Video: Steve King grills NFL commissioner on hypocrisy over Limbaugh

posted at 6:40 pm on October 28, 2009 by Allahpundit

Rush responded to this afterwards, but since I’m lifting the video from Radio Equalizer, I’ll make you click over there to read the quote. Consider this the solution to the mystery of why Olbermann, of all people, defended Limbaugh’s ownership bid: He knew this type of questioning would inevitably result and that any liberal associated with the NFL who’s ever popped off (like, say, Keith Olbermann) would henceforth be scrutinized by conservatives for proof of pro football’s double standard. You asked for it, Goodell. And you got it.

If you’ve never read this contemporaneous defense of Limbaugh’s comments about McNabb by Allen Barra, who truly is one of the better sportswriters in America, do it now.


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My congratulations to whomever set up the formerly-bloated windbag. Well done!

simplesimon on October 28, 2009 at 8:27 PM

I think what the NFL did to Rush was disgusting. They used bold-faced LIES to reject his bid for an NFL team. They knew full well Rush never said those things. So what they did was evil and immoral. Thing is, how can you have any sympathy for Rush? He’s done the VERY SAME THING to people — lied about them for his political gain. For months we had to endure his lies about Huckabee on his radio show. Remember when he was relying on that anonymous source to damage Huck’s reputation! When someone quotes an anonymous source, immediately ask yourself, “Who’s really saying this?” He made the man (Huckabee) hated in the eyes of most Republicans. The majority of the people listening to him on the radio trusted him and supported him even when he did crazy things like that because they figured, “If he says it, it must be true.” But, it wasn’t true. It was all made up. So it’s hard to have sympathy for Rush Limbo. He helped destroy Huckabee’s chances to win the Republican nomination the same way the NFL destroyed his chances to be part owner of an NFL team. Everyone has heard the saying,“you reap what you sow.” Rush is getting a taste of his own medicine. Hmm. I wonder who on the right will pay next for their lies about Huckabee?

apacalyps on October 28, 2009 at 8:29 PM

And you just proved my point. If you cared about the facts and what was actually said you would watch the video. But, since you make comment after comment all based on what you think was said, it shows that you-the mighty liberal with a quick mind and need for facts and logic-are nothing but a small, petty, weak (both morally and emotionaly)man.

I still don’t see what your issue is. Limbaugh did say that some players are overhyped because they are black. I don’t think I misrepresented what he said.

And, btw, I think a dude that draws sweeping conclusions about some guy on the Internet that he’s never met shouldn’t be calling anyone small, petty and weak (morally and emotionally). If it makes you feel better thinking that I am, well, whatever gets you through the night, I guess.

Tom_Shipley on October 28, 2009 at 8:30 PM

For the most part, they are a bunch of retards who I don’t want to hear from.

Now, this I can agree with.

Tom_Shipley on October 28, 2009 at 8:31 PM

Tom_Shipley on October 28, 2009 at 8:30 PM

And you still won’t watch the video. I don’t think you are weak, I know you are weak.

Blarg the Destroyer on October 28, 2009 at 8:33 PM

Yes, he’s my congressman, and he doesn’t just sit on his hands! Iowa should be proud to have him–I know I am!

lovingmyUSA on October 28, 2009 at 7:57 PM

I was going to ask you if he’s your Congressman in that post but I left it out because I didn’t know his area was all of the way to Des Moines. I’ve e-mailed him several times to tell him that he’s doing a good job.

Jeff Fortenberry is my Congressman and he is also a good man.

yoda on October 28, 2009 at 8:34 PM

And you still won’t watch the video. I don’t think you are weak, I know you are weak.

No, I did watch the video. And I don’t think how I described Limbaugh’s quote in inaccurate.

Tom_Shipley on October 28, 2009 at 8:39 PM

Tom_Shipley on October 28, 2009 at 8:39 PM

Oh, so now you watched the video? Great, what was the quote?

