A couple of racist quotes I’ve attributed to Rush Limbaugh apparently are bogus


 In the 21 months I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve attributed lots of racist and sexist remarks to radio blabber Rush Limbaugh — and the overwhelming majority of them are sufficiently documented.

 For example, there are lots of genuine Limbaugh quotes included in a link I provided earlier today in the comments thread on a previous post. Each of these quotes is pegged to the date on which they were uttered on-air.

 But I now find that two particular quotes attributed to Limbaugh in links I’ve posted on several previous occasions apparently are fictitious. One of them has to do with slavery and the other with James Earl Ray, the assassin of Martin Luther King Jr.

Naturally, I regret having trusted my source for these bogus quotes, and I’m glad I didn’t use the quotes at issue in the main body of any of my posts — a distinction that doesn’t, of course, absolve me of sloppiness in linking to them.

 On the other hand, any apology I would issue here to Limbaugh would be highly qualified. My mistake in this matter doesn’t mean that I don’t think El Rushbo is a racial bigot. There are plenty of remarks legitimately attributed to him that convince me otherwise.

 Nate Silver has SOME THOUGHTS on blaming Limbaugh for stuff he didn’t really say.



  1. Mr. Funfsinn

    It means a lot when some, but allegedly not all, of his “quotes” have been fabricated. It says a lot about the racism of the people that pulled the card on him. He will litigate them until they admit that they see through the glass of racism, not the prism color blindness.

  2. shawnnews

    Aren’t there transcripts of the show where you could plug the quote into Nexis/Lexis and see if it it matches an online transcript?

  3. Craig Knauss

    “You, and your Left-wing cohorts, would be right at home in 17th century Salem, Pat.” Yeah, right, snuss. A little education would have told you that the witch-burning Puritans were religious RIGHTwingers. So Pat and his “left wing cohorts” wouldn’t even come close to being at home. But you and your bible thumping bigot friends would have been right at home, wouldn’t you, snuss?

  4. It seems to me that all the negative vibes this blowhard (Rush Hudson Limbaugh A.KA. Jeff Christie) has been spewing over these many years has come back to blow back on his face (A classic “Blow Back”). He always tries to give off the airs that he can have anything he wants but as we all witness those with more money and influence tossed him aside like sack of potatoes and the ultimate insult was that it was done in public (money don’t buy you everything butterball).

    Now of course he blames everyone else (Michael J. Fox, Perez Hilton, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Sotomayor, Hillary Clinton, Olympia Snowe, ESPN, NFL, the media, basically people of color, women and gays) when of course all you have to do is listen to his show and plainly hear his daily prejudices filled sermons. So NFL, I salute you decision, job well done. And to the whaling cry baby perched on his self made pedestal, quit your whining it was your own fault. Don’t we all feel better?

  5. well we ALL know you write about things you know nothing about…that happen when you run, like all you libs nutroots do, emotion and never on intelligents…

    ps Congrats on the 21 months of slop…

  6. Irrational fear? Now that’s gonna open a whole can of worms. RED worms, I would think…

  7. Let’s be clear about one thing here: As far as I know, I have never misquoted Limbaugh — but I have, on several occasions, provided links to other Web sites that did, in fact, misquote him. When those bogus quotes were convincingly exposed as such, I felt an obligation to acknowledge my mistake in having linked to them.

    But the legitimate quotes attributed to Limbaugh by me and countless others include lots of downright racist stuff, which is why the NFL apparently didn’t want to do business with him.

    Gene Robinson has an excellent column this morning on Limbaugh and the NFL: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/15/AR2009101502770.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

  8. Craig Knauss

    snuss says, “But your reason is your irrational hate of those with whom you disagree.” Snuss, once again you’ve proven you’re full of s***, just like when you accused me of being a “liberal loafer” even though I’ve been in the workforce years longer that you have. I disagree with lots of people, but I don’t hate them. I only loathe those who adamantly refuse to deal with facts, those who persist in keeping their heads where the sun doesn’t shine, and those who like to wallow in their stupidity and bigotry. I don’t even hate you, snuss, because you are too delusional to hate. But I do loathe your incredible stupidity and arrogance. Maybe you should get out in the real world sometime and see what’s really going on. You might be surprised.

  9. shawnnews

    It takes a stand up guy to admit his possible errors. Good one, Pat.

  10. I will happily await the liberal response to the following information. I am assuming the liberal NFL owners in this post will be immediately decried by the media including Pat, Rick Sanchez of CNN as well as the NFL players union. Looks like a portion of the Dolphins will be availabe for purchase soon. This post NAILS IT!


  11. Illinoistom

    The bogus quotes that surfaced on Wikipedia have been traced to a law firm in New York. It will be interesting to see how far a slander case can go when people quote obviously malicious lies to slander a private citizen. The lesson here is don’t use a blog that links to a blog that quotes a blogger and call it journalism. Editorial comment should have the same reverence for the truth that the front page does. Just the facts please, we can make up our own minds.

  12. As I peruse the WSJ online I come upon this piece, Limbaugh tells his side of the story. I think it is interesting,particularly this:

    “The sports media elicited comments from a handful of players, none of whom I can recall ever meeting. Among other things, at least one said he would never play for a team I was involved in given my racial views. My racial views? You mean, my belief in a colorblind society where every individual is treated as a precious human being without regard to his race? Where football players should earn as much as they can and keep as much as they can, regardless of race? Those controversial racial views? ”


  13. bannernews

    Rush the pig gets slaughtered, Ha Ha Ha.

  14. Craig Knauss

    Gee, mike, you must have overtaxed both of your braincells with that one. What a moron! And aren’t you the one who claimed he “creates jobs”. So get up off your dead ass and create some, genius. Or was that just some more of your BS? Yes, unemployment is up, but there are jobs out there, for people who actually look. But brainless a-holes don’t look. Why didn’t GWB create jobs instead of running the country down a deep hole? You pathetic Nazi.

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