RUSH: I have the same dilemma today that I had yesterday. I have 27 sound bites. Now, of the 27 sound bites, 18 are about me. They continue to spread the false, fabricated quotes and lies and people continue to comment on them. So I'm faced with the dilemma, what do I do with this? And I'm thinking I'll probably do the same thing that we did yesterday, just run 'em right smack together, back-to-back as we did. They speak for themselves. And then comment as necessary. But there are other things in the news, of course, and I, ladies and gentlemen, refuse to be distracted by myself. I will not allow myself to distract myself in the middle of this story. The one thing that I do want to say to you about this whole life NFL thing that's going on right now, I'm being inundated with e-mails from many of you expressing your anger and your desire to support, desire to help. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.
You know, the bond that you and I have as host and audience is one that the media can't break, despite their efforts for 21 years and it's the single greatest thing I appreciate about my success, that being that it's yours. It wouldn't have happened without you. The fact that you're there each and every day and have been for 21 years is something I can never properly thank you all for other than to say it, and it seems so insufficient when I say it. But I do love you all and I thank you all so much for your support. I want to say that many people have e-mailed me, and they're right about this, that this is not about me. Not just about me, this is not about the NFL, it's not about the St. Louis Rams, it's not about me. This is about the ongoing effort by the left in this country, wherever you find them, in the media, the Democrat Party, or wherever, to destroy conservatism, to prevent the mainstreaming of anyone who is prominent as a conservative. That's what this is about. Therefore, this is about the future of the United States of America and what kind of country we're going to have.
Now, I'm not trying to elevate this Rams situation beyond its reality because it's just a subset of this and it's nothing new. This is just the latest attack. It happens to be more intense than ever, and the leaders of this movement happen to be the august characters of Al Sharpton and the Reverend Jesse Jackson. Remember both of these two hustlers quickly raced down to North Carolina, and they convicted the Duke lacrosse players. They were convinced the Duke lacrosse players were guilty as charged when the whole thing was a lie. That whole episode was based on a lie and the media believed it. And you remember how outraged everybody was about it. To this day there have been no apologies, there have been no apologies from Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton or the faculty at Duke or anybody that jumped on that case and presumed, because of prejudice and bigotry, that those white lacrosse players were guilty as charged. You didn't even need any evidence, it just fit the template.
You got a poor black dancer struggling to stay afloat being hired by a bunch of rich jocks to come over and perform at a party at midnight. Oh, yeah, makes total sense that they would sexually abuse her. Oh, yeah, we don't even have to question this. Women don't lie about these kinds of things. And we all know the result of this. And Sharpton and Jackson haven't said a word about it, they haven't been held to account nor has anybody been held to account for spreading that lie. That was also an effort to destroy mainstream conservatism. That is what this Obama administration is about, that is what the Democrat Party is, of course, about. And of course now they all have allies in the media, which has sadly lost any dignity, character, and professionalism that it ever had. We have Al Sharpton, who made his bones rabble-rousing and promoting a hoax, which resulted in a policeman being tried. The whole thing was a hoax, and Al Sharpton's credibility rises to the top. Al Sharpton belongs in this smear. It is a smear characterized by mischaracterization and lies.
Now, Sharpton wasn't on the bus immediately when it started, but he certainly shoved the driver aside and is trying to drive the bus now, sharing duties with Jesse Jackson. By the way, Hymies, I think Jesse Jackson called Jews in New York and called New York Hymietown in a conversation with the Washington Post. These are the paragons of virtue that today's media rely on for source information, for characterization of other people's fitness. Sharpton, Jackson the perfect drivers of this bus that runs on the fuel of fabrication, emitting its noxious fumes all over the place with a bouffant of righteous indignation and outrage while they're at the wheel. This is how Sharpton rose to fame with Tawana Brawley. People know him for what he is now, but that's not the point. Sharpton got himself a nice ride out of that episode. Sharpton's credibility was enhanced. He's now a go-to guy for a corrupt national media. There's a whole bunch of people that have tickets to ride with Sharpton on his bus and Jesse Jackson, and they're all of the same character.
For some reason it didn't occur to the State-Controlled Media to check the veracity of Sharpton's allegations. They just accept them. Yeah, I guess so, just like they accepted Mike Nifong and his allegations of rape at Duke University. Suddenly the State-Controlled Media loses its journalistic character to hop on board with Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Oh, yeah, really a high point for the media. This time, the media are a party to a lie, a willing party to a lie, a series of lies. Sitting in the front of the Sharpton smear bus, hosting him, interviewing him, promoting him, nothing new here, folks, Jesse Jackson, too. Other less prominent people are hopping on and off that bus. Most of them are ignorant of the facts. Others are deceiving themselves out of prejudice. And those people are always going to be out there, and I know that. Some are going to learn the truth, others won't. It has always been this way. I don't care. Anybody can take me on about what I have said. I expect that and I don't shy away from it. But to go after me about what I have not said shows the character of the people behind this smear. Otherwise intelligent people believing these lies, shows their character.
The lack of curiosity on the part of people I have met, the lack of curiosity on the part of people I know to say, "What? That doesn't sound like Limbaugh." To just blanketly accept it shows the character of the people believing the smear. When the truth comes out, will it be too late? Yeah, for some things possibly, but the big picture, the pursuit of truth is not a sprint, it's a marathon, and the truth always wins when it comes out. I know this for a fact. This is all not just about me. It's about every one of us and what kind of country we're going to have and the effort to discredit those who speak up for liberty, fairness, capitalism, freedom, those of us who speak up pose the biggest threat to the left in this country today. Individualism, rugged individualism, this is not desired, it's not wanted. And so anybody who has the ability to speak up and be persuasive about it is going to be targeted for a smear and for destruction.
This is not about the National Football League. It's not about the St. Louis Rams. That's just a subset. This is the latest in a long line of attempts by the left to discredit any of us who believe what we believe. Sarah Palin, the list is as long as I wanted to make it. And I wanted to make sure that I thank you all for your support, and I wanted to make sure you understood that I know exactly what this is all about, and I want you to also understand, I'm not even thinking of exiting. I'm not even thinking of caving. I am not a caver. None of us are. We have been betrayed by too many who have caved. Pioneers take the arrows. We are pioneers. It's a sad thing that our country over 200 years old now needs pioneers all over again, but we do.