ABC Blogger Makes Rush Limbaugh Out A Racist Over Caller's Comments

<p><b>So, how is a Rush Limbaugh caller's comments news?</b></p> <p><img src="http://lighthousepatriotjournal.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/rush-limbaug... align="right" border="0" hspace="10" vspace="10" />Unfortunately, this is the kind of silliness that the net is sometimes prone to as sites try to fill pages with &quot;news.&quot; On March 3 during the Rush Limbaugh radio show, one of the callers.... remember, I said a <i>caller</i> here... said that Barack Obama reminded her (the caller's) daughter of the cartoon character Curious George. And, um, <i>this</i> is somehow news? Well, it is according to ABC News at least. Excitedly, ABC's Political Radar blog delivered us a headline that virtually screams &quot;look at the racist&quot; -- <a href="http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/03/limbaugh-caller.html">Li... Caller Says Obama Reminds Daughter of Cartoon Monkey.</a> </p><p>On March 3rd, the Political Radar blog breathlessly reports this momentous &quot;news,&quot; this stupendous, stultifying, divisive, pointless, news. Even more shocking, Limbaugh &quot;laughed at the caller's comment.&quot; The NERVE!</p> <p>Seriously, people! How is it that a caller's comments to any radio show amounts to news? Would it be news if I reported what some guy at the 7/11 store said to me yesterday? The news should be what the hosts say, not the callers. And, even at that rate, the news value of what a radio host says might easily be considered less consequential than what a politician or other public figure says. </p> <p>Ah, but we all know what the &quot;news&quot; here is, don't we? ABC was excited to be able to paint Rush Limbaugh as a racist. Yes, ABC was salivating at the chance to say that the evil, rotten, mean-spirited, conservative Limbaugh is a nogoodnick. That is the beginning and end of the agenda.</p> <p>Here is how the Political Radar blog begins:</p> <blockquote> <p>ABC News' Tahman Bradley Reports: Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh issued an on-air apology to Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., today after a caller said her daughter thought the Democratic presidential frontrunner looked like the cartoon character Curious George, a monkey.</p> <p>Limbaugh, who laughed at the caller's comments, later apologized explaining he didn't know anything about Curious George.</p> </blockquote> <p>In true Limbaugh fashion, though, he was able to take a silly thing and wring a cogent, political point out of it. And kudos to ABC for at least allowing Limbaugh his point, even if they did bury it at the end of the piece.</p> <blockquote> <p>Limbaugh made a broader, perhaps more serious observation about political correctness and what can and cannot be said about a black man seeking the presidency of the United States. &quot;I'm doing this as an illustration for you of how really uptight and tense everybody is going to be with any kind of criticism of Barack Obama on the Republican side,&quot; he said. &quot;If Obama is the nominee, we may set a record for the number of apologies to him and his campaign by various Republicans and so forth.&quot;</p> </blockquote> <p>So, Rush made lemonade out of those lemons, for sure. But, how ABC saw it as &quot;news&quot; is the saddest part of this whole affair with their attempt to make Limbaugh out as the racist. And don't think I am exaggerating, either. Catch how the Political Radar piece ends.</p> <blockquote> <p>But forty years removed from racist archetypes like Blackface, Limbaugh probably won't get much sympathy by laughing at a child thinking a black man favors a monkey. </p> </blockquote> <p>Blackface, indeed. Nope.... not much agenda <i>there</i>!</p><p><i>Photo of Limbaugh via <a href="http://lighthousepatriotjournal.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">Lighthouse Patriot Journal</a>. </i></p>