Blarg the Destroyer on October 28, 2009 at 8:41 PM

That’s my Congressman! Loved it when he would come around to History classes at the local high schools to talk about civics. As soon as I could vote, I voted for him. He pops up in the blogosphere every once in awhile, making me proud.

pookysgirl on October 28, 2009 at 8:44 PM

No need to be mean to ol’ Tom. We are all civil here. This should be an educational exchange.

Go ahead, teach Tom something. Someone? Bueller….

blaque jacques on October 28, 2009 at 8:51 PM

Limbaugh has said specific things about African Americans — including, most notably that some NFL players are overhyped simply because they are black — that have pissed off players in the NFL, to the point where one player said he wouldn’t play for Limbaugh.

That’s when the pressure on the potential Rams buyers to drop Limbaugh started. As Allah points out, before that Olberman was defending Limbaugh’s right to purchase the team.

Limbaugh being dropped by the the investment group wasn’t the result of leftist attacks on him. Resistance to his bid was not because we was conservative. It was a result of Limbaugh’s words coming back to bite him in the ass.

Tom_Shipley on October 28, 2009 at 7:02 PM

Bullshit. Limbaugh was dropped because he uttered a non-PC “inconvenient truth”. And because he’s an outspoken conservative, which goes fully against the prevailing media ethic. The left is totalitarian in nature, and that nature is becoming more and more apparent — and people are getting more and more disgusted with it.

ddrintn on October 28, 2009 at 8:56 PM

The NFL and the black player. We’ve gone from a real man like Willie Wood, to rap punks and felons. I’m tired of it all.

Jeff from WI on October 28, 2009 at 8:57 PM

The Commissioner came off looking both weak and like a weasel. The NFL is dead to me. College ball is more fun anyway and the players act the fool on the field much less frequently.

Mason on October 28, 2009 at 8:58 PM

^ Say, Tom, do you think the late Reggie White should be barred from the Hall of Fame because of his “Hispanics” remark? Nahhhh. ‘Course not.

ddrintn on October 28, 2009 at 8:58 PM

ShipLey you aren’t weak but you are a fool and a bigot.

Rush said the MEDIA wanted McNabb to succeed because he was black. He didn’t say McNabb didn’t do well because he was black, or any other fantasies you have about who Rush really is.

DavidM on October 28, 2009 at 9:01 PM

Well.

“There may well be almost an unconscious effort on the part of the media to give Obama a bit more slack because he is more likable, because he is the first African-American president. That plays into it,” said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a political analyst at the University of Southern California.

If only Rush had just included “McNabb is likable”, I guess.

hit and run on October 28, 2009 at 9:07 PM

Why lie about Huck? He’s as exciting as watching paint dry.

Jeff from WI on October 28, 2009 at 9:18 PM

Why lie about Huck? He’s as exciting as watching paint dry.

Jeff from WI on October 28, 2009 at 9:18 PM

How many times do you light up each day?

apacalyps on October 28, 2009 at 9:24 PM

Well, well. Now I know where all the trolls are hiding.

Hey, come on up to the Headlines Section. There’s lots of moonbatery to be defended.

If you dare.

BTW – on a ‘bad day’, Rush is a 100x more truthful than Pelosi in mid-orgasm.

If she still remembers what that is.

CPT. Charles on October 28, 2009 at 9:25 PM

apacalyps on October 28, 2009 at 8:29 PM

that is very christian of you /sarc

seriously, my opinion of the Huckster was not based on what Rush said, but on what the Huckster said. He is no conservative…he maybe a great preacher…he may go to church every week and sing praises to the Lord, but a Conservative he is not, nor is he worthy of my vote.

Conservative Voice on October 28, 2009 at 9:30 PM

Way to go Rep. King!

Rush said the MEDIA wanted McNabb to succeed because he was black. He didn’t say McNabb didn’t do well because he was black, or any other fantasies you have about who Rush really is.

DavidM on October 28, 2009 at 9:01 PM

Right on! Right on!

Oink on October 28, 2009 at 9:32 PM

I was going to ask you if he’s your Congressman in that post but I left it out because I didn’t know his area was all of the way to Des Moines. I’ve e-mailed him several times to tell him that he’s doing a good job.

