Today Show On Limbaugh's Barack The Magic Negro genre: Polispeak & Six Degrees of Speculation

The Don Imus firing has drawn attention to the comments made by the hosts of other similar programs. The following clip is from a piece on The Today Show that discusses a segment from Rush Limbaugh's radio show. During the program, Limbaugh has a song called Barack The Magic Negro that pokes fun at Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. My goal isn't to promote Limbaugh being fired (though it wouldn't bother me if he were); rather I think we should treat everyone with the same standards.

Does Limbaugh cross the same line that led to the firing of Imus? I don't really know how to make that determination...which is why I find myself leery of efforts to monitor and censor what people say and what they write.

Feel free to share your own thoughts and feelings. I'm anxious to hear how others suggest we determine what is appropriate and what is unacceptable.

Daniel DiRito | May 21, 2007 | 6:51 PM
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1 On May 25, 2007 at 6:13 AM, Wesley Cannon wrote —

I find the NBC news comments on this hysterical and true to their typical "balanced" reporting. So if Limbaugh is to be criticized for this parody. what of David Ehrenstein, who used the term in the first place. The media created a firestorm about Imus and his admittedly stupid comment, but where where was their outrage at the many racist and anti-semitic comments from Sharpton or Jessie "Himey Town" Jackson? The comments Sharpton made just in one speech on whites, Jews, Italians, Egyptians, and gays far exceeded all the comments of Rush, Imus, and Mark Fuhrman combined. But of course, being a liberal democrat, he gets the usual pass.

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