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Why didn’t Media Matters catch Limbaugh’s “slavery” quote when he “said” it?

October 14, 2009


Over at The Corner this morning, Mark Steyn writes:

[Rush Limbaugh] does his show every day with an off-mike black sidekick yakking in his ear (Mr. Snerdley) and he has a black guest-host (the great Walter Williams). More to the point, when I began guest-hosting for Rush, I was amazed to discover that George Soros pays a team of stenographers, many of them called Zachary, to work their tippy-tappy fingers to the bone for three hours transcribing everything Rush or his fill-ins say in the hope that their efforts will one day be rewarded and he will deliver the big career-detonating soundbite.

So isn’t it a little odd that the obsessive compulsives at Media Matters aren’t trumpeting what should be their biggest “gotcha” ever?

I’m talking about the hotly disputed and now possibly actionable rumor making the rounds that Rush Limbaugh once said slavery wasn’t all bad.

Media Matters has just posted a list of Rush Limbaugh’s “racially charged” statements. Notice they didn’t describe them as “racist,” although that is the obvious implication. (You all know the drill…)

Here are some of Limbaughs’ “racially charged” statements, according to Media Matters:

“God does not have a birth certificate. Neither does Obama”; Obama “has yet to prove he’s a citizen.” Limbaugh has also advanced the theory that Obama was not born in the United States, saying that “God does not have a birth certificate. Neither does Obama” and that Obama “has yet to have to prove he’s a citizen. All he’d have to do is show a birth certificate.”

I don’t see the “race” aspect of that quote, but being a conservative, I guess I’m allergic to nuance…

Limbaugh: Gates is an “angry racist.” On July 27, Limbaugh said Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates is an “angry racist.”

So calling someone else a “racist” is now “racist”?

The list makes for tedious reading; many NewsReal readers will no doubt find themselves shrugging, “so what?”

But the notorious “slavery” bit is nowhere to be seen. If anyone should have caught it, it would have been Media Matters, which touts itself as the source for such tidbits.

So either Media Matters isn’t the unimpeachably reliable, all-powerful kicker of rightwing butts that George Soros has invested so much money in.

Or Rush didn’t say it.

Either way, Media Matters is left looking pretty lame.

  1. October 14, 2009 9:42 am

    Media Matters NOT! They are as irrelevant as the MGMSM is today!

    One way rhetoric and diatribe is a thing of the past. The internet killed the MGMSM star!

    My blessed deceased mother told me repeatedly, the best way to marginalize someone is to ignore them!

    I know that is not easy to do around here these days, but sometimes……….

    • October 14, 2009 9:46 am

      We can’t ignore the Left. Us ignoring MM or Olbermann or Maddow will not make them go away.

      Ignoring an individual person is different than dealing with a smear organization or a broadcaster.

  2. David Thomson permalink
    October 14, 2009 10:10 am

    “My blessed deceased mother told me repeatedly, the best way to marginalize someone is to ignore them!”

    Your mom was most assuredly a very fine woman—but she was wrong. These people need to be sued. They must pay a price for their mischief. Ignoring them only makes things worse. In the real world, the initial lie evolves to the point that it eventually becomes The Truth. Many people eventually assume that where there is smoke—there must also be a fire. It has got to be true, or the victim would try to defend himself or herself. Sadly, that’s the harsh reality of the situation.

  3. barbara permalink
    October 14, 2009 3:05 pm

    Media Matters was founded in 2004. The comments by Limbaugh were allegedly made in 1998. Anyhow, Checkett’s is dropping him from the buyer’s group- that’s how poison he is. The players don’t want him, the owners don’t want him, and the commissioner doesn’t want him. Nice going, Rush.

    • October 15, 2009 5:46 pm

      Hey Barbara, Howard Kosell was thrown out of the Monday night Football booth for saying “Look at that Monkey run”. If Limbaugh had said the things you and your ilk are accusing him of saying, he would have been gone long ago. I’ve been a listener to Rush’s show since he first started out on one station in New York many years ago. I doubt a radio host could survive and end up on hundreds of stations, as well as being broadcast to our armed forces overseas if he were saying racist things that your friends Jessy Hineytown Jackson, and Al T. Brawley Sharpton have accused him of saying. How come those two are allowed to continue to spread their racist comments and not be called to answer for them?

