MSNBC Contributor: Rush Limbaugh Would ‘Love to Say He Owns a Plantation Full of Black Men’
MSNBC contributor Touré on Wednesday continued the network's vitriolic, slanderous attacks on Rush Limbaugh. Discussing the radio host’s bid to buy the St. Louis Rams, the cable commentator smeared, "Several NFL players have already said they would not play for Rush because they know he would love to say he owns a plantation full of black men." [Audio available here.]
When Morning Meeting host Dylan Ratigan mock protested, "No, they don't know that," the one-named Touré reiterated, "They feel it." Ratigan gave in and played along, "Okay, they feel that." Despite calls from the Media Research Center, MSNBC has repeatedly refused to retract false quotes that have the conservative star endorsing slavery.
Earlier in the piece, Touré commented on the possibility Rush would not get an NFL team and gleefully cooed, "Schadenfreude is the word of the day. It's time for some Schadenfreude because it makes me happy when people I don't like suffer losses."
On Tuesday’s News Live, MSNBC featured Pulitzer Prize winner Karen Hunter to froth, "I can just see the visions of plantation grandeur dancing in [Limbaugh's] head as we speak."
[Updated: 2009-10-14-11:44] National Review Online reports that Touré is a 9/11 Truther. In a Twitter post he speculated, “This fascinating video raises questions about the Pentagon attack: 757 or missle [sic]?”
A transcript of the October 14 segment, which aired at 9:53am EDT, follows:
DYLAN RATIGAN: Football and Rush Limbaugh on the agenda. What’s the word, my man?
TOURÉ: Schadenfreude is the word of the day. It's time for some Schadenfreude because it makes me happy when people I don't like suffer losses.
RATIGAN: Oh, goodness! You're better than that.
TOURÉ: To wit, Rush Limbaugh is part of an ownership group bidding to buy the St. Louis Rams. But the NFL community is sacking him where the ball has been truly snapped.
RATIGAN: On what basis?
TOURÉ: Commissioner Goodell says Rush's divisiveness is unwelcome in a leadership position in the NFL. And because the commission, the owners get to vote on who gets to join the ranks of the ownership, that signals fourth and 20 for Rush's bid. Only nine owners need say no to scuttle the bid.
RATIGAN: So, it’s like a fraternity. So, having the money is one thing. If they don't like you, you're not in. And the owners are saying?
TOURÉ: It's a private club. It’s a co-op.
TOURÉ: The owners can say we don't want you in here.
RATIGAN: It’s not very American, but, you know.
TOURÉ: Well, co-ops are American. Private clubs are still American.
RATIGAN: That’s true. That’s true. That’s true.
TOURÉ: Several NFL players have already said they would not play for Rush because they know he would love to say he owns a plantation full of black men.
RATIGAN: No, they don't know that. They don't know that.
TOURÉ: They feel it.
RATIGAN: Okay, they feel that.
TOURÉ: I mean, this is a guy who said an NFL game is like a Crips and Bloods match-up without the weapons. What is that?
RATIGAN: I can't defend that.