Rush Limbaugh Runs Obama Race Song Parody In Wake Of Imus Firing (UPDATED)

So much for all the talk about how talk radio and American culture entered into a more respectful era when it comes to racial sensitivies.

The talk about how times had changed already seem quaint since the New Era lasted not even two weeks.

Rush Limbaugh is now embroiled in a new controversy involving literally playing the comedy race card about a Democrat named Barack Obama running for President. Watch and listen to the song parody run on his show and judge for yourself. So times have changed in the Imus firing aftermath?
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Yours truly LOVES satire (and uses some in shows) and while this song’s lyrics are clever, supposedly this kind of pointing to and making fun of race was going to be discouraged or at least not condoned anymore on talk radio — particularly by management types. The song lampoons Al Sharpton and Obama. The issue is NOT whether satirist Paul Shanklin (who is likely to be attacked eventually for parodying African Americans speech when he is white, although he is not the first to have done that and it has not been a big issue in comedy) has a right to create and sing song parodies. He also has a right offer them on his website and sell his CDs.

In fact, people on the right AND left need to lighten up; many partisans will ONLY laugh at satire aimed at people they politically dislike. Good satire like The Capitol Steps can poke fun at both sides and be enjoyed by all sides.

The central issue is that all the energy-consuming fuss, blog posts, editorials, live press conferences, apologies, outraged talk show hosts, and firings surrounding the Don Imus controversy at least implied that the vulgarization of America had been put down perhaps a notch — and that the rules of the game were changing on television and, by implication, on radio. Because times had started to change.

But Limbaugh, whose fans angrily defend him any time he is accused of stepping over the line, operates in his own cultural universe and the airing of this piece suggest little has changed.

OR WILL IT? John Amato reports HERE that black employees are up in arms over Limbaugh’s airing of what if the IMUS STANDARD is used would now be considered a racist song parody — and that station managers are starting to fear an Imus-like backlash. A MUST READ.

Diversity Inc:

Should Rush Limbaugh be held accountable? The idea behind “Barack, the Magic Negro” originally stemmed from an article published in the Los Angeles Times written by opinion, entertainment and political writer David Ehrenstein, who is black. He was the first to call Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as the “Magic Negro.”.

But it was Limbaugh’s idea to ask voice impersonator Paul Shanklin to imitate the voice of the Rev. Al Sharpton for his parody that was heard on “The Rush Limbaugh Show” called, “U Da Real Negro, Screw Obama.” And Limbaugh put a video of it on his web site for his subscribers.

All the ringing declarations on weblogs about how newsmakers and Democrats should have shunned being on Imus due to his political incorrectness raise the question: then why is Vice President Dick Cheney appearing on Limbaugh’s show? If newsmakers and media types stay away from one (white) broadcaster who feels race is a hilarious topic to use in song satires or in one-liners, then shouldn’t there be a DEMAND from ALL SIDES that Republicans and Democrats and media types stay away from ANY broadcasters who indulge in use racial stereotypes or caricatures to amuse their audiences (and themselves)?

A hint to broadcasters: there are plenty of topics to joke about and plenty of things to make fun of when it comes to politicians (or citizens) without making fun of the color of the skin or the way they talk.

The great comedy coach Greg Dean once told me in a comedy coaching session that humor works within the context of shared assumptions” and a joke is a “shattered assumption.”” And that’s what was so troubling about the Imus foot-in-mouth bout: the assumption that listeners agreed and would think it’s hilarious. And Rush? Listen to it again and decide yourself if there are assumptions behind it.

PS: There are also reportedly other black caricature political song parodies on Rush Limbaugh’s website. DETAILS HERE.

FOOTNOTE: In emails with friends who are Rush fans, comments on some websites and a comment on a talk show, those who defend Rush argue a) he didn’t originate the material, b) he didn’t create the material, c) it stems from an L.A. Times piece.

