Skip to comments.Palin's campaign against the "R-word" hits snag with Limbaugh
Posted on 02/05/2010 1:59:38 PM PST by presidio9
Sarah Palin's campaign against the derogatory usage of the word "retard" collided with her campaign to maintain her popularity with conservatives today, with confusing results.
A Palin spokeswoman seemed to back away from earlier criticism of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. Yesterday, when asked for comment on Limbaugh's use of the "r" word in a recent broadcast, Palin spokeswoman told Greg Sargent of the Washington Post, "Governor Palin believes crude and demeaning name-calling at the expense of others is disrespectful." Today, Stapleton claims the statement was meant generally and she was not specifically referring to Limbaugh. Still, she declined to say that Palin believes Limbaugh's statements were acceptable. Sargent reprinted the email he sent Stapleton in which he specifically asked about Limbaugh's statement.
Palin's non-rebuke rebuke of Limbaugh comes after she called on President Obama, earlier in the week, to fire his chief of staff after using the word. According to the Wall Street Journal, Rahm Emanuel called liberal activists who wanted to run ads against conservative Democrats "f------ retarded" in a closed-door meeting at the White House. On her Facebook page, Palin likened Emanuel's "slur on all God's children with cognitive and developmental disabilities" to using the "N-word," something she deemed "unacceptable" and "heartbreaking." Emanuel later issued an apology to Special Olympics chairman and CEO Tim Shriver.
However, Palin's conservative cohort Rush Limbaugh took offense to people, presumably including Palin, protesting Emanuel's remark. On his radio show, Limbaugh lamented that "our political correct society is acting like some giant insult's taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards, retards." That comment caused Greg Sargent to request a reaction from Palin's spokeswoman. It also caused confusion over whether Palin believes Limbaugh's public statements -
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Its amazing isn’t it? These people call themselves journalists and do nothing but spread lies.
I don't know whether to laugh at em or feel sorry for em.
This whole thing is retarded.
Limbaugh was using Rahm’s words to bash the left because the media would never do it. Imagine the media reaction if a GOP Presidents Chief of Staff had done it.
Where’s the “barf alert”?
Needs BARF ALERT?
anti-aircraft barf alert
This is too funny. Rush mocked Rahm and knew this was going to happen. I hope the Palin camps isnt so stupid as to fall for this. You would think one of them was listening when Rush was saying retard.
Yahoo, the One’s internet mouthpiece for the masses....
We shouldn’t call them retarded. We should refer to them as the accelerated.
What a bunch of liars. The more the press outright lies and spreads misinformation that more credibility they lose. How long do they think they can get away with this type of reporting?
“Still, she declined to say that Palin believes Limbaugh’s statements were acceptable”
Wow. What a contorsion. It’s nothing but leftist propaganda now. There’s not an ounce of news left.
I loved Rush’s observation that Rahm calls democrats retarded and then has to apologize to retarded people.
Because they gave up on reporting long ago, and now try to sell opinion as fact.
I disagree with Palin as well on this issue. So she would disagree with me.
But guess what? This isn’t about whether one person says it or another, it’s about hypocrisy.
Did Rush Limbaugh ever tell someone that they can’t use a word because it is offensive?
Or is it liberals who constantly cry over not using words because they are offensive?
You can have it both ways and not be a hypocrite.
Tell someone they can’t use the word “terrorist” because it sends the wrong message, then you are going to get trashed when you use the word “retarded”.
“How long do they think they can get away with this type of reporting?”
As long as we don’t hold them responsible.
Wow! The State-run media has a single storyline from which they can attack BOTH Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin at once.
Probably having severe shortages of kleenex and moist towelettes down in the old news rooms about now.
The Democrats weren’t offended.
They're all #$%^&* morons.
Of course. The right hand man to the President bashes liberals and the media uses it to bash Limbaugh and Palin. Makes perfect sense... um.. not.
No it wasn't. It was a slur against his political enemies.
Emanuel later issued an apology to Special Olympics chairman and CEO Tim Shriver.
But not to his political enemies, the ones he actually insulted.
she declined to say that Palin believes Limbaugh's statements were acceptable.
