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Whitlock's apology to Limbaugh: Mistakes undermined message
http://www.kansascity.com/sports/story/1523843.html# ^ | Thu, Oct. 22, 2009 | JASON WHITLOCK

Posted on 10/22/2009 11:22:55 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8

Let me first apologize to Rush Limbaugh.

Last week in explaining why NFL commissioner Roger Goodell needed to put an end to Limbaugh's latest publicity stunt, I attributed racially insensitive quotes to Limbaugh that I read in two Missouri newspapers, saw on CNN and confirmed through a Google search. Prior to posting the article, I never found a denial of these quotes by Limbaugh, and had no reason to believe those statements were not true.

It was unfair to Limbaugh. And I regret that. I've commented on some of his earlier controversies. I've long been an admirer of his broadcasting skills.

For the most part, I've never taken his political commentary all that seriously. There are virtually no modern-day political figures that I take seriously. Politics and politicians are too dishonest and too controlled by financial influences for my taste. I've never participated in American politics. I've never voted.

I am not right wing or left wing, Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative. I'm not beholden to any political agenda. An examination of my work at FOXSports.com, the Kansas City Star and/or any of the places I've worked previously would reveal a free-thinking, hardcore independent.

I dislike and distrust everybody equally.

(Excerpt) Read more at kansascity.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: jasonwhitlock; limbaugh; rushlimbaugh; sourcetitlenoturl; whitlock
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1 posted on 10/22/2009 11:22:56 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8
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To: 444Flyer; STARWISE; MestaMachine; Just another Joe

Backtracking...

Joe, missouri ping


2 posted on 10/22/2009 11:25:20 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: SunkenCiv

ping~


3 posted on 10/22/2009 11:26:51 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

” I attributed racially insensitive quotes to Limbaugh”

As I said months ago ... First they came after Dr. Savage and Rush was silent. Next they will go after Rush.


4 posted on 10/22/2009 11:29:01 PM PDT by ColdWater
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

Sounds to me like Rush’s lawyers had a little talk with Mr. Whitlock.


5 posted on 10/22/2009 11:29:35 PM PDT by Ticonderoga34 (Free Obama's Birth Certificate!)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

This guy has been served papers by Limbaugh’s lawyers. His pathetic lawyers wrote this for him to try and blunt the judgement that is to come. Rush is going to send a bus full of “journalists” to the poor house.


6 posted on 10/22/2009 11:29:45 PM PDT by noblejones (Obama rules!)
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To: Ticonderoga34

A little talk won’t do anything...people see ACTIONS not words...


7 posted on 10/22/2009 11:30:16 PM PDT by gman992
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

For somebody who says he dislikes politics and politicians, he really could teach them a them a thing or two about duplicity.


8 posted on 10/22/2009 11:31:55 PM PDT by VR-21 (There was a rush, along the Fulham Road....)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

Taking a page from the Official Obama Criticizer, Bo Snerdly, I’d like to offer my translation of this statement:

Crack’dawg was about to drop a suit on my ass...my bad, Rush...(nudge, wink)


9 posted on 10/22/2009 11:32:18 PM PDT by Christian4Bush ("A community organizer can't start bitching when communities organize." - Rush, 8/5/09)
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To: ColdWater

I am hoping it backfired this time..and maybe rush was biding his time to exploit their weakness for using the race card.

“I never found a denial of these quotes by Limbaugh,”

I found that both interesting and telling. It’s not the first time I’ve seen race baiters use that line about limbaugh.


10 posted on 10/22/2009 11:32:34 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: Christian4Bush

I am sure it killed him to have to publicly apologize...those darn defense lawyers.


11 posted on 10/22/2009 11:33:33 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
I've never participated in American politics. I've never voted.

Upon reading this revelation, it was abundantly clear that this individual does not have anything to say of any worth!

12 posted on 10/22/2009 11:35:15 PM PDT by Brandonmark (News Coverage)
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To: noblejones

From the rest of the article:

“But on most days I see Limbaugh for exactly what he is: America’s most successful race hustler.

He delights in labeling Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton as “race hustlers,” but not surprisingly Limbaugh fails to inform his massive radio audience that he hustles the same game as Jesse and Al, just on the white side of the fence.”

GAG ME


13 posted on 10/22/2009 11:40:45 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
An apology?

But on most days I see Limbaugh for exactly what he is: America's most successful race hustler.

He delights in labeling Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton as "race hustlers," but not surprisingly Limbaugh fails to inform his massive radio audience that he hustles the same game as Jesse and Al, just on the white side of the fence.

limbaugh's radio empire is built on the foundation of convincing white America that the country our forefathers stole from Native Americans is being stolen by blacks and Mexicans. Barack Obama's election to the presidency breathed new life into Rush's radio schtick.

14 posted on 10/22/2009 11:41:25 PM PDT by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
The author's brief boils down to three complaints against Rush Limbaugh:

I think that about gets it.

Oh, and white people are racists who have no beef if other people rob and kill them, since they're no better. Must be all that white-on-black crime that has the author putting on the robes of racial judge and jury, social justice for to dispense.

