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Some Say Obama Parody 'Insulting'
WMAQ-Chicago ^ | May 21, 2007 | NBC5 staff

Posted on 05/22/2007 1:45:44 AM PDT by Baladas

CHICAGO -- When former talk radio host Don Imus recently made racist remarks about the Rutgers women's basketball team on his radio show, he lost his job.

Now, some are wondering if radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has also gone too far, NBC5 reported on Monday.

Weeks before Imus controversy, Limbaugh began airing a song about Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, who is running for the Democratic nomination for president. The song, a parody of the folk song "Puff The Magic Dragon," contains the line, "Barack, The Magic Negro." Some have begun to wonder if Limbaugh has been getting a free pass.

"It's insulting," said Michael Harrison, publishers of Talkers Magazine. "It's in bad taste, but it's legitimate political satire."

The voice on the song is a white political satirist imitating civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton.

"This is basically the radio equivalent of a black face minstrel show," said Paul Waldman of Media Matters for America. "You know, going back to 'Amos and Andy' and all of those kinds of racist shows."

Media watchdogs said there was no hue and cry to stop Limbaugh because he speaks to a niche audience who either expects this or was willing to let him slide, and that his target in this case is a public figure, not a college women's basketball team.

Obama said he doesn't listen to Limbaugh, but said being targeted is part of being a politician. In his broadcasts, Limbaugh suggest that the song is a parody based on a newspaper column about Obama written by journalist David Ehrenstein.

"The 'magic negro,'" was chiefly a term used when talking about films, in which you'd have black characters who would suddenly come out of nowhere and come to the rescue of white characters," Ehrenstein said. "I was just simply trying to get a conversation going. How it's gone is another question."

Waldman said Limbaugh has no excuse.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barack; barackobama; barackthemagicnegro; election2008; magicnegro; obama; somesay; talkradio
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"Some" = Soros front group onlyliberalmediamatters. Must have forgotten about the Condi Rice incident.
1 posted on 05/22/2007 1:45:46 AM PDT by Baladas
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To: Baladas

Not to defend Rush on this but frankly, as far as I’ve seen so far, Obama’s main talent and qualification is the color of his skin.

But that’s typical Democrat. It’s all about politics, all about image. Form before substance.


2 posted on 05/22/2007 1:54:24 AM PDT by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: Baladas

There is a poll with the article..

I voted..


3 posted on 05/22/2007 1:57:53 AM PDT by alaskamomma
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To: alaskamomma

Didn’t even notice. Now 53% “no”, Rush’s comments were not worse than Imus’, 45% say “yes”, 2% “don’t know”.

A push poll based in Chicago.


4 posted on 05/22/2007 2:02:02 AM PDT by Baladas
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To: Baladas

This is old!

Old news is no news.


5 posted on 05/22/2007 2:02:08 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

They’re trying so hard to gin up outrage over this and they just can’t get it going. It must just drive them bonkers. Rush’s parody works because it’s true an it’s funnier than hell.


6 posted on 05/22/2007 2:06:54 AM PDT by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: Baladas

“Some say”.........uh huh. So what?


7 posted on 05/22/2007 2:07:07 AM PDT by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: Baladas

“Some” say that the Left should park the old Racecar D into the garage and leave it there.


8 posted on 05/22/2007 2:11:38 AM PDT by Sapper26 ('Would you feel better if they was pushed outta windas?' Archie Bunker on gun control)
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To: Baladas
From RushLimbaugh.com:
I went to bed about 1:30, two o'clock, so I didn't get up to see what the Today Show did today, but I knew what they were going to do before they did it because I predicted it to you on Friday. I just want you to know what happened. We sent them reams of data. H.R. spoke to the producer three times Friday afternoon. They interviewed Michael Medved about it to get a voice agreeing with my side. They didn't use him at all. They just used this hack from the George Soros funded front group for the Democrat Party, Media Matters for America.

It's pathetic. They're posting the lowest ratings they've posted in years, they're just barely ahead of Good Morning America -- they've got a smaller audience than we do. They had to try to get this wrong. There's no other way this could happen. They don't even understand the point of the parody, "Barack, 'the Magic Negro'." It's a piece on Al Sharpton. It's not even a hit piece on Obama, and everything in it was originated by libs. ... they just don't want to get it right. ... It's just a smear. This happens every day to me. ...

