If the group that Rush Limbaugh is involved with becomes a potential buyer of the St. Louis Rams, they could meet some roadblocks from NFL owners. 24 of the 32 owners must approve the sale and according to multiple sources, Colts owner Jimmy Irsay has already come out and said he would vote against Limbaugh’s group.
Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh was on the attack. On his radio show and website, he was defending himself after several news outlets printed and broadcasted alleged quotes from the talk show host that were racially slanted.
Limbaugh says the quotes were fabricated and originally posted on his Wikipedia page by an anonymous source. Plus, there were quotes that appeared in the 2006 book “101 People Who Are Really Screwing America” by John Huberman. The book does not provide specific details about the quote.
The quote that has received the most attention that Limbaugh is fighting back against is, “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.”
Limbaugh, says he is personally going to go after Jason Whitlock, a sports writer for the Kansas City Star who also contributes to FoxSports.com, and Bryan Burwell, sports writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch who wrote an article referencing the quotes in question. Burwell, later admitted he never checked the validity of that quote other than referencing the book in a follow up article.
Limbaugh is part of a group, along with Blues owner Dave Checketts that is interested in putting a bid in to buy the team.
This for me is more of an interest in how the media has lacked responsibilty for not checking it’s facts. On the other hand, I can’t help but think Limbaugh brings this criticism on himself.
Give a listen and feel free share your thoughts with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a couple of e-mails from listeners I would like to share. The first is from Mary Anne who wrote, “Pollock: All this storm is about politics, not about sports. Liberals like Burwell see themselves as “tolerant”, but this whole sorry episode exposes them as just the opposite.”
Mary Anne, I’m sure you’re right, but what happened to ethics in journalism? Hey, if you want to criticize Limbaugh for things he did say, that is one’s opinion, but to come down on Limbaugh for things he didn’t say and/or not check your sources before commenting…that scares me.
Jeff wrote, “Bill…simply put look at his detractors and you can pretty much add up the score here…I don’t care what Rush wanted to accomplish these same people would be trying to throw road blocks up to detour him from what in America still should be the right of pursuit of happiness…Come on call it like it is brother…This is still America…”
Jeff, I’m alright with detractors throwing up road blocks. America needs checks and balances. He’s a polarizing figure. I just don’t like to see people brought down because of lies. If a person is labeled one thing or another, then arguments should be made off facts and not from pulling information off of wikipedia.