doubt it.

  25. stabkoff says: Oct 12, 2009 7:46 PM

    Rush please buy the Raiders and then fire Al Davis!!

  26. GT Falcon Fan says: Oct 12, 2009 7:48 PM

    Did NBC write this article for you? NBC, the Obama media outlet.

  27. Sportygal says: Oct 12, 2009 7:49 PM

    Florio, you claim to be concerned that Limbaugh’s political leanings will interfere with his job as an owner. Funny you never say that about the Rooneys or Robert Kraft. Michael Wilbon retracted the quote he used last week on PTI which I believe was the same phony quote attributed to Limbaugh by that hack reporter from St. Louis. Limbaugh has never said anything like that. He has many African-American friends and this attempt to prevent his rights to own part of a team is anti-capitalist and anti-American.

  28. FranktheTank says: Oct 12, 2009 7:50 PM

    Florio, you work for NBC. Enough said…

  29. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Oct 12, 2009 7:50 PM

    If there were purity tests for all owners of NFL franchises, I am sure there would be over 20 NFL teams up for sale. The last I checked, this is the United States of America, not the USSR. If the man wants to and can afford to buy part of a team, he should be afforded that opportunity whether you like the man and his views or not. I can’t even believe this is an issue.

  30. Zaggs says: Oct 12, 2009 7:51 PM

    If the quotes can be attributed to Limbaugh, why are there not any dates of when he said them? I mean that should be easy to do. Have the dates and the actual audio, should be pretty simply shouldn’t it? I mean its not like he has a radio show that only reaches 5 people.
    The fact that there are no dates and it comes from a racist organization (notice the lack of anyone white or asian or hispanic to do with the newsone site?) ames one wonder why they have no way of sourcing the quote.

  31. denverpilot says: Oct 12, 2009 7:53 PM

    Florio – you are a true NBC’er.
    Stan Kronke owns 2 Denver teams. He is married to Walmart money. That company has destroyed more small business’ it is criminal.
    The Monforts own the Rockies. They got busted for hiring illegals at low wages with no benefits.
    Yet you believe Rush is more dangerous?
    Sounds like a true liberal lawyer.
    You are slip sliding away counselor.

  32. KevinLJ says: Oct 12, 2009 7:54 PM

    Maybe some readers need a history lesson. One of the revered members of the Democratic leadership is a documneted member of the KKK. Senator (D) West Virginia) Robert Byrd ( pork specialist, ego monster and career politician,) from the home state of Mike Floria is a proud former member of the Klan. Should this disqualify him from representing African-American constituents? This man is wanting to invest money and purchase a company. What’s a greater crime? That a Former KKK member is a Senator or a man who has been called a racist wants to own a football team? I would say personally it’s despicable that a Senator once engaged in HATE crimes is allowed to be a politician.

  33. KevinLJ says: Oct 12, 2009 7:55 PM

    Maybe some readers need a history lesson. One of the revered members of the Democratic leadership is a documneted member of the KKK. Senator (D) West Virginia) Robert Byrd ( pork specialist, ego monster and career politician,) from the home state of Mike Floria is a proud former member of the Klan. Should this disqualify him from representing African-American constituents? This man is wanting to invest money and purchase a company. What’s a greater crime? That a Former KKK member is a Senator or a man who has been called a racist wants to own a football team? I would say personally it’s despicable that a Senator once engaged in HATE crimes is allowed to be a politician.

  34. Bob Loblaw says: Oct 12, 2009 7:57 PM

    The thing is, even if Rush didn’t say it, the context of the quote is so similar to the type of race-baiting that Rush does that most belive he may have said it (even Rush himself). It’s not like the quote is out of character for him, which is why no one really believes he didn’t say that or something similar at one point.
    And just because he claims to have gone through every hour of his radio show and didn’t find it, doesn’t mean he is innocent. The guy does other interviews, does fund raisers for Republicans, does book tours, and speaks at numerous other events. Odds are he’s said many an offensive statement that wasn’t recorded in his studio.

  35. JRC007 says: Oct 12, 2009 7:58 PM

    newsone.com lists a series of obviously phony Limbaugh quotes. Do you really believe Limbaugh said James Earl Ray deserves a Medal of Honor? Geez, do you think that might have made news had he actually said it? That’s quite a standard you’ve laid out there, you must have been quite the attorney: if he doesn’t specifically deny every piece of nonsense on the internet – even when he made a blanket denial -he must have said it. It’s really irresponsible for this site to repeat this phony quote. How about putting the burden where it belongs; if you’re going to attribute this quote to him, prove it. Give a time, place, date, anything. It would be easy enough to do, but its much easier – and lazier – repeating internet myths.

  36. JDeezy says: Oct 12, 2009 8:00 PM

    Democrat, Republican, black or white … racism in any form is deplorable.
    Rush Limbaugh sickens me.

  37. SG says: Oct 12, 2009 8:01 PM

    Here is Limbaugh’s response without your commentary:
    http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_101209/content/01125115.guest.html

  38. Cobra Commander says: Oct 12, 2009 8:06 PM

    Adroit, huh?
    WWWWOOOOWWWW, I’m impressed.

  39. HarrisonHits says: Oct 12, 2009 8:07 PM

    @ Treezs
    Your comment is the best one on here. I loathe Limbaugh but hate unfairness in general, and if we accept some of the other scummy owners out there we have to accept him as well.

  40. CaptainObvious says: Oct 12, 2009 8:08 PM

    Rush Limbaugh is just the white version of Louis Farrakhan. It’s quite amazing actually how many idiots are lining up here to associate themselves with this bigoted, racist moron.
    He’s no better than Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton either. None of them have ever had a real job, and all make their living pushing the very agendas they claim to hate. Fear & hate mongering. Limbaugh’s views are equivalent to Hitler, yet he manages to have a following of brain dead, can’t think for themselves, hiding behind a bible, confederate flag waving dittoheads.

  41. Hauschild says: Oct 12, 2009 8:09 PM

    Let me get this straight – we’ve got a president that help build criminal groups like ACORN and SEIU, but Rush Limbaugh cannot buy an NFL team???
    Wow – wake up people!!!

  42. Bigbluefan says: Oct 12, 2009 8:13 PM

    We have a guy in the white house that is ahole buddys with some of the biggest haters in the world
    Yet a man has the money to buy not take not steal buy the rams and NBC bashes him every chance they get
    Is it because NBC is in Washingtons Pocket or is NBC upset that Rush has better ratings then any of there piss ass radio shows????
    I hope they pay you welll to be the talking ass of NBC

  43. chapnasty says: Oct 12, 2009 8:13 PM

    Number 1, Florio, stop letting Olbermann write your articles. Recent polling has indicated that MSNBC reported 72% Positive stories on Obama during the election and only 13% on McCain. You are a pawn in the most liberal news outlet in the history of the planet. NBC’s parent company will profit above and beyond any company if the “Cap and Trade” bull passes. YOU HAVE NO ABILITY TO SAY ANYTHING! You are just mad that Rush said sports reporters are a bunch of whining babies today on his show. I posted this on a past site but I’ll do it again now. This is the transcript from Rush’s show today where he talks about racism:
    ____________________________
    RUSH: Dawn said to me during the break here, “You didn’t deny what they’re saying you said about slavery!” I’m not going to dignify it by denying it. Deny it? It’s an outrageous slander, which I did say. People saying I made jokes about the good points, whatever, the finer points of slavery. So to set the record… No, not to set it straight. To confirm the record, I don’t know how many times on this program I have gotten into arguments over the last 21 years with people when I have asserted that the Civil War primarily was about slavery. People have called me, “No, it wasn’t! It was about states’ rights. It was about this,” and I said, “Don’t be silly. Abraham Lincoln knew what the union could not survive in one man was allowed to own another. I have uttered those words, quoting Lincoln favorably, too many times to count.
    Slavery — indentured servitude, whatever you want to call it — is abominable, particularly in a free country. I’ve had people call this program and say, “Well, the Founding Fathers, I mean they were slave owners! Three-fifths of a person for blacks.” Yeah, it’s a sad shame. It’s an absolute sad shame but I’ve given people the history. At the time there were 13 colonies. Getting them to all agree to rebel against the king and to declare independence, there were compromises necessary for that unity. Then when the Founders wrote the Constitution, they put the prescription in the Constitution for ending slavery, in the amendments — and in our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, “All men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty, pursuit of happiness.” How many times I’ve quoted that, I can’t remember.
    If I had said what they say I said, I would be gone. There would be nobody around. Snerdley would have resigned on the spot, even if I was trying to be funny. I’ve endeavored to go a little deeper into it, though, and explain how slavery has led us into some of the acrimony that we still have today in that there are some people who won’t forget it, who are still trying to capitalize on it and portray this country as though it is still in many ways no different than it was, and I have argued with those people vehemently. I’ve had people say to me, “I think you’ve got a blind spot. You don’t know what it’s like to have a heritage that black people in the country have.” Oh, I most certainly do not have a blind spot and I most certainly do understand it.
    I understand that all human beings have obstacles. We all have to overcome them. There’s no better place to overcome those obstacles than the United States of America. The freest country and the freest people on earth, and what really saddens me and disappoints me to this day is that there are people who are not inspired and taught about how great they can be because they are Americans. Frankly, the biggest problem I face in the current climate of political correctness is that I’m colorblind about it. I don’t say politically correct things about it. For example in the Today Show interview, Jamie Gangel asked, “Weren’t you moved by the election of the first black president?” Yeah, I was. Great historical fact. But I got over it pretty quickly because I don’t see him as black. I see him as president of the United States and I’m more concerned about his policies.
    I love this country. I want everyone in this country to succeed. I want everyone in this country to pursue happiness. I want everyone to benefit, as an American, as I have. I stand in no one’s way! I am not the one putting obstacles in people’s way. I’m the one trying to sweep them away. And in so doing I don’t speak politically correct language — and, as such, I’m accused of being insensitive. I guess my problem is I treat people as adults. I treat them as informed. I treat them as educated and I treat them as equals. I don’t condescend to people, and I don’t run around feeling sorry for people because that doesn’t help them. After you feel sorry for somebody then what do you do? It’s all up to us to make the most of the one life we are blessed to be given by God, and I cringe when I see so many lives not reaching anywhere near their potential because others capitalize on their failure to do so.
    And that happens just only with racial issues, it happens with all minorities. We have assumed that we’re an unjust and unfair country, that all of the minorities (for whatever reasons they’re minorities) are victims of an unfair, unjust, immoral America. And there are white people that buy into that stuff, too, because they don’t want to run around feeling guilty and they don’t want to run around with people thinking that they are racists. It’s all political correctness that has lead people thinking this. So when I, for example, say, “I think the media has a little interest in a black quarterback doing well,” I mean it! Most of the sports media is politically correct, and that kind of surface stuff matters to them. I’m interested in people’s hearts and their souls because that’s what animates us as human being, not our skin color.
    I’m colorblind. I have reached the point where everybody professes we need to go. I treat everybody equally. In the political arena, I don’t care. Male, female, black, white, gay, straight, bisexual, if you are opposed to the things I think are great for the country, I’m going to say so. I’m going to criticize you. Not because of whatever it is distinguishes you from me on a surface basis, but because of ideas. I’m just a lone guy here in the arena of ideas, sharing mine. I don’t have the ability or power to force ‘em on anybody. Yet there are those throughout our society and culture who are trying to force their views — whether they be militant vegetarians or environmentalist nutcases or what have you — on all of us. And too few people, frankly, have the guts to stand up and say, “Screw you! Live your life and I’ll live mine. As long as we do so within the bounds of the law, it’s none of your business what I’m doing.”
    I don’t make it my business what other people are doing, certainly not to the point that I want to censor what they say or become an obstacle to what they can accomplish because I want everybody to succeed. That’s what, frankly, broke my heart about these two sound bites, the situation in Detroit in Cobo Hall last week. “Well, what about these parodies? You make fun of people.” Hey, we’re always up fronts and honest about those. All you have to do is listen here to understand them. There’s nobody that listens to this radio program that thinks that those things are horrible. It’s only the people who hear about it out of context.