So it should NOT be a problem for anyone if we run the image below because a) we didn’t create it, b) it was taken long before the current Rush controversy and c) Rush Limbaugh did not actually pose for it:

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BUT THAT’S JUST OUR VIEW. HERE ARE SOME OTHERS (these are excerpts so click on the link for the full post):

Fresh Intelligence: “As of yet there’s been no major public outcry and subsequent response from Limbaugh, but with Imus’s blood still fresh in the water, expect shortly a raft of wincing and gasping social commentators to—rightly—float up beside the blubbery host with harpoons drawn.”

The Nation:

Perhaps this kind of garbage (set to the tune of “Puff the Magic Dragon”) is someone’s cup of tea. Limbaugh does have millions of listeners and they do adore of much of what the man says. Whether he’s lampooning former President Clinton’s daughter or suggesting Michael J. Fox is exaggerating the effects of his Parkinson’s disease. So I don’t expect his listeners to desert him over this. What does surprise me is that Vice President Dick Cheney among other major conservatives is still a regular guest on Limbaugh’s show and I don’t anticipate the kind of repudiations that Don Imus received over his transgression from him or anyone else on the right with regards to Limbaugh.

It is true that Imus was chided because he was on a national cable news network and was perhaps less associated with being a provocateur than Limbaugh. But I still think Cheney and his ilk should refuse to appear on Limbaugh’s show from now on. I wonder, will there be any outcry? Are people becoming so desensitized to this now that they just don’t care about the inevitable phony apology and/or Al Sharpton protest. I’d like to see calls for Limbaugh’s removal not just from the black community but from the supporters of the president and vice-president who are not racist, who don’t find “jokes” like “Barack The Magic Negro” funny.

Riehl World View sees it totally differently. Read the post in full. One key part:

What I think is that the neo-fascist liberal losers are now clearly on a witch hunt to take down anyone they can. They just can’t deal with Limbaugh’s popularity….

I suspect what losers like these do anonymously is troll schoolyards and mens rooms looking for prey when they aren’t spending all of their time monitoring conservative talk radio for a target. Given the lack of timeliness for the material, clearly they are simply attempting to amass as much as possible and claim that it’s boiling over in an attempt to make it so.

What they should do is read up on McCarthy and realize that America has only so much tolerance for un-American tactics like this attacking free speech. Eventually even the mainstream media will turn on these clowns, as they should.

Taylor Marsh: “Rush is one of the untouchable Republicans who is too powerful to attack with any real outcome unless he burns a flag or something and even then I’m not so sure it would matter. The only offense is to give Rush the coverage he deserves, which is to mock his political impotence. Nobody in the Republican Party pays any attention whatsoever to Rush’s philosophies or suggestions. They use Rush, his show and his audience, period, and he lets them do it because he has to. It’s the most toxic codependent relationship in politics. Rush’s reward is money. That’s the only god he worships. Oh, and maybe Titleist, too.”

Digby:” Rush is not some misunderstood schlub who just made a few slightly off-color jokes and doesn’t understand why it bothers some people.He’s not even a nasty old racist/misogynist creep like Imus who just thought he could demean anybody he felt like and make big money doing it. Rush Limbaugh a professional cog in the GOP machine who has been helping to set the political agenda in this country for more than a decade. He knows exactly what he’s doing when he plays on racist stereotypes and it isn’t just for the laughs.”

Andrew Sullivan: “Charming.”

Talking Points Memo: “Don Imus has nothing on Rush Limbaugh. Check out these new racially-charged parodies of Al Sharpton and Barack Obama that Rush is pushing right now with his multi-media empire.”

On Politics (go to original for additional links):

Commentator Earl Ofari Hutchinson writes today both at his own blog and at the liberal Huffington Post that the Magic Negro song and video that conservative radio talker Rush Limbaugh has been playing “is crass, tasteless, and race tinged, but it’s accurate.”

Meanwhile, DiversityInc’s “Today’s Feature” story asks whether Limbaugh should be held accountable for the parody as radio host Don Imus was for his racially charged comment about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.

The song and video get their theme from this Los Angeles Times op-ed piece by David Ehrenstein, who wrote that:

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama “also is running for an equally important unelected office, in the province of the popular imagination — the ‘Magic Negro.’ ” That is, Ehrenstein said, the person who can “assuage white ‘guilt’ (i.e., the minimal discomfort they feel) over the role of slavery and racial segregation in American history.”

