think what we've had here is a little social concern in the
NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback
do well. They're interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks
doing well. I think there's a little hope invested in McNabb,
and he got a lot of credit for the performance of his team that
he really didn't deserve. The defense carried this team."
was Rush Limbaugh’s ever so memorable observation on ESPN’s
NFL Sunday Countdown about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan
and backlash has been tremendous and overpowering. The reaction
of the “mainstream” media was predictably extreme,
hysterical and hateful. The headlines on every network and in
every newspaper screamed about the uttering of a “racial
remark” by Rush. Everyone from presidential wannabes to
3rd string bench warmers unleashed a furious condemnation of
mighty oak of the conservative movement could not survive the
ensuing firestorm and was quickly forced to resign from the
of publications and online news sources went so far as to call
his comments a racial slur and Rush himself a racist. Dick Meyer,
editorial director of CBSNews.com, was quick to weigh in. “Am
I delighted to see Rush Limbaugh attacked, ridiculed and forced
out of his ESPN gig?" Meyer asked. "Absolutely, justice
is being served." The NAACP rather predictably called the
comments "bigoted and ignorant." Wesley Clark decided
to join the effort of making a mountain out of a molehill by
calling the comment "hateful and ignorant speech."
Not to be outdone, Howard Dean chimed in with the observation
that it was "absurd and offensive." And that beacon
of racial unity, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, told The Associated
Press that Limbaugh's remarks were "a painful insult."
The knee jerk assumption that bringing up the subject of well
known racial preferences is akin to a racial epitaph is both
illogical and unfair.
that the king of talk radio made was not in his logic but in
his choice of subject matter for a sports show. Race is the
deadly third rail of both politics and popular culture. Right
or wrong, the facts of the matter mean absolutely nothing. The
only true sin is to go against the grain and question the politics,
preferences, and agendas of race in modern society.
days of “Just the facts, ma'am," have been hopelessly
diluted with hyper-sensitivity, political correctness and racial
initial furor died down, logic and statistics have started to
actually enter into the debate. Lo and behold, many have come
around to the viewpoint that Rush was right, at least in regards
to McNabb being an overrated quarterback. Though there is always
room for argument, it does appear that Donovan McNabb is an
over-hyped mediocre quarterback who has been carried by his
defense, sports no super bowl ring, and has been given undue
attention by sports writers because of his skin color. And thanks
to the Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons in our midst, there is
little real dispute that the NFL has been obsessed about the
issue of black coaches as well as black quarterbacks.
of rushing to check the facts the media rushed to judge the
man who has spent a lifetime using logic and humor to combat
hysteria and irrationality.
question is whether Rush Limbaugh should have injected social
commentary into a sports show. The answer is no. Is it a worthy
topic that should be addressed? Absolutely. But it should have
been brought up at a more appropriate time and place than on
a lightweight pre-game show. I would have to think that the
syndicated Rush Limbaugh radio program would have been the ideal
vehicle for a national exploration of media, race and sports.
But alas, that was not to be.
is plenty of blame to go around. ESPN and the world of sports
should have expected, anticipated and perhaps even welcomed
a bit of “controversy” by hiring the best known
political radio personality in the country. One has to wonder
at the “shock and surprise” everyone seemed to exhibit
when Rush chose to rock the boat a bit. This is a man who has
made a huge career, not to mention untold millions, by not being
politically correct and by not being afraid to challenge the
sacred cows of the Left. It was just a matter of time.
truth is that if you are a conservative white male you are not
allowed to utter a word on race. The subject is taboo. Crying
“racist” is simply a tried and true method to stifle
true intellectual debate. Those who have attempted to set the
national agenda on race do not want any questioning of their
goals, motives or tactics and will ruthlessly squash those who
dare to challenge the status quo. Race should be a subject that
is discussed openly and freely without the constant threat of
personal destruction and character assassination. In the end,
both Rush Limbaugh and the search for truth will carry on.
David Huntwork is a conservative activist
and freelance columnist in Northern Colorado where he lives
with his wife and three young daughters. He strongly believes
in the importance of Faith, Family, and Freedom as the formula
of success for a good life and a healthy nation. Feel
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