An award that will live in infamy

Editing to add: see Skeletor’s comment. Some of these are unsourced. I have to run so can’t Google them right now.

Editing to add 2, next morning. Skeletor is right. A passage from John K. Wilson’s book on Limbaugh has details – someone going by the name “Cobra” put the James Earl Ray one on Wikiquotes and it spread via Rachel Maddow and others. And now by me.

The Surly Southern Liberal has a collection of some of Limbaugh’s more poisonous assertions.

Top 10 Racist Rush Limbaugh Quotes

1. “I mean, let’s face it, we didn’t have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back; I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark.”

[Edit: it’s in dispute whether he said that or not.]

2. “You know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor? James Earl Ray [the confessed assassin of Martin Luther King]. We miss you, James. Godspeed.”

Ok we’re only two in and already I’m reeling back in disbelief. Women lose jobs for saying men are not women, and this guy keeps his for saying we miss the guy who murdered Martin Luther King.

3. “Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?”

[I’m skipping 4. because I don’t understand what he was getting at.]

5. “Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.”

6. “The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.”

7. “They’re 12 percent of the population. Who the hell cares?”

8. “Take that bone out of your nose and call me back (to an African American female caller).”

9. “I think the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They’re interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well. I think there’s a little hope invested in McNabb and he got a lot of credit for the performance of his team that he really didn’t deserve.”

And Melania “Be Best” Trump handed him that medal.

Next day update: Snopes confirms some and not others.

What’s true

Some of the statements included in the list are correctly attributed to Limbaug

What’s false

Some of the statements included in the list lack sufficient supporting evidence to confirm whether or not Limbaugh said them.

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