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.