Limbaugh took off from that, using a white parodist singing “as Al Sharpton,” to the tune of Puff the Magic Dragon.

Philly Burbs:

I think that as is the case with most of these right-leaning talking heads, they honestly don’t think what they say is racist or seriously insensitive. In their personal court of opinion, it’s just the way it is. Being a major free speech proponent, I have no problem with them airing such views, even though I don’t agree. They don’t offend me, they make me laugh.

But if we’ve become so thin-skinned that the slurred words of a leathery old coot like Imus start a national scandal, and Al Sharpton has to get involved, and then a neo-con, pill-popping lardass like Limbaugh has to lose his job as a result of playing some unfunny song parody, I’m certainly not going to lose any sleep over it.

EUR Web: “*It almost seems as if conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is daring activists to call for his dismissal with last month’s release of a comedy bit entitled “U Da Real Negro Al, Screw Obama.”

SOME UPDATES DUE TO EMAILS ETC:

  • Is Our Headline Wrong? One prominent blogger says the parody ran before Imus. However, some of the posts linked to in this story say an updated version was aired recently. Another talks about Limbaugh’s website. The latest post on diversity talks about it being on his website. Our KEY POINT HERE was if this was broadcast after Imus or listeners were told to go to the website to hear it (sort of a loophole). MSNBC in firing Imus (and I have been a HUGE fan and listener of Imus for many years and linked to a fan blog of his several times) was the corporation sending a message on boundaries. If it’s just on the website he’s still running it for listeners but apparently getting around it. Check out all links for this story and judge yourself. (And Limbaugh fans who go on his site know if there are other pieces where race is used to go belittle those who happen to have a “D” in front of their names.).
  • Read James Joyner. As usual he is one of the most thorough bloggers and offers a thoughtful take on it. He offers the best, most dispassionate defense of Limbaugh and the parody. A key point on which we differ:
    Still, Limbaugh has proven right in this hypothesis: “If I refer to Obama the rest of the day as the ‘Magic Negro,’ there will be a number of people in the drive-by media and on left-wing blogs who will credit me for coming up with it and ignore the L.A. Times did it, simply because they can’t be critical of the L.A. Times, but they can, obviously, be critical of talk radio.”

    The problem with Limbaugh’s comment is here. He has a history of making racial comments that got him into hot water (being removed from his TV sports job, the controversy over his repeatedly reference to Obama as a “half-rican American.” Whether someone likes Rush or not, those controversies existed.

    And Limbaugh’s many fervent fans have picked up the L.A. Times line almost verbatim. But if talk show hosts from coast-to-coast who had had problems in the past with making comments that got them in hot water with those who felt they went over the line with racial comments simply REPEATED Don Imus’ comment and called the basketballers what he did on Fox News, radio talk shows, CNN there would be a lot more talk show hosts sending out résumés.

    The argument that the L.A. Times said it first so it can be repeated over and over (after you’ve made an issue about “half-rican American” Obama) doesn’t hold water. Limbaugh’s critics — and his listeners — know fully well what’s going on. It’s just that Limbaugh is doing it so it must be OK or SHOULD be OK. If a school kid uses the “F” word in class and says “I’m just saying what Jimmy said first!” its likely he’d go to the office, too. Bottom line: even from your comments you can see Limbaugh was consciously pushing the envelope – raising a subject he didn’t have to raise but CHOSE TO RAISE in a provocative way.

  • 33 Comments

    1. Barack Obama and Al Sharpton are public figures and are fair game. The strange reception of Obama by Jackson and Sharpton is fair game. Minority collegiate WOMEN athletes are not fair game. Imus got canned because the inappropriateness of his target, and because his target was young WOMEN.

      This parody is typical Limbaugh. And while it is provocative and tasteless, it is inside the lines. Move along, nothing to see here.

    2. This is not okay!
      What have we become, when this garbage is accepted as normal?

      I don’t what’s worse, Limbaugn or those who excuse him.

      Free speech is one thing. But that we see this as just normal everyday fun is just crazy! As far as I’m concerned, to actually be a fan of this hateful man, you have to be a little twisted yourself.

