Conservative radio behemoth Rush Limbaugh took to the airwaves Friday to refute reports that he had called for racial segregation the previous day while commenting on a school bus brawl between black and white teenagers. Limbaugh argued that he had been joking and that liberals with “no sense of humor” had recast his sarcastic riff in a literal light. Hmmmm. —KA
RUSH: We’re back. It’s Rush Limbaugh, Open Line Friday. Friend of mine just went to Google and did a search for Limbaugh and segregation, and it turned back 79,800 English pages for “Limbaugh” and “segregation.” And they talk about the right-wing echo chamber and a radical noise machine, 79,800 pages on results for Limbaugh and segregation. The point of that school bus riff, do I have to play this again? I was saying the black kids were justified beating up the one white kid because he was obviously racist, they knew that he was sitting there thinking N-word; they knew that he was sitting there thinking all kinds of rotten things about them; they just know this because Newsweek magazine said the kid was born a racist so they were entitled to beat the kid up because they knew he was a racist because our society and Obama, it’s Obama’s America, white people are racists. I said jokingly segregate the busses to protect the black students so they wouldn’t be taunted. These guys literally have no sense of humor.