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First paper to run Limbaugh "slavery" quote issues retraction (Too late, NFL being boycotted)
nbc sports ^ | 10/17/2009 | Mike Florio

Posted on 10/17/2009 2:17:37 PM PDT by tobyhill

In the wake of the news that radio host Rush Limbaugh was hoping to buy a chunk of the St. Louis Rams, Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote a column containing the now-infamous quote, supposedly from Limbaugh, regarding the notion that slavery "had its merits."

We first became aware of the quote not from perusing the copy of the Post-Dispatch that arrives in our mailbox every morning in West Virginia, but because Limbaugh mentioned the issue during the Monday broadcast of his radio show. (Indeed, if Limbaugh had never talked about the quotes on his radio show, we and likely many others would have never even known about the issue.)

When posting on the matter on Monday, we made it clear that Limbaugh contends he never said the words. (The next day, he supplied a more forceful denial; the practical effect was that even more people became aware of the allegedly false quotes.)

But now the toothpaste is being squeezed back into the tube by the Post-Dispatch. In an Editor's Note published today, the newspaper says that the quote in question "cannot be verified, and its use did not meet the Post-Dispatch's standards for sourcing."

The Post-Dispatch also points out that the source of the quote was Jack Huberman's 2006 book, 101 People Who Are Really Screwing America. "The book provided no details about the origin of the quote," the Editor's Note explains. "When contacted by the Post-Dispatch, Huberman said that he had a source for the quote but declined to reveal it on advice of counsel. The book's publisher, Nation Books, did not return calls to the Post-Dispatch."

(Huberman's response suggests pretty strongly to us that he never actually heard Limbaugh say the words on the air, or in any other setting.)

(Excerpt) Read more at profootballtalk.nbcsports.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: limbaugh; medialies; nfl; stlouis; yellowjournalism
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I would encourage everyone to boycott the NFL until the race-baiting thugs are removed. It maybe too late for Rush to own a team but it's not too late for us to make these liars pay. There must be repercussions for the NFL, Players Union, sports writers, etc for their listening to these race-baiters.
1 posted on 10/17/2009 2:17:37 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

Mike Florio denies being a pedophile, but it is our duty to report there are unsourced internet rumors that....


2 posted on 10/17/2009 2:21:39 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: tobyhill

Stop watching football and start getting involved in Tea Parties. Your very life may depend on it.


3 posted on 10/17/2009 2:21:53 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: tobyhill

Done. And a BTT as well.


4 posted on 10/17/2009 2:22:15 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: tobyhill

Fascist Dums always throw out false statements. They figure by the time the truth catches up, the damage has been done. RUSH should be sueing the chit out of these people SLPD, and MSNBC, and if the NFL used this........SUE the B.


5 posted on 10/17/2009 2:22:27 PM PDT by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: tobyhill

“Dumb” Rush just one upped the left with one hand tied behind his back. PC just got bitch slapped by libel and slander law. It’s PC’s Waterloo.


6 posted on 10/17/2009 2:23:02 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bail out)
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To: tobyhill
"became aware of the allegedly false quotes.) "

IOW: "guilty until proven innocent". The onus should be on the accuser to prove their accusations -- the quotes are false until proven.
7 posted on 10/17/2009 2:23:03 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: tobyhill

Post Dispatch Editor’s Note here: http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/stories.nsf/rams/story/5A84425ADE8A93E58625765200028050?OpenDocument


8 posted on 10/17/2009 2:24:04 PM PDT by GVnana ("Obama is incredibly naive and grossly egotistical." Sarkozy)
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To: tobyhill

I am boycotting.
I say ENOUGH of bad behavior left wingers getting everything they want and mainstream Americans get shafted.
ENOUGH POP CULTURE, SAVE AMERICAN CULTURE.