    3. Rush, the magic nitwit sucked on my arse……….

      Play with fire and one day you get burned.

    4. It never ceases to amaze me how you can make big bucks by being an A-hole. In a certain sense, this thing is worse than the Imus thing. On the one hand, it’s true that Obama is a public figure and therefore better have a thick skin, but on the other hand I think Imus wasn’t trying to cause racial pain. Now, that’s just my evaluation, but I think Imus said what he said to be provocative, but that he could have just as well chosen any other derogatory ghetto terms. In fact I’m fairly sure that if he hadn’t said “nappy headed” he wouldn’t be in trouble. Now Slimebaugh was clearly going after race. Magic negro indeed. I dislike Sharpton intensely, but I gotta say that song screams old style racism at me.

      I still think he should be allowed to say that sort of garbage, I wouldn’t support him being fired for it. In fact, I know he WON’T be fired for it, because the media is nothing if not hypocritical. Imus wasn’t fired because the networks suddenly became sensitive, he was fired for making sponsors nervous. No, people should be free to say just about anything (exceptions for incitement to violence shouting fire etc.) and PEOPLE need to take the personal responsibility of not listening.

    5. In Joe Gandelman’s world, the only kind of satire we may enjoy (without a subsequent ostentatious display of guilt), would be the kind produced by the likes of the Capital Steps. But the intractable problem with Joe’s cogitation here is that the Capital Steps really really suck.

      Al Sharpton is a comical and disgusting public figure, morally responsible for death on 125th St. in New York City, and he should be the target of derisive humor. It’s also fair game to mock those on the left who who have alleged that Mr. Obama is somehow not “black” enough. This is what Limbaugh’s parody was about, which is why charges of racism or even racial insensitivity against him will not stick.

    6. Maybe black American would have a much stronger case if they did not fill stadiums and arenas to hear people like the Original Kings of Comedy(http://imdb.com/title/tt0236388/) or Dave Chapelle tell “White folks” jokes.

      The Comedy Channel was rerunning the Kings of Comedy right after the Imus incident broke. In the few minutes I watch, the number of “White Folks” jokes reached more than ten. Yet, no one has called for the Comedy channel to pull such racist comedy.

      I wonder if the Center for Media & Democracy would ever put out a statement if Tom Joyner every made racist comments about whites? Somehow I doubt it. And if you do not know who Tom Joyner is, his rating are higher than the ratings that Imus used to get.

    7. It was the L.A Times which introduced the phrase “Magic Negro” into the public arena. Any beef about the term, should be addressed to the L.A. Times.

    8. Brian and SuperD-
      You seem to be keeping score, implying that each group and each party gets to compete in the race to the gutter.

      True. It’s a free country, so they say, so the competition is open to anyone. People who still remember what civil behavior looks like are disgusted by the race and all its participants.

    9. Personal disgusted but so what? Most partisan hacks make me ill this just adds a little more slimness due to the racial component. Not actionable just icky.

    10. I seem to remember when Brians parents and Grandparents were shocked that Elvis and the Rolling Stones brought black music to the masses. White music then continued the trend to even baser language and misogeny. Limpbaugh is pandering to the racist just like McGirk. But McGirk and Imus were fired for their remarks, why no Rush. Rush also has a history of such “offensive” language – ESPN(?).

    11. The espn was not a “racist” comment. Many black sports writers agreed with it and years later it was widely held to have a reasonable basis.

    12. domajot,

      I don’t see how you’re responding to anything I’ve said. I didn’t make an “everyone does it, so it’s OK” type of argument. My argument is that Limbaugh’s parody is morally alright; it isn’t racist or racially insensitive; it targets the bad (Sharpton), and the silly (liberals generally.)

      I also argue that the world would be a poorer place if we applied social pressure to restrict parody to the Capital Steps. It’s crucially important to come to an adequate understanding of just how much the Capital Steps really do suck.

    13. BRIAN: Hey, thanks for adding the edit to my post. I knew NEVER KNEW I said the only kind of satire that’s good is the Capital Steps. It’s really satisfying when people tell me thoughts I don’t have or say I write what I didn’t write.

