Wednesday, October 21, 2009

More media bias against Rush Limbaugh

I think what happened to Rush Limbaugh's bid to be a minority owner of the Rams is appalling and those who caused it and/or aided and abetted it are evil. Rush can defend himself, and has admirably, but I still want to give him a little help. So when reading Yahoo! sports, I came across this article styled as a lament that false quotations attributed to Rush distracted from the "real" debate on things Rush actually said.

The article, however, is yet another smear, making up "facts" out of whole cloth. I got pissed and wrote the following email to the article's author, Jason Cole:

So let me get this straight.

You assume that Rush Limbaugh - a man with a team of professional media watchers who help him assemble material for a three-hour show 5 days a week for 20 years, who pay particular attention to media bias - did absolutely no research in coming to the conclusion that the sports writing media were biased in favor of a black quarterback, and gave him credit for achievements he didn't deserve (*cough* OBAMA *cough*), because Mr. Limbaugh did not contact any of your 17 arbitrarily selected sports writers, even though their own written material/articles are available for public viewing? And you further support your assumption because Mr. Limbaugh hasn't responded to an email sent a day earlier?

You write: "So apparently, Limbaugh made an assumption based on no research about sports writers and how we think."

This is not even REMOTELY "apparent" from the "facts" you cite. Your article is another smear, and from this obvious smear I conclude that you are part of the left-wing bias problem in all media, including sports media. For "proof" of this clear bias, I cite Jay Nordlinger's October 5, 2009 column "Safe-Zone Violation!" which can be found here:

As further proof of YOUR left-wing bias, I cite your inclusion in your article, wholly out of context, of Mr. Limbaugh's quote "The NFL often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it." You describe Mr. Limbaugh as characterizing THE ENTIRE NFL this way, like the NFL is just some outlet for gang bangers to get their rocks off, kinda like Midnight Basketball. This is totally false. Mr. Limbaugh was describing a penalty called against a Chargers player for taunting a Patriots player that cost the Chargers the game. On Wednesday, October 16, 2009, Mr. Limbaugh posted the entire transcript of that segment of his show including the comment, on his website:

A REAL reporter would have linked to the entire segment and asked his readers to decide what they thought of that comment in the context in which it was made. That would have been a real, you know, DEBATE that your article supposedly calls for. I suspect you do not want to have such a debate, and your crocodile tears lamenting that there was no "debate" is simply an excuse for NOT HAVING A DEBATE. If you really want to have a debate, please write an article explaining why you think anything Mr. Limbaugh has ACTUALLY said is racist. Do not quote a line out of context, mischaracterize it, and shuffle off leaving the clear implication that YOU THINK the debate would leave you and your readers concluding that Mr. Limbaugh is a racist.

You're a coward.