9 posted on 10/17/2009 2:24:50 PM PDT by omega4179 ( I hope he fails.)
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To: tobyhill
Notice the RETRACTIONS are after Rush gets the boot? The damage is already done
and it's too late. Gah this makes me mad.
10 posted on 10/17/2009 2:25:01 PM PDT by MaxMax (Obama can't play in the Olympic reindeer games)
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To: tobyhill

According to this story, it’s all Rush’s fault. If he hadn’t tried to defend himself over this defamation, nothing bad would have happened.


11 posted on 10/17/2009 2:26:01 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: Always Right
“the newspaper says that the quote in question cannot be verified, and its use did not meet the Post-Dispatch's standards for sourcing.”

Some apology, bring on the lawsuit!

12 posted on 10/17/2009 2:26:57 PM PDT by Dem Guard
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To: tobyhill
"Indeed, if Limbaugh had never talked about the quotes on his radio show, we and likely many others would have never even known about the issue"

Smell that? smells like BS.
13 posted on 10/17/2009 2:27:12 PM PDT by JoSixChip (Time to start organizing, that's if we are ever going to.)
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To: Always Right
Pedophile?
14 posted on 10/17/2009 2:27:44 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Hear us, O Bama: Mmm, mmm, mmm.)
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To: tobyhill

Hometown teams apply. Racists stances by the parent will not be allowed. Boycott all of them.


15 posted on 10/17/2009 2:29:37 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: tobyhill
(Indeed, if Limbaugh had never talked about the quotes on his radio show, we and likely many others would have never even known about the issue.)

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! So he blames Rush for journalists reporting lies. Wow!

16 posted on 10/17/2009 2:29:38 PM PDT by NotSoModerate (Obama's spin isn't ordinary, it's roller coaster ride after a few beers spin.)
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To: tobyhill
This Sunday I'll be helping my wife with housework instead of watching football. Since the Dolphins are now owned by a celebrity-obssessed creep and his low-life showbiz cohorts, I couldn't care less about the NFL.

Oh, and....Goodell is a pussy. And Checketts is a coward.

17 posted on 10/17/2009 2:30:31 PM PDT by clintonh8r
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To: MaxMax

Send an email to the team of your choice and tell them to pound sand. Back it up as well.


18 posted on 10/17/2009 2:31:36 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: tobyhill
it's not too late for us to make these liars pay.

I agree. Turn off the NFL. Turn on the college games!

19 posted on 10/17/2009 2:31:50 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: Always Right
Florio has a tough job trying to cover these clown's asses and probably even himself from being sued.
20 posted on 10/17/2009 2:33:14 PM PDT by tobyhill (The Communist has arrived)
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To: tobyhill

“cannot be verified, and its use did not meet the Post-Dispatch’s standards for sourcing.”

Reminiscent of W’s being “quoted” as saying he was chosen by God to be President...instead of what he said, which was, according to James Robison, in a telephone call in 1999, Bush told him, “I feel like God wants me to run for president.”

Not quite the same...but they sure do love to assassinate characters by lying about them.


21 posted on 10/17/2009 2:33:19 PM PDT by jessduntno (Tell Obama to STFU - Stop The Federal Usurpation.)
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To: tobyhill

Don’t boycott the NFL... that’s just stupid...


22 posted on 10/17/2009 2:33:42 PM PDT by bahblahbah
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To: Marty62

Agreed. Rush should file several lawsuits, and I do believe he mentioned that was being considered during his show late last week.

Boycott watching the NFL on NBC, going to games or playing that damn fantasy BS football.

College football is better anyway.


23 posted on 10/17/2009 2:34:28 PM PDT by nagdt ("speak the truth but leave immediately afterward")
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To: tobyhill

I would not call Goodell a race baiting thug, but I don’t intend to have anything to do with the NFL until Goodell is disciplined.


