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ESPN’s Racist Michael Wilbon Proves PTI Stands for ‘Pardon the Ignorance’

UPDATE III @ 10/14/2009:  Here is the “bloods vs crips” quote in FULL context: Rush Limbaugh’s “NFL Bloods vs Crips” Quote in FULL Context

UPDATE II @ 10/13/2009:  Smash Mouth Politics has an excellent post proving that some leftist Rush-hater just made up racist quotes, attributed to Limbaugh, out of whole cloth to smear and slander him: “You know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor?  James Earl Ray…”  Quotation attributed to Rush Limbaugh is a damnable lie

He also shows that the “slavery has merit” quote was completely made up out of whole cloth as well.  Typical liberal SOP:  can’t win on the merits of arguments, so they smear, lie and slander their opponents.


UPDATE 10/12/2009:  Here is Rush Limbaugh’s response to these ridiculous smears and hateful slanders of racism: A Response to Hateful Slander


I was flipping channels after watching Seinfeld tonight and happened to fall on ESPN where PTI (Pardon the Interruption) was on, with hosts Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser. I haven’t watched them for a few years now as I just didn’t find them very interesting and was sick of ESPN’s political commentary spewed in with their sports commentary.

But, I happened to notice that “Rush Limbaugh” was slated to be their next topic. I knew — I just KNEW — that their take was going to be bigoted, racial and ignorant regarding Rush’s proposed purchase of the St. Louis Rams NFL team, but I decided, against all my better judgement, to give it a chance. But, of course, my instincts were correct.

After Kornheiser introduces the segment, Michael Wilbon then goes on to expose himself as an ignorant, racist jackass.

He starts off by saying “I don’t know if Rush Limbaugh is a bigot or just plays one on radio and TV.” Then he goes on to say something along the lines of Rush being universally hated by Black people in America.


UPDATE 10/12/2009:  I found the full quote while doing some searching today, when I came across Jay’s post at Sleepy Eyed Whiners of the Deep (who has a great analysis of this issue):

”I don’t know whether Rush Limbaugh is a straight-up bigot, or if he simply plays one on TV and radio, but he is universally reviled by black people in this country and justifiably so based on his public proniouncements, constantly saying things that are offensive.  I’m just going to mention one.  He referred to the NFL by the way, in terms of the Bloods vs. Crips without the weapons and another point he said ‘Slavery’ and this is in context, ‘had its merits’ and he joked, I guess he joked, ‘the streets were safer after dark.'”

As Jay notes:

First, Mr., Wilbon, the Bloods vs. Crips quote, as you indicate you know, is taken out of context, and the slavery quote is totally unattributed to Rush and only appeared in a hit book published without sourcing the quote. So, essentially, you have taken one quote out of context, and another you chose to use as “in context” without knowing that there is no proof that Limbaugh even said it.


Then there was some quote from the NY Giants DL Mathias Kiwanuka, where he said something along the lines of he would never play for the Rams if Limbaugh bought them, since he knew Limbaugh hated Black people, or something. Just found the full quote, here it is:

“All I know is from the last comment I heard, he said in (President) Obama’s America, white kids are getting beat up on the bus while black kids are chanting ‘right on,'” Kiwanuka told The Daily News. “I mean, I don’t want anything to do with a team that he has any part of. He can do whatever he wants, it is a free country. But if it goes through, I can tell you where I am not going to play.”

“I am not going to draw a conclusion from a person off of one comment, but when it is time after time after time and there’s a consistent pattern of disrespect and just a complete misunderstanding of an entire culture that I am a part of, I can’t respect him as a man.”

Kiwanuka cringes at the idea of Limbaugh becoming an NFL owner. “They are flat-out racist,” Kiwanuka said of many of Limbaugh’s statements. “He jumps on Obama and he jumps on other people for being racist. But a lot of the comments that he said, I feel like they have no place in journalism. It is just an opinion show that should be only be taken for shock value. I liken it to ‘South Park’ when I am listening to him.”

“I love Spags and would play for him in a heartbeat, but under that situation … obviously trades you have no control over, but if it was a free-agent thing, I wouldn’t care if I only had one offer on the table, I would rather stay a free agent.”

Yeah, I’ll bet my entire savings that this dumbass hasn’t listened to Limbaugh a day in his life and has absolutely NO examples of Rush ever saying anything racist. And “a complete misunderstanding of an entire culture”? Sure thing there, Kiwanucklehead. I don’t know what the fluck you think we’re supposed to understand about Rev Wright, Van Jones, Eric Holder, “typical white person”, “acted stupidly”, etc etc. As you yourself state, Mathias, “when it is time after time after time and there’s a consistent pattern of disrespect” and racism, you call a duck a duck. BARACK.OBAMA (Peace Prize be Upon Him).IS.A.RACIST. Period. There’s nothing to “misunderstand”. Rush simply states what any objective person can see, but is too afraid to say himself.

