To anyone even so much as passingly familair with Pravda‘s slickest Stealth Propaganist, it’s an achingly familiar routine —
Mr. Sheri is ever-so-much-obliged to “forget”what he actually knows.
“Several news organizations have now reported that the the group headed by Dave Checketts which is seeking to buy the St. Louis Rams franchise has dropped Rush Limbaugh as a participating minority investor. Mr. Checketts has now released a public statement confirming this fact.
Rush Limbaugh is, of course, no stranger to controversy. He has plenty of supporters and detractors…including me. When this ownership bid was first announced, I had my reservations, but I knew that this was a complicated subject. On the one hand, freedom of speech is a right that we all cherish. On the other, not quite two-thirds of all of the NFL players are Black and Rush is despised in Black communities all over the country. I never thought that his racially-tinged comments about Donovan McNabb and other subjects would be well received by the NFL’s mostly Black players…to put it mildly.
I previously said on a TSN thread that Rush’s comments shouldn’t automatically disqualify him from owning a team. I said that his previous comments should, however, be considered as a factor in evaluating this ownership bid. The NFL’s ownership has the right to consider the league’s public image as a factor. I still hold that view and I also believe that the ownership bid of the Checketts group that included Rush Limbaugh should have been denied.
I am not going to focus on Rush’s comments about President Obama, Donovan McNabb, afirmative action (given the existence of the “Rooney” rule regarding the hiring of head coaches) or any other comment except one.
I think that if any one comment doomed Rush Limbaugh’s ownership bid more than any other…at least in my eyes…it was not the comment about Donovan McNabb. When you publicly compare the entire roster of NFL players to “Crips and Bloods”…the two most notorious Black criminal gangs, it is hard to see how any comissioner, owner or player can just brush that off. That’s not about political correctness. That’s just flat-out slander, racism and a bald-faced lie. Yes, several NFL players got in trouble with the law…and most of them were Black, but that is by no means the average NFL player and I do not recall any of the few players who were implicated in criminal activity being involved with a gang. Pacman Jones was an extreme repeat offender and it was the players themselves (both as individuals and through their union) who asked the new Commissioner to come down hard on criminal offenders. As notorious as Michael Vick’s case was, it was a first offense. No one has criticized both Pacman Jones and Michael Vick more harshly than I have done so in many TSN threads and I also called upon the NFL to severely discipline its lawbreakers, but I believe that to publicly insult and slander all of the NFL’s players like Rush Limbaugh did did more harm to his proposed ownership bid than anything else.
An NFL player works all of his life to develop his physical skills and dreams of playing in the NFL since he was a kid. The vast majority are law-abiding and hard working…and then this person now wants to own an NFL team after he has compared them all to members of the two most notorious Black criminal gangs?
There are those who have said that other NFL owners share his political views. I don’t doubt that…on some or on even many subjects…but I know of no NFL owner who has ever publicly compared all of the players in the league to a bunch of Black gang-bangers.
Racism is not a charge that I just throw around lightly, but in my book, that’s called racism…among other things. Rush Limbaugh may have the right to say what he said over the airwaves, but he has no right to own a team and if he wants to join the NFL as an owner, he should be held accountable for what he has previously said about the NFL. What he said about the NFL players went far beyond mere conservatism and is totally unacceptable.
Given how polarizing a public figure Rush Limbaugh is, I expect that there are many who will both agree and disagree with me. So be it. I thought very carefully about what I was going to say in this post before I posted it. As far as I am concerned, this time, Rush Limbaugh’s chickens have come home to roost.
I say that he had to go and good riddance. There is no place for either that kind of rhetoric or the attitude that it represents in the NFL. “
Ah but Pravda is obliged to obfuscate such rhetoric. and here’s why.
“Sheri Annis is a media consultant and political commentator whose clients range from California to Washington DC. She was the spokeswoman for Arnold Schwarzenegger during his first political campaign. She was chief spokeswoman for California’s Proposition 227, the successful measure to eliminate California’s failed bilingual education programs. In addition, she played a major role in California’s Proposition 209 campaign, which eliminated race and gender-based preferences in government hiring, contracting and education. Her early career began in the California think tank world.
As president of Fourth Estate Strategies, she provides media training and communications strategy for high-level executives, academics and prominent think tanks. Her professional interests also include free market advocacy, race and gender issues, and political analysis.
Ms. Annis has written for National Review and has been quoted by news outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post. Her television appearances include The Today Show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, The O’Reilly Factor, Fox & Friends, Countdown with Keith Olbermann and the former long-running ABC show Politically Incorrect, among others.
Sheri Annis received her B.A. in Law and Society from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is a native of Los Angeles, California and now resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her family.”
Nowhere in the above is the hubster mentioned by name.
In fact even blogs as radical as Crooks and Liars are loathe to mention her husband and what an egregious conflict of interest his employment at the Washington Post represents.
“Recently, there has been a video surfacing on the internet of a white student being beat up by a black student on a school bus. Despite the fact that both black students and white students have been beat up on buses and at other places, Rush Limbaugh believes that the beating is due to Obama. Reports say that the fight was due to a disagreement over seating and was not racially motivated.
Here’s what Limbaugh said:
“I think the guy’s wrong. I think not only it was racism, it was justifiable racism. I mean, that’s the lesson we’re being taught here today. Kid shouldn’t have been on the bus anyway. We need segregated buses — it was invading space and stuff. This is Obama’s America.”
You put your kids on a school bus you expect safety but in Obama’s America the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering ‘yeah, right on, right on, right on.’ Of course everybody said the white kid deserved it he was born a racist, he’s white.
He also admitted to his own racism and justified it”
“If homosexuality being inborn is what makes it acceptable, why does racism being inborn not make racism acceptable?” the talk show host asked. “I’m sorry — I mean, this is the way my mind works. But apparently now we don’t choose racism, we just are racists. We are born that way. We don’t choose it. So shouldn’t it be acceptable, excuse — this is according to the way the left thinks about things.”
“As Melissa noted earlier in PEEK, from a CBS story: “Rush Limbaugh was detained for more than three hours Monday at Palm Beach International Airport after authorities said they found a bottle of Viagra in his possession without a prescription.”
He was reportedly returning from the Dominican Republic at the time which, as Terrance Heath notes, leaves a big, gaping hole in the story.
What was Rush doing in the Dominican Republic? Why was he returning from a country known for its thriving sex trade, with a bottle of Viagra that didn’t have his name on it?
From a 2001 Wired.com article:
the Dominican Republic is one of the biggest sex tourism destinations in the world, thanks in part to Internet sites that extol the country as a “single man’s paradise.”
Among banner ads for Viagra, members can shuffle through pictures of dull-eyed prostitutes engaged in flagrante delicto with the members/amateur pornographers.
Is it fair to go after Limbaugh for his woes? Of course, just as it’s fair game to out gay politicians who support bigoted policy toward gays.”
Indeed it is. As for what fate awaits Rusty . . .
Don’t worrry, dear. I’m sure Howie will be in the forefront insisting that everyone “respect” your “privacy.”
Sing us out kids.