  44. Amazed to Death says: Oct 12, 2009 8:16 PM

    Besides Jason Sehorn, who was the last white cornerback in the NFL? Good trivia question! Hate Limbaugh, love the NFL, Black, white,green or yellow!

  45. Bob Nelson says: Oct 12, 2009 8:16 PM

    “Slavery built the South.”
    True until the War of Northern Aggression.
    “I’m not saying we should bring it back.”
    People forget this part.
    I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark.”
    True. During slavery the streets were safer after dark.
    So telling the truth is a bad thing? Honesty can get you fired like Jimmy the Greek?
    Why do so many hate to hear the truth and believe the truth should be hidden and not discussed?
    What is wrong with saying Mussolini got the trains to run on time?
    What is with these lefties who claim statistics and mathmatics are racist??

  46. TheEd says: Oct 12, 2009 8:17 PM

    Rush….. you pill popping bigoted boob.
    I think you have RAMmed it up your butt one time too many.
    Read the comments, and see how the majority thinks about you.
    They need to paint a bulls-eye on you and let you out (of your LIMO) in an “inter-city” neighborhood.
    You might have lost weight, but you are still a FAT-HEAD!

  47. troll_aikman8 says: Oct 12, 2009 8:18 PM

    Wow, Rush never fails to seize the moment.
    I can’t until he makes Anne Coulter the first female (allegedly) GM in NFL history. How’s that for progress?
    lol@kkkonservatives

  48. TheEd says: Oct 12, 2009 8:22 PM

    Rush….. you pill popping bigoted boob.
    I think you have RAMmed it up your butt one time too many.
    Read the comments, and see how the majority thinks about you.
    They need to paint a bulls-eye on you and let you out (of your LIMO) in an “inter-city” neighborhood.
    You might have lost weight, but you are still a FAT-HEAD!

  49. Mean D says: Oct 12, 2009 8:22 PM

    Florio is a true turd. He sold his soul to NBC and now MUST carry their water for their leftist agenda. Once again, no dates, no references, no sound bites. Nothing. Limbaugh simply did not deny it in exactly the way sellout Florio would have liked therefore obviously he said it. Some f’ing attorney.

  50. muckfire says: Oct 12, 2009 8:23 PM

    After what Florio asserts is the non-denial… here is Limbaugh’s further comments on the issue from later in today’s show. It’s on his website:
    RUSH: Dawn said to me during the break here, “You didn’t deny what they’re saying you said about slavery!” I’m not going to dignify it by denying it. Deny it? It’s an outrageous slander, which I did say. People saying I made jokes about the good points, whatever, the finer points of slavery. So to set the record… No, not to set it straight. To confirm the record, I don’t know how many times on this program I have gotten into arguments over the last 21 years with people when I have asserted that the Civil War primarily was about slavery. People have called me, “No, it wasn’t! It was about states’ rights. It was about this,” and I said, “Don’t be silly. Abraham Lincoln knew what the union could not survive in one man was allowed to own another. I have uttered those words, quoting Lincoln favorably, too many times to count.
    Slavery — indentured servitude, whatever you want to call it — is abominable, particularly in a free country. I’ve had people call this program and say, “Well, the Founding Fathers, I mean they were slave owners! Three-fifths of a person for blacks.” Yeah, it’s a sad shame. It’s an absolute sad shame but I’ve given people the history. At the time there were 13 colonies. Getting them to all agree to rebel against the king and to declare independence, there were compromises necessary for that unity. Then when the Founders wrote the Constitution, they put the prescription in the Constitution for ending slavery, in the amendments — and in our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, “All men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty, pursuit of happiness.” How many times I’ve quoted that, I can’t remember.
    If I had said what they say I said, I would be gone. There would be nobody around. Snerdley would have resigned on the spot, even if I was trying to be funny. I’ve endeavored to go a little deeper into it, though, and explain how slavery has led us into some of the acrimony that we still have today in that there are some people who won’t forget it, who are still trying to capitalize on it and portray this country as though it is still in many ways no different than it was, and I have argued with those people vehemently. I’ve had people say to me, “I think you’ve got a blind spot. You don’t know what it’s like to have a heritage that black people in the country have.” Oh, I most certainly do not have a blind spot and I most certainly do understand it.
    I understand that all human beings have obstacles. We all have to overcome them. There’s no better place to overcome those obstacles than the United States of America. The freest country and the freest people on earth, and what really saddens me and disappoints me to this day is that there are people who are not inspired and taught about how great they can be because they are Americans. Frankly, the biggest problem I face in the current climate of political correctness is that I’m colorblind about it. I don’t say politically correct things about it. For example in the Today Show interview, Jamie Gangel asked, “Weren’t you moved by the election of the first black president?” Yeah, I was. Great historical fact. But I got over it pretty quickly because I don’t see him as black. I see him as president of the United States and I’m more concerned about his policies.
    I love this country. I want everyone in this country to succeed. I want everyone in this country to pursue happiness. I want everyone to benefit, as an American, as I have. I stand in no one’s way! I am not the one putting obstacles in people’s way. I’m the one trying to sweep them away. And in so doing I don’t speak politically correct language — and, as such, I’m accused of being insensitive. I guess my problem is I treat people as adults. I treat them as informed. I treat them as educated and I treat them as equals. I don’t condescend to people, and I don’t run around feeling sorry for people because that doesn’t help them. After you feel sorry for somebody then what do you do? It’s all up to us to make the most of the one life we are blessed to be given by God, and I cringe when I see so many lives not reaching anywhere near their potential because others capitalize on their failure to do so.
    And that happens just only with racial issues, it happens with all minorities. We have assumed that we’re an unjust and unfair country, that all of the minorities (for whatever reasons they’re minorities) are victims of an unfair, unjust, immoral America. And there are white people that buy into that stuff, too, because they don’t want to run around feeling guilty and they don’t want to run around with people thinking that they are racists. It’s all political correctness that has lead people thinking this. So when I, for example, say, “I think the media has a little interest in a black quarterback doing well,” I mean it! Most of the sports media is politically correct, and that kind of surface stuff matters to them. I’m interested in people’s hearts and their souls because that’s what animates us as human being, not our skin color.
    I’m colorblind. I have reached the point where everybody professes we need to go. I treat everybody equally. In the political arena, I don’t care. Male, female, black, white, gay, straight, bisexual, if you are opposed to the things I think are great for the country, I’m going to say so. I’m going to criticize you. Not because of whatever it is distinguishes you from me on a surface basis, but because of ideas. I’m just a lone guy here in the arena of ideas, sharing mine. I don’t have the ability or power to force ‘em on anybody. Yet there are those throughout our society and culture who are trying to force their views — whether they be militant vegetarians or environmentalist nutcases or what have you — on all of us. And too few people, frankly, have the guts to stand up and say, “Screw you! Live your life and I’ll live mine. As long as we do so within the bounds of the law, it’s none of your business what I’m doing.”
    I don’t make it my business what other people are doing, certainly not to the point that I want to censor what they say or become an obstacle to what they can accomplish because I want everybody to succeed. That’s what, frankly, broke my heart about these two sound bites, the situation in Detroit in Cobo Hall last week. “Well, what about these parodies? You make fun of people.” Hey, we’re always up fronts and honest about those. All you have to do is listen here to understand them. There’s nobody that listens to this radio program that thinks that those things are horrible. It’s only the people who hear about it out of context. It’s like Ms. Gangel in the interview. I doubt that this will make the cut, but I understand she played some of “Barack the ‘Magic Negro'” and “Banking Queen” in the interview today. And she asked me the obligatory question: “Don’t you think that’s a little harsh?”
    I said, “Would you ask Saturday Night Live these questions? Would you ask Saturday Night Live these…?”
    I said, “Barack the ‘Magic Negro,’ do you know where it came from?”
    She said, “No.” I said, “You really don’t? You don’t know where it came from?”
    “No.”
    “Well, a black columnist for the Los Angeles Times wrote a piece, and the headline was “Obama the ‘Magic Negro,'” and I explained it to her. “It’s all about white people voting for the ‘Magic Negro’ not because of what he believes, but it’s a way for them to assuage their guilt,” and I told her what amazed me was all of the racism that was going on in the Democrat primary. I can’t count the number of pieces written from Chicago to Los Angeles to New York about how Obama was not “authentic” because he didn’t come from the civil rights struggle, that he wasn’t “down for the struggle.” They’re the ones who question his authenticity and, meanwhile, I’m trying to figure out: What is this guy going to do as president? They’re all worried about these social things. They’re all worried about these surface things.
    “Is Obama authentic? Is he down for the struggle?” It wasn’t I who said of Obama, “It’s great we finally got a clean, articulate black guy in our party.” That was Joe Biden, the current vice president, who is a Democrat. It wasn’t I who said that. While all that’s going on, I love to laugh at liberals. I love to make fun of them and throw their own words right back at them in a parody, and the reason we chose Sharpton to sing it is because he was upset when Biden said that Obama was “finally a clean, articulate black guy” that came along in the Democrat Party and Sharpton was withholding his endorsement. So we had Sharpton sing the song, and the lyrics of the song explain where the song came from! Yet somehow I became the author of the term, which I had never heard of until this piece in the LA Times. (interruption)
    (laughing) You think so? I’ll tell you what. All right. The staff is suggesting I play the song, “Barack the ‘Magic Negro.'” So grab the song. It’s ready now. And you know what I’m not going to do? I could tease you. I could say, “Oops, I gotta go to a commercial time-out,” a time-honored broadcast technique to hold you through the time-out. And I must tell you that local programmers around the country are saying, “Do it, Rush! Do it, Rush! Do it, Rush, for the quarter hour.” Nope. I’m not teasing you. Here’s the song. I want you to listen to the lyrics and I want you to remember… The lyrics explain the whole thing. This is simply great satire. This is huge comedy. If we’ve gotten to the point where we can’t poke fun at people who seek power over all of us, regardless their skin color, then we have reached a dangerous point.
    Jamie Gangel said, “Well, you’re so controversial, so outrageous!” I’m not controversial. Everybody that listens to me agrees with me. I said, “You know why you think I’m controversial, is because I say things everybody thinks but doesn’t have the guts to say.” Political correctness is like a vise grips around our throats. So here’s the song. This is the song that everybody thinks (aside from you people) I somehow wrote, invented, created, the term and all that. Listen to the lyrics, and it’s all in the song. (song starts) Oh, and they’re really bugged that we use their favorite liberal singers Peter, Paul and Mary and their favorite marijuana song “Puff the Magic Dragon” as the parody melody.
    AL SHARPTON IMPRESSIONIST: Barack ‘the Magic Negro’ lives in DC. The LA Times, they called him that ‘Cause he’s not authentic like me. Yeah, the guy from the LA paper said he makes guilty whites feel good. They’ll vote for him, and not for me ’cause he’s not from the ‘hood. See, real black men like Snoop Dogg or me or Farrakhan, have talked the talk, and walked the walk. Not come in late and won! (refrain) Oh, Barack ‘the Magic Negro’ lives in DC. The LA Times, they called him that ’cause he’s black, but not authentically. (repeat refrain) Some say Barack’s “articulate,” and bright and new and “clean.” The media sure love this guy, a white interloper’s dream! But, when you vote for president, watch out, and don’t be fooled! Don’t vote ‘the Magic Negro’ in ’cause… (music stops) ’cause I won’t have nothing after all these years of sacrifice! I won’t get justice! This is about justice! This ain’t about me, it’s about justice. It’s about, ummm… (garbled with back-up singers) There won’t be any church contributions! No cash in the collection plate. There ain’t gonna be no cash money, no walkin’ around money. (garbled with back-up singers) Barack is gonna come in here and say that he’s authentic, that he’s gonna be in the street in the struggle with the rest of us, down here where all of us struggle! (music fades out) This is crazy! I’m not gonna have nothing.
    RUSH: Reverend Sharpton and the “Barack the ‘Magic Negro.'” The funny thing about that is, too, that he gets so mad singing the song he leaves the lyric line and starts protesting. We put Reverend Sharpton through the bullhorn because that’s how he came to be known leading protest marches. I mean, it’s a brilliant, brilliant satirical treatment. He goes off and then the chorus starts trying to drown him out, trying to cover for the fact that he’s blown the lyric line. Oh! It’s probably all-time top favorite song and the “Banking Queen,” Barney Frank is in the top five. We’ll play that next.
    But I just want to say one more thing about this country and one of the things I’ve said repeatedly and constantly. This has nothing to do with the National Football League. It has nothing to do with the St. Louis Rams. It has nothing to do with anything other than a bunch of slanderous, jealous, incompetent sportswriters. One of the things that I am proudest of this country is that we are the country that went to war with ourselves to end slavery: 500,000 Americans, our most costliest war ever, to end slavery. There is nobody I know who wishes to revive it, who defends it. I don’t know anybody, and I mean of 280, 300 million people in this country, I don’t know anybody who wants to return to those days.
    Back with the “Banking Queen” in a second.