The more I think about it, I think they did this in a perfunctory way. I think they want me to start railing against them because the Today show's numbers are in the tank, folks. ... these are some of the worst ratings in over a decade for the Today show. Snerdley's point was, "You know, they saw that little dust-up that you had with the CBS affiliate out there in Sacramento, and they saw how many website hits that little station got and all the publicity it got. I think they're just trying to get you to give them a bump, because there's no news value in this thing, ... It's a two and a half month old story and nobody is talking about it other than these Democrat front group websites."


9 posted on 05/22/2007 2:14:34 AM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: Baladas

Of course the perpetually offended never bother to listen to the lyrics!

“...The L.A. Times they call him this,
because he’s black but not authentically...”

Said by an Al Sharpton impersonator! Sharpton is the real subject of this parody.


10 posted on 05/22/2007 2:14:36 AM PDT by johnpannell
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To: Luke Skyfreeper
"Not to defend Rush on this but frankly, as far as I’ve seen so far, Obama’s main talent and qualification is the color of his skin."

BINGO!

Thanks for nailing that one home, but you left out one thing... he is also half Muslim.

11 posted on 05/22/2007 2:16:46 AM PDT by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: Baladas
I was tackled the other day and held down and forced to listen to Rush.
I couldn't change stations.
12 posted on 05/22/2007 2:17:26 AM PDT by DeaconRed (If it weren't for the United States Military-There would be NO United States of America.)
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To: Voter#537
I was tackled the other day and held down and forced to listen to Rush. I couldn't change stations.

Hope that I might be so lucky today.

13 posted on 05/22/2007 2:31:08 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Baladas
There’s a whole bunch of us out here in that “niche audience”.

They still don’t get the song or it’s origin. And they report “News”.

14 posted on 05/22/2007 2:35:01 AM PDT by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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To: Baladas
Some Say Obama Parody 'Insulting'

Ever since the XVth Amendment (or was if Brown v. Board of Education?) it has been unconstitutional to hurt the feelings of the Colored. This demostrates the need for "fairness". OK, so let someone on NPR insult W. Problem is, who'd ever know?

15 posted on 05/22/2007 2:37:32 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Deadcheck the embeds first.)
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To: BnBlFlag

Some say, some say not.


16 posted on 05/22/2007 2:41:50 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Peace Begins in the Womb)
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To: Baladas
Limbaugh suggest (sic) that the song is a parody based on a newspaper column about Obama written by journalist David Ehrenstein

No, he doesn't SUGGEST it, he SAYS it.

17 posted on 05/22/2007 2:49:05 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Boy, he sure does have the number of liberals, does he not?


18 posted on 05/22/2007 3:05:23 AM PDT by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: Baladas

There really is nothing “Magic” about Obama.

He is simply a mulatto who used his white grandparents money and threw them off and became black. Nothing new in that either, Haile Berry threw her mother off on national TV.


19 posted on 05/22/2007 3:17:53 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (I'm gonna vote for Fred. John Bolton for VP.)
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To: rlmorel
Boy, he sure does have the number of liberals, does he not?

He definitely has them figured out, which is not only the key to his success, but the reason they hate and fear him so much. According to Rush, those who think of liberals as stupid completely miss the mark. They are after the destruction of our way of life, and nothing points this out more clearly than George Soros' anti-American agenda and his network of like organizations.

Therefore, "stupid" doesn't exactly work for the so-called liberal progressives, but "traitorous" does.

20 posted on 05/22/2007 3:23:37 AM PDT by Marauder (Allah = Lucifer)
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To: Baladas
Obama The 'Magic Negro'-Senator Lends Himself to America's Idealized, Less Than Real Black Man

Funny, I don't recall anyone complaining about the LAT article...

21 posted on 05/22/2007 3:35:03 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: CalvaryJohn
Rush’s parody works because it’s true an it’s funnier than hell.

And the Left knows it. That's why they are trying so hard to hang Rush with it, even though the roots of the parody are of their own making.

Rush is doing nothing more than what he does best with this parody: illustrating the absurd by being absurd. (and I agree it's one of his funniest parodies yet)

22 posted on 05/22/2007 3:37:34 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: mewzilla

I’ll never understand the Imus firing. I didn’t learn the word Hoe from the white folks I hang with. Guess the blacks have a monopoly on their language.


