I predicted that Rush’s attempt to purchase the St. Louis Rams would be sabotaged the minute I saw the letter from the head of the NFL union slamming Rush’s bid. I told my husband that a feeding frenzy would begin that would force him out of the bid. My husband thought I was over reacting. I hoped I was wrong, but unfortunately, I was right. As Rick noted below Rush has been dropped from Dave Checketts’ bid to buy the Rams. That a private citizen can be forced out of a private business transaction because of his politics and opinions is about as Un-American as anything I have ever seen.
Right now, though, Rush is in a very interesting position. The vitriol the left has spewed at him all these years has been bubbling for a long time. This time, however, those who hate him have really stepped in it. He is being slandered with statements he never said, which cost him an opportunity to buy an NFL football team. He’s been clearly damaged and is in a very strong position for a law suit. Jason Whitlock published fake quotes and attributed them to Rush:
Here are two quotes attributed to Limbaugh in a 2006 book, “101 People Who Are Really Screwing America,” by Jack Huberman.
- “You know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor? James Earl Ray (Dr. King’s assassin). We miss you, James. Godspeed.”
- “Let’s face it, we didn’t have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: Slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back. I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark.”
Drew Sharp repeated the accusation that Rush said those awful things on Bill O’Reilly Monday night.
Mark Steyn noted that when he began to fill in for Rush on his radio show, he was stunned to learn that George Soros pays a number of stenographers to transcribe every single word Rush or any of his guests hosts say, hoping to hit pay dirt and destroy Rush’s career. If those fake quotes that Sharp attributed to Rush actually existed, Soros would have jumped on them immediately. There would be audio that proved it. They don’t exist, and the reporters and news outlets who reported them that Rush said them without audio or a transcript to prove it should be sued. I hope Rush sues the hell out of Jack Huberman, Jason Whitlock, Drew Sharp and every other sports journalist and news outlet that repeated the fake quotes and attributed them to him.
Rush may not own an NFL team, but he could end up owning a newspaper and a cable news outlet and bankrupt Sharp and all the other journalists who failed to do their jobs. I hope he goes after all these people.
Even more aggravating, though, is the behavior of the NFL owners. They caved at the slightest sign of controversy. What a bunch of skirts. Indianapolis Colts’ owner Jim Irsay went as far as to say that he could never vote for Rush to be an owner because of the quotes he read. We don’t know exactly what quotes he was referring to, but the manner in which he described them – “inappropriate, incendiary and insensitive” – tells me that he was referring to the fake quotes. However, since Mr. Irsay made his statements publicly, Rush could simply subpoena him and make him explain what quotes influenced his decision. If his decision had anything to do with those fake quotes, Rush can go for the jugular.
With the owners’ cowardice in the face of the left’s feeding frenzy, it is the NFL that has been sullied, not Mr. Limbaugh.
Update: CNN’s Rick Sanchez also insisted that Rush made the slavery comments that he never said and for which there is no audio.
I hope Rush sues the pants of that guy, too. There has to come a point where Rush must take extreme measures to defend himself. This is that point.