  51. bluestree says: Oct 12, 2009 8:23 PM

    This is all a bunch of “hockey”. Cheketts isn’t going to sell the Blues, and Limbaugh is just doing this as a publicity stunt. Watch him play the victim now. Once again Limbaugh, who professes to love the game, abuses it. It had been quite a few years since race had been negatively injected into the game, and it was Limbaugh on ESPN. Now he’s back at it. Cha-ching. Suckers!

  52. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: Oct 12, 2009 8:23 PM

    “From a business standpoint, he’s a genius. He knows how to get under the epidermis of his detractors while at the same time pressing the buttons of his proponents. All the while, his ratings — and thus his wallet — grow.”
    LOL, you describe yourself, and your man crush Olbermann, to a T.

  53. PackFaninPackLand says: Oct 12, 2009 8:23 PM

    What a colossal load of shi-. Florio, like most liberals has never listened to his show – just read some bogus web sites or blogs that “claim” he said certain things.
    Look at the $hitstorm he got just for saying McNabb was over-rated. Imagine if he said what it was claimed he said – they’d have tossed him off the air the next day.
    But hey, why let any actual, you know, F-A-C-T-S get in Olbermann’s, I mean Florio’s way.

  54. csaber2007 says: Oct 12, 2009 8:32 PM

    CaptainObvious says: October 12, 2009 8:08 PM
    Rush Limbaugh is just the white version of Louis Farrakhan. It’s quite amazing actually how many idiots are lining up here to associate themselves with this bigoted, racist moron.

    Name ONE racist thing he’s said, that you can PROVE you little d-bag.

  55. BigHarold says: Oct 12, 2009 8:32 PM

    # Olbermanisadouche says: October 12, 2009 7:36 PM
    Until I can hear an unedited recording of it with my own ears, I do not believe it. I’ve listened to the show on and off for years and years and have never heard anything close to this come from the man’s mouth.
    I hope that the irony of a “dittohead” declaring that he only forms his opinions from unedited soundbytes that are clearly in context hasn’t been lost on the rest of you.

  56. slipkid says: Oct 12, 2009 8:42 PM

    once again, libs have no proof. limbaugh is actually pretty sweet on minorities but modern libs never let facts confuse them.
    snerdley is black, jerkoffs. read that someone posted rush’s monologue today. who does all the interracial killin robbin and rapin in america – hint – it aint honkies.
    the people who are really haters and racists are of a dark hue. that’s a fact. get over it.
    minorities are killing freedom of speech for the majority. guess what comes after weimar america, idiots?
    //////////////
    there are plenty of good white players who dont get a look in college or the pros due to “the template”. ya better run scared folks. yer monopoly is ending.
    ////////////////
    racism lives. look at all the self-hating disingenous white libs and minorities. they think the 1st amendment, not to mention the others, are not for the use of anyone they dont lie.
    //////////////
    indentured servitude lives too. who is paying for all osamabama’s bs?
    white people. against their will. that’s indentured servitude. some blacks dont like it either. not enough, but a few are waking up. a couple have even called the limbaugh show in the last few days. america – what a country!
    the left can f@#$ off. including its webmaster friends.
    geez if olbermann doesnt care if limbaugh buys a chunk of the lambs, why should anyone else.
    ///////////////////////
    a lot of scouts dont go for black CBs or RBs or WRs due to certain physical characteristics, unpadded speed, hip swivel, etc. if colleges and pros looked at the whole player instead of a few items, they might figure out that their pee-cee-imposed template is holding players, scouts and teams back.
    all they have to risk is the ire of the liberal media complex.

  57. ronrivers says: Oct 12, 2009 8:44 PM

    The best way to figure this out would be to track down the source of this quote – Jack Huberman wrote it in his book 101 People Who Are Really Screwing America. I did a quick search on the guy, but he doesn’t seem to have much of an internet presence since 2007.

  58. MotorCityDiddy says: Oct 12, 2009 8:52 PM

    After a lifetime of Ford Sr. I’d let Hitler buy the Lions

  59. ragin40 says: Oct 12, 2009 8:54 PM

    “me’s thoughts there’s uhmm…uhmm sums chance uhmm I gutz them there team downa there’s in st lueey. Alls I gotta duus is buys them there team ands I get them there pills…,,”
    what a ignorant racist junkie….

  60. stillworker says: Oct 12, 2009 8:54 PM

    Limpbaugh is living proof that the American Indian did have sex with the buffalo.

  61. bedgar01 says: Oct 12, 2009 9:03 PM

    This article is a textbook example of what is known as an “Argument From Ignorance.” Wikipedia defines it as “…a logical fallacy in which it is claimed that a premise is true only because it has not been proven false…”
    To assume something is true until it is disproven is usually either done intentionally to support an otherwise indefensible position, or is done by someone who doesn’t have a basic understanding of logic.
    Mr. Limbaugh may or may not be a racist, but if he has 16000 hours of broadcast, it should be extraordinarily easy to find numerous examples. Only the laziest of reporters would hang a racism claim on one or two statements made during that 16000 hours, and only the laziest subset of that lazy group would claim that these statements must be true because they have not been disproven.