And, geez, can these a-holes sound any more like racist jackass Kanye “George Bush Hates Black People” West? And guess what Kiwanucklehead… Rush said that about the white kid getting beat up on the bus, because IT HAPPENED, you ignorant putz.

Anyway, THEN, Michael Wilbon goes on to provide two quotes to “prove” that Rush is some Black-hating, bigoted racist. He brings up some quote where he claims that Rush stated he saw merit to slavery and it had some positive aspects to it, as the streets were safe at night. And claimed that Rush was serious about this and that meant he was a Black-hating, bigoted racist.

Yeah, sure, Wilbon.

Well, I did a little searching to find out what the fluck this putz was talking about regarding the Rush Limbaugh “slavery has merit” comment. I came across Rush talking about a certain radical racist Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson on his Sept 16th show:

RUSH: …Now, about Jimmy Carter coming out and piling on with this racism stuff, and there’s some outrageous examples of it from the State-Controlled Media. There’s even a guy that was on MSNBC, I’m not going to play the sound bite for you. I am not going to dignify this by playing it, but it was this morning on MSNBC. This guy, Michael Eric Dyson claims that I have written that slavery was a good thing. Even Scarborough said, “What are you talking about?” “Oh, yeah, you can read it, you can read it.” I have never said slavery was a good thing! These people are just over the edge now, and I’m going to tell you something, folks. I thought the election of Barack Obama was all about seeing to it that these days never happened again. I’m being serious here. I thought the election of Barack Obama — and I’m not being cliched here, I’m just telling you what we were told. Now, I predicted exactly what’s happening so I’m not surprised by it. But we were all told that we’re going to have a post-racial America, we’re going to have a post-partisan America, none of this was going to happen.

I warned everybody, folks, it’s only going to get worse. I predicted every aspect of this, and I said it’s going to center around criticism of Obama. Any criticism of him is going to be said to be racist. Once again I am right on the money, bull’s-eye. But here’s what I think about this. The president of the United States is sitting here and promoting this division. He is encouraging it. He has people in the White House, “Ah, we don’t think it’s so much race and so forth.” But he could put a stop to this and should. If Barack Obama wants to be the president that he told everybody was going to be during the campaign, he needs to schedule a speech — not five appearances on Sunday shows and Letterman — he needs to schedule a speech to say, “Stop this stuff. This is not productive. This is not helping America. This is dividing America.” He needs to say, “I know that there’s criticism of me, and I know there’s opposition to me. There has been criticism of every president. There’s been opposition to every president.” But I guess all of a sudden now we’re not allowed to do that anymore. We can’t criticize Obama. We can’t do that because it’s all racist.

So, now we know who Michael Wilbon uses as a source of information: radical, racist Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson.

I didn’t remember the name, so I looked into this racist putz a little more. Here’s what I found:

A member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), Dyson joined such notables as Noam Chomsky and Barbara Ehrenreich in speaking at the organization’s 17th Annual Socialist Scholars Conference in 1999.

Also in 1999, Dyson said the following at a forum organized by Academics for Mumia Abu-Jamal:

“So for me, then, the Mumia Abu-Jamal case is about the person who is able to articulate the interests of minority people not only in terms of color, but in terms of ideology. Because we know what the real deal here is also about. It is about the repression of left-wing, progressive, insightful cultural criticism and political and moral critique aimed at the dominant hegemonic processes of American capitalism and the American state as evidenced in its racist, imperialist and now we might add homophobic and certainly its patriarchal practices.”

…According to Dyson, the 9/11 terrorist attacks were “predictable to a degree, due to America’s past imperialistic practices and how it is viewed by other countries.” “What I am against,” he elaborated, “is the hypocrisy of a nation [the U.S.] that would help train bin Laden by funneling millions from the CIA to Afghan rebels to put down the Soviets, and now switching sides to funnel money to the Soviets to stop the spread of fundamentalism.”

When asked how Tupac Shakur, were he still alive, would have viewed the 9/11 attacks, Dyson replied: “I think that Tupac would say, ‘What business do we have being in Arab nations when the tentacles of colonialism and capitalism suck the lifeblood of native or indigenous people?’ . . . He would have had questions about who really was the thug. He would have said that America has ignored the vicious consequences of its imperialistic practices across the world. America ignores how millions of people suffer on a daily basis throughout the world, except in isolated spots that involve so-called national interests. Thirdly, that America has forfeited its duty as global policeman, by virtue of its own mistreatment of black people.”