23 posted on 05/22/2007 3:41:30 AM PDT by Sacajaweau ("The Cracker" will be renamed "The Crapper")
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To: Baladas
some are wondering

The mysterious "some" is the media's way of going after someone or something they don't like by attributing it to a faceless, nameless, imaginary group who is concerned about an "issue". It's a good device to use for the uncritical sheeple who read their crap. It only enrages me, since I know the real agenda.

24 posted on 05/22/2007 3:42:52 AM PDT by Hardastarboard (DemocraticUnderground.com is an internet hate site.)
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To: All
RE: Media Matters

smatter def: To study or approach superficially; dabble in. To prattle.

It's Media Smatters.

IMO it's no small thing that these single-purpose, simple-minded smattering clowns picked Don Imus first. The unintended consequence for them is in his name, I'm us.

All Americans had better keep that in mind.

No more cowering responses to the left's contumelies. Almost fifty years of giving in is enough!

Rush has detailed this over and over -- as is the wont of the leftist pukes they try to make the man the issue and not debate the substantive aspects.

25 posted on 05/22/2007 3:44:57 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Sacajaweau
I’ll never understand the Imus firing.

It's the free market. Which is fine by me. Imus can still spew his insults for free anywhere he likes.

This assault on Limbaugh, however, is a different kettle of fish. Not to mention the fact the free market's on Limbaugh's side. Earth to MMfA....

26 posted on 05/22/2007 3:45:27 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: FreedomCalls
They had to try to get this wrong

intentional manipulation is nothing new.

27 posted on 05/22/2007 3:46:41 AM PDT by alrea
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To: Baladas

Some say the democrat party supported slavery. Some say the democrats invented Jim Crow segration. Some say the democrats are still racists.


28 posted on 05/22/2007 3:47:56 AM PDT by sergeantdave (Give Hillary a 50˘ coupon for Betty Crocker's devils food mix & tell her to go home and bake a cake)
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To: Baladas
...yet another lame attempt to attack a conservative powerhouse: Limbaugh.
29 posted on 05/22/2007 3:51:41 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: iowamark
This is old! Old news is no news.

Yet, the Today show was supposed to do a piece on it yesterday. Did not hear if they went ahead with it...

30 posted on 05/22/2007 3:53:33 AM PDT by don-o (We are "THEY")
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To: Baladas
In his broadcasts, Limbaugh suggest that the song is a parody based on a newspaper column about Obama written by journalist David Ehrenstein.

Rush didn't "suggest" it was based on the LA Times article. Rush read the article on the air, and introduced his parody. The parody is a commentary on the article and on Obama's popularity based on ... what???

Ehrenstein's article was entitled, Obama the 'Magic Negro'. Rush also mentioned he had never heard the term 'Magic Negro' before this article.

gitmo

Media watchdogs said there was no hue and cry to stop Limbaugh because he speaks to a niche audience

Funny, Rush's audience dwarfs each of the network news audiences and include a huge number of Democrats, yet it is a "niche market"

31 posted on 05/22/2007 4:03:35 AM PDT by gitmo (From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.)
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To: Baladas
"Some Say ..."

Yeah, I just heard one of them say it the other day.
Doesn't mean they're right.

32 posted on 05/22/2007 4:12:13 AM PDT by LantzALot
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To: Luke Skyfreeper

When the topic arises with liberals, I tell them he has less experience than Dan Quayle.


33 posted on 05/22/2007 4:15:02 AM PDT by Lord Basil (stupisticated - Having a refined fantasy view of the world that is typically based on group-think.)
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To: Baladas
"This is basically the radio equivalent of a black face minstrel show," said Paul Waldman of Media Matters for America. "You know, going back to 'Amos and Andy' and all of those kinds of racist shows."

Oh, wait. Media Matters. Isn't that a front organization?
34 posted on 05/22/2007 4:17:46 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: aruanan

Some say MediaMatters is a front group.


35 posted on 05/22/2007 4:18:49 AM PDT by Baladas
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To: Baladas

I agree, it is insulting. It was very well done, too.


36 posted on 05/22/2007 4:19:44 AM PDT by deaconjim (Because He lives...)
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To: mewzilla

I was clicking through the stations last night, and Dan Abrhams (sitting in for the olberidiot) had a segment on this...I didn’t hang around to watch it, but stayed long enough to hear MSNBC say that Rush is getting a free pass, he has done stuff like this for a long time, he is a racist, yada yada yada. The had the guy from media matters on, along with John Fund. No one mentioned the LA times article (at least for the minute I stayed to watch it).

