Friday, October 16, 2009

Michael Wilbon knows Rush Limbaugh is a racist because...

..of what he has heard him say:

One-on-one, he comes across as approachable and open to pretty much any discussion. But his radio persona is another thing. I don't listen to his show because his comments about people of color anger and offend me, and I'm not easily offended. I'm not going to try and give specific examples of things he has said over the years; I screwed up already doing that, repeating a quote attributed to Limbaugh (about slavery) that he has told me he simply did not say and does not reflect his feelings. I take him at his word. maybe he hasn't heard him say anything racist, but Wilbon still is convinced that Rush is a racist, or some sort of race baiter.

Perhaps Michael believes there are some reasonable assumptions or inferences one can draw based upon what Rush has said, or has been purported to say..

Yea..that's the ticket:

But Limbaugh has long history of the same insults and race baiting, to the point of declaring he hoped the president of the United States, a black man, fails.

Q: Any specific examples of this long history Michael?

A: Nice try! Wilbon isn't going to fall into that trap again. Oh No. Not again. He's already made that abundantly clear.

Well, perhaps we don't need to dig so far into the distant past. Consider carefully the latter clauses of the sentence:

Let's see if we can render this gem into a little syllogism;

1. R. L. declared he hopes the President fails.
2. The President is a black man.
3. Therefore, R. L. is a race-baiter. QED.

There appears to be a missing premise here. As it stands the 'argument' is transparently fallacious.

Whatever could that missing premise be? Probably something like this:

3a. R.L. criticized persons A,B,C, or stated he hopes they fail.. and each was black.

Which would be the basis of a further premise that would claim he has a prejudice, one I am not going to explicitly formulate here.

But, oops. These two additional premises seem to require that Wilbon has actually heard Rush do these things, and done the necessary comparisons and tabulations. But, we know he hasn't, and that he will not fall into the trap of providing evidence that he has.

Drats! Foiled again!

But, even if 3a were true, you would have to establish that hoping to fail and criticism of the folks mentioned was motivated by race..not..let's see..political disagreements, or some other reasons.

But, that too would require that you actually have listened to him, and have some sort of basis for rejecting competing explanations of the purported string of criticisms and hopes for failure. One would have to prove, on the basis of something other than hearsay, that he disproportionately criticizes blacks, (even if purportedly on the basis of politics).

But this little research project will be tough. Truth be told, Rush criticizes hosts of folks, and declares hopes that they fail, indeed there is a veritable rainbow of such victims, as you would know if you know..listened to the program. What is more, you would probably find that most of the folks he criticizes are Caucasian. A seeming disproportion there. So, on the basis of the supplied premise, 3a the evidence in fact does a better job suggesting that Rush is anti-Caucasian, if it "proves" anything. So, perhaps he is a self hating Caucasian?

Well, maybe just the fact that he declares that he hopes the President FAILS is sufficient to establish Rush's 'race baiting' credentials.

Once again, that seems to be one among a number of necessary conditions of being racially motivated toward Obama or blacks in general, but hardly a sufficient condition.

A bit of elementary logic: A sufficient condition is some state of affairs that all by its lonesome is enough to guarantee that some other state of affairs holds. If I have an ice cube in my hand, that is a sufficient condition for the truth of the statement that some H2O exists. Nothing else needs be the case.

Well, if the fact that Rush wishes that a person of some particular color FAIL is indeed a sufficient condition for the truth of the statement that Rush is a racist or race baiter, then in any case that Rush wishes a person to fail, Rush is a racist or race baiter toward people of the same color as that person. But, that leads to absurdity. For, as long as Rush is criticizing across the rainbow spectrum, he is not after all a racist, but a misanthrope.

Well, is there any other reason that Wilbon might have for thinking Rush is a race baiter? He says this:

I wonder if Limbaugh has any misgivings about what he says and how he says it. I wonder whether he cares at all that his own history of intolerance (even if it's just perception) has resulted in an institution representing a rather broad spectrum of society, even a private club of men accustomed to wealth and privilege, not wanting to be publicly associated with his views or his bombast. Is this simply everyone else's fault, a "liberal conspiracy," or a rejection that's hurtful enough that it will make Rush Limbaugh take a tough look at himself?

I think this tips his hand. He believes that Rush is a race baiter because he is perceived as a race baiter. After all, don't a bunch of folks claim that Rush is a race baiter? Why would they do that if he were not a race baiter?

[Insert your mom's rhetorical question about friends jumping off cliffs here]

To answer Wilbon's question though. The reason the NFL folks have gone out of their way to reject Limbaugh is clear. Mark Cuban said it in the article. Because of the PERCEPTIONS that have currency, this exclusive club is worried about their bottom line. So, to protect their investments, they will stay away from Limbaugh as if he had the plague. Whether or not he actually HAS the plague is immaterial. Rush is to blacklisted Hollywood types of the 50s as the NFL owners are to the major studios of that time.

Too bad for Rush he is not Rosie O'Donnel, Bill Maher, David Letterman, or Keith Olberman. If he were, he could get away with being perceived as divisive, and have a chance at owning a sports franchise. After all, didn't Mark Cuban himself at one time flirt with "trutherism" and seriously consider funding a film that peddled that filth?

Rush, you lean too far to the right my friend. Sorry, no soup for you. Now get outa' line.

{Click the post title to read the entire Wilbon piece in the WaPo}

UPDATE: Rush Counterpunches HERE

As I explained on my radio show, this spectacle is bigger than I am on several levels. There is a contempt in the news business, including the sportswriter community, for conservatives that reflects the blind hatred espoused by Messrs. Sharpton and Jackson. "Racism" is too often their sledgehammer. And it is being used to try to keep citizens who don't share the left's agenda from participating in the full array of opportunities this nation otherwise affords each of us. It was on display many years ago in an effort to smear Clarence Thomas with racist stereotypes and keep him off the Supreme Court. More recently, it was employed against patriotic citizens who attended town-hall meetings and tea-party protests.

These intimidation tactics are working and spreading, and they are a cancer on our society

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