24 posted on 10/17/2009 2:35:31 PM PDT by JLS
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To: nagdt

CFB=excitement


25 posted on 10/17/2009 2:35:50 PM PDT by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: clintonh8r
Fergie has actually used the “N” word but that didn't seem to be a problem for the high morals NFL.
26 posted on 10/17/2009 2:36:22 PM PDT by tobyhill (The Communist has arrived)
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To: JoSixChip

If Limbaugh had never talked about the false quotes the editor wouldn’t be shaking in his boots. He has to apologize. He’s facing a very nasty libel suit from someone who can take his paper to the cleaners.


27 posted on 10/17/2009 2:37:33 PM PDT by GVnana ("Obama is incredibly naive and grossly egotistical." Sarkozy)
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To: JLS
He's a race-baiting thug enabler.
28 posted on 10/17/2009 2:37:39 PM PDT by tobyhill (The Communist has arrived)
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To: tobyhill

Perhaps we can provide some unsourced quotes from Obama, Pelosi, Reid, et al.


29 posted on 10/17/2009 2:38:14 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: tobyhill
today, the newspaper says that the quote in question "cannot be verified, and its use did not meet the Post-Dispatch's standards for sourcing."

Apparently it did. They ran with it.

The drive-by media got caught--Now they're claiming they were just cleaning their gun when they took a shot at Limbaugh.

30 posted on 10/17/2009 2:39:03 PM PDT by giotto
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To: ExTexasRedhead
If Rush had said anything like what the Lame Stream Media and Sharpton now claim then it would have been all over the front pages then.
31 posted on 10/17/2009 2:40:26 PM PDT by tobyhill (The Communist has arrived)
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To: MediaMole

You are very wrong. The trouble started when he confirmed that rumors that he was involved with a group that was bidding on a team. After that is when the lefty liars came out against him. He defended himself after he started getting smeared by the left wing media.


32 posted on 10/17/2009 2:40:35 PM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/)
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To: tobyhill

Typical smears coming from the Left.


33 posted on 10/17/2009 2:41:12 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: tobyhill

My point is that all the thug talk is likely coming from people who did not like nor watch the NFL in the first place. Such people don’t really count in this.

My beef is with Goodell saying that someone with views similar to mine is divisive for his views and spech alone. I wont be watching from now on and I did watch before.


34 posted on 10/17/2009 2:41:16 PM PDT by JLS
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To: bahblahbah

It’s stupid Not to boycott the NFL.. and let the Left continue to walk all over over rights.


35 posted on 10/17/2009 2:41:23 PM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts (“Cap and Trade bill tells us how to live.. Health Care bill tells us how to die.” Bauer and Rose)
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To: tobyhill

I can’t boycott what I never watched. As long as they’re playing football, I’m not watching, but I’m with you in spirit.


36 posted on 10/17/2009 2:44:02 PM PDT by Melas
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To: bahblahbah
You can watch if you want but I refuse to let even one more cent from my pocket enter theirs until the NFL apologizes and gets rid of these race-baiting thugs.
37 posted on 10/17/2009 2:44:37 PM PDT by tobyhill (The Communist has arrived)
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To: GVnana
Great comment on the St. Louis Dispatch website:

"Yet another cowardly post by the editors. Own it folks and admit you were wrong, apologize (one the front page) and let Burwell have his just desserts whatever it is per your internal standards.

I'm no journalist and even I know he, along with a bunch of other MSM pontificators, broke the "rules" of journalism of sourcing. He was blinded by his own hate of someone with whom he disagrees and let his emotions control him and it clouded his judgment in writing his articles.

Having said this, let's stir the pot. I'm no lawyer and don't know if this is even possible, butIt's about time that accountability is shown to those who decide to knowingly act like fools based on individual hate and disagreement of another person's thoughts and beliefs.

The whole of St. Louis lost big this week based on the writings of a select few who had a selfish vendetta, based on lies don't forget, to brandish without thinking of the bigger picture of what a St. Louis economy will look like without the Rams around (greater unemployment, fewer tax revenues, loss of stature, etc...). It would be devastating to the region and these folks put their own self interest above all others. True hate was shown this week and now St. Louis just may have been gravely hurt by it. Only time will tell."

