Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Letter to the Editor: Rush's views on George were racist!

Palm Beach Post (Florida)

August 20, 2010 Friday
Dear Editors,
With all the talk about talk-show host Laura Schlessinger and the n-word, I remember an article in The Post, "Limbaugh answers back: Lighten up!" (July 15), about Rush Limbaugh responding to criticism of his calling the late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner a "cracker."

Mr. Limbaugh makes his living, speaking to the Republican right wing, as well as tea party members, by vilifying Democrats, non-Republicans and celebrities. His use of language speaks for itself. If he were a political satirist, perhaps his choice of words would be acceptable in specific venues. Mark Twain, Will Rogers, Tom Lehrer, George Carlin, Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert expose(d) both celebrities and politicians (of both parties), but were/are clearly not racist.

As someone once said: If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it is a duck. Mr. Limbaugh claims, "It's all in jest ... It's my stock in trade: Illustrating the absurd by being absurd." Any discerning person would agree that Mr. Limbaugh talks like a racist, and is a racist.

North Palm Beach

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