Typical hate speech, lies and sheer propaganda from NBC/MSNBC. Their “reporters” have gone down the tubes with their shill speech; the station needs to go off the air. Its a waste of time and energy....hate speech and lies from morning to night.


37 posted on 05/22/2007 4:25:42 AM PDT by Laverne
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To: Baladas

Generally parodies are insulting. Comedy is often at someone’s expense. Most people just get over it.


38 posted on 05/22/2007 4:28:34 AM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what I’ve done here today doesn’t force you to have a negative opinion of me….)
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To: Baladas

Waldman is ignorant.

Amos and Andy wasn’t racist. It was one of the best TV situtional comedies of all time. When I was a kid in the 50’s it was one of my favorite shows.

I’ll bet Mr. Waldman has never even seen a single episode.


39 posted on 05/22/2007 4:40:14 AM PDT by x1stcav (If you continually have to say you support the troops, you probably don't.)
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To: Baladas
Oh, man - now that the famous political commentator Sumsay has spoken, we must act!

BTW, did you know that Sumsay is good friends with Katie Couric? She was ALWAYS quoting him on the TooGay Show when she was head cheerleader...

40 posted on 05/22/2007 4:58:03 AM PDT by an amused spectator (Gun Control, the Sequel: More and Morerer)
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To: Sacajaweau
I’ll never understand the Imus firing.

One word: Hillary.

She needed a bloody head on the Tower Gate to remind the other "journalists" what the consequences of crossing Her Queeness are in the runup to 2008.

41 posted on 05/22/2007 5:03:00 AM PDT by an amused spectator (Gun Control, the Sequel: More and Morerer)
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To: Right Wing Assault
"No, he doesn't SUGGEST it, he SAYS it."

Not only does Rush say it, the lyrics of the song say it!

Like Rush said, these clowns have to be trying to get it wrong.

42 posted on 05/22/2007 5:22:24 AM PDT by Pablo64 (Ask me about my alpacas!)
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To: Baladas
"Ehrenstein said. "I was just simply trying to get a conversation going. How it's gone is another question.""

Ah, you didn't want to get the conversation going, you wanted to control it. And is it now a rule, that only black satirits can imitate blacks. Can black satirists imitate whites? Is that racist?

I tell ya, this parody is really getting under their skin.

43 posted on 05/22/2007 5:44:45 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (Jabba the Hutt's bigger, meaner, uglier brother.)
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To: x1stcav

The original radio program, Amos&Andy,in thirties was so popular, that it was broadcast in the movie houses so that patrons woudn’t miss a single episode. They would have stayed home if they had to miss A&A.
barbra ann


44 posted on 05/22/2007 5:54:56 AM PDT by barb-tex (Why replace the IRS with anything?)
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To: Jabba the Nutt
I tell ya, this parody is really getting under their skin.

White, black, green, or purple - "they" share one overarching skin feature...

It's all THIN!

45 posted on 05/22/2007 6:04:52 AM PDT by MortMan (Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.)
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To: Baladas

It’s an over two month old parody that makes fun of Al Sharpton. If Al Sharpton isn’t fair game anymore then this is not a free country.


46 posted on 05/22/2007 6:09:09 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (Fence first! We can discuss the rest later.)
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To: Baladas

Many of us are far more offended by what passes for “news” on NBC........but it is unlikely that will make the front page of the Chicago papers.


47 posted on 05/22/2007 6:40:44 AM PDT by newcthem (George Bush.......Making America Safer............FOR MEXICAN CRIMINALS!)
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To: Baladas
"It's insulting," said Michael Harrison, publishers of Talkers Magazine. "It's in bad taste, but it's legitimate political satire."

It's in great taste and exposes Sharpton as the charlatan he is.
48 posted on 05/22/2007 6:43:15 AM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: Baladas
"This is basically the radio equivalent of a black face minstrel show," said Paul Waldman of Media Matters for America. "You know, going back to 'Amos and Andy' and all of those kinds of racist shows."

Hypocracy Thy name is liberalism.

49 posted on 05/22/2007 6:47:27 AM PDT by usmcobra (I sing Karaoke the way it was meant to be sung, drunk, badly and in Japanese)
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To: an amused spectator
BTW, did you know that Sumsay is good friends with Katie Couric? She was ALWAYS quoting him on the TooGay Show when she was head cheerleader...


50 posted on 05/22/2007 6:53:47 AM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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