  62. Serr8d says: Oct 12, 2009 9:04 PM

    There’s a lefty website called Media Matters. They use dozens of people-proxies to record and database every word out of Rush’s mouth, every single day.
    Why is there no tape of this ‘Slavery’ remark?
    If this is true, then produce the recording or the tape.
    It’s a lie concocted by the Lefty haters who haven’t a person to counter Rush (Rachel Madcow? Olberdo*che? then why haven’t they gotten a $400 M contract?).
    I hope Rush does buy a partial ownership of the Rams. I’ll actually then become a fan of that sorry organization.

  63. rsa says: Oct 12, 2009 9:05 PM

    “The fact that Limbaugh didn’t do that makes us think that maybe he said it.”
    Does the fact that President Obama won’t produce a copy of his original, source-document, in-situ birth-certificate make you “think that maybe there isn’t one”?
    Didn’t think so, counselor. :-(

  64. MarkTroy says: Oct 12, 2009 9:11 PM

    If you change all the words of his supposed quotes ffrom “black” to “white” and if Rush were black himself then there wouldn’t be any controversy.

  65. BigTymeCowboyFan says: Oct 12, 2009 9:12 PM

    This is amazing. Some of you guys supports this guy like you really don’t think he is a racist. Me personally, I’ve never in life heard him say anything good about a black person. I’m not saying that anytime he talks about black people that it is bad, but I’ve never heard different. The dude stinks. He is a straight up racist. If he buys the team, it would be just like slavery; another way for a black person to make some racist dude some money. F that dude, man. It is not about republicans or democrats. That dude didn’t give Bill Clinton this hard of a time like he is doing Obama. He is trying to stop Obama from doing anything whether he knows if it works or not.
    It is sad how people supports this crap. And for those of you wondering, I am black, with 2 college degrees, and a professional job. I’ve lived in the streets of Dallas, Tx and lived in some rural parts of Oklahoma. I know racist when I see them.
    And for the record, I can’t stand Al Sharpton, either. I think he is racist, too.

  66. TRAMO says: Oct 12, 2009 9:13 PM

    NBC EMPLOYEES HAVE NO CREDIBILITY WHEN IT COMES TO POLITICS,ITS COMMON KNOWLEDGE THAT NBC PUSHES THE FAR LEFT /ANTI AMERICAN AGENDA,BESIDES MOST OF YOU WUSSY’S INCLUDING FLORIO HAVE ” WHITE GUILT SYNDROME”

  67. MotorCityDiddy says: Oct 12, 2009 9:16 PM

    I can’t get enough of the drug addiction & fat jokes (what’s funnier than that?) but I think you guys are forgetting that he’s also deaf & the handicapped need to be made fun of also

  68. TRAMO says: Oct 12, 2009 9:16 PM

    STILL WORKER IS PROOF OF REVERSE EVOLUTION

  69. chapnasty says: Oct 12, 2009 9:16 PM

    @ captaindipshit
    Do you get your information from wikipedia too? F-in idiot.
    I googled my name and some lawyer popped up in Texas. Damn I didnt know I was a successful lawyer!

  70. jwinn006 says: Oct 12, 2009 9:17 PM

    “The fact that Limbaugh didn’t do that makes us think that he said it.”
    When you say “us” does your entire blogging staff, or even NBC agree with your opinion? Be careful, because as much as I disagree with Rush I still don’t think he can be legally denied the purchase of a team. I also have to say out of all the writers on this here blog I tend to agree with and like your writing and opinions the most Florio (I still think Rosenthall may be a monkey or worse, a pen name of Matthew Berry from ESPN), but I have to say, this post was trash. You pretty much said “uh, Rush may or may not have said something some of you may or may not like, but we aren’t sure.”

  71. BigTymeCowboyFan says: Oct 12, 2009 9:18 PM

    ..and another thing, I don’t think Mark Cuban should be compared to this man. Mark Cuban is far from being racist. They both are silly as heck, but only one of them is a racist. So, whoever that was that made that comment, I totally agree with you if your comparison was the both of them being jack asses.
    F— Limbaugh..
    I’m out…

  72. PackFaninPackLand says: Oct 12, 2009 9:18 PM

    What are the sources for Burwell’s claimed quotes by Limbaugh ???
    I wonder what “I hate Limbaugh” web site he copied them off of without any proof or attribution of them actually being true, and just accepted them as gospel. (Ahhh, why bring any actual F-A-C-T-S into the equation, eh Bryan ??)
    Plus, regarding Florio’s “amid a growing chorus of opposition to his interest in buying the St. Louis Rams” line – where’s this growing chorus of oppostion he talks of ??? Three or 4 players, a couple of columnists, and Al Sharpton ??? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA Funny how the millions of people that would be all for this are conveniently “forgotten about” but the half dozen or dozen who want to make a name for themselves (imagine that !) get all the publicity in this.
    Why, one would almost think they had an “agenda” here, or something !

  73. BigHarold says: Oct 12, 2009 9:21 PM

    bedgar01 says: October 12, 2009 9:03 PM
    This article is a textbook example of what is known as an “Argument From Ignorance.” Wikipedia defines it as “…a logical fallacy in which it is claimed that a premise is true only because it has not been proven false…”
    To assume something is true until it is disproven is usually either done intentionally to support an otherwise indefensible position, or is done by someone who doesn’t have a basic understanding of logic.
    Mr. Limbaugh may or may not be a racist, but if he has 16000 hours of broadcast, it should be extraordinarily easy to find numerous examples. Only the laziest of reporters would hang a racism claim on one or two statements made during that 16000 hours, and only the laziest subset of that lazy group would claim that these statements must be true because they have not been disproven.
    Another post just dripping with irony-Invoking wikipedia while condemning others for intellectual laziness. Hilarious!

  74. MarkTroy says: Oct 12, 2009 9:21 PM

    Captain Obvious believes everything on the internet. Is google your source for the truth?
    duh

  75. chapnasty says: Oct 12, 2009 9:26 PM

    @ bigtymecowboyfan
    You just proved your ignorance. He is a great friend of Clarence Thomas, defended him against racist democrats when he was nominated for the supreme court, and I am assuming you dont know who he is so go use wikipedia or whatever it is that libs get their information from.
    And he is trying to stop Obama because Obamas policies have failed around the world. So he knows the outcome. Again proving your ignorance.
    @motorcity
    you are obviously a scumbag. Would you pick on a retarded person for being handicapped? Your president did Coke but you dont hear us making druggie jokes. Its amazing how the libs attack when they cant win off facts

  76. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: Oct 12, 2009 9:28 PM

    “Me personally, I’ve never in life heard him say anything good about a black person.”
    Really? Isn’t Justice Thomas a black man?
    I’m pretty sure he is.
    Rush probably hasn’t said anything nice about lefty blacks, like -ahole jagoff Van Jones and the flamboyant Spiritual Advisor Rev. Dr. Jerry Wright. Maybe he should just start now and make everyone happy.

  77. rushisright says: Oct 12, 2009 9:30 PM

    he has to come out and deny burrell, who is a racist himself….why?…florio is acting like barney fife all over again…take your wife out or something useful you 5 foot nothing 125 lb loudmouth…as far as you rush haters…get back to my burger and fries order, or eating bon bons while your getting your extended unemployment thanks to the magic negro…in other words kiss my azz

  78. csaber2007 says: Oct 12, 2009 9:31 PM

    There’s the bullsh*t quote he thought James Earl Ray deserved a medal of honor…once again, NOT TRUE.
    The quote about slavery being a good thing…once again..NOT TRUE.
    They are attributed to Jack Huberman and he himself cannot provide proof of these BS quotes he put in his own book. Captain Obvious…the internet(wikiquote) uses this man’s book as it’s source and HE cannot attribute them to Rush Limbaugh. I ask you, what about the internet should I google about this crock witchhunt against Rush?
    And he got them from Media Matters…go figure.

  79. PittsburghPJ says: Oct 12, 2009 9:32 PM

    Mike:
    What you’re missing is some objectivity. Obviously you’re a liberal and therefore, your views are clouded on this topic.
    Let’s look at the evidence: 1) You have mentioned several times on this site that you watch Olberman on MSNBC. Nobody but leftists watch Olberman. Any rational person can’t take 5 minutes of his Obama/liberal cause cheerleading without a toilet nearby. 2) You are/were a lawyer. I’ve never met a lawyer that didn’t support liberal democrats in my life. After all, Democrats support all the frivolous lawsuits that line the pockets of country lawyers like yourself. 3) You’re an employee of NBC. I understand that before you begin employment at NBC you must listen to hours of Jeff Zucker and Jeffrey Immelt droning on about global warming, private options and the evils of capitalism – Tokyo Rose style.
    Anyway, listen to the guys show for more than 1 day and you’ll understand the guy is not a racist. Character assasination is all too typical from the left.
    Do you think Robert Kraft and Jerry Jones are liberals? How about Dan Snyder?

  80. MotorCityDiddy says: Oct 12, 2009 9:41 PM

    @chapnasty
    Are you awake over there? That’s exactly what I’m saying, drug addiction & obesity are serious DISEASES. No matter what you think of Limbaugh, he should be commended for overcoming them. Why do so many posters feel those problems are to be ridiculed? . If they’re going to go that far, why don’t they make fun of his handicap as well?

  81. diehard82 says: Oct 12, 2009 9:44 PM

    Wow, all the Limbaugh hate is amazing. I don’t listen to him much because I find him annoying, and occasionally wrong.
    Regarding his comment about slavery building the South, I would point out that:
    Slavery also built the pyramids in Egypt, the coliseum in Rome, the great wall in China, and just about every other “great” man-made object that millions flock to ogle every year. Isn’t their appreciation for those objects tantamount to their own recognition of the merits of slavery? Because without slavery, they would not have been constructed. So is Limbaugh really wrong to admit there were merits to slavery? Take a look at the Great Pyramid, there you go.
    However, Limbaugh is wrong about slavery building the South. Slavery kept the South (or at least allowed it to flourish) as a largely agrarian society. The entire economy of the southern states at the start of the Civil War (1861) was less than 1/4 of the economy of NY State alone. The population of the country was about 25 million in 1861, only 9 million in the southern states, and about 4 million of those were slaves. So what is the great thing slavery did for the South? What did it build? I just don’t see it.