What a pleasant fellow. Now we know the type of people Michael Wilbon feels are experts: radical racists, socialists, anti-capitalists and America-haters.


MORE: Just a little more on Michael Wilbon’s buddy Michael Eric Dyson:  NBC Invites on Radical Professor to Compare Joe Wilson’s Two Words to Racial ‘Terror’ —  Like 9/11

LAUER: Michael, I don’t know which is worse. Is it worse if, in fact, some of this opposition to President Obama is fueled by outright racism? Or is it worse if some liberals, in an attempt to defend President Obama and his plans, invoke the charge of racism to discredit the critics?

DYSON: Well clearly the first would be the problem, Matt.  The existence of an abuse is far worse than those who trump it up.  But let me say this.  You don’t ask the person who’s been, you know, the abuser what the status of the, the progress is.  You ask the people or the person who’s been abused.  Or if we look at terror, there’s only been one terrorist strike, 9/11, but since then we’ve had terror alerts, we’ve been proactive, we’ve been preemptive.  So race is the same way.  Race is not only a former of terror, it is terror.

October 9, 2009 , 6:07PM - Posted by | Media Bias, NFL, Racism, Rush Limbaugh, Sports


  1. For what it’s worth Wilbon acknowledged and apologized for misquoting Limbaugh on the slavery thing, on today’s show (10/12/09).

    Comment by sanchomandoval | October 12, 2009 , 5:17PM

    • Thanks for letting me know about that. I haven’t watched the show in years and just happened to come across it flipping channels on Friday, so that was the only reason I even knew about Wilbon’s ridiculous comments on Friday. I had no plans to watch it again today, because I really didn’t care to hear any justification or apology from him. He went out of his way to smear Limbaugh for whatever reason and no apology is going to wipe that away. There is no justification for Wilbon going off and saying that Blacks in America universally revile Rush Limbaugh and then also say “justifiably so” based on 2 comments, one of which he took out of context and another which came from a smear piece.

      I didn’t know anything about Wilbon’s politics previously, but he exposed himself well enough for me on Friday the 9th. If I was ever thinking of watching that show again, his rant on Friday ended those thoughts.

      But, I guess I can give him *some* kudos for apologizing. Granted, I haven’t heard it yet, so it may just be one of those typical “non-apology apologies” like “sorry you all are so stupid to get offended by what I said”. We’ll see though.

      Comment by michaelinmi | October 12, 2009 , 5:57PM

  2. Awesome post! Glad Wilbon apologized, guess I’ll judge that “apology” for myself when I listen later. Again, great post, and thanks for visiting my site.

    Comment by scism | October 12, 2009 , 5:50PM

    • Thanks, but I wish I could control my emotions a bit better to have written a post along the lines of what you wrote. Great job with that, especially hitting on the “he doesn’t understand our culture” issue. That was as outrageous as his first two smears saying (1) Black Americans revile Limbaugh and (2) justifiably so because of 2 quotes, 1 of which you noted was not even from Limbaugh.

      And yeah, I’ll need to hear Wilbon’s “apology” myself as well to judge it. I haven’t know many liberals to give sincere apologies, especially after they make complete jackasses of themselves and get called out on it.

      Incidentally, when I was searching around to find the “slavery had merit” comment, I came across this blog post from a year ago with Rush’s “Top 10 Racist Quotes” or something. In it, of course, was the “slavery has merit” quote. The rest were really weak as well, especially him considering the “Barack the Magic Negro” song to be “racist”, when it was making fun of LIBERALS for being racist against Obama. The Left simply cannot comprehend sarcasm and satire. It’s pathetic.

      Comment by michaelinmi | October 12, 2009 , 6:06PM

  3. What do I have to say?
    Your post says it all… Rush is a racist and he appeals to racists like you.
    You deliberately went out of your way to call Kiwanuka out of his name for answering questions about a well known racist. You bash Obama who for being Racist but he won a Peace-Prize, are you kidding? If Rush is such a good guy, why is his dirty laundry list longer than his good deeds list? When does he contribute to helping the poor? Just like MLK, Obama LIVED in poverty w/everyday people in Chicago to show them they dont have to go at it alone when he didnt have to do that. Tell Rush to come on down to the ‘hood or anywhere where blacks roam and donate SOMETHING.
    Rush definitely fits the bill of a back door racist and doesnt back down from that. He’s apart of the “traditional”-America… them good ol’ boys. Them guys in hoods who decided they could make it harder for negroes if they took the masks off b/c then we couldnt tell the good from the bad.
    I mean, what do you expect from us? We’re in a country where lynching blacks was once the law… Slavery was the law… a negro cannot vote or read was the law.

