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The Truth About Two RacistsóBeck and Limbaugh (Joe Conason Barf Alert)
TruthDig ^ | Sep 24, 2009 | Joe Conason

Posted on 09/24/2009 11:13:50 AM PDT by nickcarraway

With admirable calm, President Obama has sought to deflect the supercharged politics of race by expressing his optimism about American attitudes and ignoring the most extreme statements by his critics. For his own sake, as well as the nation’s, he is wise to give a pass to the likes of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. That is not, however, what they deserve.

The behavior of those media provocateurs over the past few months is almost beyond parody. They call the president a racist, even though there is no evidence of prejudice on his part and much evidence to the contrary. They demand that nobody should ever point out racial prejudice, but spend hours on the airwaves making false claims of bias against whites. And they whine constantly about being called racists, even though the president has never made that accusation against them.

“You can’t get your agenda,” protested Beck the other day, speaking of the president, “so you unleash the hounds and point the fingers, and everybody is a racist.” That was around the same time Obama’s spokesman said quite emphatically that the president does not believe his opponents are motivated by racism.

But since Beck and Limbaugh seem to be obsessed with this touchy subject, let’s examine their record. It turns out that both established their keen racial sensitivity on air long ago.

Back when Beck was simply a coked-out zoo-style morning talk jock on a Kentucky station—rather than a national political philosopher—he regularly mimicked African-American speech patterns for fun. “He used to do a funny ‘black guy’ character, really over the top,” recalls one of his former colleagues, quoted by biographer Alexander Zaitchik in a fascinating Salon profile.

Beck also became a devotee of the Mormon crank author and conspiracy theorist W. Cleon Skousen, whose writings he enthusiastically promotes to this day. Among Skousen’s pet theories was that Southern slave owners were actually the victims of the plantation system, which according to him favored the lazy and pampered slaves, whose children he called “pickaninnies.” Like his ultraright friends in the John Birch Society and kindred groups, Skousen was a dedicated foe of civil rights legislation.

Does that mean Beck is a bigot? If Obama had ever endorsed the writings of Louis Farrakhan, replete with vile slurs against whites and especially Jews, that would certainly be enough for Beck—who says he believes that the president has “a deep-seated hatred for white people, or the white culture.” That must be why the Obama White House has so many whites of all ethnic and religious backgrounds advising the president, from the Cabinet down.

As for Limbaugh, perhaps nobody remembers the time that he told a black caller to “take that bone out of your nose”; or the time when he said the nonviolent NAACP “should get a liquor store and practice robberies”; or the many times when he would play the “Movin’ On Up” theme from the old “Jeffersons” TV show to accompany his commentary about Carol Moseley Braun, the first black woman in the United States Senate. He used to do mocking bits in black dialect, too. But who needs to remember those sorry episodes when he continues that ugly pattern on air nearly every day?

The Limbaugh show reached a new low recently when he began a campaign around a school-bus incident in Belleville, Ill., in which two black students were videotaped beating up a white kid. Police authorities first said they believed the assailants were motivated by race, but later said it was just a nasty bullying assault (for which the two little thugs are now being prosecuted).

But Limbaugh could not resist the opportunity to turn that nastiness into something much more dangerous. “It’s Obama’s America, is it not? Obama’s America—white kids getting beat up on school buses now. I mean, you put your kids on a school bus, you expect safety, but in Obama’s America, the white kids now get beat up, with the black kids cheering.” In a more reflective mood, he later asked, “Can this nation really have an African-American president?”

Yes, we can—and despite the racial poison spread by Beck and Limbaugh, most Americans are proud that at long last, we do.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barf; glennbeck; hitpiece; liberalfascism; libidiots; racism; rushlimbaugh

1 posted on 09/24/2009 11:13:50 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
That was around the same time Obama’s spokesman said quite emphatically that the president does not believe his opponents are motivated by racism.

Which was immediately after Jimmy Carter said Obama's opponents were motivated by racism.

2 posted on 09/24/2009 11:15:51 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: nickcarraway

The bed wetters crying racism is getting old fast.


3 posted on 09/24/2009 11:16:18 AM PDT by dancusa (Czars Czuck)
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To: nickcarraway

4 posted on 09/24/2009 11:16:21 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: nickcarraway

I couldn’t stomach the entire article, but I would ask Mr. Conason this...If Rush Limbaugh attended a church for 20 years, under the leadership of an outspoken, angry, racist pastor, do you think he’d get the same benefit of the doubt that Barack Obama has received?


5 posted on 09/24/2009 11:16:55 AM PDT by opus86
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To: nickcarraway
"The Limbaugh show reached a new low recently when he began a campaign around a school-bus incident in Belleville, Ill., in which two black students were videotaped beating up a white kid."

I see. The blacks are "students" and the white is a "kid" as in punk kid.

6 posted on 09/24/2009 11:17:33 AM PDT by avacado
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To: a fool in paradise

Conason knows that Obama instinctively supported Gates against the cops. We know Gates is a racist, but so is Obama. Those white boys who surround Goober best watch out ~ they really are as expendable as plastic cups.