Jeff Fortenberry is my Congressman and he is also a good man.

yoda on October 28, 2009 at 8:34 PM

I really meant that he was my IOWA congressman, my representative is Leonard Boswell, a staunch Democrap, **sigh…I did look up your Jeff Fortenberry, seems to be a nice guy–shout out to you there in Nebraska!

That’s my Congressman! Loved it when he would come around to History classes at the local high schools to talk about civics. As soon as I could vote, I voted for him. He pops up in the blogosphere every once in awhile, making me proud.

pookysgirl on October 28, 2009 at 8:44 PM

Another Iowan, I actually have a file with the names of other Iowans from HA! Just added yours :)

lovingmyUSA on October 28, 2009 at 9:35 PM

Why lie about Huck? He’s as exciting as watching paint dry.

Jeff from WI on October 28, 2009 at 9:18 PM

How many times do you light up each day?

apacalyps on October 28, 2009 at 9:24 PM

Sorry, I quit smoking back in February. Cigarettes too expensive.

Jeff from WI on October 28, 2009 at 9:35 PM

Anybody else get disgusted with what the NFL considers as a half-time extravaganza at the Super Bowl? Goodell is just another stooge.

ultracon on October 28, 2009 at 9:41 PM

Seriously, my opinion of the Huckster was not based on what Rush said, but on what the Huckster said.

Conservative Voice on October 28, 2009 at 9:30 PM

This has nothing to do with Mr. Huckabee. It doesn’t change the fact that Rush was spewing unadulterated lies about him in the Republican primaries order to sabotage his almost-a-miracle-campaign. What if I came on Hot Air and told a whole bunch of lies about you. Then I told everybody an “anonymous Conservative Voice supporter” gave me the information — but refused to name the anonymous source and blamed YOU for the lies. You think that is fair?

apacalyps on October 28, 2009 at 9:45 PM

Allen Barra, who truly is one of the better sportswriters in America

Allahpundit, maybe not deep but certainly wide. And sometimes even correct.
Too broody and sullen though.

Stephen M on October 28, 2009 at 9:45 PM

Sorry, I quit smoking back in February. Cigarettes too expensive.

Jeff from WI on October 28, 2009 at 9:35 PM

Oh. Well, why don’t you give up smoking pot too?

apacalyps on October 28, 2009 at 9:46 PM

apacalyps on October 28, 2009 at 8:29 PM

If it is common knowledge that most, if not all, politicians are less than truthful when it suits their purpose, then when did the Huckster begin lying…when he was in the pulpit or when he became a politician???

Hmmm….

belad on October 28, 2009 at 9:48 PM

Watch as Goodell weasels out of the grilling, deflecting questions and playing dumb.

Except GooGooClusterF*(khead isn’t playing at being dumb.

Branch Rickey on October 28, 2009 at 9:50 PM

So, if someone wants to buy into a different business like, say, you want to buy a corner grocery store, all the other grocery store owners in your county reserve right to decide whether or not you’re ‘allowed’ to buy that business?

Liam on October 28, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Maybe you should rack your brains just a bit more to come up with a relevant counter-example.

NFL owners form an association whose purpose is present sports entertainment for the paying public. Members in this association are expected to abide by the rules of the assocation and to act in a way that will not endanger the profits resulting from this association.

Not exactly like a bunch of people who own competing grocery stores, ‘eh bucky?

PackerBronco on October 28, 2009 at 9:52 PM

Okay, but King failed to mention that Fergie pissed her pants on stage after a drunken bender the night before.

Captain America on October 28, 2009 at 9:53 PM

If it is common knowledge that most, if not all, politicians are less than truthful when it suits their purpose, then when did the Huckster begin lying…when he was in the pulpit or when he became a politician??? Hmmm….

belad on October 28, 2009 at 9:48 PM

As usual, you don’t hold the guilty part accountable (ie, Rush) for dishonestly attacking Huckabee. Instead, you hit Huck the same way I watched liberals hit Bush.

apacalyps on October 28, 2009 at 9:58 PM

Sorry, I quit smoking back in February. Cigarettes too expensive.

