Potomac Fever is the blog of the Hamilton College Semester in Washington Program.
NFL owners have a right to choose who else owns NFL teams. The NFL is controversy averse. Maybe it's just the market in action here?
Way to turn around that whole free market thing on me. Real clever. I don't object to the group of buyers excluding Rush, I object to the media's slanderous use of false quotations.
As do I. Quoting people out of context doesn't advance debate very far, and getting caught lying always looks bad.But I think that many on the right are feeling that if Rush has the money, he's entitled to buy whatever he wants, including the St. Louis Rams...and that just isn't the case. When you're a public figure, you're judged on the marketplace of ideas. A lot of Limbaugh's ideas suck. As a result, polling shows his favorability ratings constantly hover in the 20s. Americans just don't support what he's saying. And the next time he advocated for resegregating school buses or something, it'd be a PR nightmare for the team.
No one is entitled to buy anything. I think Rush knows that as well as anyone. If he weren't a prominent public figure, I'd say he should sue CNN and MSNBC for libel. Only today did anyone on either network (Anderson Cooper) acknowledge that at least one of the quotes (I think the one about slavery having its merits) they were constantly shouting about was completely fabricated.
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