RUSH: Okay. It's official. Trey Gowdy has been appointed the chairman of the House Select Committee looking into Benghazi. No better member could have been found to chair the Select Committee. The question now is, will any Democrats show up? They're claiming that they're gonna boycott this thing, which wouldn't surprise me in the least.
RUSH: Have you seen this latest Donald Sterling news? There's a white player for the Clippers, J.J. Redick. "Clippers guard J.J. Redick says that owner Donald Sterling was hesitant to sign him last summer because he’s white. Speaking to USA Today, Redick went into detail about how his four-year, $27 million sign-and-trade deal almost fell apart despite being initially agreed upon."
Now, why would Sterling not want to pay the guy because he's white? A, who's gonna believe that, and if it is true, why would Sterling not want to pay somebody because he's white? Well, there's gotta be a reason. Maybe Sterling thought he wasn't gonna fit in. Who knows. It's just more of the effort to keep the story alive for whatever political benefit somebody thinks that there is to this.
"Sterling reportedly almost nixed the Redick deal because of the $52 million he doled out to white center Chris Kaman, who averaged only 11.8 points per game for the Clippers before being traded to the New Orleans Hornets in 2011." This guy's point is that Sterling didn't want to pay him all that money because he wasn't that good, and he wasn't that good because he was too white, or was white. So he's even racist in that regard, see. (laughing) Sometimes all you can do is laugh at this stuff.
RUSH: I saw this headline. It was over the weekend in allotted show prep time. "CNN Boss Zucker Shocked by Staffer's Fearful Question." I said, "Man, what could this be?" I will admit, I was intrigued. "CNN boss Jeff Zucker was sucker punched at a CNN town hall meeting last month when a staffer offered a brutally honest critique during a Q&A with Anderson Cooper."
I said, "Wow, this must be something really big. Zucker shocked, sucker punched at a CNN town hall meeting. So I read the story. And, man, oh, man, it's different out there. You know what the question was that caused all this? No. It wasn't how long are we gonna -- By the way. Oh. Snerdley said, "How long are we gonna put up being a loser network?" If faking what you believe is so successful, why didn't CNN try it? If saying things you don't believe is so successful, that's how you really make it big in this business, why doesn't CNN try it? I mean, they claim I'm doing it.
How can you fake it three hours a day for 25 years? Nobody can remember whatever lies you would have to tell if you're being dishonest with people. But seriously, if the reason I'm successful is because I don't tell you what I really believe, why doesn't CNN try it? Now, here's the question. A producer, described as brave in this story, in Atlanta -- I guess this is a video town hall meeting Zucker, who runs CNN, is having with schleppers, the employees. And a brave Atlanta-based producer said, in a question read by Anderson Cooper at the session in New York seen by all the bureau, so everybody was watching. The question that generated this story, "How do we stop managers from being afraid of you?" I am not kidding.
After that headline buildup, the question that made the news, some Atlanta-based producer described as brave actually sent a question to be read to Zucker by Anderson Cooper, "How do we stop managers from being afraid of you? ... It seems that everyone is on pins and needles whenever you give guidance . . . The bottom line is managers seem to fear you and act very strange when you’re around."
How do we stop that? What in the world, I don't understand. If that is crossing the line, or if that's brave, what is cowardly these days? Why wouldn't somebody stand up and say, "What are you doing here? You've been here a year and we're still losing." Now, that would have been a question that I would think would justify a news story.
"CNN Boss Zucker Shocked by Staffer's Fearful Question." That's what I thought it was. Somebody stood up and said, "When the hell are we gonna start winning? You've been running this place for a year and we are in last place. We're barely above MSNBC, which is barely above the gutter of the sewer. What are you doing?" But, no, that wasn't the question. The question was, "Uh, uh, how do we stop managers from being afraid of you?" Gee, what a letdown. I mean, I was truly let down. And you know what Zucker's answer was?
"I don’t want people to feel like that. What I want is for people to push back . . . What I like . . . is for people to tell me I’m wrong. I throw out a lot of ideas, and honestly half of them are crazy." That was his answer. This made the news. But, no, seriously, folks, this is considered a brave question, in this modern age? How do we stop managers, not employees, I mean, how do we stop managers from being afraid of you? Maybe the problem isn't Zucker's. It could be. But maybe it's an overall attitudinal problem that management has at CNN?
