Politics and Strange Bedfellows in Upstate New York

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

It is voting day across the country, but a surprising amount of national attention has been focused on a special election in New York's 23rd Congressional District. The NRCC, Newt Gingrich and others had originally supported moderate, pro-choice, pro-gay-marriage GOP candidate Dede Scozzafava in what should have been a safely Republican district. Then, after national figures like Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh threw their words and broadcasts behind Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman, Scozzafava dropped out and officially endorsed … the Democrat in the race, Bill Owens. Politics makes strange bedfellows, indeed … and that was before Limbaugh's hyperbolic accusations of Scozzafava's "bestiality" yesterday. We talk to North Country Public Radio reporter Brian Mann, live from a polling station.


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Comments [11]

Kevan Smith

Dear "Charles,"


Nov. 09 2009 05:27 PM

So, jjd, you say that Rush Limbaugh is "no stranger to making racist statments."

And I say, you are a liar, and that you are making it up.

Prove it. Give us a real, documented example of Rush Limbaugh's racism, or a racist statement. Provide the context to any example you choose.

Go on. I dare you. I am calling you a fabricator, just for charging him with "racism."

Nov. 09 2009 10:59 AM

you are dead wrong again charles. i never said he made the song. but he did play and SING along to the song on his show to denigrate the man, plain and simple. hes no stranger to making racists statements so it is no shocker that he would find humor in the song in the first place.

Nov. 04 2009 10:50 AM

No, Rush did not sing, "obamma [sic] the magic negro."
A commercial parody artist composed and sang the song. Ruch played the recording.
"The Magic(al) Negro" is a feature of centuries of historical literature, dating back as far as the 7th century A.D. It had nothing to do with American race relations, or Barack Obama or Rush Limbaugh. (Look it up.)
Then, in 2008, columnist David Ehrenstein wrote a column, mostly favorable to Obama, in the Los Angeles Times, using the phrase, "Barack the Magic Negro."
Only then did parodist Paul Shanklin pen the satire lyrics, "Barack the Magic Negro" to the tune of Peter Paul and Mary's "Puff the Magic Dragon."
And only then did Rush Limbaugh hear about the pardoy tune, thought it hilarious, and played a recording of it on his national radio program.
So now we know where to go to get deliberately, maliciously wrong information about Rush Limbaugh. That would be at The Takeaway.

Nov. 03 2009 02:53 PM

Of course hes a racist charles. The man sung obamma the magic negro for christ sakes! Stop spewing your lies and prevarications on here man.

Nov. 03 2009 01:44 PM

..."engaged"... I apologize for that typo and all others on my part.

Oh and by the way in the Dept. of Corrections... to say that Rush Limbaugh accused Dede Scozzafava of "bestiality" without further explanation and context really beggars any sensible understanding.

For the simple-minded editors at The Takeaway: Rush Limbaugh was discussing "RINOs". "Republicans in name only." He was making the point that Scozzafava was "screwing" them. When he combined the two metaphors (and, I submit in self-deprecation of the act of mixing one's metaphors), Rush commented that screwing RINOs might be "bestiality."

I just wonder how many of The Takeaway's webstite readers will take what was a dimwitted bit of literalism by the website's editors, as a serious allegation that Rush Limbaugh in fact accused Dede Scozzafava of the criminal act of sexual activity with an animal.

Nov. 03 2009 01:38 PM

Here's one for John Hockenberry -- In yesterday's Wall Street Journal, the author of the "Best of the Web" column, James Taranto, ingaged in an interesting exercise in media sleuthing. He did a Factiva search, to see if any media outlet had ever reported that Joe Lieberman had been forced out of the Democratic Party for being "too moderate", in manner that NPR has been speaking about Dede Scozzafava's candidacy. The search yielded nothing. Nobody has ever labeled Lieberman as "too moderate" for his former party.

Nov. 03 2009 01:29 PM

As for Dede Scozzafava, The Takeaway seems perfectly content to perpetuate the half-turths that Dede Scozzafava is a "moderate" who has been rejected by the GOP because of a handful of issues that are important to social conservatives. In fact, the history of the Dede Scozzafava nomination is that she was never nominated in a primary election at all; she was handpicked by a few GOP party bosses in a weirdly dysfunctional state system. And Ms. Scozzafava holds positions on issues like union organizing, thanks to union financial bakcing, that are repugnant to all Congressional Republicans. She's taken money from the Service Employees International Union, whose national president is said to have been "living" in the West Wing of the White House in the early days of the Obama Administration. And Scozzafava supports union "card check"; a political position that no natoinal Republican, to my knowledge, holds, in any way, shape or form. Scozzafava was and is a joke.

Nov. 03 2009 01:24 PM

More bizarre hate-speech directed at Rush Limbaugh, courtesy of The Takeaway.

A month ago, it was Takeway's sports guy, Abdullah Ibrahim-Matin, who blandly called Rush Limbaugh a "racist" without so much as an attempt to justify the charged. (Various sports columnists and newspapers across the country had to edit columns in which phony Limbaugh quotes were used without verification. For his part, Matin never made the mistake of using the phony quotes -- he just jumped to the same "racist" conclusion without them. I'm not sure what's worse; to have tired to support your conclusion with bad information, or not trying to justify your conclusions at all.

Nov. 03 2009 01:16 PM
Richard Johnston

It's so satisfying to watch the Republicans continue painting themselves into a corner.

Nov. 03 2009 09:50 AM

One more go round on the old mechanical voting machines here in Brooklyn. SOoooo satisfying. Pulling that big old lever.

Nov. 03 2009 08:39 AM

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