And speaking of brain damage…


In the hearings Al posted about yesterday, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) apparently asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to apologize to Rush Limbaugh for saying Rush’s comments about Donovan McNabb were racist:

King said he’d “scoured” Rush Limbaugh’s infamous comment that the media was giving Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb too much credit because he was black and found no racism in it whatsoever — Limbaugh, said King, was calling out the media for reverse racism. Goodell and King went back and forth a bit, but King refused to budge on his position that Limbaugh was being smeared as a racist even though he’s colorblind about race. King went on to say that Goodell was being a hypocrite by failing to criticize some hip-hop stars with stakes in NFL teams.

“I don’t think anything that Rush Limbaugh said was offensive, but with Fergie and with J-Lo, they have, between the two of them, alleged that the CIA are terrorists and liars, they’ve promoted sexual abuse of women, they’ve used the N word, verbal pornography, recreational drug use, etc. And they are owners of the Dolphins. And it’s also ironic that Fergie was approved as an owner on the very day that you made your statement on Rush Limbaugh.”

Here’s the appropriate response — for any witness — to a statement like that by a United States Representative:

“It is utterly irrelevant whether you think Mr. Limbaugh’s comment was racist, sir.  He didn’t say it about you or your race, nor were you in any way a party to it.  He said it about  Donovan McNabb; as an employee of ESPN; as part of their partnership with the NFL.  Mr. McNabb’s opinion matters.  Black Americans’ opinions matter.  ESPN’s opinion matters.  The NFL’s opinion matters.  Your opinion, sir, does not matter.  If you cannot see what is plainly before your face, that is your problem and, unfortunately, this country’s problem.  It is deeply frustrating to me as a citizen that somebody in your position is still defending comments like Mr. Limbaugh’s with arguments from the America of a hundred years ago.”


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5 Responses to “And speaking of brain damage…”

  1. alsturgeon Says:

    Sigh. I knew you should have been NFL commissioner. ‘Twould have been the comeback line for the ages.

  2. urbino Says:

    If you wanna know the truth, my first thought was, “Your time has expired, Mr. King. Does anyone have an intelligent question?”

  3. alsturgeon Says:

    That would have worked, too.

  4. jazzbumpa Says:

    Is it of any relevance that the CIA, in fact, are terrorists and liars?

    JzB the inquisitive trombonist

  5. urbino Says:

    Ixnay, Umpabay. They might earhay.

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