It is fitting that on Martin Luther King Day, Rush Limbaugh’s subconscious would get the better of him and lead him to insert a little bit of fact into his radio show. Limbaugh was discussion how calls for civility were coded messages calling for the elimination of right wing media when he said, “That’s what he means here turning point in civil life of the nation is get rid of white, right wing media.”
Here is the audio from Media Matters
Limbaugh said, “A story from the New York Times, Matt Bai only in the New York Times would you see, yes here it is, “After Tucson Is The Anger Gone?” Now this is presented as a news article, not an editorial, or even a sermon, but we are too stupid apparently to receive the flash of clarity that the shooting provided us so The New York Times has to tell us what it all meant, and the headline, After Tucson Is The Anger Gone, and here’s one of the full quotes, ‘If the shooting didn’t feel like the turning point in the civic life of the nation that some of us had imagined it might become, then it may be because such turning points aren’t always immediately evident. Or maybe it’s because the murder suspect appeared to have no obvious ideology, his crime an imperfect parable for the consequences of political rhetoric.’”
Limbaugh continued, “This is shameless. Let me reread the paragraph and translate for you. ‘If the shooting didn’t feel like the turning point in the civic life of the nation that some of us had hoped and tried to make it real, then it may be because such turning points aren’t immediately evident, or maybe it’s because the murder suspect couldn’t get pinned with being a right winger despite our best efforts. Perhaps though we have to consider another explanation that the speed and fractiousness of modern society make it all but impossible now for any one moment to transform the national debate, damn it.”
In a Freudian slip, Limbaugh admitted what the right wing media really is, “Here you have this guy Matt Bai desperately hoping that this one event would get of right wing media. That’s what he means here turning point in civil life of the nation is get rid of white, right wing media, and damn it, now the speed and fractiousness of our modern society makes it all but impossible to for one moment to transform the debate, so they’re going to have to come up with many more of these.”
According to Limbaugh the New York Times article is a coded message calling for the elimination of right wing media, but one bothers to read the whole article, what you will discover is that the piece is about the historical debate about the existence of transformational moments. Bai argues that our modern society makes it less likely that a single event can serve as a transformational moment, and that the best that may be hoped for is baby steps of change. That’s it. There is no mention of right wing media anywhere. The whole threat is a figment of Limbaugh’s paranoid imagination.
Rush Limbaugh’s slip of the tongue was actually the truth. People like him and Glenn Beck aren’t the right wing media. They are the white wing media. They are preaching to an overwhelmingly older, white audience. The white wing media serves as the information network for the angry vastly majority white faces who scream that they want their country back. Limbaugh appeals to this audience by using Obama’s skin color to delegitimize him often. Everything from his frequent references to the President as a man child to his featuring the song Barack The Magic Negro on his show is an attempt to divide by race.
The purpose of the white wing media is to divide. Republicans learned from the previous two decades that they can’t win or maintain power if the nation is united, so since the election of Obama they have worked day and night to once again fracture our nation 50/50. They view a return to the last two decades as politically beneficial, and if they have to divide the country along racial lines to achieve their goals, that is exactly what they will do.
Limbaugh preaches conservative versus liberal, but the subtext is also white versus black. That’s what the white wing media does. They help those white conservatives who can’t handle their loss of political power and standing in a society that is becoming more diverse, feel powerful again by attacking change, progress, and diversity.
They want to use political power as time machine to take us back to a yesteryear when their supremacy in American society was unchallenged, but Somewhere in heaven, I can imagine a smile coming across Dr. Martin Luther King’s face as for a shining and rare moment the truth escaped from Rush Limbaugh’s lips.