From THE UPSHOT at YAHOO NEWS:
Limbaugh, in an email to Yahoo! News (reprinted in full below), says: “The only thing I can remember the media and the left ever saying about Steinbrenner is that he was an evil, temperamental dictator who made illegal campaign contributions to Richard Nixon and consorted with hoodlums.”
And now, he argues, the media and left-wing commentators are going after him for talking about Steinbrenner.
He says in his email to Yahoo! News: “Here’s how bad things are for the left: The best they have is to pretend they are offended by my clever compliments about a fellow successful capitalist — who has been portrayed negatively by the left until now — and are insanely obsessed with the sale of my NY condo — sold at a profit when home sales are supposed to be a sign of a recovering economy.”
Limbaugh says his “stock in trade” is “illustrating the absurd by being absurd.”
To make a point about double standards in media coverage, Limbaugh’s email brought up a voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party.
The case involves two NBPP members wearing paramilitary garb outside a polling place on Election Day 2008. One had a billy club. The Department of Justice placed an injunction on one of the men, King Samir Shabazz, but scaled back the civil suit against the organization as a whole. Some want the department to go further.
J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department lawyer appointed by the Bush administration, alleges that the department isn’t motivated to protect white voter rights. It should be noted that the Philadelphia precinct in question is largely black and heavily Democratic. Also, the department didn’t pursue criminal charges while the Bush administration was still in power, either.
OK, so back to Limbaugh’s gripe. He writes that NBPP President NBPP Malik Zulu Shabazz “has been in the media attacking white crackers,” and that King Samir Shabazz suggested at a rally “that blacks would only be free when all the crackers were dead and further said that killing cracker babies was called for. No one in what is called the mainstream media has condemned or even reported any of this, though it has been all over Fox News and talk radio” and many blogs.
He continues: “So … George Steinbrenner dies and I, being absurd to illustrate absurdity, make my comments, pointing out that this cracker created many African American MILLIONAIRES (and fired a bunch of white managers) to establish HIS CRED!!!”
Limbaugh responded to my first email by asking if I ever listen to his show or simply find clips on Media Matters, like the Steinbrenner comments. I’ve listened to his show many times. However, Limbaugh believes that many journalists simply jump on sound bites from his daily broadcast.
Media Matters’ vice president of research and communications, Ari Rabin-Havt, responded: “As always, Media Matters posted audio of Limbaugh’s comments and let our readers and the media make a judgment. Rush just hates that his abhorrent remarks are now available to those not in his listening audience. First Donovan McNabb and now George Steinbrenner: Rush Limbaugh can’t talk about sports without making racially divisive remarks.”
(Audio and the complete email from the disgusting pig are at the YAHOO NEWS link)