Claim: List documents "racist quotes" from radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
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Example: [Collected via e-mail, October 2009]
1. "I mean, 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."
2. "You know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor? James Earl Ray [the confessed assassin of Martin Luther King]. We miss you, James. Godspeed."
3. "Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?"
4. "Right. So you go into Darfur and you go into South Africa, you get rid of the white government there. You put sanctions on them. You stand behind Nelson Mandela — who was bankrolled by communists for a time, had the support of certain communist leaders. You go to Ethiopia. You do the same thing."
5. "Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it."
6. "The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies."
7. "They're 12 percent of the population. Who the hell cares?"
8. "Take that bone out of your nose and call me back (to an African American female caller)."
9. "I think the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They’re interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well. I think there’s a little hope invested in McNabb and he got a lot of credit for the performance of his team that he really didn’t deserve."
Origins: With the October 2009 brouhaha over talk radio host Rush Limbaugh's seeking to buy an interest in the NFL's
The only source we've turned up so far that putatively documents this quote is the 2006 book 101 People Who Are Really Screwing America, which attributes it to Rush Limbaugh but itself cites no source. On his program of
It's being repeated by people who have never listened to this program, they certainly didn't hear it said themselves because it was never said.
Likewise, this statement is attributed (without sourcing) to Limbaugh in 101 People Who Are Really Screwing America. Although it is often cited as something he said on his radio program on
Media Matters for America documents this statement (with an audio clip) as one made by Rush Limbaugh in the course of his radio program on
Media Matters also documents this statement as one made by Rush Limbaugh in the course of his radio program on
This putative statement dates at least as far back as 1992, so the only documentation we've been able to locate for it is indirect. All the sources we've found that reference it cite the January 1993 issue of Flush Rush Quarterly as their source.
This statement has been indirectly referenced as something Rush Limbaugh once said on the air since at least as far back as 2000, but we have found no documenting source for it.
Rush Limbaugh acknowledged making these statements in a 1990 Newsday article (although the latter, at least, occurred not on Limbaugh's now-familiar talk and political commentary radio program, but at the beginning of his broadcast career back in the early 1970s when he was hosting a
"You may interpret it as that, but I, no, honest-to-God, that's not how I intended it at all. Gee, don't get me in this one. I am the least racist host you'll ever find." Recalling a stint as an "insult-radio" DJ in Pittsburgh, he admits feeling guilty about, for example, telling a black listener he could not understand to "take that bone out of your nose and call me back."
Rush Limbaugh made this statement about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb during a September 2003 broadcast of ESPN television's Sunday NFL Countdown program. The controversy generated by the remark prompted Limbaugh's resignation from his position as a commentator on that show.
Last updated: 26 September 2014
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