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Why stop with ESPN, he should resign as radio host. It's sad to see in the U.S. that so many people listen to a person with that type of perspective and support his race-based opinions. Let's move forward in this nation and not backward to the early 1900's.
From the responses I have read, it seems that the direction of the more polarized answers depends on whether the respondent either agrees or disagrees with Limbaugh's daily ideological ravings. The fact is, however, if this were an isolated incident, as it was with Howard Cosell, then no, he should not be "forced" to resign. But when he plays "Movin' On Up" the theme from "The Jeffersons" whenever speaking about Carol Moseley Braun on his radio show, it's clear there is something much deeper, darker and more insidious going on than innocent observation.
No, Rush should not have resigned. Rush is a member of the media. ESPN is a media outlet. He was commenting on how the MEDIA portrays and promotes certain athletes, similar to the way we hear of an East Coast bias in college football rankings. McNabb is a good QB, but the Eagles' defense does carry that team.
Colorado Springs, Colo.
The coach of each NFL team is expected to produce a winner. I doubt if any of them is considering the wishes of the media when choosing their starting quarterback. Rush was wrong on that count but he shouldn't have to resign as a result of that.
Rush Limbaugh has the right to choose his battles as he sees fit. Considering the fact that Jim Brown can call (Ohio State Athletic Director) Andy Geiger a "slave master" and no one in the media even blinks an eye, I don't blame Rush for declining to defend his opinions.
Gregg D. Colahan
Yes. Please remember that it was his decision to resign. It was his choice and his alone, no one else forced him to do it. If he had the courage of his convictions he would have stayed. Instead he goes to the NAB conference and makes a speech blaming others for losing his job. So much for "rugged individualism". I can't wait to hear how he blames the "liberal media" for his drug problem.
Los Angeles, Calif.
I don't think he should have resigned, but I'm damn glad he did. I'd like to know how many conservatives would like to listen to James Carville every Sunday, talking about how St. Louis is going all the way this year. Like most Americans, I like my football ideology-free. Why spoil a good Sunday? Besides, from what I could see, he didn't know the game that well.
Carson City, Ariz.
No, he was unfairly targeted and denied his First Amendment rights. It is incredulous and very disturbing how politically correct people must sound. It's too bad he wasn't or couldn't stand his ground for his (and ours) First Amendment rights.
Absolutely NOT. If the boys on the other side of the room didn't like what Rush said, they should have confronted him at the time, face to face, like men. What phony excuses they had the following Sunday. Rush doesn't need them and neither do I. Click.
No, I don't think he should have resigned but he certainly had no business bringing race into his argument. I'm sorry Rush, but I can't think of any instances where black athletes got credit for greatness that they didn't achive. All the black QBs are there because they are better than their competition, period. The real question is why did it take until the 21st century for them to finally be taken seriously at the quarterback position? I just don't think Mr. Limbaugh thought the matter through.
The only thing that Rush proved is that he knows little about football. Donovan McNabb is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, as are Mike Vick and Daunte Culpepper. The media doesn't have to be "desirous" to make the young men the stars that they are.
Rush's comments were not racist. He spoke the truth about the media's position on "black" players and coaches. The media touted "Art Shell, first black NFL Head Coach", "Randall Cunningham, black quarterback", "there are 7 black quarterbacks in the NFL." The list goes on.
Rush showed his consideration to the cast members by resigning. However, their spineless comments on the following Sunday just show their hypocrisy. No wonder their ratings are low.
No. The response to his comments illustrates the inability of any white person in this country to make a comment regarding race and still have a job the next morning. His comment was right on the mark and did not imply any racism.
I think Rush was unfairly forced out. ESPN hired him to be Rush, and guess what? They got him. Rush also has a right to freedom of speech. If the people didn't like what they heard, the ratings would have dropped. Should have left it to that.
The fact that Donovan McNabb is black has nothing to do with his ability as a player. Black is the color of his skin. Rush Limbaugh was stupid to bring the issue of race into question when discussing a player's ability. Donovan McNabb is a great player. Period. Rush had no choice but to resign. He's a fraud out of school discussing football. He should schtick to politics.
Whether or not Rush was right in his opinions (which were just that, since there was little to no foundation for his assertions, although the accuracy could be argued either way), what made his remarks especially objectionable was the forum he used to offer them. I don't think there would've been a controversy had he made the comments on his radio show. But Sunday mornings, viewers don't tune into "NFL Countdown" to hear commentary on heated political issues.
Rush Limbaugh should never have been on "Sunday NFL Countdown". In fact, after watching ESPN since its beginning I had quit watching the ESPN Sunday morning show completely because of the appearance of such an inappropriate person in the otherwise well-liked panel. Thank goodness, I can enjoy the program again.
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