- The Washington Times - Friday, October 16, 2009

You knew Rush Limbaugh’s NFL ownership bid was done the moment Roger Goodell read the politically correct tea leaves and dropped the “divisive” word on the highly controversial, ultra-conservative, extremely right of center talk show host.

By comparison, Keith Olbermann is a beacon of reasoned restraint. The same with Chris Matthews, who has the eternal thrill going up his leg. So, too, Anderson Cooper, Ed Schultz, Katie Couric, David Letterman, Bill Maher and so on.

The latter are all thoughtful commentators who would be seen as wonderful additions to the pristine NFL community, which has a well-documented history of inclusiveness.

Making it “rain” at a strip club before firing several gunshots is not “divisive.” Accidentally shooting yourself at a nightclub is not “divisive.” Killing ill-performing fighting dogs is not “divisive.” Vehicular homicide is not “divisive.” We could go on and on with the felonious habits of the NFL, but this is not a tome.

Limbaugh’s fiery political words are hurtful. Actions that lead to a person becoming paralyzed after being shot at a strip club are unfortunate.

The hypocrisy in the Limbaugh matter is so deep, so absurd, that the perpetrators ought to be required to wear a bag over their heads in shame.

“Divisive comments are not what the NFL is all about,” Goodell said.

We’ll see about that during the next labor-management spat.

Of course, you know that Limbaugh, deep down, is a racist.

You know this because of what he once said of Donovan McNabb, which was: “I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well.”

As Time magazine’s Bill Saporito put it: “… As a commentator for ESPN in 2003, Limbaugh made a racist remark that quickly got him benched: He disparaged Donovan McNabb, arguing that the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback got higher marks than deserved because of his color. Philadelphia fans were outraged - mostly at being accused of grading anyone on a curve. In Philly, nobody but nobody gets a pass, except the wideouts.”

Cute stuff, except Limbaugh expressed no issue with Philadelphia’s fans. His issue was with the lefties in the media, which apparently eluded Saporito in his zeal to condemn Limbaugh.

To suggest the predominantly left media looked favorably on McNabb’s accomplishments because of skin color is hardly racist. Was his a valid point? Not in my opinion.

Limbaugh was merely attempting to flip a time-worn template back on the old media, and that is not how the racial game is played.

Why, why, the guy must be a racist if he does not know how to play the racial game.

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