      Could it be that they are liberal blacks which in the eyes of the liberal media, means its ok for them to say whatever they want and not be questioned. So Rush gets blackballed from the NFL, but in the end Rush is the real winner. I’d bet his listening audience grows even larger due the the unjust and hateful attact that the left used against him. In the meantime, the NFL gets the black eye for their shoddy handling of the matter and bending over backwards to asses of the players that felt it was ok for Vick to kill dogs. Yeah I remember them saying well he was doing it on his own property so that made it ok. Maybe Rush cant say it, but I can. Without football, many of the players both black and white would be on the same unemployment line with millions of other americans. No thanks to Obama’s stimulus package. I wonder how many jobs Obama’s stimulus plan might have saved. Maybe one. M. Vicks. JMOP


  4. Revnant Dream permalink
    October 14, 2009 3:32 pm

    The best way to deal with these folks is to just tell the truth. Its the one thing they have a problem with. Most of the Media Matters (not) people is, they can’t recognize verity when they see it, Too often lying has become the determining factor for success in personnel lives in this profession.
    Hard as well to keep all the cons straight. Its why a Limbaugh will never be “caught”. What hes Say’s he believes & means. While the other so called news” journalists”. shall we just say is innovate reality.
    Once you compare truth to the obvious lies it becomes clear who’s the loon.
    Limbaugh is raking in the bucks, while his detractors are losing their jobs.
    That pretty much tells me all I need to know.

    • Mark Padgett permalink
      October 24, 2009 3:14 pm

      “Limbaugh is raking in the bucks, while his detractors are losing their jobs. That pretty much tells me all I need to know”

      Wow, success in the market place makes your position on something correct?

      Does that nean that Charlie Sheen’s 10 million-plus viewers every week for “Two And A Half Men” makes his 911 conspiracy theories true?

      You are pathetic and weak – bowing down subserviently to a drug addict cult leader who doesn’t give a snot about you.

      You have no logic. Must be another one of Rush’s satisfied customers.

      Liberals – by definition – are more open minded. Conservatives are rigid stormtroopers waiting for the next order from their leaders.

      • October 24, 2009 3:51 pm

      • J Hampton permalink
        October 25, 2009 1:44 am

        Well lets see who sounds rigid and like a storm trooper “You are pathetic and weak – bowing down subserviently to a drug addict cult leader who doesn’t give a snot about you.

        You have no logic. Must be another one of Rush’s satisfied customers” Where have I heard that before? Were those the words of a really open mind? Hehehe

  5. MaryAnn permalink
    October 15, 2009 5:45 am

    They’ve been going after Rush for over 20 years. They think they really have something this time, and it’s shameful that the NFL and Checketts are responding the way they are. I hope Limbaugh sues the pants off the people who started this.

    • Jack Hampton permalink
      October 15, 2009 7:25 am

      Mary Ann
      I believe there will be some light weight morons like the sports writer for the Detroit Free Press and a few others finding them self in court. If I were Limbaugh I would be forced to do it out of principal. I believe he also believes he has no choice but to take legal action. I do know this thw owner of my favorite team the Colts is a coward and a weasel. I hope Peyton signs with another team.

  6. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    October 15, 2009 8:26 am

    These liberal nuts have to make something up and lie because they are born liars. This is also why Limgaugh couldn’t buy the RAMS-they lied about him-Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson. Opps, I guess I’m a racist now because they are both black. I thought this was a capitalist country? He should have been allowed to buy the RAMS-I don’t care if he was a liberal-its a free market supposedly. Interesting, double standard as the football players don’t have the best records as some have been convicted-put in jail. Rush hasn’t been to jail and didn’t do dog fighting. Its about slamming the conservatives-Al and Jessie shouldn’t get buy with this-but sued!!!

