Since George W. Bush left the White House, save perhaps for Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh has become the conservative target of choice of unhinged leftists. They have rushed to revile the right-of-center talk show host and don’t let facts get in their way in their eagerness to demonize the entertainer.
Recently, many left-wing bloggers (and “journalists”) were quick to seize on remarks the entertainer allegedly made about slavery as evidence of that good man’s unfitness to own the St. Louis Rams. They didn’t bother to authenticate the quote because it corresponded with their image of the talk show host, an image which has absolutely nothing to do with the reality of the man. (Seems we’ve heard a similar story somewhere before.)
The Rush in their minds hates black people, incites violence and believes “Martin Luther King’s assassin James Earl Ray should get the Medal of Honor“. I would dare say that those making that claim have never actually listened to his program, what they’ve heard having come from snippets of his monologues taken out of context on left-wing blogs.
They really do want to believe that Rush is as horrible, no good, very bad and extremely racist as they imagine him to be.
According to Gateway Pundit, earlier this week,
“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.”
Problem is, Rush never said that (nor has he ever praised James Earl Ray), saying on his show:
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. And, you know, you say a lot of things in the course of 15 hours a week, over the course of 21 years. We’ve gone back, we have looked at everything we have. There is not even an inkling that any words in this quote are accurate. It’s outrageous, but it’s totally predictable.
Totally predictable because we have a “reality-based’ community interested more in the reality in their own heads than the reality of the world around them. They know Rush not by what he actually says, but by what they need for him to have said to fit the angry right-wing rabble-rouser they’re ever ready to revile.
Well, looks like Rush may be preparing legal action if he does not get “apologies and retractions” from “journalists who have published these entirely fabricated quotes“. He may well get these retractions, but those who putting forward the fabricated quotes have likely already accomplished their goal, preventing Limbaugh’s group from acquiring the Rams.
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