Thursday, October 02, 2003

No Need To Rush

By the time most of you read this, Rush Limbaugh has returned to the radio, defending what he said on ESPN about Donovan McNabb. Limbaugh stated on the Sunday NFL Countdown, quote, "The media has been very desirous that a Black quarterback do well. "There is a little hope invested in McNabb and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve."

Limbaugh on Wednesday night resigned from his gig at the sports network, feeling the pressure from the cable group and from others from not just the media, but the NAACP and even Democratic candidates for president.

I've listened to Rush's radio program. Actually, I don't have a choice sometimes. The guys at the Comic Box are Republican, while I am an Independent. There are things that Rush has said that I think make some since, but there are others that don't sit right with me. Plus, being from radio, you have to be entertaining and keep your listeners glued to you. This is why Limbaugh is so popular. Yes, the man is there to shock you with what he sees as the truth and folks follow him immensely. He does what he has to do to get rating. However, there are some things you just can't do, on radio and on TV. His statement on Donovan McNabb was, in my opinion, DUMB. it harks back to Al Campanis on Nightline saying that Blacks don't have the mental capacity to be general managers of baseball teams, or Jimmy The Greek saying that blacks are born to run because we are breeded that way. ESPN knew the controversy when they hired Limbaugh, but when they got him, they didn't think it would wind up like this.

There are still things you can't say in public without a firestorm of media behind you. And with the world even closer together now with the web, what you say or do can backfire on you. Limbaugh however still has his supporters on the radio, and will no doubt continue to have his listeners tune in. But now, he will have more enemies due to his actions.

Postscript 1: When Donovan McNabb heard about what Rush said, McNabb felt that it was done, and he wasn't going to take it personally. He did however feel badly for the other black players int he NFL and ones trying to get to the league. McNabb then got on Philadelphia Eagles field and won the game, thereby rebuking Rush's point

Postscript 2: Rush Limbaugh is now under a criminal investigation for illegal drugs, just three days after his statement. The media has been looking for things to get Limbaughand now they have two. No matter the man, how the media will respond this will be interesting to watch.

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