Oct 6, 2003
So Rush Limbaugh resigned from ESPN – to save the broadcast team at ESPN from further embarrassment, or so he says.
What embarrassment? Because Limbaugh spouted one of his patented racist harangues?
How could ESPN be embarrassed? After all, isn't that exactly why they hired him, to put one of his famous diatribes on the air?
As an NFL spokesman put it, "ESPN knew what they were getting when they hired Rush Limbaugh." And it certainly wasn't his knowledge of sports, which as his comment showed, is nil.
No more than WABC and linked stations kept Limbaugh on the air because he provided knowledge about the world and truthful information about the war in Iraq.
WABC and ESPN – both of which happen to be owned by Disney productions – put Limbaugh on the air and kept him there as he spouted vile reactionary garbage, including tons of racist outrages, demeaning sexist comments, near encouragements for people to attack gays, as well as lie after lie justifying Bush's filthy war.
Did Disney and its stations do it as a way to make more money by shocking people or pandering to reactionary views in the population? Or did they do it in order to push Limbaugh's garbage on the population? It doesn't matter.
The fact is, they put this vile-speaking man on the air and kept him there for years.