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Rush Limbaugh Isn’t Racist, He Just Sounds That Way


Stephen Piggott • Apr 05, 2009

Since the election of Barack Obama four months ago, one man has emerged from the ruined right standing tall. That man is conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. He has enjoyed a big boost in ratings since Obama’s election much to the guile of the GOP. Limbaugh is a man who cannot get enough of the spotlight. He is no stranger to controversy and attacks anyone he believes is getting too much media attention. This was the case in October of 2006 when he stated that Michael J. Fox was “exaggerating the effects” of his Parkinson’s disease. On January 16th of this year he caused a stir by saying “I hope he fails” referring to Barack Obama. He later attempted to retract the comment by saying that he hoped Obama’s policies fail and not the man himself.

One of Limbaugh’s biggest fans is Andrew Klavan, the contributing editor of City Journal magazine. Mr. Klavan was recently published in a Los Angeles Times op-ed piece where he stated “I listen to Limbaugh every chance I get, and I have never heard the man utter a single racist, hateful or stupid word.” As if that wasn’t enough, Klavan went further and challenged “liberals” to: “Listen to the show. Not for five minutes but for several hours: an hour a day for several days. Consider what he has to say — the real policy material under the jokes and teasing bluster. Do what your intellectual keepers do not want you to do and keep an open mind.”

Having listened to Limbaugh several times, I was hesitant to subject myself to reruns. Thankfully, the good folks over at Media Matters did all the hard work for me and they heard some very interesting things indeed:

Rush on black youth: “U.S. blacks — young U.S. blacks believe in politics, according to a new study. “Many U.S. blacks are as confident” — and we’re talking about the clean ones here, folks, I must stipulate this — young, clean U.S. blacks — “believe in politics. Many young U.S. blacks are as confident as their white and Hispanic peers that they can use politics to make things better, but a majority of young blacks feel alienated from today’s government.” Why would that be? The government’s been taking care of them their whole lives. Why would they feel alienated from — maybe “today’s government” means the Bush administration.”

Rush on women: “Well, one of the objectives of the feminazis over the last 20, 25 years has been to dominate the public education system so as to remove the competitive nature of boys. You know, there’s a crisis of young man-boy education in the schools. And they did this on purpose, to eliminate male competition in the work force. This is part of feminazi grand plan.”

Rush on the Special Olympics: “Anything you can do to stop it or to arrest it or to retard – sorry – to ‘special Olympic’ its duration, then it – you should do it!”

Rush on health care legislation: “Before it’s all over it’ll be called the Ted Kennedy memorial health care bill”

Rush on homeless children: “bogus statistic that 1 in 50 American children are homeless: would somebody tell me the last time you saw a kid sleeping under a bridge?”

This is just the tip of the iceberg; one thing Klaven is right about, everyone should listen to Rush Limbaugh just so they can hear for themselves all the idiotic poison he spews onto the airwaves. Limbaugh regularly manages to ridicule minorities, children, women, the disadvantaged, and those with life-threatening diseases. Apparently, none of these things qualify as racist, hateful or stupid in Andrew Klaven’s book. Maybe Klaven should take his own advice and listen to Limbaugh for more than five minutes.

If you want to see the full list of Limbaugh’s rants click here: http://mediamatters.org/items/200903290009

To view a “greatest hits” of Limbaugh’s statements click here: http://mediamatters.org/items/200903030034?f=s_search

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