Thursday, October 15, 2009

Limbaugh, McNabb and Obama

Of the several quotes being bandied about as having been said by Rush Limbaugh that supposedly demonstrate his racism or at least his racial insensitivity, one is actually real. That was the 2003 statement about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. Limbaugh lost his job as a broadcaster on ESPN in the ensuing controversy after he gave his opinion as follows:

Sorry to say this, I don't think [McNabb’s] been that good from the get-go. I 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. There is a little hope invested in McNabb...

One can only wonder what madness could have made Limbaugh ever imagine that members of the media could have given preferential coverage to someone who is black, desiring that he do well out of their concern that he do so for society’s sake! For Limbaugh to conclude that the media would inflate such a person’s accomplishments to something greater than the reality as an investment in hope is, of course, absolute nonsense!


Longwalker said...

Absolutely correct. The members of the main stream media would never attempt to inflate, hide or disguise the actual record of a black person (African-American, if you prefer) because of political or racial preferences. After all, look at the evenhanded way they handled the 2008 Presidential election>

Denis Keohane said...