RUSH: "Norwegian Cruise Drops Joan Rivers After Kidnapping Joke." You heard about this? "Joan Rivers has been thrown overboard by Norwegian Cruise Line for an off-color joke.
Rivers got into hot water last week for a punch line about three women who were held captive in Cleveland by evil Ariel Castro. She said on Today, when she was asked what it’s like living with her daughter, Melissa: 'I’m still in the same stupid little room. Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space.'"
That got her thrown off the Norwegian cruise line. Not kidding you. "She said on Today, when she was asked what it’s like living with her daughter, Melissa: 'I’m still in the same stupid little room. Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space.' Reps for two of the women, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, demanded an apology, but Rivers refused, saying, 'I’m a comedienne . . . There is nothing to apologize for. I made a joke. That’s what I do.' She later reportedly said, 'One of them has a book deal. Neither are in a psych ward. They’re OK . . . I bet you within three years, one of them will be on Dancing With the Stars.'"
Well, then they really got mad. Throwing her overboard without a net!
"But as a result of the drama, her summer vacation plans have now been scuttled. Joan and Melissa were booked on a July cruise to Alaska where they’d give lectures on board and travel in style with Melissa’s son, Cooper, 13. But the cruise line called Rivers Friday to say the ship had already sailed. 'Someone from their marketing team called,'" her and said: We don't want you on board the ship. Don't come. We're a family-friendly brand and we don't want you here.
The original joke, "I’m still in the same stupid little room. Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space," living with her daughter. Now, Joan Rivers is, what? Well, no, she's not 100. She's in her seventies, though. But notice, she's pushing back. Generational thing. She's pushing back. She's not taking it. "What do you mean, apologize? I'm a comedienne. I tell jokes. This is what I do. In three years these two women are gonna be on Dancing With the Stars."
The point is, they were profoundly offended. They got hold of the cruise line, the cruise line got offended and embarrassed and said: The path of least resistance is to get rid of Joan Rivers. "When she was contacted for comment, Joan Rivers said, 'Well, of course they canceled me. They were terrified about what I would say after seeing the size of their cabins. They should be featured on Orange is the New Black.'
"She added to the boat ban, 'It's insane. Why would the joke affect anybody in Norway?'" Norwegian Cruise Lines. So she just kept telling jokes. She just kept rapid firing jokes. She figured it was all for the best since they would have had some very nervous people. "When I got on board, I would have given the captain a breathalyzer test. We'd have brought our own life jackets and slept in the lifeboats."
She just kept hammering at 'em. I love it. This is totally generational. She's not cowering in fear. She's not running away from it. She's not accepting that she did anything wrong. She's 81 years old, by the way, on June the 8th. (interruption) There isn't any rulebook for PC. You want to trace the beginnings of it? (interruption) That's the bottom line. It's just pure censorship. It's pure censorship.
It got its start on college campi, and then it spread to the workplace. It got picked up by the civil rights movement, and that was it. It's now used as a denial of free speech and opinion. It's not denial of the First Amendment, but it's being used now in authoritarian, fascist-like ways, and it has been for the longest time.
RUSH: "Notre Dame, a Catholic university located in Indiana, sent a message of non-acceptance to a student group that stands for and supports traditional marriage. The TFP Student Action describes themselves as a project of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, says they had university permission to set up their traditional marriage table.
"However, when the group manned the table and handed out literature, the police arrived and ordered them to 'cease and desist.' The group says they were told at that time that while they did have permission to have a table, they did not have permission to actually man the table. Campus Reform [website] reports that TFP Student Action participants were surprised that they were ordered to shut down.
"John Richie, TFP Student Action Director, said, 'I'm still trying to fully understand why the event was shut down. I was hoping to find a more supportive environment for the Catholic position on marriage.'" So he went to Notre Dame, and he got shut down! Support traditional marriage on the Notre Dame campus? No way. Not permissible. "University officials claim that the group's traditional marriage table was only shut down because it did not fall in line with university policies.
"A spokesman, Dennis Brown, said, 'The Orestes Brownson Council student group received permission to distribute information on campus last week. Our policies explicitly state that only members of the University community may organize or lead such events on campus. When university officials learned that, contrary to our policies, the student group made this request on behalf of an outside organization, we asked that they leave.' The group was handing out literature entitled 10 Reasons Why Same-Sex 'Marriage' is Harmful and Must be Opposed," on the campus at Notre Dame, and they were sent packing.