Jeff from WI on October 28, 2009 at 9:35 PM

Oh. Well, why don’t you give up smoking pot too?

apacalyps on October 28, 2009 at 9:46 PM

Sorry, but I’ve never smoked pot.Perhaps if I did the Huckster might be interesting, but alas, no, he’s as exciting a candidate as a cadaver.

Jeff from WI on October 28, 2009 at 10:12 PM

My opinion of the Huckster or Mitt is based on the snooze factor each person causes.

Jeff from WI on October 28, 2009 at 10:14 PM

Dam# good job by the senator from Iowa.
The hypocrisy and bowing down to political correctness by the NFL in this situation is laughable.

Goodell stumbled as badly as Valarie Jarrett did the other day when Campbell Brown asked if she considered MSNBC biased.

Liberals and their idiotic drivel would be exposed daily if we could just get the press to simply make them back it up.

Baxter Greene on October 28, 2009 at 10:14 PM

Rep. King spanked Goodell!!!

NFL…..Goodell must either be a RINO or a Lib because he’s certainly a gutless wonder.

And letting that complete idiot Shy-la Jackson Lee shine her great intellectual powers into the debate was definitely brilliant of her.

Rams lost purchase was a blessing in disguise.

PappyD61 on October 28, 2009 at 10:23 PM

One of the many reasons I preffer college football to professional despite the reckless lack of a playoff.

whig33 on October 28, 2009 at 10:25 PM

Now that was a politician making some sense! Refreshing.

IrishEyes on October 28, 2009 at 10:28 PM

Now that was a politician making some sense! Refreshing.

IrishEyes on October 28, 2009 at 10:28 PM

Why can’t they be as incisive as that with other issues?

justltl on October 28, 2009 at 10:33 PM

We will never ever have a color blind society, not because of conservatives, or good old boys down south, but because those on the left absolutely WILL NOT allow honest debate and talk about racism from anyone on the right who is white.

flyfishingdad on October 28, 2009 at 7:58 PM

Ain’t that the truth?

That’s why I scoffed when listening to Obama’s March 2008 speech calling for a “national dialogue on race.” Geez, even blacks, like Thomas Sowell, who try to have an honest discussion about race are vilified as Uncle Toms and House You Know Whats. What chance does a cracker ass honkie have in such a discussion? Why bother? This is one thing about our society that will never change.

Gang-of-One on October 28, 2009 at 10:42 PM

The liberal mind is a mystery wrapped in a conundrum.
I really don’t understand their thought processes.
They seem to have a very different form of logic and reasoning.
They also seem to have little, if any, regard for truth these days.
I find it frustrating and sad.
Without truth, logic and honesty, there is no way to have reasonable debate.

justltl on October 28, 2009 at 10:48 PM

I guess what I’m trying to say is that liberals are pretty much retarded liars.

Better.
More succinct.

justltl on October 28, 2009 at 10:52 PM

He made the man (Huckabee) hated in the eyes of most Republicans.

apacalyps on October 28, 2009 at 8:29 PM

LOL. Hate to break it to you but the “Man from Hope!” did just fine at that himself with his stomach turning pandering, embarrassingly obvious manipulations, and generally treating voters like me like we had perception and intelligence of a fencepost. Didn’t need any assistance from Maha Rushie.

Two of my favorite greatest Huckster hits: his commercial lighting the shelf to make it look like an obvious crucifix and his “what who me what where?” act at the press conference (something Mr. Limbaugh unfortunately defended him on by the way) as if we were all paranoid. I mean you want to show a crucifix in your ad, fine do it, but don’t act like we’re paranoiacs for noticing.

And of course who could forget the time he gathered the press together to announce he’d never air an attack ad against Romney ever again, shut off lights and… showed them his new Romney attack ad.

