I can only hope this trend will continue.
Why, you may ask?
Because he writes things like You Think You Had A Bad Week? Rush Had It Worse:
In this case, I thought that while what Rush said wasn't racist in the least, I could certainly see how it could irritate people. Although it's not exactly the same thing, it reminded me of back in the eighties when Isiah Thomas said, "If (Larry) Bird was black, he'd be just another good guy". Although Thomas apologized and Bird didn't seem to take any offense, it still grinded on my nerves back then and I can see how other people might feel the same way.
In any case, although I wouldn't have said what Rush did there, I don't think it was an offense that merited a resignation -- especially since ESPN's ratings were way up because of Rush.
Atrios has been getting crazy with the Stupid Rush Quotes lately, and there's much, much more at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting's Rush Limbaugh page, including this little blast from the past, Limbaugh: A Color Man Who Has A Problem With Color?
As a young broadcaster in the 1970s, Limbaugh once told a black caller: "Take that bone out of your nose and call me back." A decade ago, after becoming nationally syndicated, he mused on the air: "Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?"
In 1992, on his now-defunct TV show, Limbaugh expressed his ire when Spike Lee urged that black schoolchildren get off from school to see his film Malcolm X: "Spike, if you're going to do that, let's complete the education experience. You should tell them that they should loot the theater, and then blow it up on their way out."
In a similar vein, here is Limbaugh's mocking take on the NAACP, a group with a ninety-year commitment to nonviolence: "The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies."
Yes, the offense wasn't his most recent little outburst. The offense is that someone with his track record was on ESPN in the first place.
Didn't read the comments at RWN, or check any of the trackback links.
No need to deliberately provoke a berserker rage, after all.
Update: Apropos of nothing, Glenn Reynolds writes:
And, no, I don't have an opinion on the Limbaugh drug scandal. I just hope that criticism of Limbaugh isn't motivated by prejudice against people with disabilities. . . .
I will charitably assume that he's joking.
Meaning my initial reaction to this was, "You have got to be fucking kidding."