An investor group including conservative radio talk-show king Rush Limbaugh was preparing to offer a bid to buy the St. Louis Rams football team. But after controversy arose over racially-charged remarks allegedly made by Limbaugh, the investors dropped Limbaugh from the group.
The only problem is that Limbaugh never made the remarks. They were completely fabricated and planted on the internet by an anti-Limbaugh blogger, excerpted from a 2006 book. Yet they were repeated all over the media and trumped up by Jesse Jackson and the usual racial-agitation suspects.
This is another example of how leftists manipulate words, ideas and Big Lies in order to influence public opinion. And again in this case, it was not to influence opinion against Limbaugh alone but against conservatism in general, with Limbaugh as the spokesman.
On the other hand, black football player Michael Vick has returned to the National Football League after serving time in prison for dog-fighting and animal-cruelty charges. Timothy Geithner is serving as Obama Treasury secretary after he neglected to pay a large amount of taxes. And Democrat Ted Kennedy served in the US senate for 40 years after allowing Mary Jo Kopechne to drown on Chappaquiddick in 1969. Kennedy even tried to orchestrate a cover-up of Kopechne’s death in the hours after it happened, making the crime much more insidious.
And on. And on. And on.
A double standard we expect. And it is outrageous how much success the liberals are having with this double standard. And Limbaugh needs to fight against it. And he will. He is a very powerful guy. And he will win.
Limbaugh is taking legal action against the so-called 'sports journalists' and others who spread the false quote. He is demanding a retraction and an apology for defamation of character. And he should. Limbaugh is often savaged by media and political figures who take his quotes out of context. But this story is a new twist - quotes that are completely fabricated.
One of the disseminators of the lie is St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports writer Bryan Burwell who wrote that Limbaugh once said: "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."
Yet the quote is false and was reported in a 2006 book called 101 People Who Are Really Screwing America.
Burwell then went on to write the following ‘explanation’ for running the fake quote:
“I repeated it (the quote) in a column last week. The quote was so in character with the many things that Limbaugh has said before that we didn't verify it beyond the book. The quote was repeated in the ensuing days as NFL players began to express their uneasiness with Limbaugh as a potential owner.”
So in the contemporary American media, truth be damned. If it sounds like somebody said it, then that’s good enough for today’s radicals, whether on the sports page, the news section or the editorial page. And if someone in the Nitwit NFL repeated it, then it is good as gold to the extremists.
Another quote says that Limbaugh praised James Earl Ray, assassin of Martin Luther King. MSNBC's Chris Matthews even discussed the quotes casually as if they existed.
Pulitzer-winning author Karen Hunter said of Limbaugh owning the Rams:
“I can just see the visions of plantation grandeur dancing in his head as we speak… Yeah, it doesn’t make you a racist to want to own a team. But, it does kind of with all his history question his power position over these players who make millions of dollars and his ability to be able to move them around, deny them contracts and do whatever he wants willy-nilly. It's the ultimate power position to be an owner of an NFL team.”
So obviously the Pulitzer Prize means as much to truth and excellence as Obama’s Nobel Prize means to real-life peacemaking experience. In other words, they are unrelated.
The ultimate outcome is this: Now that Limbaugh has been dropped from the football team bid, millions of Americans will come away with the conclusion that Limbaugh indeed made the quote. And normally Limbaugh would stand his ground and let such a controversy pass. But this is different because the degree of treachery is so sky-high. Because he speaks for all of conservatism and he really needs to take action. Retractions and apologies are certainly in order.
This situation brings to mind what happened to John DeLorean, the former Ford Motor Company executive who started his own prestige sports-car company in 1981. When DeLorean’s firm faced financial difficulties, he was lured into investing with a group that was said to be involved with cocaine smuggling. DeLorean was charged criminally even though the group was fictitious, a government sting. And ultimately he was exonerated because he had been entrapped. And while his company closed for financial reasons, millions of Americans think that DeLorean went to jail for cocaine smuggling and that his company folded as a result.
What the DeLorean case shows is the power of the original story; that the provocative story itself is the point, and not the less-provocative resolution of the story. Limbaugh has been smeared and it will never be resolved with millions of people. Because like in the case of DeLorean, the sensational original charges were on Page One of every newspaper in America, but the resolution and exoneration appeared elsewhere, if at all.
This could be the outcome for Limbaugh, which is why he plans to fight.
Ultimately Limbaugh listeners and conservatives across the nation know the truth about these bogus charges because they have been subjected for years to the same treatment by the same people. They have seen Limbaugh repeatedly tarnished when his comments are taken out of context. Yet none of the charges against Limbaugh have ever stuck, and he has never been caught lying like CBS and Dan Rather lied with the George Bush National Guard records story in 2004. When Limbaugh makes a mistake – and they are generally minor - he retracts it on air, in public and usually immediately.
Conservatism is an ideology that is built on deeds and not words; on truth and not on opinion; on hard work and not on sleight-of-hand; and on positive, realistic ideas not on intellectual fantasies. And so that is what we conservatives need to rely on - the real truth coming out, which it will over time. Because conservatives are up against people who disdain the truth and manipulate it for their own ends.
Conservatives know that the same people who are lying about Limbaugh then go on to savage Tea Party participants as racists and kooks; to harass and intimidate blacks who note the devastation in their communities at the hands of the Democrat party; and to disdain and smear anyone who speaks out against 'global warming'. Yet when Al Gore devotes his life to propagating his ‘global warming’ fantasy that is easily disputed, the media never call him out or check his facts.
Thank goodness for free speech…
A Big Lie is more useful to the political left than a Little Lie. Because a Big Lie, if sustained over a long enough period, will create the most benefit for the Big Liar. Thus to attack Limbaugh is to make a major advance against conservatism.
Ultimately, however, they will lose. And we have clear examples of how this has worked in the past. In the Duke University lacrosse case, for example, in which several white Duke lacrosse players were falsely charged with the rape of a black female, many in the media and the professoriate unofficially declared the white players obviously racist and guilty before the facts even came out. Then when the whites were exonerated, many of the accusers were never held to account for their actions including the group of Duke professors who signed a highly-accusatory and inflammatory newspaper ad smearing the lacrosse players.
The truth is useful to leftists only when it fits their template. Otherwise anything is useful to them, whether true or false. And this is what makes them so dangerous. Vigilance must be eternal over those who are willing to say and do anything in the name of power.
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