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That Familiar Old Double Standard

Rush Limbaugh spent all day talking about "racism" today in reference to criticism of Condi Rice. Apparently anyone who questions her ability to be an effective Secretary of State after she was a terrible National Security Advisor is a racist. Then on Hannity and Colmes tonight, Ann Coulter actually called Democrats "racists". Isn't that interesting. Lets review the facts shall we?

Rush Limbaugh:

"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 [Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan] McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve. The defense carried this team.'' - ESPN NFL Countdown

After racist Senator Trent Lott made his racist comments about Strom Thurmonds bid for President, Rush had this to say, "the people who are against Lott are being petty". Really? Petty? At least your not being petty now Rush.

Here are some other racist comments that El Rushbo has made on his radio show over the years as compiled by Fair and Accuracy in Reporting:

Limbaugh once told a black caller: "Take that bone out of your nose and call me back."

"Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?"

In 1992, on his now-defunct TV show, Limbaugh expressed his ire when Spike Lee urged that black schoolchildren get off from school to see his film Malcolm X: "Spike, if you're going to do that, let's complete the education experience. You should tell them that they should loot the theater, and then blow it up on their way out."

"The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies."

Once, in response to a caller arguing that black people need to be heard, Limbaugh responded: "They are 12 percent of the population. Who the hell cares?"

Ann Coulter is a vary tolerant person as well,

"When asked whether she would recommend "Muslim-free air travel," Coulter said: "This is my idea.I think airlines ought to start advertising: 'We have the most civil rights lawsuits brought against us by Arabs.'" When asked how Muslims would travel, she responded: "They could use flying carpets." (Guardian, 5/17/03) Coulter also referred to Middle Easterners as "camel riding nomads" and said Egyptians have an "aversion to bathing."

Coulter claims that Sec. of Transportation Norm Mineta "is given plumb government jobs solely and exclusively because he is a minority,"

My personal favorite is this one, following Sept. 11, Coulter wrote of the Arab and Muslim worlds that "we should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity."

"Congress could pass a law tomorrow requiring that all aliens from Arabic countries leave....We should require passports to fly domestically. Passports can be forged, but they can also be checked with the home country in case of any suspicious-looking swarthy males."

I don't think we need to be lectured to by these two about racism.


At 11/19/2004 06:38:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I can't defend Ann Coulter, but many of the Rush remarks are out of context. I am all for criticism (left and right) but we must be accurate in our portrayal of the facts, otherwise we risk looking like zealots. For example, Rush's comments abount Condi Rice and racism were directly related to the Doonebury and Oiliphant cartoons (see my blog http://punditcafe.blogs.com/punditcafecom/2004/11/wheres_the_outr.html) that portrayed her as some sort of ignorant black woman. I think it is fairly safe to say that is she were a democrat the "outrage" on the left would be well reported. Unfortunately, those in the "media" never even mentioned it yesterday. Why?

Again, both sides have their talking heads (Beckel, Bagala, Carville, Coulter, Scarborough, Litty, etc), but I think we bloggers need to help balance the madness and provide information to our readers in context. If we are providing editorials, then by all means let us know your opinion but when quoting others we must provide context. That said, keep the posts coming!

At 11/19/2004 07:48:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is what I'm talking about. How is this "tolerant and compassionate"?


At 11/19/2004 07:48:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is what I'm talking about. How is this "tolerant and compassionate"?


At 11/19/2004 08:56:00 AM, Blogger Trent Dlugosh said...

I couldn't agree with you more. Those cartoons and that comment by the idiot radio show host are ridiculous and obviously racist. Things like that make it impossible for serious discussion about the real issue here and that is, is Dr. Rice a good choice for the job? However you answer that question, her race should have nothing to do with that.

As for Rush however, I'm not sure in what context "take the bone out of your nose and call me back" would be acceptable. My only point was that Rush doesn't really care about racism, he cares about politics. I mean do we think that if Jesse Jackson where named Sec of State and similar cartoons and remarks surfaced that Rush would have anything to say except for maybe agreeing with them? My point was that Rush is guilty of what he is accusing others.

I appreicate your comments.

At 11/19/2004 09:13:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I agree that the folks on the far right and left don't always have the noblist of intentions. I really think we bloggers need to demonstrate that we can be responsible and still be funny and opionated. More and more folks look to us for information and we don't want to become just another mouthpiece for a particular agenda. Thanks again.


At 11/19/2004 09:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


In the spirit of balance...let's link to each others blogs?


At 11/19/2004 12:23:00 PM, Blogger Trent Dlugosh said...

That's sounds like a good idea. The link to your site is on mine now.
Thanks again.


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