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NFL Snubs Notion of Limbaugh OwnershipOpinion by Tim King Salem-News.com
"The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it" - Rush Limbaugh
(SALEM, Ore.) - With quotes like the one above, it isn't hard to imagine why the NFL is down in the mouth over Rush Limbaugh's idea to purchase the St. Louis Rams.
The idea hit the wall Tuesday when Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay vowed to vote against Limbaugh. Commissioner Roger Goodell echoed similar thoughts, noting that the conservative commentator's "divisive" comments are not something any NFL insiders would tolerate.
FOX News quoted Irsay saying, "I, myself, couldn't even consider voting for him."
"When there are comments that have been made that are inappropriate, incendiary and insensitive ... our words do damage, and it's something that we don't need."
I have never thought of professional sports as the hall of liberalism, a word Limbaugh uses to describe a broad section of Americans who disagree with his hard right politics. In fact a lot of serious sports fans I've known are rather apolitical and more worried about who is winning the next game than the next election. So why would this talk show political agitator bug the NFL guys so much?
There are plenty of Limbaugh fans who will tell you he's really "not as bad as so many people think" and they try to explain him as, if nothing else, "a really patriotic guy".
Personally, I do not believe that blindly rooting for unprovoked war equates to patriotism. I believe people who serve their country in uniform are an expression of patriotism by the sheer virtue of serving, but I don't see any uniform on Rush Limbaugh.
For his part, Limbaugh is clearly disappointed, and this member of the media faults "the media" which is quite interesting. As we all know the terminology is powerful, "The Media" sounds sinister when Limbaugh and his like say it, but in reality it is one of the largest examples of the precious and hard-earned American freedom that we all talk about so frequently.
I thought, to be fair, I'd hold my nose, so to speak, and open the Rush Limbaugh Website, rushlimbaugh.com, to see what the iconic far right spokesman had to say about the matter, so we could get information right out of the horse's mouth.
Well... the first thing I noticed was this terrible advertisement urging me to buy gold that hovered in front of my cursor, blocking the information on the actual Website. That is just about what I would expect, and that invasive awful force you to look at it advertising approach, which you will never ever see on Salem-News.com, completely typifies what this guy stands for.
I moved the mouse around and was able to read this headline about the NFL's position on Limbaugh, "State-run media scum smear Rush using fabricated quotes" which also seemed about right, that he would blame his well-earned hatred on a left-wing media plot. Sorry, but what a joke. Also, what is this about "state-run media"? Is PBS after him too? I don't know, his Website looks more like a damned pawn shop than a media information center, and I wouldn't dream of clicking on anything there, it is probably virus-ridden based on their ad platform, gross!
If legal repercussions existed for "The Media" when they air false information, Rush Limbaugh would be rotting in prison. I wonder if there has ever been a time when this guy was caught with his pants down, that he didn't lash out and blame reporters and news organizations for simply telling people about it.
Then I went back to his site and read this headline, "Obama wants Americans at each other's throats" and it occurred to me that if this king of hypocrites was Pinocchio, his nose would probably span the Atlantic by now.
This is a high time for the NFL in the opinion of many, proving that sports may be All-American, but divisive and polarizing politics that bash the poor are not.
It takes the approval of 24 of the League's 32 teams to become an owner.
Irsay is the first NFL rep to clearly state that he will reject a person who made a habit of "demonizing individuals." He also told FOX, "I met Rush only once. He seemed like a nice guy to me and all those kind of things." Then he added, "It's bigger than the NFL. As a nation, and as a world, we've got to watch our words and our thoughts. They can do damage."
For all things that are wrong in the world, every now and then, something inexplicably right takes place. This guy makes Americans hate one another, he doesn't seem very fond of minorities and he's hard on women who stand up for their rights, as well as being a constant enemy of the poor.
Whether he is practicing or not, Rush Limbaugh is a known drug addict. He travels to locations in the world that are often frequented by western men with bad intentions, and he frames his image around clouds of nasty stinky cigar smoke. That is no match for athletes and sports fans, in fact it goes completely against the grain.
Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor.
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