    We’re not even 40years removed from the garbage in the rearview. Still today, a vote passes thru congress every 20years or so, on whether blacks can vote or not.

    I mean look at you, youre acting like a junior oppressor in training or something behind these internet cyber-walls. But if we were face to face, Im the bully now. And you can call the police and have me arrested.
    Look around you, no one feels sorry for the oppressor crying that he’s being mistreated now. Its not even believable.
    Blame your ancestors for splicing our gene pool and making us the biggest, fastest, and smartest things on the planet.

    You all had to free us… it was making us tougher and more together… you had to put an end to that to stave off elimination and put a pause on the natural order of things… you can thank Darwin for that fore-warning.
    See us getting tougher you did so you sicked your country’s “immune system” on us or the CIA/FBI and you managed to destroy the Panthers in 2.5 yrs. But it aint over.
    Obama is just the first sign to ignoramous’ that it is underway.

    Comment by realtalkyo | October 12, 2009 , 6:24PM

    • Rev Wright, is that you? I feel honored that you read my blog and felt compelled to comment!

      Comment by michaelinmi | October 12, 2009 , 6:28PM

    • Look what we have here someone who is now trying to intimidate someone who has opinions about a racist Wilbon on TV. I tell you what realtalkyo you want a challenge you got one. I would love to see you bully me I love confrontations especially by weak liberals like yourself. Face it Limbaugh is very well liked among Americans despite what you and your liberal buddies think ok tough guy. Love the blog and keep up the good writing because most of us agree with you despite what this weak liberal thinks.

      Comment by realamerican34 | October 12, 2009 , 6:46PM

      • Heh, I’m guessing he was just a hit-and-run commenter. Just wanted to vent and feel like he put me down and then run away. I could not care less. I was going to debunk his entire screed, but then realized that it was a waste of time and just replied with snark.

        Sad really, because the election of Obama, we were told, was supposed to heal racial strife in this country. But, as far as I can tell, all it has done is embolden all the race-baiters and cause the race card to be pulled out to combat any sort of criticism thrown Obama’s way.

        Comment by michaelinmi | October 12, 2009 , 10:21PM

    • That’s really funny, priceless stuff.

      Obama “won” a peace prize. That’s equally priceless. For what? Why don’t you spend a little time thinking about that one, and write a nice blog entry on what the accomplishments of BHO were that merited that prize. I’d love to see that post.

      Not too much is known of BHO’s community organizing days in Chi-town. Other than what he wishes to share with us. We do know he was heavily involved with ACORN and eventually became a trainer for them. He’s got street cred in that Al Sharpton, stir-it-up way. I guess that’s meaningful, but it’s not exactly life on the streets.

      Sure, his life story, with a whacky, hippie mom, and an absentee father, is compelling. It’s a true American success story, no doubt, and would be compelling REGARDLESS of race.

      I have to agree with Rush on this one, we were all told Obama was the first post-racial president, but, many of us knew all along that was just white guilt speaking. The militant black community doesn’t see it that way. I think your post is interesting in that regard.

      BTW – I wasn’t aware that every 20 years or so Congress votes on taking away the right to vote from blacks. Since it’s been 40+ years since the Civil Rights Act was passed, can you provide a couple of citations for that? I think getting into the details of that would be very interesting.

      Comment by scism | October 12, 2009 , 10:08PM

      • We also know that he was abandoned by his Black father and left to be raised by his White mother and White grandparents. Who sent him to the best High Schools in Hawai’i and then went on to the best colleges. Once again, thanks to the fact that his White side of his family could afford to send him to these great schools and give him a great education.

        We also know that he made friends with corrupt Tony Rezko to get a sweet deal on his expensive home in a RICH neighborhood in Chicago, while being neighbors with terrorist Billy Ayers. And it was Billy Ayers who hired him for the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), doling out money to indoctrinate Chicago Public Schools with Ayers’ communist beliefs. Oh, and the CAC was a big fat failure for Obama and Ayers as the Chicago Public School system showed no improvement.

        After that Obama went on to State Legislature where he had Emil Jones set him up nicely to run for Senator. Upon becoming Senator, he sent some nice money to his wife’s Hospital, his wife then got a huge raise to $300,000+ for her position at the University of Chicago Hospital, a position which she used to enact patient-dumping on the Chicago citizens in the area. Meanwhile, Michelle whines about how tough it is to spend hundreds of dollars on piano lessons and summer camps for her two little kids.

        Yeah, they had SUCH a rough time and really got to know the poor of Chicago. NOT.

        Comment by michaelinmi | October 12, 2009 , 10:18PM

    • It’s “ignoramus,” you ignoramus.

      Comment by INCITEmarsh | October 13, 2009 , 12:08AM

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