      PS: Broadcasting has long had guidelines that’s why you hear a 7 second delay on talk shows. I worked on newspapers. They all had guidelines (we even do here if you read the statement below). Mr. Limbaugh could have lampooned or run anyhost who used the phrase “half-rican American” repeatedly in referring to Obama about would now run this. PS: The L.A. Times does not produce Mr. Limbaugh’s Show. The issue is NOT the original column. The issue is standards in the wake of the high profile Imus flap and all of the talk about it being a watershed in understanding racial sensitivies (it isn’t every day that a basektball team gets live coverge to talk about why they are upset at what a talk show host said — and that the talkshow host flies out to see them and apologize).

      So if Mr. Imus used the phrase he did does THAT now mean that talk shows everywhere can start using it — because he used it? The suggestion that I only approve of the Capital Steps satire is very typical of blog discussion where someone immediately tries to put a writer on the defensive. Re-read the comments about race.

      You see a lot of this on blogs where discussion veers away from what the post says to something the post doesn’t even say. That takes the onus over the issue, Mr. Limbaugh, and his CHOICE to air yet ANOTHER swipe at Obama’s skin color (this time in the wake this in the wake of the fuss over Imus) and starts turning into something not in the post where Mr. Limbaugh is somehow portrayed as the victim in this. This ISSUE is his choice in the context of the Imus controversy and what the controversy supposedly meant — or was all the media and blog time spent writing about the impact of Imus just to fill up space and air time?

    14. I’m a black man that LOVED the Original Kings of Comedy that superdestroyer mentioned. I also watched this YouTube video in this article and laughed my arse off. But then I just stared at my screen. Because the video has some truth in it because this is the actual discussion in Black America. Listen to urban morning radio and the Barack Obama “not black enough” tripe has been discussed insanely. And Paul Shanklin actually did a good Sharpton impression (something that has been done thousands of times by black comics).

      I think the ultimate issue here is that we blacks are Americans. Descendants of slaves (most of us) and have fought to be equals. Battles are still being raged on the equality front but nevertheless WE ARE HERE. And WE ARE SEEN by white America every day. We fight with white folks side by side in the military. We work side by side with white folks in the workplace. So white folks know us as much as we know them. So when I saw this video, I laughed. But I also agree with the coarsening of our culture angle. I think ALL AMERICANS need to take a chill pill regarding our language towards each other. But compared to Imus and his producer’s statements, this is a little lightweight in my opinion.

    15. Brian-
      You think it’s okay if the targets are liberals.
      I may think it’s okay if the target is you.
      The result is a lot of nastiness polluting the air.
      It is particularly disgusting when brought into politics or by supposedly serious commentators. We are teaching our children that it’s okay to hate, insult and parody anybody we disagree with.
      Are White Agent’s tirades your idea of what public conversation should be?
      You can’t outlaw stupidity, but you don’t have to defend it, enjoy it or pretend that it’s not harmful.
      Children should be taught not to make fun of the village idiot, no matter who you think that may be.
      Maybe if enough people spoke out irrespective of the targets, we could hear some intelligent talk on the airwaves again.

    16. Would Rush Limbaugh be running such a parody about Condi Rice or Colin Powell if they were in the race?

    17. Mr. Gandelman,

      You’re correct, it was wrong of me to write that you wrote that only Capital Steps parody is alright. You didn’t say that.

      domajot,

      I think you’re right to try the line between parody and cruelty or incivility, but I might draw it in a different place, because parody is a valuable form of political communication, party because it gets the attention of people in a manner that a dry article does not.

      I don’t think we should target innocent individuals like the Rutgers basketball team, or the village idiot. But if we cannot target bad people or groups that we disagree with politically – liberals or conservatives or libertarians or whatever – then what’s left of parody? Do we parody abstractions such as Injustice or Inequality? That would make for a pretty boring song or cartoon.

      If I don’t respond to any further response, it’s not because I don’t deign to respond. I’m just applying the rule of diminishing returns to myself; if what I said so far is even remotely productive, subsequent comments by myself will not be.

