The Media Research Center today looked at a feature with MSNBC host Contessa Brewer and "sports writer" Dave Zirin. Apparently MSNBC didn't mind completely overlooking Zirin's left-wing affiliations in setting up this little interview, as long as he would appropriately trash conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh and his bid to purchase the St. Louis Rams football team.
Not that it's any of Zirin's business, but he said his objection to Limbaugh purchasing the Rams was "about having somebody in an NFL owners box who [players] know views them with naked and open contempt because of the color of their skin." He also complained that Limbaugh was someone who "has made hundreds of millions now on the issues of hatred and division."
Zirin argued, "[Players] don't want an owner who has said slavery was a good thing because it made the streets safer." Seriously, do liberals really think that Rush Limbaugh wants to bring back slavery?
To confirm the record, I don't know how many times on this program I have gotten into arguments over the last 21 years with people when I have asserted that the Civil War primarily was about slavery. People have called me, "No, it wasn't! It was about states' rights. It was about this," and I said, "Don't be silly. Abraham Lincoln knew what the union could not survive in one man was allowed to own another. I have uttered those words, quoting Lincoln favorably, too many times to count.
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Slavery -- indentured servitude, whatever you want to call it -- is abominable, particularly in a free country. I've had people call this program and say, "Well, the Founding Fathers, I mean they were slave owners! Three-fifths of a person for blacks." Yeah, it's a sad shame. It's an absolute sad shame but I've given people the history. At the time there were 13 colonies. Getting them to all agree to rebel against the king and to declare independence, there were compromises necessary for that unity. Then when the Founders wrote the Constitution, they put the prescription in the Constitution for ending slavery, in the amendments -- and in our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, "All men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty, pursuit of happiness." How many times I've quoted that, I can't remember.
If I had said what they say I said, I would be gone...I've endeavored to go a little deeper into it, though, and explain how slavery has led us into some of the acrimony that we still have today in that there are some people who won't forget it, who are still trying to capitalize on it and portray this country as though it is still in many ways no different than it was, and I have argued with those people vehemently. I've had people say to me, "I think you've got a blind spot. You don't know what it's like to have a heritage that black people in the country have." Oh, I most certainly do not have a blind spot and I most certainly do understand it.
I understand that all human beings have obstacles. We all have to overcome them. There's no better place to overcome those obstacles than the United States of America. The freest country and the freest people on earth, and what really saddens me and disappoints me to this day is that there are people who are not inspired and taught about how great they can be because they are Americans. Frankly, the biggest problem I face in the current climate of political correctness is that I'm colorblind about it. I don't say politically correct things about it. For example in the Today Show interview, Jamie Gangel asked, "Weren't you moved by the election of the first black president?" Yeah, I was. Great historical fact. But I got over it pretty quickly because I don't see him as black. I see him as president of the United States and I'm more concerned about his policies.
So as Zirin makes false assumptions based on misstated quotes, MSNBC sits back and broadcasts it to the country. As MRC asks, "Is MSNBC a reputable news outlet? Or do they just allow guest to make wild accusations and require no proof?" I have my own opinion on this, but I'll let you make up your own minds.
Host Brewer simply played along, wondering, "Is there anything the NFL commissioner, or anybody else for that matter, can do to stop it?" She later queried, "Do you think that if the NFL leadership doesn't stop this in its tracks that you're going to see players walking off the field in protest?"
Continuing to smear Limbaugh, Zirin claimed that NFL players "don't [want] to see a swine owning a ram." He closed the interview by deriding the radio host as someone who has "open, publicly-stated contempt for people with dark skin."
Zirin also appeared on MSNBC in August to deride Sarah Palin, but then was identified as a writer for the Nation. Wiki suggests Zirin is in fact a sports writer, but not your typical ESPN-ophite: "He champions athletes and issues which might be overlooked by corporate sports media and addresses the tendency of the media to objectify and employ athletes as pawns in money-making efforts."
I'm glad to know that Zirin is looking out for all the athletes making bank in each of their respective games, the poor pawns. And apparently the professional sports arena is acceptable stomping ground for drug addicts, adulterers, rapists and other criminals, but not a conservative talk radio host.
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