  7. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    October 15, 2009 8:28 am

    This makes me not want to see football again-even on t.v.-because of the double standard prejudism. RAMS is my football team -even though they arn’t that great now-and I have no respect for the NFL now at all.

  8. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    October 15, 2009 8:30 am

    Limbaugh out to sue Sharpton and Jackson-the false accuser liars!! These two are suppose to be religious-a Rev and was a preacher-they are full blown hyprocrites.

  9. "gunner" permalink
    October 15, 2009 9:28 am

    i can’t “boycott football” as i’ve never watched it in the first place, its boring. (i’ve often thought they should just give every player a sack of grenades and a tommy gun and settle things once and for all.) but if rush limbaugh wants to buy a football team, why not, its his money, he earned it honestly, let him spend it as he pleases without the “advice and consent” of a couple of poverty pimps/extortionists. i’d be willing to bet that if rush paid a little “vigorish” to jackson and sharpton this would all go away. of course limbaugh is a man of principles and does not pay “danegeld” so that will not happen, and rush will spend his money on some more worthwhile project more of deserving his interest and support.

  10. Jack Hampton permalink
    October 15, 2009 11:02 am

    Michaelle Maloney
    I did not know the old time race hustlers had got in on this even Al Sharpton of Tjuana Brawley Fame. Why would anyonne want to by the Rams? By the Colts

  11. barbara permalink
    October 15, 2009 2:42 pm

    His own partners dumped him. Not the NFL, not Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Why? He’s radioactive. He’s poison. He’s kryptonite.

    Do you think people want to associate with an anti-American talking head who says he hopes the President (our President) fails?

    • oldwolves permalink
      October 15, 2009 4:07 pm

      No, cowards dumped him. They were worried about the dollar and not the truth. As for Rush being anti-American….WTH? Are you writing from Bizzaro world? We all hope Obama fails, not the United states! We hope he fails like the next hijacker or suicide bomber because if Obama succeeds we’ll get the same results!

    • Tom Trevor permalink
      October 15, 2009 8:13 pm

      yeah I can’t imagine wanting to be associated with someone who called our President a liar either. I mean Harry Reed talking about Bush.

    • October 15, 2009 9:47 pm

      Barbara, I’d really like to hear your explanation for Rush’s tremendous success as a radio talk show host. It seems to me that someone who was truly radioactive poisonous kryptonite, as you assert, would have little chance of success at anything. Could it be that you resent that success? Or something else? Please explain. Your evaluation makes no sense.

      • Jack Hampton permalink
        October 16, 2009 3:52 am

        Tar and Feathers
        “Her comment makes no sense” What did you expect? This is probably the woman that thought Obama was going to pay her rent and keep her car filled with gas and be a father to her children? What would you expect from that mentality. Obama is going to fill her car with gas and she can drive off into the sunset. Oh Thank you President NoBama.

    • Jack Hampton permalink
      October 16, 2009 3:14 am

      Your ignorance knows no bounds if you and your ilk were half the American that this man is the country would not be in the shape it is in. Practacally everyone that post here wants Omama’s policies to fail. He is a Marxist and dangerous to human beings. You are toxic and your ideals are failed and your fearless leader is a one trick pony another Jimmy Carter gone in four years. You evidently do not give a damn about this country that so many have fought and died for. People stopped his purchase with lies and I mean out right lies and slander and it sounds like you are proud of these gutter snipes. There are thousands of people urging Limbaugh to sue these liars. This is not what our country is about scumbags of the worst lot defaming people. If that is what you think then you are seriously devoid of integrity much less any honor.

      • October 16, 2009 7:25 am

        Atta boy Jack!

        Left right left right, upper cut, straight kick to the groin, round house to the head!

        Slobbering Obomite out cold!!

  12. barbara permalink
    October 15, 2009 5:16 pm

    Cowards? No, businesspeople who knew when to throw the rat off the sinking ship. Nope, we don’t all want President Obama to fail. A very narrow slice of conservative old guard hopes he fails. Most of us (the majority , who elected him) want him to succeed. This (Newsreal) is the real Bizarro World. Back on earth, we wish our POTUS the best of luck.