    18. BRIAN: Never mistake my making a comment for my being upset. On all these issues I give my best take and know people don’t agree with me and might not even after I write something. If every post we did just had people in comments saying how wonder if it was and how they agreed with every golden word it would be a pretty boring comments section. (I also don’t comment too much on one post because of a lack of time and after a while I find I’m repeating the same points). I’ve learned two things a)every person thinks their perspective is the correct one and b)it is to them. Which means a lot of people will disagree with me, no matter what I say and I’ll disagree with them. People can target liberals, conservatives, democrats, republicans etc. and people should make jokes about that (politicians of BOTH parties deserve to be skewered in satire). In my standup part of my adult show I sometimes do some topical jokes. But the race area is still a very raw one for many americans.

    19. I agree – Joe-

      Its low and disgusting- but sadly, just what I would expect from Mr. Limbaugh, who unlike Imus, does have a racist political agenda. The millions of white right wing listeners who tune in basically are proving that in the free market system, this garbage passes for entertainment. I don’t see much difference between Limbaugh’s piece and the smut that is distributed by white supremacists. Obama doesn’t deserve this kind of treatment, but he is strong enough to withstand it. Rush is an embarassment to the white race.

      Put Imus back on and take Rush off. I said during the Imus controversy, that Rush is 10 times as offensive, because he really believes this kind of crap.

      And you are right to pillory Cheney for legitimizing a right wing extremist- but maybe -he goes on the show because HE’s a right wing extremist. They are cut from the same cloth. Is Rush still taking direction from this WH? That is a legitemate question.

    20. Joe,

      You wrote But the race area is still a very raw one for many americans.
      when I believe what you meant is that race is a raw are for white American. It seems that black american knows that they can tell as many racist jokes as they want and people like you will be too intiminated to call them on it.

      Maybe you can refer to some links where you criticized someone like Chappelle who telling racist jokes and doing racist skits. I doubt that you can find one.

    21. Wise up, people!

      Those who wanted to get rid of Imus did so by applying pressure to Imus’ employers. Imus was directly employed by large corporations with concerns for both their public images and bottom lines.

      Limbaugh is in a different position. His own company produces his own show. It’s their only product. They aren’t going to abandon it in the interest of the company’s greater good.

      Also, the publicity he recieves by courting this kind of controversy is a gold mine for them.

      In the wake of the Imus situation, Limbaugh is presenting himself as a profile-in-courage to his base by making racially-charged humor. Rush won’t be bending in the wind like tofu or something. Rush is a mighty oak of truth and freedon and, um…conservatism? Conservatism, isn’t it? Isn’t conservatism what you get when you listen to Limbaugh?

      And of course Obama is a high-profile figure in a way a the Rutgers basketball players weren’t. But–also of course–Limbaugh is playing to the vague racial resentments of his base.

    22. Good points, George Sorwell. But nervous advertisers were responsible for canning Imus. Rush’s program also depends on ad revenue. But taking him off the air won’t solve the real problem- which is that so many whites can’t stand political correctness, and want to hear what he has to say. When he started out in the ’80′s he attracted the wacko fringe elements, now he is considered a mainstream conservative- just like Ann Coulter. Which is one reason that I don’t vote Republican.

      SD- So they do it so its ok for us to do it? Thats a pretty low standard. I don’t insist that everyone around me stop cursing before I stop, or stop lying before I tell the truth. Must that be our justification for everything and anything??

    23. superdestroyer,

      The term “racist” is flung around too liberally. I don’t think the Original Kings of Comedy were telling “racist” white jokes just like this video IMO isn’t “racist” towards black people. I’ve always liked this definition of racism:

      An attitude, action or institutional structure, which subordinates a person or group because of their color. Racism involves having the power to carry out systematic discriminatory practices.

      Ol’ Rush and the Original Kings of Comedy don’t have the power to “carry out systematic discriminatory practices” by telling an ethnic joke or jokes. Last time I looked, Rush didn’t downsize me.

    24. T-Steel- what a great attitude! But as a white person, I find Rush’s humor low and obnoxious. He can’t attack Obama on the issues so he uses this tactic. He’s an embarrassing relic of our racist past.