  82. jjared1101 says: Oct 12, 2009 9:47 PM

    I just read the Limbaugh address, and i think his denial and explanation was quite clear and understandable. Really makes me wonder if Florio even took the 5 min i did to read the transcript from it. I bet not.

  83. Zaggs says: Oct 12, 2009 9:48 PM

    Sorry floor boy, after reading Limbaugh’s words I have to call bullshit. He did specifically deny what was said. This is what he said “There’s a quote out there that I first saw it in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last week that I somehow, some time ago, defended slavery and started cracking jokes about it.”. Now come the hell on Floor-Boy, you cannot deny thats the qoute he is talking about. Just because he doesn’t sue every time someone slanders him proves nothing. You also conventiently left out that LImbaugh has checked the transcripts which brings me back to my original point. Why not dates on the quotes?

  84. BigTymeCowboyFan says: Oct 12, 2009 9:50 PM

    I didn’t proclaim to know Rush that well and maybe I did prove my ignorance. What I said was that I have never heard him say anything good. I have heard him say plenty negative, though. You guys are just ready to fuss and fight. You guys are ready to defend this dude like you don’t believe he is racist. Sad, sad, sad. Must be a white dude or white chic. This is why I am glad that I have some racist associates from all races. I use them for what they are worth. I learn how to recognize you bums. U guy are probably racist, too. You’ll be getting mad in a few and start calling me names, instead of looking in the mirror. You guys are washed up, fresh off of spin cycle. Go drip dry..

  85. jjared1101 says: Oct 12, 2009 9:50 PM

    # BigTymeCowboyFan says: October 12, 2009 9:12 PM
    This is amazing. Some of you guys supports this guy like you really don’t think he is a racist. Me personally, I’ve never in life heard him say anything good about a black person. I’m not saying that anytime he talks about black people that it is bad, but I’ve never heard different. The dude stinks. He is a straight up racist. If he buys the team, it would be just like slavery; another way for a black person to make some racist dude some money. F that dude, man. It is not about republicans or democrats. That dude didn’t give Bill Clinton this hard of a time like he is doing Obama. He is trying to stop Obama from doing anything whether he knows if it works or not.
    It is sad how people supports this crap. And for those of you wondering, I am black, with 2 college degrees, and a professional job. I’ve lived in the streets of Dallas, Tx and lived in some rural parts of Oklahoma. I know racist when I see them.
    And for the record, I can’t stand Al Sharpton, either. I think he is racist, too.
    —————–
    Not one thing you said told us why you think he is a racist. At least not anything of substance.
    I’m from Dallas Texas as well. Doesn’t mean that makes me an expert on who is or is not a racist person.

  86. PopinjayRose says: Oct 12, 2009 9:51 PM

    I’m sorry Mike, but you’re being disingenuous. Not a word has been uttered about Dan Rooney’s support for Barack Obama, campaigning for him, donating to his campaign, thanking him at the Super Bowl last season and then accepting an ambassadorship from him. Rooney, however, has the NFL equivalent of professorial tenure, and thus is rarely ever criticized.
    Now you may be saying “Yes I did! I did criticize Rooney.” Well, I’ve made the accusation and now the burden is on you to prove it wrong…just like the burden is now on Rush to prove he didn’t utter a racist statement sometime in the past 21 years.
    Sounds fair, right?

  87. ragin40 says: Oct 12, 2009 9:51 PM

    Fat racist junkie

  88. Jonathan says: Oct 12, 2009 9:54 PM

    Florio, I love ya, but you need to F yourself on this one. You clearly have a distinct liberal bias–need I dig through your columns from a couple years ago praising Olbermann, where you stated that you watch and love his show? It would be the same otherwise if you said you loved Glen Beck & watched him every nite–embarrassing. It taints all the great stuff you do on this site when you take a pointed political position, and truth be told, why is NBC happy that you are making this a political site? Considering the slam they already get with MSNBC, I’m shocked they approve of you taking political sides with regard to the NFL. It’s really disappointing.

  89. Steelhack says: Oct 12, 2009 9:54 PM

    There is no way Rush said that on air…Zero…Ziltch…Nadda….
    and its easy to know it did not happen….You think you could say something PRO SLAVERY…and they would not have chased him down…..that Al Sharpton would not have been crusading on Rush HQ?
    Imus uses the word Nappy and they wanted his head on a platter…you think Rush and his PRO SLAVERY rant would have slipped under the radar?
    Did not happen….at least on air….Now in his personal life….he may or may not say a lot of things….but no way was that on air…or we all would have known.

  90. OranjelloJones says: Oct 12, 2009 9:59 PM

    # BigTymeCowboyFan says: October 12, 2009 9:12 PM
    “…That dude didn’t give Bill Clinton this hard of a time like he is doing Obama. He is trying to stop Obama from doing anything whether he knows if it works or not.”
    That alone nukes your entire take. If you actually believe that you have zero credibility. Rush himself will tell ya Bill Clinton made his career, and no one was tougher on ole Bubba than Rush. You’re kidding yourself if you think this is any different with B.O.
    I’m not a Rush fan(although I tend to agree with him more than I disagree), I think he and Hannity among others fall among the cherry pickers in the media who take the parts of a story that mesh with their rant and leave out the inconvenient ones that don’t.
    I prefer a Mark Levin on the few occasions I actually stomach talk radio. But Rush…ya don’t have to be a ditto head to know the guy isn’t racist (don’t give me the “yea but he’s got black friends is cop out” crap…he doesn’t have black friends, his partner in broadcasting on a daily basis is black, if this guy’s a racist then Snerdly is the ultimate Uncle Tom…and by all accounts that isn’t the case). He’s just a provocateur, an entertainer and a scathingly sarcastic pundit who refuses to play the P.C. Game and willing to say things many others don’t have the guts to (ie the McNabb statements which weren’t racist at all and were right on the money spot on, the dude is absurdly overrated). Most of the hyperbole I’ve seen posted in criticism of him here is clearly reflective of people who don’t listen to the guy at all and couldn’t tell sarcasm if they got punched in the face every time it was used. Criticism of a minority in and of itself isn’t racism but not if you buy into the clap trap the MSM routinely spews out…like this tripe.
    With Florio… I’d have been surprised by it before but he’s shown himself to be such a leftist Olbermann shill that it doesn’t even register as anything but comedy at this point. Anyone who watches and worships at the alter of Olbermann as Florio so clearly does has the credibility with Politics of a moldy sponge.

  91. Kidekk says: Oct 12, 2009 9:59 PM

    This is all I have to say:
    Everyone’s point is considered valid when you read what that racist idiot slipkid/empty13 wrote. That guy is an idiot. I feel stupider for even reading what he wrote. It’s crazy that someone who thinks so low of black people would be a fan of pro football. Then again, after reading what he wrote, he seems like one of those conspiracy nut cases who thinks that black people are out to get him. He wishes he was back in the 1950’s.

  92. Iceberg34 says: Oct 12, 2009 9:59 PM

    This is a ridiculous controversey. If he said it on the show then produce the tape.
    Suing Burwell would be difficult because Limbaugh is a public figure so he would need to show actual malice in the quote–which could be tough. But a suit might be worthwhile because it would get the word out that he never made those claims.

  93. Gordon-Geico-Gekko says: Oct 12, 2009 10:05 PM

    There is never discussion with Limbaugh or anyone that listens to him. His followers are part of the Bobblehead Nation that simply need their opinions given to them as they are completely unable to form any on their own. They live in a constant state of fear, and they want others to be like them. Much like Jim Jones and his cult following of mindless idiots. Every dittohead here voicing their support for this dirt-bag may as well erect a billboard in their front yard that says “I’m a racist”, but they never do. They prefer to hang their confederate flags in the garage, out of view.
    Just like the Klan and their hoods. All mouth, no ass.
    Your time has passed.

  94. Robin Shiller says: Oct 12, 2009 10:20 PM

    Florio,
    Here’s an idea… SHUT UP!
    No suprise that this site is “powered by MSNBC” which is sooo in the liberal swill tank that objectivity died an unnatural death long ago.
    I don’t care for everything Rush says, but I’m suspicious about anyone who lies about another person.
    It’s real simple: Got proof? If not, line up with the rest of the MSNBC staff for their next ‘tingle up my leg’ moment with Chris Matthews.
    Idoit.

  95. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Oct 12, 2009 10:21 PM

    “The thing is, even if Rush didn’t say it, the context of the quote is so similar to the type of race-baiting that Rush does that most belive he may have said it.”
    Then you should easily be able to find something equally bad that he DID ACTUALLY SAY. Otherwise, this smacks of witchhunt. You inadvertently highlighted the very problem – Rush’s enemies have been able to shape perceptions of him for people who have never listened to him.
    “And just because he claims to have gone through every hour of his radio show and didn’t find it, doesn’t mean he is innocent.”
    Given the massive number of people who hate the guy, if it was out there, it would be found.
    “The guy does other interviews, does fund raisers for Republicans, does book tours, and speaks at numerous other events. Odds are he’s said many an offensive statement that wasn’t recorded in his studio.”
    Odds are? You can’t convict the guy on conjecture. The best you have is “I don’t like this guy but I have no proof, but screw him anyway”. Look, I don’t like Rush’s politics – at all – but at the same time, Christ, if you can’t find anything legitimately racist on him then piss off.

  96. TheWizard says: Oct 12, 2009 10:29 PM

    So you disagree with Rush Limbaugh.
    And you’ll show your high mindedness by discriminating against him.
    Brilliant.

