Don't normally post links via fark, but this is a good one
WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark on Wednesday urged ABC to fire conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh for saying the media wanted Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb to succeed because he is black.
Clark, a retired Army general who entered the race Sept. 17, called the remarks "hateful and ignorant speech."
"I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well," Limbaugh said. "There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve. The defense carried this team."
First, I've heard a lot of commentators say that defense has carried the Philly franchise. Given that they did fairly well with a third string QB last year, I think that's somewhat valid. Anyway, even if he's wrong, it's not controversial to say a player is getting more credit than he deserves. People do that all the time.
So the real issue is whether the media has a bias in that it wants a black man to succeed at quarterbacking.
Loathe as I am to do this, I'm on Limbaugh's side. I have no idea whether the sports media has a sort of 'affirmative action' bias, and I'm not really that interested.
My question is this: Do we really want a situation where suggesting the media might be racially biased creates a situation where a broadcaster can lose his job? And would this even be a story if a black man had said it?
Edited by Javert Rovinski, 01 October 2003 - 04:09 PM.
St. Louis must be destroyed!
Me: "I have a job and five credit cards and am looking into signing a two year lease. THAT MAKES ME OLD."
Josh: "I don't have a job, I have ONE credit card, I'm stuck in a lease and I'm 28! My mom's basement IS ONE BAD DECISION AWAY!"
~~ Josh, winning the argument.
"Congress . . . shall include every idiot, lunatic, insane person, and person non compos mentis[.]" ~1 U.S.C. § 1, selectively quoted for accuracy.