Somehow they're trying to make this about Limbaugh, rather than about the guy who actually delivered the insult.
In my opinion, if I used the word to describe someone who has Down's Syndrome, then its unacceptable, and no one I know would ever do it. If on the other hand I use it to describe rank and file O-zombies, then there are times when there is no better word. Its not offensive at all, its a word that exactly fits the purpose.
yahoo as well as all liberal (do not check your facts first) news group are not reporting how Rush was parroting RahmE boy with his show..... They need to listen to the whole show so that it is not taken out of context....then this would not be an issue. Next week will be another one for Rush, he is planning on ordered fried chicken, black eyed peas and water mellow for his staff in honor of black history month....BECAUSE of what NBC did by having that on their menu in honor of black history month.... I am sure Rush will be attacked as racist without a mention of NBC
Rush discussed this yesterday. Since the media is rolling off of a redacted account (as typically circulated by George Soros’ Media Matters), it is understandable when you know their playbook.
Then as he said today, the only people who got what he was attempting to do yesterday, are people who don't actually work in the media.
I give it 3 months before someone is jumping all over her for saying something similar, it won't be fair, but she brought it on herself.
Anyone with an IQ of a mouse, knows what the deal is here. The maggots of the left just cannot do any better. They have NOTHING to offer America, only destroy it and take from it.
They are filth. Get rid of them in November and the rotten MSM will follow into the tar pits of history.
Palin is a longtime Limbaugh listener (since before she became Governor). She isn’t taken by the media’s distortions.
Let’s see - The WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF uses a vulgar term and they don’t seem to care that Palin calls on him to be fired
A TALK SHOW HOST makes fun of the white house chief of staff’s vulgar remarks and they scream about Palin NOT asking him to be fired...
What’s wrong with this picture? (RHETORICAL, i KNOW WHATS WRONG- THEY ARE LIBERALS)
I love EL Rushbo, but he always seems to take it one step too far.
We had Rahm on the ropes, and now the story is all Limbaugh. He knows they take his words out of context. That’s all they do.
But he is on the same tape saying how they WILL take it all out of context BEFORE IT HAPPENED.
Lies by omission are lies too.
They try to advance an agenda through partisan propaganda.
How long has it been since ‘the magic Negro’ took the Libs by storm; refusing to ‘get it’. ..that they, in fact, owned it. Now, here we go again. And nothing new here, of course. . .
Memo to State Run Media “reporter” Brett Michael Dykes:
Dream on, d-bag.
Amen. It’s a waste of time and a useless cluttering of the already heavily diluted news.
Looks to me like Sarah needs to consider opportunism and impulsiveness in the context of the way this turned out....I don’t mind a bit that she called for RE to be fired, but why do it in connection with a rather widely used term as retarded? I doubt that so much as 1% of Americans don’t use this word from time to time in a non-disability context.
What’s the point in getting upset over the use of the words “retard” or “retarded”? It’s been used for decades & no one has complained about it until now. I agree w/ Bernard Goldberg that this is a petty/politically correct issue.
What I find strange is that NO ONE got upset over Rahm using the F-word right before it...but THIS is what they gripe about? Are we going to say “F-word R-word” on TV from now on?
They can’t get more wrong. Rush said today that Palin’s spokeswoman called personally and said that there was never a complaint about Rush from Sarah or her people.
They didn’t listen to the show today? Or, yeah they probably did they just don’t care to report that.
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Rush said this morning that yesterday Palin spokesperson called Rush and warned him that Politico was trying to make things up between the two of them, she said that they were making generic rebuke of anyone using “retarded” and that Politico were trying to goad her into condemning Rush, media is actually making up things!!!! WOW!!
I think Rush explained it well today. This was an intentionally manufactured fake controversy by Politico as a political operative of the Socialist Democrats.
The point is the media is bashing Palin/Limbaugh for something a top Democrat said. This is what “journalism” has come down to.
Well, isn’t a retard a retard?
A brick is a brick, a cow is a cow and a truck is a truck.
Are retards some kind of holy protected group now?