  97. sparky says: Oct 12, 2009 10:29 PM

    Why is this story on this site? Florio says he’s no journalist so why this story?
    I come here for rumors and deals, not journalism.

  98. chapnasty says: Oct 12, 2009 10:37 PM

    My bad Motorcity, just used to libs on here bashing him for it

  99. chapnasty says: Oct 12, 2009 10:42 PM

    @ gordon
    Obviously you still havent read Rush’s ENTIRE transcript from today’s show when he addressed this issue. Two of us have put it on here for idiots like you who probably voted for Obama just because he is black which would make you a racist. As opposed to Rush and most of us who voted against him because of his policies. Your statement shows that you, like many of these other libs on here are morons and do not know, nor have the desire to know the truth. move on terd.

  100. PopinjayRose says: Oct 12, 2009 10:43 PM

    I come here for rumors and deals, not journalism.

    Heh! Well said!

  101. TheBigOldDog says: Oct 12, 2009 10:48 PM

    Every word Limbaugh speaks is recorded and parsed by the Left and it has been that way for at least a decade. Heck, organizations like Media Matters exists for that express purpose. If Limbaugh said it, the audio will soon surface.

  102. DoomsDayD75 says: Oct 12, 2009 11:02 PM

    Anybody that is a fan of Rush Limbaugh is retarded.

  103. praiseobama says: Oct 12, 2009 11:10 PM

    why is it that if someone choices to be a liberal and listen to the far left olberman that person is an idiot or moron, but if someone choses tobe a conservative and listen to the far right limbaugh they are a genius?

  104. praiseobama says: Oct 12, 2009 11:16 PM

    why is it that if a person choses to be a liberal and listen to the far left olberman they are an idiot and moron, but if someone choses to be a conservative and listen to the far right limbaugh they are a genius? are people not allowed to have their own opion without being bashed for it?

  105. TheBigOldDog says: Oct 12, 2009 11:21 PM

    Florio said:
    “During his Monday show, Limbaugh broadly claimed that 15 hours per week of radio programming covering 21 years had been reviewed. (It’s a job that would take more than 16,000 hours, so he apparently has a bunch of employees.)…”
    ****
    Ah, wrong as usual Florio. It’s more like a few minutes at most. All of his shows are immediately transcribed. Not sure if it is done automatically by a computer or by a stenographer but they are available almost immediately. Going through all the tapes is is simple as a keyword search. You’d know that if you did a minutes worth of due diligence before jumping to conclusions and questioning his veracity.

  106. praiseobama says: Oct 12, 2009 11:22 PM

    shit

  107. RCT930 says: Oct 12, 2009 11:40 PM

    Much of what Rush does is parody so it’s easy to pull certain quotes and use them out of context to paint him in a horrible light. People who don’t listen to his show and rely on media accounts of what he did or didn’t say often are misinformed.
    Rush is not a racist. In fact, Dr. Walter Williams, an economist who happens to be an African-American often fills in for him. In fact, they are dear friends.
    And if you disagree with me, you…are a racist!

  108. Snowman2008 says: Oct 12, 2009 11:42 PM

    Fatnasty and Fartfire…both men of few words ;)
    Gotta wonder if the Ditto heads on this blog would get this riled up if someone said Jesus couldn’t own an NFL team? Probably not. So now we all know who their real God is. Rush the Racist.
    To repeat what a few of the intelligent posters here stated, the ditto heads would still agree with Rush even if audio proof was presented that proved he made those statements.

  109. VoxVeritas says: Oct 12, 2009 11:45 PM

    “Google “rush limbaugh racist quotes”.”
    I just googled “captain obvious is an idiot” and got 85,000 hits.

  110. VoxVeritas says: Oct 12, 2009 11:47 PM

    I just googled “vox is a genius” and got 779,000 hits!

  111. PackFaninPackLand says: Oct 13, 2009 12:01 AM

    This is a typical lie perpetrated by the liberal media – Florio comment “he never directly denied saying the precise words that Burwell assigned to him” – gee Florio, what exactly would you call it when Limbaugh says “There is not even an inkling that any words in this quote are accurate.” what the hell Florio ???
    Further, if Limbaugh sued every web site or MSNBC commentator (see Keith Olbermann) that just made up crap about him, or lied in general about him or what he said, he’d have to have an entire team of lawyers suing people for libel around the clock 24/7/365.
    But hey Florio, it’s just easier to believe the lie isn’t it ??? No wonder you like Uber-Moron.

  112. VoxVeritas says: Oct 13, 2009 12:18 AM

    “Gotta wonder if the Ditto heads on this blog would get this riled up if someone said Jesus couldn’t own an NFL team? Probably not. So now we all know who their real God is. Rush the Racist.”
    Nice strawman, scarecrow.

  113. mattitude says: Oct 13, 2009 12:24 AM

    There are two kinds of people in this country. There are conservatives and then there are those with a college education.

  114. rockermaximus says: Oct 13, 2009 12:43 AM

    The way Rush goes after Acorn may not make Rush a racist, but it is used to incite racism in his listeners. Rush claims to go after Acorn for waste of taxpayers dollars (2.3 million a year). Mainly with lies and distortion. But it is harped on by Rush and other Conservites because the organization helps poor black people. Always trying to associate Obama with the group is a blatent attempt to discredit the President with white people. George Bush let the big banks collude with the oil companies to scam the commodities market (oil traded 27 times before reaching the market) and rip off the American Consumers for hundreds of billions of dollars and Rush didn’t say a word. Just a couple of weeks ago he was calling for segregated school buses after a fight broke out between a couple of black boys and a white boy. Why would this be a political story? Rush is a political opportunist who doesn’t mind using Race to bait his listeners and divide the people of this country.

  115. Sportnman says: Oct 13, 2009 12:50 AM

    Ok morons, how about this fact. The man played “Obama the Magic Negro” on his “entertainment” show. I am sorry, but does the NFL REALLY want to be affiliated with someone who is that insensitive. Especially if he is going to be dealing with a large African-American employee and fan base??? So all you Rush supporters would be fine with Tom Joyner trying to buy a team after he plays a song that said, “White women are only good for ……”. Mmmmm, didn’t think so!

  116. edluva27 says: Oct 13, 2009 1:03 AM

    Given the posts here, whether or not Mr. Limbaugh is or is not racist is clearly debatable. It’s encouraging that almost everyone agrees racism is a bad thing so I’ll broker no arguments either way.
    The real question is whether or not Limbaugh would be good or bad for the NFL as an owner. No – he would not. What’s clear here is that Limbaugh is a divisive personality. He makes his fortune from being boisterous and polarizing. The very fortune he would use to buy the Rams. As a media personality, it simply is not in his interest to outright quiet any misperceptions (or perceptions) about him. He will continue to not only allow but to catalyze these perceptions of him and players, coaches and other owners would continue to react. And if I’m wrong? If Limbaugh proves outright that he’s not with the left claims he is? The act of contrition alone betrays who he is and betrays his fans. It’s lose-lose for Limbaugh.

  117. Jim in NC says: Oct 13, 2009 1:05 AM

    Are you guys kidding me? We have alleged murderers playing in the league (Ray Lewis call your lawyer????). We have wife beaters playing in the league. Mike Vick is back in the league… Plaxico is waiting for his first parole hearing so he can sign another big contract… Wasn’t there a scandal a few years ago when some NFL players were partying with underage girls? The Vikings sailing parties… The “Days withgout an Arrest” tally seldom exceeds 14! Some of the current or past owners are pretty unsavory folks — Debartolo went to jail! But you want to try to bar Rush Limbaugh because he might possibly have once said something that you find objectionable… The guy talks 15 hours a week, and whole liberal organizations are devoted to taking his statements out of context to hurt him… Are you kidding me?
    If the players want to stage a boycott when their teams are scheduled to play the Rams, I’m happy to give the Rams a forfeit victory. This is absurd. Unless someone can find a REAL smoking gun (I mean a murder conviction in which he beat the victim to death with their own bloody arm), just shut up!

  118. 4 Just Wants To Play says: Oct 13, 2009 1:20 AM

    Florio,
    How can you say Rush didn’t deny those allegations/statement? He denies it in the second paragraph of his official comment on his website:
    “They have to go somewhere to find concocted quotes which are now bordering on slander, libel, whatever it is, that I never said, and they believe it, and even if they don’t they use it on purpose. ”
    “…that I never said…”
    HELLO!!!

  119. BuffaloStampede says: Oct 13, 2009 2:20 AM

    Rabble Rabble Rabble….argh! I drink Rush Limbaugh Kool-Aid all day! I have no life! I can’t think for myself!

  120. timegambit says: Oct 13, 2009 2:24 AM

    So, we now live in a country where your politics dictate what dreams you can and cannot achieve.
    We are becoming a universal joke people.
    I call the williams sisters can’t own part of the dolphins because serena is a psycho…called it.

  121. way2cold says: Oct 13, 2009 2:34 AM

    That was a little convoluted Florio but entertaining. I give you:
    A for effort
    C- for brevity :)
    As for Limbaugh, I really don’t see what the debate is about. The man lives to pander to racists, the fearful, and the ignorant – you don’t need to go digging up old quotes, there are plenty of recent ones to find.
    As for his tap dancing routine over the confirmation/denial of that specific quote, he probably has no idea whether he actually said it. So much useless shit comes out of his mouth it must be hard to keep track.
    I imagine his thoughts go something like: “Shit, did I say that? I CAN’T REMEMBER!!! DAMN!! I mean, it sounds like me…”
    Back to football.

  122. Ocelot138 says: Oct 13, 2009 4:09 AM

    I just googled “Vox Veritas” and got the myspace page of Vox Veritas.
    I know it’s him because he’s fat, he’s from Austin and has a mullet.

  123. Ocelot138 says: Oct 13, 2009 4:10 AM

    Don’t worry, Florio– most thinking people agree with your POV.
    They call them “dittoheads” for a reason. They can’t do anything but ditto whatever puppetmaster Rush tells them.