    • theblanque permalink
      October 15, 2009 5:58 pm

      Obama’s approval rating (Gallup Poll) has dropped from a high of 68% (1/21-1/23) to a current low of 53% (10/12-10/14). (Source)

      With numbers like that, do you really believe that people trust Obama enough to want him to succeed?

      • Jack Hampton permalink
        October 16, 2009 3:35 am

        The Blanque
        His poll numbers hit 49% yesterday for the first time. He is weak and other leaders in the world know it just as they understood Carter was a weak sister. I hope we survive till he is gone.

        • Nash permalink
          October 16, 2009 6:12 am

          49% approval? I heard his approval ratings at RCP poll are 53%.

          • Jack Hampton permalink
            October 16, 2009 7:06 am

            That was a poll I saw on FOX news last night.

    • Jack Hampton permalink
      October 16, 2009 3:29 am

      He was sought out by these so called business people and he warned them that the nuts would act up. They assured him they would stand behind him yes they are cowards. No the majority of the people do not want this slug to ruin our country. Have you been watching the polls? He is starting to hit Jimmy Carter territory in just these few months. He is about as popular as a bad case of jock itch. His support is starting to look like your dating prospects. Nil

    • In the know permalink
      October 16, 2009 7:04 am

      You are deluded.

    • oldwolves permalink
      October 16, 2009 8:30 am

      No Barbara, cowards. They fear bad publicity more than loss of integrity. Despite these false comments were proven untrue, they still took their 30 pieces of silver and kissed Rush goodbye.

      As for POTUS failing , I have no remorse for that statement. His past record of no achievements, his present record of socialist governing, and his future promises that will ruin the country are proof enough that he is the greatest danger we ever faced from within. He’s become the worlds laughing stock and the American embarrassment. You may worship at his alter but he’s a false God with a cult of personality. It’s not only a very thin slice of old guard conservatives, anymore. Many liberals are beginning to realize they bought bad goods. For all the wrong reasons of course , but the results will be the same.

      And you don’t throw rats off a sinking ship. The expression is ‘Rats abandoning a sinking ship’.

  13. October 15, 2009 5:37 pm


    If POTUS had a brain he would not need luck.

  14. barbara permalink
    October 15, 2009 6:45 pm

    “Wish him luck” is an idiomatic expression that means “hope that he’s successful.” Sorry to confuse you, OK?

    • Jack Hampton permalink
      October 16, 2009 3:39 am

      The problem is if nobama is lucky then the nation is out of luck or as my uncle would have said SOL. I am going to say a novena for you and for me and the rest of us whit this boob we are in desperate trouble.

  15. Nash permalink
    October 16, 2009 6:09 am

    In regards to the idea of a football boycott (sorta) – I don’t watch any football game where Keith Olbermann is a commentator. He isn’t allowed in our house. There are a few unstable people we don’t allow in our house, and he is just one of them. Man everything is getting politicized these days. Leave sports alone! I can’t even shop at T-Mobile without getting assaulted by ‘it’s not rape-rape’.
    I miss Dennis Miller.

  16. Will Marshall permalink
    October 16, 2009 1:12 pm

    The last sentence reads “Either way, Media Matters is left looking pretty lame.”

    I wonder what would be the impact if it read thusly:

    “Either way, Media Matters is ‘left’ looking pretty lame.”

    This, by way of your excellent observations of the way the left uses quotes, themselves, to alter the impact of their words.


  17. Clark Kent permalink
    October 16, 2009 5:40 pm

    Provide me with the exact year, month, day of the week, date, and time that Rush allegedly made the slavery comment. Where is the recording? Where is the fact based evidence? In what city did Rush make the comment? Did Rush make the comment in anyone else’s presence? What is that person’s name? Facts are very troublesome things. You are entitled to your own opinion. You are not entitled to your own facts.


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