Link

38 posted on 10/17/2009 2:47:03 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (ObaMugabe is turning this country into another Zimbabwe as fast as he can with ACORN's help.)
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To: tobyhill

I realize it can be difficult to boycott games - season tickets already purchased, tickets been in the family for decades if not generations etc.

BUT, it ain’t that hard to stop buying t-shirts, sweatshirts, ball caps, coozies etc. Owners will notice that and it’s no hardship for fans at all.


39 posted on 10/17/2009 2:47:15 PM PDT by Let's Roll (Stop paying ACORN to destroy America! Cut off their government funding!)
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To: Melas

One way that could help is that anytime the product in the stores make the claim that they are the “official product of the NFL” or specific team then walk right on by and buy their competitor.


40 posted on 10/17/2009 2:47:17 PM PDT by tobyhill (The Communist has arrived)
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To: Let's Roll
Any little bit that someone can help will hurt them right where it counts, in the pockets.
41 posted on 10/17/2009 2:49:15 PM PDT by tobyhill (The Communist has arrived)
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To: Always Right

Mike Florio denies being a pedophile, but it is our duty to report there are unsourced internet rumors that....

Exactly. I know Mike Florio is denying being a pedophile, and we can’t verify his denial, but ...

I am so damned sick of these people!


42 posted on 10/17/2009 2:50:42 PM PDT by EDINVA (Obama CAN'T see the Olympics from his back porch !)
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To: bahblahbah

“Don’t boycott the NFL... that’s just stupid.”

No, it’s a logical answer to Roger Goodell’s ill-considered comments.

Once the NFL wisely fires Roger, I’ll watch them again.


43 posted on 10/17/2009 2:51:47 PM PDT by devere
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To: tobyhill

No retraction.
No apology.

Rush should sue for Libel and slander until he owns all of the MSM. Who needs a stinking sports team.


44 posted on 10/17/2009 2:52:13 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: tobyhill

“I would encourage everyone to boycott the NFL”

Being in St. Louis, I won’t miss the NFL very much at all.


45 posted on 10/17/2009 2:52:14 PM PDT by rwa265 (Christ my Cornerstone)
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To: tobyhill
You guys are gonna be like, so sued, it's like not even funny.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

46 posted on 10/17/2009 2:52:44 PM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: tobyhill
Journalism has codes of ethics and all that good stuff - but if you actually want to predict journalism's behavior you should assume that they are all just window dressing and that journalism is a monopoly unified by the AP which operates strictly in its own self interest.

Journalism's "objectivity" is a parody of the real thing.


47 posted on 10/17/2009 2:54:32 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (SPENDING without representation is tyranny. To represent us you have to READ THE BILLS.)
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To: tobyhill
...the quote in question "cannot be verified, and its use did not meet the Post-Dispatch's standards for sourcing."

And yet they ran it without that verification, only looking into it after they defamed a man. Imagine how they'd do the same for Ma or Pa Front Porch? And further, taking the source from a 1 sided "book" of obvious political bias also get past an Editor?

48 posted on 10/17/2009 2:54:49 PM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: tobyhill
But now the toothpaste is being squeezed back into the tube by the Post-Dispatch. In an Editor's Note published today, the newspaper says that the quote in question "cannot be verified, and its use did not meet the Post-Dispatch's standards for sourcing."

Of course the paper could have sourced this BS before they printed it. They think they have won, tell a lie, get Rush bounced and then retract, trying to avert a lawsuit. Well, I hope Rush's lawyers, who are working on the evidence right now, go ahead and sue the crap out of all these people.

49 posted on 10/17/2009 2:57:54 PM PDT by calex59
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To: MediaMole
According to this story, it’s all Rush’s fault.

I really had to laugh at that. They are so pathetic.

50 posted on 10/17/2009 3:03:55 PM PDT by Bahbah (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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