  124. chapnasty says: Oct 13, 2009 6:05 AM

    @ praiseobama
    Olbermann is an idiot because he supports failed policies like your Obama. Every policy that Obama is trying to pass has failed in other coutnries historically and led to their falling as a superpower. while dems like you may want the country to fail we dont.
    When Rush talks about policies and ideas they have been tested over time and have been proven to work. That is why Olbermann is an idiot and Rush isnt.
    Plus Rush never claims to be a journalist or even claims to be fair. He will tell you point blank his opinions and talks about them for 3 hours a day. Olbermann works for a news organization and claims to be a journalist. Fact is he does the same thing Rush does but from the other side. Yet another reason why he is an idiot.
    Do I need to keep going or should I stop? Hell it wouldnt matter you read wikipedia and google searches for Rush being a racist and Obama being Jesus so its not worth it.

  125. tj.52 says: Oct 13, 2009 6:33 AM

    You’re forgetting one thing, Florio: If Rush were to come out and put all the controversy to rest, you wouldn’t have anything to make him money with. The guy must be loving this.
    Think of all the people who thought he was washed up, hadn’t heard a thing about him in years. Now half of them are going to listen to his show just to see if he says anything racist or inflamatory. Its brilliant. Give him his team.
    BTW, Hitler did have his merits, that mustache was awesome.

  126. csaber2007 says: Oct 13, 2009 7:08 AM

    To repeat what a few of the intelligent posters here stated, the ditto heads would still agree with Rush even if audio proof was presented that proved he made those statements.

    Well gee, then yaknow..PROVIDE IT! Give me the actual audio, unedited where he said this quote that’s being attributed to him.

  127. JimmySmith says: Oct 13, 2009 7:35 AM

    In case you missed it, the media is reporting there is no evidence that Rush actually said that about slavery, of course, the smear tactics will continue, don’t let the facts get in your way.

  128. Detroiter says: Oct 13, 2009 7:42 AM

    Wow, you gotta love the logic of the libs:
    – if it’s on the web, it must be true
    – if another lib journalist writes it, it must be true
    – if a person doesn’t deny a quote to my liking, he must have said something similar
    Btw, did you see at the end of PTI last night where Wilbon said Rush called him and denied he ever said anything remotely about slavery and the streets being safer?????

  129. chapnasty says: Oct 13, 2009 8:14 AM

    @ Mattitude
    You my friend are an idiot. The difference between Conservatives and Liberals is that when Conservatives graduate college they get jobs and see how much money we lose in our paychecks because of Liberal policies and tax hikes. While Liberals go out and community organize, take pictures of things and then make them black and white, act in plays, try to save trees and smoke your weed. Basically providing nothing of use to the well being of the country.
    @ sportnman
    Yet another person proving ignorance on a topic. An African American columnist called him Barack the Magic Negro and Rush thought it was odd that no one called him out for it. So he did it to piss people off and point out how the left opperates. Listen to the lyrics and actually know what you are talking about before you speak.

  130. havsolo says: Oct 13, 2009 9:05 AM

    “Clubbing baby seals is the most fun I’ve ever had.” That is number one from the top 10 list of cruel Mike Florio quotes. Please, everyone spread that around until he can prove he didn’t say it. Seriously people, how many of you have heard of newsone before this? How much credibility do they have? Even if you hate Rush, that doesn’t give you the right to make things up or spread made up things. Too many people from both sides of the aisle take facts for granted if they happen to coincide with their predetermined opinions.

  131. chapnasty says: Oct 13, 2009 9:17 AM

    @ captainOBLIVIOUS
    Doing a google search on an internet that is 98% unreliable information doesn’t prove a thing. Your entire last post just proves your idiocy
    And to your #20: Explain Obama’s Coke use idiot.

  132. rockermaximus says: Oct 13, 2009 9:26 AM

    Ronald Reagen Tripled the deficit. Had two recessions and a near collapse of the banking system. Commited numerous crimes and the standard of living dropped.
    George Bush was asleep at the switch on 9/11.
    Check the memo entitled “Bin Laden To Attack
    United States” that landed on his desk on 8/6.
    He oversaw the doubling of the deficit and the near collapse of the American Banking system while leading the country into a near depression.
    Somehow he managed to bring down the American peoples living standard after inheriting Americas strongest economy in decades and commited numerous crimes that Democrats are too stupid to prosecute.
    If that is success for Republicans, I don’t want to live through one of their failures.
    CHAPNASTY : It is you who is truly the idiot here in this discussion. Not Keith Olbermann.

  133. mattitude says: Oct 13, 2009 9:48 AM

    chapnasty says:
    October 13, 2009 8:14 AM
    @ Mattitude
    You my friend are an idiot. The difference between Conservatives and Liberals is that when Conservatives graduate college they get jobs and see how much money we lose in our paychecks because of Liberal policies and tax hikes. While Liberals go out and community organize, take pictures of things and then make them black and white, act in plays, try to save trees and smoke your weed. Basically providing nothing of use to the well being of the country.
    ————————————————-
    Wow, there a so many well-documented facts in your intelligent rant and not one single generalization. You must be some kind of republican super journalist. Do you have a weekly newsletter that I could subscribe to, so that I could benefit from your totally unbiased, competely well-informed opinion? Any free literature to hand out?

  134. nyJag says: Oct 13, 2009 10:20 AM

    I sent this to Florio a couple of days. He obvious didn’t think it was a football story.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USKg_MP3hNs&feature=player_embedded

  135. chapnasty says: Oct 13, 2009 10:21 AM

    @ rockermaximus
    Obviously you can rad Liberal talking points:
    #1. It can be argued, accurately, that the current financial situation was largely a result of Bill Clinton and his policies that allowed anyone to buy a home regardless of their ability to afford it. Spearheaded by Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, who also lined their own pockets in the process, and has led to the highest rate of foreclosures in a long time.
    #2. I wonder how many memos land on the Presidents desk each day regarding attacks? Or if Obama has read the one that says “Iran planning to wipe strongest ally off the face of the earth”
    #3. I agree with you that Bush went way down towards the end of his presidency because he was concerned about his legacy and not the welfare of the Ameican people. The bailouts that he started began the snowball effect that is now wasteful spending by our government.
    #4. Towards the end of Clinton’s presidency the economy was in decline. Bush turned it around which led to the stock market at an all time high of over 13,000. Of course the housign collapse caused it to plummit to 6000 i think? (see point 1)
    #5. I am not sure what quality of life you are referring to when you say that Bush somehow caused to go down, but my life was great. I worked hard, 2 jobs in fact, paid my bills and got tax breaks which put more money in my pocket to spend, save and invest. I was able to obtain financial aid for school, where I worked full time while obtaining my degree.
    #6. If Bush committed crimes the dems have a super majority and the ability to investigate within the congress, the fact that they havent should tell you something.
    #7. Reagen was re-elected in the largest landslide in presidential history. He won 49 of 50 states so I dont the majority of people in this country didn’t think he caused their quality of life to go down.
    #8. This is going nowhere, I am not going to convince you no matter how much factualy real evidence I put forth. You are not going to convince me no matter how you word your opinions. So lets just end it. It was fun in the beginning but I am beginning to think Florio and his Squad just enjoy us doing this back and forth all day.
    @ mattitude
    I never claimed to have used facts in that point. I was just expressing that while I am at work busting my tail losing too much money out of my paycheck, some liberals are sitting on their couch watching the price is right at this very moment collecting welfare checks based off of how many kids they can produce. It obviously doesnt pertain to everyone and I am sorry if you didnt have the depth to understand the sarcasm.
    And a “republican journalist” or a “liberal journalist” is what the problem is with the media. They should be fair and objecitve and challenge both sides. But MSNBC has been proven to not do though through extensive research. thats all.

  136. Topher says: Oct 13, 2009 10:22 AM

    You are missing that “safer after dark” is the more damaging statement.
    It is a racist comment about current black populations.

  137. Topher says: Oct 13, 2009 10:29 AM

    Also missing is the importance of an MO.
    Rush Limbaugh may or may not have made those statements. But it is certainly plausible that he did. The fact that type of comments can be attributed to a person and be believable based on that persons MO ought to make the NFL think thrice about awarding that person a franchise.
    However… “awarding” a person the opportunity to spend a billion dollars to buy into the NFL is a joke. If Limbaugh, or any other person, wants to spend crazy money on buying an NFL team the concept of “award” only comes into play if there are more than one potential buyers.

  138. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 13, 2009 10:30 AM

    If, after all, playing in the NFL is a privilege, isn’t owning one of the franchises a privilege, too?
    ———————
    Privilege yes, but they also allow convicted felons to play, if they don’t draw the line there it is wide open. People with multiple DUI’s get to coach and play. No wonder Warden Goodell is staying silent, he can recognize hypocrisy when he sees it.
    Arrests/citations: NFL players, 2000-Present 470 arrests on players alone.
    Limbaugh popped pills but has never been arrested. He is famous for what he says, he says that stuff to make money.
    Capitalist society, deal with it.
    He is not even a majority owner so he would have little input into team management anyways.

  139. Topher says: Oct 13, 2009 10:34 AM

    I’m convinced people use the term lib for the same reason people use the term preggo or preggers.
    They are unsure how to actually spell the word.
    For the record Liberal and Pregnant

  140. chapnasty says: Oct 13, 2009 11:03 AM

    @ Topher
    I use lib because its easier when ranting on useless blogs. Next, I would agree with you that if he did indeed say “safer after dark” that it was a terrible statement. But yet no one has proved that he did indeed say that or the context in which he did if he did indeed say it! The only proof we have seen is some wikipedia and google searches. Lame.