CreatedOrSaved on October 28, 2009 at 10:54 PM

‘Lying retards’ would have been even more to the point, but, hey, no need to offend people, eh?

justltl on October 28, 2009 at 11:00 PM

Rush doesn’t hold back and tells it like it is. He calls a spade a spade. No disrespect intended. Every word that comes out of his mouth is considered a racist comment to those inside the beltway and the Obama cronies. Rush speaks the truth and they don’t like it and neither do those that support the president. NFL included!

Eyvonne on October 28, 2009 at 11:25 PM

I still don’t see what your issue is. Limbaugh did say that some players are overhyped because they are black. I don’t think I misrepresented what he said.

Why do you keep lying? He was talking about the media overhyping players because they’re black. What exactly does lying do for you? Is it just a way of life? I have to assume you’re not an idiot so you know you’re lying and everyone here knows it as well.

Capitalist Infidel on October 28, 2009 at 11:54 PM

Wow, he just completely ignored everything King said and just repeated his lame “we don’t want to be divisive” nonsense. Of course he won’t hold Jennifer Lopez and “Fergie” accountable, they’re good lil’ dems and the overpaid chumps in the NFL listen to their “music” for lack of a better word.

clearbluesky on October 29, 2009 at 12:40 AM

I also hope based on Goodell’s thoughts on those issues that he comes out and Bans Larry Johnson from the Chiefs after his clear homophobic comments. The Chiefs got ahead of the league and suspended him but if Rodger has any values he’ll come out and kick him out of football forever. Or does he not care about homosexual people being fans of the NFL?

Rbastid on October 29, 2009 at 12:56 AM

The players that say the wouldn’t play for Rush are full of it. They want there big fat checks. Most of them have no clue of who the team owners really are. If the players have such strong convictions, great, but I seriously doubt that they are willing to Not get paid.

reb on October 29, 2009 at 1:35 AM

apacalyps on October 28, 2009 at 9:45 PM

You keep making the assertion that Rush changed people’s mind with a lie…when in fact people’s opinion of Huck was pretty solid based on what Huck said and did…not what Rush said.

Conservative Voice on October 29, 2009 at 1:49 AM

Bonus points for referencing an actual exciting game, leaving the audience to compare to the whiny, welfare recipient wannabes of the NFL.

MNHawk on October 29, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Tom_Shipley on October 28, 2009 at 8:30 PM

Rush did not say some players are overhyped because they are black.

He said the media overhypes them because they are black.

Yours is a complete misrepresentation of what Rush said. You have made the exact mistake the media did.

catmman on October 29, 2009 at 8:04 AM

Howdy Duty runs the NFL?

Wade on October 29, 2009 at 8:12 AM

“The NFL is all about unity.” — Pete Goodell

That must be why we watch so many grown boys (and I mean boys) chase a hunk of pigskin down 100 yds of grass and run headlong into each other, hitting the other guy as hard as they can, and then smearing their opponents’ faces into the turf when the defeated are denied their goal and taunted over it by the winners.

You mean that kind of unity that allows every single team member in the NFL to wear the “not so fervently coveted anymore because everyone gets one” Super Bowl Ring, given only to the most mediocre and average football players lucky enough to have a good agents and not tear an ACL in practice? You mean that kind of unity, right Pete?

Personally, I’d rather watch a bunch of tough guys beat the snot out of each other and only the toughest and smartest come away with Victory, but then again, my Heroes all wear the Uniform of the Armed Forces of the United States of America, not some bunch of fairies and racist *ssholes like the NFL players who won’t work as well for a white coach or a white owner as they supposedly would for a black owner in YOUR NFL. So I actually get to see my Heroes do what I like to see. Kill our enemies, protect the innocent, build new democracies and improving economies where only tyranny and poverty existed before.

And tougher on their worst day than any p*ssy who works for the NFL.

Subsunk

Subsunk on October 29, 2009 at 8:39 AM

Ridiculous. Goodell claims ignorance and tries to shrug off that he killed Limbaugh’s bid whether explicitly or tacitly. I’m glad King grilled him on Fergie and JLo. I already didn’t like his managerial style w/ the NFL thus far and if he moves any closer to trying to push the NFL to London I’m done with it.