That said, he dislikes and distrusts everybody equally, by his own profession. He says.

15 posted on 10/22/2009 11:45:42 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus

You are spot on target. At least he’s not subtle...


16 posted on 10/22/2009 11:51:49 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

Kudos to Jason Whitlock for having the courtesy to set things straight. Jason is a very good sports writer, and having read many of his columns over the past few years I can say with confidence that he definitely has never worried about being politically correct.

And by the way, I generally agree with his opinion of politicians.


17 posted on 10/22/2009 11:52:34 PM PDT by Lancey Howard (Go, Phillies!)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

Jason Whitlock is an ignorant turd whittler.


18 posted on 10/23/2009 12:00:07 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

More idiotic, liberal equivocation, passing as wisdom. It would be funny if it wasn’t so prevalent..


19 posted on 10/23/2009 12:00:08 AM PDT by csense
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

Jason Whitlock is an asshole and the Kansas City Star is fishwrap.


20 posted on 10/23/2009 12:00:22 AM PDT by lmr (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
Rush has been on the air three hour per day, five days a week for twenty years. That is 46,800 hours of airtime.

Why do his critics have to make up "racist" quotes from whole cloth when there are 46,800 hours of tape to quote from? Hmmmm?


21 posted on 10/23/2009 12:04:33 AM PDT by TigersEye (Democracy sucks!)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

Jason Whitlock
22 posted on 10/23/2009 12:04:58 AM PDT by Lancey Howard (Go, Phillies!)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~; FBD; BraveMan; mkjessup; stephenjohnbanker
My open letter to *Jason*...

"I pay a price for my independence."

Yes you have, do and will again real soon Jason.

I sincerely hope Limbaugh's mouthpieces have done their work, patiently collected names, Jason. Your's among them and as you wrote your mea culpa? They were drafting the legal paperwork. An easy payday, Jason.

"I know what it feels like to be unfairly called a racist."

Sorry, Jason.
Slander is slander & libel is libel. Too bad how sad, Jason.

Jason, pal? You allowed yourself to get caught up in the zeitgeist, piled on and now Jason? You and your rag must pay. ;^)

Those Jason, are the rules. LOL

23 posted on 10/23/2009 12:10:26 AM PDT by Landru (If you want to perform for 15 mins, 30 mins, 1 hour, 5 days, a YEAR! Call...)
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
limbaugh's radio empire is built on the foundation of convincing white America that the country our forefathers stole from Native Americans is being stolen by blacks and Mexicans.

Are you:

a. Out of your friggin' mind?

b. Or just a generic, garden variety Rush-hater?

Because that is about the stupidest single statement I've seen posted on FreeRepublic in my twelve-or-so years here.

24 posted on 10/23/2009 12:11:00 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
limbaugh's radio empire is built on the foundation of convincing white America that the country our forefathers stole from Native Americans is being stolen by blacks and Mexicans>

Really...?

25 posted on 10/23/2009 12:17:27 AM PDT by freebilly (No wonder the left has a boner for Obama. There's CIALIS in soCIALISt....)
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
Belay that last post and please forgive me. Assign me to muck the FreeRepublic stables, if you wish.

I now realize you were quoting Whitlock.

Some kind of an apology it is, too.

26 posted on 10/23/2009 12:18:15 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: okie01

That was a quote from whitlesslocks article. The 2nd half of the article exposes his true self.


27 posted on 10/23/2009 12:18:59 AM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: okie01

Oops you already caught it!


28 posted on 10/23/2009 12:19:49 AM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: okie01

It must be the most backhanded apology in the history of backhanded apologies. Not to mention completely false.


29 posted on 10/23/2009 12:22:06 AM PDT by TigersEye (Democracy sucks!)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

He’s into “CYA” mode.


30 posted on 10/23/2009 12:25:29 AM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

What an idiot this guy is. A self-serving creep. He spends most of his column trashing the nation’s most recognized conservative, then has the nerve to say he’s agnostic about politics!

It is said that those who can’t do, teach. And those who can’t teach, teach gym.

And then there are sports writers.


31 posted on 10/23/2009 12:25:52 AM PDT by zipper
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

So Whitlock’s lawyers forced him to apologize, and he did, for the falsely attributed quotes, but then he slammed Limbaugh again by saying that he spends 3 hours a day race-baiting.


32 posted on 10/23/2009 12:27:07 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Lancey Howard
Kudos to Jason Whitlock for having the courtesy to set things straight.

Say what? All he did was apologize for the bad quotes. He continued to call Limbaugh a race-baiter throughout the rest of the article.

33 posted on 10/23/2009 12:29:17 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
By the way, I won't withdraw my assertions.

Just re-direct them toward Whitlock...

34 posted on 10/23/2009 12:29:30 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
He says he saw the quote on so many sources so believed it had to be true. But isn't there this thing in journalism about "who" "when" "what" where" or something like that?

He surely thought he knew the who. Did it not occur to him to get the when and the where before putting the column in the can and calling it a day? Apparently not. It shows the credulity and density of those like Sanchez and this guy that propagated this thing. Not one of them asked: wait a minute, when and where did he say that?