7 posted on 09/24/2009 11:17:57 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: nickcarraway
With admirable calm, President Obama...

Stopped reading right there.
8 posted on 09/24/2009 11:18:25 AM PDT by JenB987
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To: nickcarraway
They call the president a racist, even though there is no evidence of prejudice on his part and much evidence to the contrary.

Like firing 3 white secret service men for complaining about Obama's use of racial slurs against whites.

9 posted on 09/24/2009 11:18:37 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: nickcarraway

Yeah, playing “movin on up” is racist. If the bar is set that low, then everybody is a racist, and if everybody is a racist, then nobody is.


10 posted on 09/24/2009 11:19:14 AM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: nickcarraway
Here's a pic of the race-baiting propagandist who wrote this hit piece:


11 posted on 09/24/2009 11:19:46 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: a fool in paradise

There is nothing in this world, no nothing, more pathetic and degraded than a whiteboy trying to play the racecard.


12 posted on 09/24/2009 11:20:15 AM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (Hey, O'Riley! I'd rather be a CRACKER than a CASPAR.)
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To: nickcarraway

“He used to do a funny ‘black guy’ character, really over the top,”

In much the same way that Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, etc., have.


13 posted on 09/24/2009 11:21:43 AM PDT by Buck W. (The President of the United States IS named Schickelgruber...)
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To: nickcarraway

This is all about Democrats running out of reasons why, they are FAILING. Obama polling numbers will start falling off the cliff! Yeah, it can all be explained by RACISTS, on the Democratic side. Every problem translates to RACE, attacking ACORN, that’s RACISM! YADA, YADA, it will go on, even moderates are waking up to the stupidity.


14 posted on 09/24/2009 11:22:02 AM PDT by agincourt1415 (Let Democrats be what they are, they will be out of power for the next 50 years)
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To: a fool in paradise

And preceded by Nancy saying the marchers and town hall protesters were racist. And the Justice Dept saying we’re terrorists. This sword has 2 edges but Beck and Rush don’t have the power and authority of the US govt at their disposal.


15 posted on 09/24/2009 11:22:19 AM PDT by saganite (What would Sully do?)
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To: opus86
I couldn’t stomach the entire article, but I would ask Mr. Conason this...If Rush Limbaugh attended a church for 20 years, under the leadership of an outspoken, angry, racist pastor, do you think he’d get the same benefit of the doubt that Barack Obama has received?

Of course not, didn't you know that only white Anglos and maybe Asians can be racist? Blacks and Hispanics are incapable of racism.

16 posted on 09/24/2009 11:22:29 AM PDT by CedarDave (FOX news: "Fair and balanced. We report because they don't want to.")
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To: nickcarraway
Typical brain pollution. Obama can sit back regally, with his chin in the air and "deflect" accusations of racism while his scum-covered, surrogates like Conason, Julian Epstein and the rest of the Democrat hit squad, do his dirty work.

It never changes.

17 posted on 09/24/2009 11:22:53 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: nickcarraway

I heard this moron on a radio interveiw, once. He got himself backed into a logic corner and hung up like the little baby he is.


18 posted on 09/24/2009 11:24:24 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: nickcarraway
Hey, Joe.

Obama isn't black. He's RED.

Now go felch a camel.

19 posted on 09/24/2009 11:27:52 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: nickcarraway

There is NOTHING admirable about Dear Reader.


20 posted on 09/24/2009 11:30:04 AM PDT by MortMan (Stubbing one's toes is a valid (if painful) way of locating furniture in the dark.)
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To: nickcarraway
If you call yourself a Christian, and claim to try to live your life as a loving imitation of Him...and then sit in a pew listening to a "pastor" scream race hatred against anyone not the same color as you, then you are a racist. End of argument, no further listening required. The president was, and is, a racist, because he never stood up and rebuked his hate-filled, cruel, bitter and un-Christian pastor, as the Bible and God Almighty would have him do. (Or at very least gather his wife and children, counsel them that Jesus wouldn't want them listening to slanders against fellow Christians, and leave.)

He's a racist, Jim. And an elitist, a Marxist, and a highly flawed man. But being a faux-Christian is plenty of reason for me to dislike the hypocrite, no matter what his color.

21 posted on 09/24/2009 11:31:34 AM PDT by 50sDad (The Left cannot understand life is not in a test tube. Raise taxes, & jobs go away.)
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t think the racism charge is working anymore.


22 posted on 09/24/2009 11:31:47 AM PDT by listenhillary (A "cult of personality" arises when a leader uses mass media creating idealized/heroic public image)
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To: nickcarraway

It’s the racist canard again. It’s all that the libs have. Most of them know that it’s a false claim, but some actually believe it. It never dawned on them that people don’t want socialism.


23 posted on 09/24/2009 11:33:35 AM PDT by Nosterrex
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To: CedarDave

And the funny thing is, Asians probably have the most reason to gripe, paritcularly the Japanese. They had all their money and property seized by the Communist gimp FDR during WW2. But despite this, their segregated units had some of the best performance records of American troops. Japanese families after the war didn’t whine and complain when they had nothing, they pulled themselves up by the bootstraps and recovered in a generation. Personally, probably complain more about internment then they do.