LtBarnwell02 on October 29, 2009 at 8:44 AM

Rush did not say some players are overhyped because they are black.

He said the media overhypes them because they are black.

Man, I scoured the Web, but couldn’t find the clip of Vanilla Ice explaining the difference between the bass lines of Under Pressure and Ice Ice Baby. Dang.

Tom_Shipley on October 29, 2009 at 9:36 AM

If you’ve never read this contemporaneous defense of Limbaugh’s comments about McNabb by Allen Barra, who truly is one of the better sportswriters in America, do it now.

Barra is one of the best sports writers around, but he missed the mark with the Slate piece. At one point he discounts McNabb’s running ability based on his propensity to be sacked (at least in relation to Brad Johnson). The stack statistic is more a function of the quality of the offensive line. If Johnson has an extra second before protection breaks down then he’ll be more efficient.

Also, in 2003 McNabb had terrible receivers. Compare his QB rating in 2003 with 2004 after the Eagles signed Terrell Owens and Brian Westbrook developed as a passing target.

dedalus on October 29, 2009 at 9:42 AM

With all the blowouts now, the NFL is starting to turn into College style game where many aren’t competitive any longer.

jp on October 29, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Rep. King was named the Worse Person in the World on Keith Olbermann’s Countdown on MSNBC
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http://steveking.house.gov/
October 15, 2009
King, 52 House Republicans Call on Obama to Fire Kevin Jennings

Congressman Steve King (R-IA) and 52 other House Republicans today sent a letter to the White House calling on President Barack Obama to fire “safe schools” czar Kevin Jennings. King, the first member of Congress to ask for the dismissal of Jennings, initially called for President Obama to fire Jennings on October 5.
http://steveking.house.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Newsroom.PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=58ebad3e-19b9-b4b1-1225-f487b90bcc7f

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WORDS OF WISDOM…
November 14, 2007
Earlier this year, King, the top Republican on the House Immigration Subcommittee, highlighted a little-noticed government report showing that 11,000 local, state and federal employees did not have legal immigration status. Previous studies by the Social Security Administration’s Inspector General also showed that more than 5,000 Department of Defense employees were illegally in the country
http://www.house.gov/apps/list/press/ia05_king/111407illegalcia.html
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Rep. Steven King on Obama-Chavez Meeting
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Om5O4ND7nR8&eurl=
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words of prophesy…
He continued: “I will tell you that, if he is elected president, then the radical Islamists, the al-Qaida, the radical Islamists and their supporters, will be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on September 11 because they will declare victory in this War on Terror.”

King thinks radical Islamists will say the United States has capitulated because the Obama administration would be pulling troops out of any conflict associated with al-Qaida. http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/1316727.html

lovingmyUSA on October 29, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Two of my favorite greatest Huckster hits:

CreatedOrSaved on October 28, 2009 at 10:54 PM

Yeah, I notice two things myself. First, I point out Limbaugh lied about somebody for his own political reasons. Basically, the NFL did to him, what he did to Mike Huckabee. Instead of saying, “Yeah, that was unfair,” as most reasonable people would, you run another dishonest attack ad against Huckabee.

I mean you want to show a crucifix in your ad, fine do it, but don’t act like we’re paranoiacs for noticing.

Second thing, you attack a “wish-you-well ad” at Christmas time — on Christmas — I mean a floating cross in a Christmas commercial. Oh, the horror!!! To even bring that up. To make it an issue. It reveals how pathetic you are and I don’t think you realize it.

apacalyps on October 29, 2009 at 6:31 PM

You keep making the assertion that Rush changed people’s mind with a lie…

Conservative Voice on October 29, 2009 at 1:49 AM

He did. Rush lied. And you’re too much of a coward not to declare it wrong.

when in fact people’s opinion of Huck was pretty solid based on what Huck said and did…not what Rush said.

And a coward for kicking MH again.

apacalyps on October 29, 2009 at 6:38 PM