35 posted on 10/23/2009 12:31:21 AM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

How many millions listen to Rush?? This sports writer insults all of us if he thinks we listen for this many hours and that many years to daily racist rants for fun. Preposterous. If Rush made one statement that was truly racist I’d turn him off and never listen again.

When his marriage was falling apart he made some pretty mean cracks against women, and the hairs on my arms were standing up. But I made it through and understood that he was not referring to every female.


36 posted on 10/23/2009 12:32:32 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

This is no apology.

The man calls Limbaugh a race baiter in the same class as Sharpton and Jackson.


37 posted on 10/23/2009 12:34:09 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: ColdWater

BS....... Rush has been in the crosshairs far longer than Savage


38 posted on 10/23/2009 12:38:24 AM PDT by woofie
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

“An examination of my work at FOXSports.com, the Kansas City Star and/or any of the places I’ve worked previously would reveal a free-thinking, hardcore independent.

I dislike and distrust everybody equally”.

This is how I see it Jason. You seem to live the life of a moderate, not knowing which way the wind blows or where to find truth, so you end up being a wind blown, wind bag not knowing or trusting yourself to be able to pick and choose who will run your life, placing those decisions in the hands of people in some cases even less secure than you in choosing the power brokers, shame on you. Grow up, get a life, and join in the fight to protect what the founding fathers chose to give you and you choose at present to not appreciate or just ignore and hope for what? Change? Your surely going to get that? Come on grow some Nuts and get in the game. You have been sitting on the fence way too long.


39 posted on 10/23/2009 12:40:22 AM PDT by wita
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

Is this guy “proud of not voting and not participating”?


40 posted on 10/23/2009 12:43:37 AM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline.)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
and had no reason to believe those statements were not true.

Translation: I am a prejudiced person, who has never examined my prejudices.

41 posted on 10/23/2009 12:57:04 AM PDT by FredZarguna (It looks just like a Telefunken U-47. In leather.)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
saw on CNN

That's enough right there to tell him it wasn't true.

42 posted on 10/23/2009 1:07:44 AM PDT by South40 (I did not know President Ronald Reagan, but he knew me.)
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To: Yaelle

Sorry. I meant that Whitlock “set things straight” about the fake Limbaugh quotes.

Other than that, yeah, Whitlock is what he is - - a sports-writing race hustler. He’s especially funny when he jumps to the aid of any black college football coach who gets fired for doing little more than losing. The coach wasn’t fired for losing, of course - - he was fired because of racism. “They” never fire white coaches for losing. Check out his stories about Tyrone Willingham.


43 posted on 10/23/2009 1:21:35 AM PDT by Lancey Howard (Go, Phillies!)
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To: okie01


44 posted on 10/23/2009 1:23:13 AM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
Damning Rush with faint praise will get this jerk nowhere. "I was not fair in my criticism with Rush, the race hustler!" That is a nice blend to mix. I have listened to Limbaugh since 1991 and have never heard him disparage a race in anything he has said. He doesn't cut slack to Jackson, Farakan, or Sharpton who are race pimps. He has balls enough to tell it like it is. He also gives hell to Bill Clinton (our first black president) who is not black. He gives hell to anyone who is a sniveling liberal and then gives you the reasons why he feels the way he feel,.....and it is never, ever because a person is white, black, pink, purple, brown, or green. I have heard him praise many black people, but those remarks never seem to be at issue, unless he is speaking highly of Justice Clarence Thomas. Then because Thomas thinks for himself rather than derive his views from the politically correct NAACP, black people refer to Thomas as an Uncle Tom rather than point to him respectfully and say to their kids, "See, here is a great man, and you can be successful like him!"

Rush, sue the hell out of this jerk. He knows you have him by the short and curlies.

45 posted on 10/23/2009 1:25:04 AM PDT by katlynne11
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To: I see my hands

I think you need to make it much bigger. After all, FR is all about YOU.


46 posted on 10/23/2009 1:28:45 AM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possibility of failure.)
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To: ColdWater

Savage, a.k.a. Michael Weiner, is small fry. I can’t stand his whining and bloated self importance.
When Rush was under investigation good ole’ Savage piled on.
Weiner bashes all fellow conservative talkers.

Rush is.


47 posted on 10/23/2009 1:29:16 AM PDT by ChiMark
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
-- I did a search and could not find this posted. --

Also at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2368597/posts, but under a different title.

48 posted on 10/23/2009 1:37:52 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: machogirl

So this guy “never voted” eh?

When The Zero was running based on only one qualification - being the first black man elected president - and this unique middle-aged black guy was “not voting” and didn’t care about politics in Nov 2008?

He must have been the only black eligible voter out there who “didn’t care” then.


49 posted on 10/23/2009 2:01:05 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
The Kansas City Star has a stable of columnists notable for their bigotry and deceit including: Mary Sanchez, Lewis Diuguid, and Barbara Shelly.
50 posted on 10/23/2009 2:18:51 AM PDT by x_plus_one (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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