    25. Who does the parody and the platform he does it on matters, too. When a comic or entertainer does it, there is different connotation than when a political conemtator does it. When your uncle does it, there is a different connotation than when the president of a corporation does it.
      Nastiness is not a punishable crime, nor should it be. When you endorse it or excuse it, that says something about you, and by extension, abpit the nature of ‘we, the people’.
      Political correctness, likde politeness, can be taken too far – to where it erases truth. Politeness can be overrated – you can be just as cruel with polite words as with rough insults.
      But politeness and sensetivity are not dirty words in my book yet. It’s still better to help an old lady across the street than to make fun of her hunched back.
      We have lost a sense of what was known as common decency, and we are exposed for the barbarians that we are without it.

    26. Doma- I think I’d choose common decency over nastiness, even though I agree that there are definitely times when political correctness blocks our ability to identify the root cause of problems or prevent them from happening in the first place. Both extremes thrive on blatant dishonesty, but there is a common sense middle ground-I’m a centrist on this one.

    27. But taking him off the air won’t solve the real problem- which is that so many whites can’t stand political correctness, and want to hear what he has to say.

      Seriously. I know I have a hard time seeing my white male viewpoint represented.

      Pfft.

    28. The espn was not a “racist” comment. Many black sports writers agreed with it and years later it was widely held to have a reasonable basis.

      I’ll agree with that, but that only makes Rush’s forays into being a douchebag (social critique my ass; he wanted to say “negro.” The “parody” was no more sophisticated than that) the worse, because it robs his occasional useful comment of import.

    29. Well the phrase was coined by someone else allowing him to be able to use it. If he had come up with it and used it first I think we would be seeing much more protest.

      T-Steel that definition is held out by the black community because then they can say do and hate anyone for any reason and never have a moral concern because “they” can’t be racist. Of course someone beaten, robbed, or killed because they were white may disagree with you definition of who “has the power”. Whitey can’t say anything that anyone may ever be able to construe as racist but someone of color can rail about whites being snakes and Jews being evil. It ignores that some of the worst damage and racism is currently between minorities not having anything to due with “whites”.

    30. But the phrase Imus used was also coined by somebody else. I don’t see the difference.

    31. For goodness’ sake…folks, this song parody isn’t an attack on Barak Obama! It uses almost verbatin comments of LA Times writer David Ehrenstein (fyi, a black liberal), liberal Democrat Sen. Joe Biden (the “clean” and “articulate” comments) and others in the context of the “Magic Negro” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Negro) to point out the left’s own bigotry and hypocrisy. And the song does a damn good, and hysterically funny job at it.

      The lyrics (available at http://www.rushlimbaugh.com) are sung from the point of view of The Rev. Al Sharpton (which is probably why Obama has no problem with the song…he realizes he’s not the target, Sharpton is, and Sharpton is the one who looks bad, as well he should.) It’s not white conservatives asking if Obama is “black enough.” The Al Sharptons of the world are the ones saying that Obama isn’t “authentically black” because he speaks standard English and didn’t grow up in public housing.

      The irony is that the liberals are the ones exhibiting bigotry and intolerance in this situation. The conservatives (the real ones) don’t ask if he’s “black enough.” We ask if Obama is qualified and experienced enough to do the job, and where his policy positions would take the country. Conservatives are the ones who believe in the American dream for everyone, regardless of the color of their skin.

      The parody has been running on Rush’s show for several weeks (pre-Imus) and is a riot! Before you get yourself all worked up, take a listen for yourself. (The video, by the way, was not produced by Rush Limbaugh, was not authorized, and has been removed from YouTube because it made illegal use of Paul Shanklin’s copyrighted material.)

      These fake controversies only serve to further polarize the country and do us all a disservice. Get a grip, people!

    32. The funniest thing is there is no “Rush Limbaugh is now embroiled in a new controversy ”

      The whole songs is taken from liberal media comments.

      The left is so wacked it cannot laugh anymore …

      All it knows how to do is have life rage (like raod rage but all the time)

      Notice how that they have no compassion at all for anyone with a different view even hoping for the death of many like Bush, Jerry falwel who they celebrated his death…
      Jesus was killed with the same kind of people hating what he said…

    33. That road rage on the road of life LOL

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