  141. PackFaninPackLand says: Oct 13, 2009 11:26 AM

    There are tons of liberal watch groups that listen to Limbaugh every day solely for the express purpose to see if he says something they can JUMP on.
    Believe me, if Limbaugh had EVER said anything even remotely close to what Burwell said he did, it would have made national headlines INSTANTLY and the calls for his resignation would have began the same or next day. Gee Florio, I “wonder” why that never happened ??? Could it be that it never was said ???? Nahh, why let, you know, any F-A-C-T-S get in the way of “creating” a controversy ehh Olbermann, I mean Florio ???
    Fact is Florio knows if Limbaugh HAD said this there’d be sound bites of it everywhere – it’s not like you have to have some super secret password to listen to his show everyday – it’s on 600 + radio stations, is in every market of the country, and is on in the middle of the day, not 3 AM. DUHHHHHH
    Where are these sound bites if he said it Florio ??? Of course Florio is like 99.9 % of all liberals – he’s never listened to the show – but somehow he “magically” knows what’s said on it. So his opinion, like all liberals, comes from word of mouth of other liberals (who’ve also NEVER listened to the show) and by the time the story of what was said is repeated thousands of times, and is embellished a little more every time it’s retold, you get the ridiculous comment that Burwell and his “I hate Limbaugh” web site came up with … and then they just run with THAT comment, not the actual truth. The truth doesn’t sell newspapers, get ratings on TV, or clicks on a web site, but made up $hit sure does. This is called the Olbermann-ization of the news. When you have no viewers, just make crap up so that a few more folks will tune in. They all know Limbaugh never ACTUALLY said this, but let’s just say he did and the lemmings, I mean our liberal readers or viewers will just blindly believe it without any fact check or anything involved.
    This is why Florio is like Keith Olbermoron – he just makes $hit up. Same with his lame story that Favre (because of his rib injury, or shoulder problems) now has some sort of “built in excuse” if his play faulters this year. Geez, Florio, when exactly has Favre ever used an injury as an excuse ??? He never did during the season last year. He’s never missed a game in over 17 years you goof. Hell, he played 2003 with a broken thumb … on his throwing hand … and led the league in touchdown passes with 32. Played with a seperate shoulder, dislocated ankle, and god knows what else, and yet, Florio just “made up” that he’d have this so called “excuse” – because of his hatred for Favre, and to get a few more clicks on his web site.
    The same thing with Florio saying that if Limbaugh’s bid is turned down he’ll paint himself as some sort of a victim. Further proof that Florio has NEVER listened. Limbaugh has never painted him as a victim .. ever. But again, why let FACTS get in the way of a good bull$hit story story, right Keith, I mean Mike ???
    What a sad and pathetic man you must truly be.

  142. Winston Wolfe says: Oct 13, 2009 11:48 AM

    Rush went to rehab to kick his addiction to pain killers so he no longer is a pill popper.
    Rush lost 82 pounds so he is no longer “Fatso”.
    However Rush is another step closer to signing Florio’s pay check.

  143. SteelTown_6 says: Oct 13, 2009 12:07 PM

    # Topher says: October 13, 2009 10:34 AM
    I’m convinced people use the term lib for the same reason people use the term preggo or preggers.
    They are unsure how to actually spell the word.
    They use the word “liberal” to describe anyone who isn’t a kool-aid drinking conservative like they are – that’s their view of the world, only two kinds of people; Conservatives and Liberals.
    The truth is, there -are- two kinds of people, conservatives, and eveyone else, or more accurately, people who can think for themselves and make up their own minds.
    That really pisses the conservatives off.
    They want everyone to think alike, act alike and believe the same ideas, yet they want to accomplish this by using fear & divisive tactics.
    Makes sense huh?

  144. EruditeEarLobes says: Oct 13, 2009 12:23 PM

    Weeeellll, aren’t the faux outrage and race-hustler libs out in force. As usual, their mendacity and venality come out…let’s take at a little look at the LIBS recent histoire and reveal the real bigots who blocked the Civil Rights Act and the real backers of the KKK, shall we..
    Mike Wallace of “60 Minutes” fame, claming watermelon was a black thing, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton putting down Indians for owning Dunkin Donuts and gas stations, and mister Faux outrage and Faux Rever’nd himself, Mr. Tawana Brawley, Al Sharpton..claiming Mormons don’t believe in God or Jesus Christ.
    The radical leftists are just awful bigots but they are too drunk with power and hubris too admit it… Oh and wasn’t Lincoln a Republican…yep, the Dems and libs liars and hypocrites with their faux outrages. Wonder why this PC crap is landing us in the toilet as a nation…Spend and lie, spend and lie.

  145. Detroiter says: Oct 13, 2009 12:51 PM

    Topher says:
    October 13, 2009 10:29 AM
    Also missing is the importance of an MO.
    Rush Limbaugh may or may not have made those statements. But it is certainly plausible that he did.
    ——————————————-
    Bwahahhahaha…you’ve got to be kidding? right? tongue-in-cheek?
    Someone makes up a lie, the person being accused flat-out denies it, and upon further review there’s absolutely no evidence to support the accusation, and you say it’s plausible?
    It’s plausible that JOE BIDEN said:
    “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” OR
    “You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent…. I’m not joking.” OR
    “When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.”
    Oh wait, those quotes of Biden are based on actual statements…documented.

  146. Cleveland Rocks says: Oct 13, 2009 1:07 PM

    Florio,
    First, as a lawyer, you are disingenuous at best to suggest that Limbaugh should sue for slander/libel considering the standard for proof. It is ludicrous to suggest that someone should have the burden of proof to show that un-sourced comments are indeed theirs.
    Second, your “general denial” quote was poorly researched. Looking at Limbaugh’s own web site would have shown you that Limbaugh did strongly deny the quotes that have been attributed to him by bloggers and liberal sports journalists. Several comments have been posted that include the full text.
    Third, Limbaugh had his team spend some time on research and a proper legal approach to this issue, which he has discussed on his program today. I hope you will take time to listen and follow up your irresponsible post with something that does not make you seem a shill for NBC.

  147. mattitude says: Oct 13, 2009 1:26 PM

    @ chapnasty
    I’m fairly confident that you don’t know how to use the word “sarcasm” properly. I’ll make the introduction for you.
    sar·casm> noun.
    1. harsh or bitter derision or irony.
    2. a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark
    If you were, in fact, being sarcastic when you said,
    “You my friend are an idiot. The difference between Conservatives and Liberals is that when Conservatives graduate college they get jobs and see how much money we lose in our paychecks because of Liberal policies and tax hikes. While Liberals go out and community organize, take pictures of things and then make them black and white, act in plays, try to save trees and smoke your weed. Basically providing nothing of use to the well being of the country.”
    Then you do not actually believe what you just said. By definition, you actually believe the opposite. You did mention you had a college degree. Did you keep your receipt?

  148. gubgugb says: Oct 13, 2009 8:00 PM

    I’ll give props for acknowledging that Rush might not have said this, rather than reporting it as established fact as many are. Other than that, this is one of the weakest pieces of psuedojournalism I’ve ever seen. The premise of this piece is very clearly wrong. What part of this is not clear?
    (From the show transcript):
    “I never said them.”
    More:
    Now, we are in the process behind the scenes working to get apologies and retractions with the force of legal action against every journalist who has published these entirely fabricated quotes about me, slavery, and James Earl Ray. I never said them. We have tracked them. We know where they came from. We don’t know the identity but we know where they came from, a single blogger who posted the stuff on my Wikipedia page in Wiki quotes, unsourced. Wikipedia says, “Well, this is in dispute.” It’s not in dispute. They were never uttered. I never said them. And I’ve even told reporters, “I never said them.”

  149. gubgugb says: Oct 13, 2009 9:11 PM

    And for the record, I think Rush is a jackass. But, that doesn’t mean all of yoru own reasonable standards should be ignored, along with the facts.

  150. swepsgirl18 says: Oct 14, 2009 9:41 AM

    Is anyone ever going to realize that the Democrats are the ones that WANTED TO KEEP SLAVERY and the Republicans were the ones that set them free. Now if you look at what is being said and who is saying it it comes more from the Democratic Party than any other. Talk about slavery being abloished?…..have you ever looked at Welfare…they tell you where to live, how much money you can have to eat on, how much your check will be….etc. (Sound familiar) that is a form of slavery. I know a lot of Africian Americans who pulled themselves out of the “welfare” rut and made something of themselves. And by the way there are a lot of white people who abuse the system as well. This is a country od free speech. If a rapper can say things on thier CDs then why can’t otheres express thier opinions? Grow up. if you don’t like Rush then turn the channel.

  151. filthymcnasty says: Oct 14, 2009 9:02 PM

    @JaredAllen69
    shit reporting? Okay, smart guy…why not look up some of his (in)famous quotes and check the legitimacy of the sources?
    Or…I can save you the trouble Mr. Goebbels. He’s a piece of shit. Bottom line.

  152. DENNIS FRANK says: Oct 28, 2009 10:27 PM

    yo, d.c. niner fan. should al sharpton, rev. wright or jesse jackson be allowed to own, or partially own, a pro football franchise? hell no!!! these are all racially polarizing, opportunistic, media loving fakes that we could do better without. yo, the guardian, should J.Z. be allowed to associate himself, in any capacity, with a pro football franchise? hell no !!! especially not when you consider that he “pled guilty in a stabbing”, nor for his “really offensive views”.now, after having stated my most humble position on the aforementioned slobs, like al sharpton, rev. wright, et al…let me just say that rush concerns me , as well. don’t get me wrong, i’ve listened to rush’s broadcast for years and i admire his conservative/christian perspective….it’s just that, sometimes, my man sets me on edge. as a black man, i often detect a subliminal, beneath the surface orientation to his radiocasts. i’m not perfect, maybe it’s just a black man’s paranoia, but rush DID say that the “media has a little interest in seeing a black quarterback do well”, as an E.S.P.N. analyst ( concerning donavan mcnabb) that got him fired. bob outlaw comments that “the quote is so similar to the type of race baiting that rush does. the quote is not out of character for him”. i like rush.. may god bless him.. but things aren’t always as cheery for black folks as rush let’s on , sometimes. still, i’d take rush over farrakhan, sharpton, jesse jackson or any of those fools any day. finally, a shout out to bob nelson, who posted on this site that during slavery “the streets were safer after dark”…. whether it oringinated with rush or not..you’re an idiot!!! the streets WERE NOT safer after dark; not if you were black. lynchings were pretty common back then.

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