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Update: The Nation Skewers Limbaugh

In Culture Wars, hate, kooks, politics, racists, sports, updates on October 14, 2009 at 8:21 pm

The Nation’s Dave Zirin responds to Rush Limbaugh calling him ‘scum’. This is an update from a previous post.

Full Story at The Nation

Limbaugh said of us:

They are the ones with prejudice and bigotry coursing through their vanes [sic], through their hearts, and through their souls. They are consumed with jealousy and rage. They are all liberals–and make no mistake: That’s what this is about. It is about ideology. It isn’t about race. It’s about their being jealous and attempting to discredit me, and they’ve now sunk to the low of repeating fabricated quotes that they cannot source…. These people are scum.

What we all did was carry a quote from Limbaugh that he absolutely insists he did not say. The quote is:

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.

For all the dittoheads out there, here is how we came up with the quote: it was in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Detroit Free Press, the Washington Post, and in the book 101 People Who Are Really Screwing America by Jack Huberman. It has been out in the ether for years. Now that it is endangering his chances to become an NFL owner, Limbaugh is serving up a full heaping of indignation.

  1. Wow, I guess Franken was right. Rush Limbaugh really IS a big, fat idiot. Rush Limbaugh exists for one purpose: To shoot his mouth off and try saying "controversial things" for his audience so that his audience–in turn–will go "Yeahh!!! Duhhhrrrr tell it like it is Rush!" and pump their fists and continue to listen. These people…Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Colter, Malkin, whatever–these people do not form thoughts like normal people. They are like side shows who will literally say just about ANYTHING so long as there is a big enough pile of morons out there willing to slap their fins together for more and keep consuming their content. While I do think it's important to call these people on their bullshit–if nothing else, for posterity's sake and just to get things aired out–I'm beyond honestly giving a shit what they say. As far as I'm concerned, tomorrow Glenn Beck could shit in his hands and declare that he is a nazi and I would not be the SLIGHTEST bit surprised. Part of me wonders sometimes if it's all a weird joke or something, especially with Fox news.

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