24 posted on 09/24/2009 11:35:06 AM PDT by RebelYell1990
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To: 50sDad

Jesus would be disgusted by Reverend Wright. Jesus’ message was not about racialist economic socialism, and Reverend Wright distorted Jesus’ message for money and political power.


25 posted on 09/24/2009 11:36:54 AM PDT by RebelYell1990
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To: nickcarraway
Neither Limbaugh nor Beck are racists.

But Joe Conason is a communist traitor who hates America. He should be horse-whipped.

26 posted on 09/24/2009 11:36:55 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Buy Gold and Guns Now!)
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To: opus86
would ask Mr. Conason this...If Rush Limbaugh attended a church for 20 years, under the leadership of an outspoken, angry, racist pastor, do you think he’d get the same benefit of the doubt that Barack Obama has received?

Because he is a racist, Joe Conason has much lower expectations for the behavior of black people. He tolerates horrendous behavior from them because he does not believe they are capable of behaving with the same level of decency he expects of white people.

People like Conason are so blinded by racism, they don't even see why this is racist.

27 posted on 09/24/2009 11:47:11 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: nickcarraway
Once ensconced in his suitcase-sized metal containment vessel, wearing horsehair shirt and binded leggings, the hunger artist known as joe conason unfortunately has a hard time distinguishing ironic humor from racism.
28 posted on 09/24/2009 11:49:42 AM PDT by Jagman (They comport, We deride!)
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To: nickcarraway
I'm a longtime regular listener of Rush. If Rush was a "racist," why is it that:

a) His right-hand guy and call screener, Mr. Snerdly, is black?

b) One of his most popular, long-lived, beloved guest hosts, Walter Williams, is black?

People who claim that Rush is "racist" obviously have never listened to him or his show for any appreciable amount of time.

29 posted on 09/24/2009 11:50:15 AM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: nickcarraway

All part of the DNC plan to marginalize conservatives.


30 posted on 09/24/2009 11:51:46 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: nickcarraway

Hello, testing 1, 2, 3,... hey, is this mike on?

Hello, my name is Gator113. I’m told that I am a racist. Now, could we skip this rest of this and get right to the 12 steps... so I can get out of here. I’ve hear they’re lynching gays out back and I don’t want to miss the show.

Yes, I know that was sick, insulting and rude, bit I am sick of this whole racist thing. There are some folks that need to get over the PITY PARTY they have been living for decades... -sigh-


31 posted on 09/24/2009 11:52:45 AM PDT by Gator113
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To: nickcarraway

Hadn’t heard from old Joe for a while until I saw him on MSNBC recently. Looks like a nasty old drunk.


32 posted on 09/24/2009 11:52:57 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: nickcarraway

Joe musta’ missed the Officer Crowley affair.


33 posted on 09/24/2009 11:53:43 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: dead

What a previous president described as “the soft bigotry of low expectations.”


34 posted on 09/24/2009 11:56:23 AM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: JenB987
With admirable calm, President Obama...

Nice bootlicking, Conason....have a dog biscuit

35 posted on 09/24/2009 12:05:49 PM PDT by NRA1995 (Obama, when you lie, we're going to call you out)
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To: nickcarraway

“As for Limbaugh, perhaps nobody remembers the time that he told a black caller to “take that bone out of your nose”; or the time when he said the nonviolent NAACP “should get a liquor store and practice robberies”

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“The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.”

Said after Spike Lee wanted all black kids out of school to watch his movie Malcolm X and learn their history

“Take that bone out of your nose and call me back (to an African American female caller)”

Totally out of context. Told story of how management at KUDL KC wanted me to be insult host....I told current audience how much I hated it....was given this line by management to use....related in in a story about how insult radio was NOT my cup of tea and how I knew I had no future doing it.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2183392/posts?page=39#39


36 posted on 09/24/2009 12:18:55 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: avacado

Great catch!

Hmmm... who’s the racist again?


37 posted on 09/24/2009 12:22:10 PM PDT by Rutles4Ever (Ubi Petrus, ibi ecclesia, et ubi ecclesia vita eterna!)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%
Like firing 3 white secret service men for complaining about Obama's use of racial slurs against whites.

wow ... never heard that before ... gotta a link to the story?

38 posted on 09/24/2009 12:27:35 PM PDT by TheRightGuy (I want MY BAILOUT ... a billion or two should do!)
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To: Buck W.

No shiite is it ok for black comedians to make fun of white people talking by making their voices sound like a pansy.. Wow kinda sensitive there Joe!


39 posted on 09/24/2009 1:49:07 PM PDT by crazydad
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

Have not heard that before!


40 posted on 09/24/2009 6:20:56 PM PDT by blaveda (D)
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To: blaveda; TheRightGuy
Ironically, due to the professionalism of the sercret service, this won't be confirmed for many years.

And the existing leftwing media won't touch it.

But the story started here.

41 posted on 09/25/2009 11:00:09 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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