RUSH: You gotta hear these next two sound bites, ladies and gentlemen. This is in Stillwater, Oklahoma. It’s last Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium, and the Oklahoma State Head Football Coach Mike Gundy is just livid with a column written by a female Drive-By journalist in the local paper. He’s just fit to be tied. Listen.
GUNDY: If you want to go after an athlete, one of my athletes, you go after one that doesn’t do the right things. You don’t downgrade him because he does everything right and then not play as well on Saturday — and you let us make that decision. That’s why I don’t read the newspaper, because it’s garbage, and the editor that let it come out is garbage. Come after me. I’m a man. I’m 40. I’m not a kid. Write something about me, or our coaches. Don’t write about a kid that does everything right, that’s heart’s broken, and then say that the coaches said he was scared. That’s not true! So get your facts straight. And I hope someday you have a child and somebody downgrades them and belittles them and you have to look them in the eye and say, ‘You know what? It’s okay.’ That’s all I got to say. Makes me want to puke.
RUSH: Oklahoma State Head Football Coach Mike Gundy speaking for millions of Americans and their opinion of the Drive-By Media. Well, here’s the reaction. The Drive-By reporterette, who no doubt will make her career on this — modern American journalism is based on just this kind of thing, destroying people’s lives with no accountability for it, i.e., the Duke rape case — her name is Jenni Carlson, and this is a montage of her reaction.
CARLSON: I — I firmly believe that my reporting is solid, uh, that my sources are solid, my observations are solid. So I stand firmly on the facts of — of the column. It was unbelievable that, uh, that this was happening. I just was really not suspecting that there was going to be this sort of outrage.
RUSH: Well, doesn’t that kind of get to the nub of it? They go out there and they write these things that in many cases try to destroy people, and are shocked that there would be blow-back, that there would be outrage to it? I tell you, it’s amazing how insulated from reality they are. How out of touch can you be?
RUSH: This is a great illustration here of two things: the chickification of the news, and Drive-By-ism. This is a great illustration of it. But people are cheering this coach, and you ought to see the video. He is leaving the podium. He almost walks into the audience into the press area where they’re sitting, in the press conference area. He walks away from the podium, and he is pointing his finger, and he is jabbing and he is livid. He’s defending a kid who can’t speak for himself. That’s honor, and that is loyalty, and it’s integrity, and he kicked this reporter’s rear end. You gotta understand: a lot of people have that desire, this visceral reaction to things in the media. Of course, the media destroys people all the time. They try to. That’s one of the objectives, is to take down the powerful. That’s what the coach was saying here. Come after me. This kid doesn’t have any power. This kid didn’t do anything. This kid doesn’t do anything wrong. This kid’s not a reprobate. He just didn’t play well on Saturday. Apparently, she reported that somebody told her that the kid was scared during the game and so forth, and now he’s heartbroken because that got out and he didn’t play well. But he’s a model citizen, and he still gets assaulted and attacked like this. So he’s saying: Leave this kid alone; come after me. This kid can’t defend himself. He’s a college student.
So Mr. Gundy has developed, I’m sure, quite a strong and loyal following in defense of his players… (interruption) What was the question, Mr. Snerdley? Mmm-hmm. Mmm-hmm. Mmm-hmm. Mmm-hmm. Well, I don’t think people who have never played football know the first thing about it — especially when you get to the college level and the pro level. You can’t possibly from watching it on television or even in the stands, understand the intricacy, the brutality of the game. You only see it when some kid is paralyzed from a hit, a spinal cord injury. That’s the reminder. One of the most profound things is to watch a football game from the sideline and to see an offensive running play. The collision on the offensive line on a running play is the equivalent of being in a head-on crash at ten or 15 miles per hour, and it happens countless times during a game. Now, I say ‘running play,’ because on a pass play the offensive linemen pull back and they’re pass blocking. But everybody is surging forward. You have no idea what goes in those pileups when there’s a fumble. People don’t understand the in… I love meeting women who tell me they love football. By the way, I love women that love football. Don’t misunderstand.
I say, ‘Tell me what the slot-right-60-prevent-hook-and-go.’
‘Well, I have no idea.’
‘Okay, how to explain it to you. Do you know who ‘Mike’ linebacker is? Can you tell me, as you’re watching, who the Mike linebacker is?’
I’m not surprised. They haven’t played the game. There’s no reason to know what the Mike linebacker is, or what the play is, slot-right-60-prevent-hook-and-go.
By the way, slot-right-60-prevent-hook-and-go, Stallworth from Bradshaw, Super Bowl, 72 yards for a touchdown. Game over. Slot-right-60-prevent-hook-and-go. Now, anybody that knows football knows exactly what everybody’s responsibility on the offense is with that play call, but… (sigh) Offensive and defensive play calling and the playbook, it really is far more complicated and difficult to learn, memorize a huge playbook, and know what every play is with these coded ways. So I don’t think most people understand it. Mr. Snerdley, you’re absolutely right. But that’s okay. It is what it is. But you would think somebody in the Drive-By journalism community would have a little bit of understanding here about the fact that she’s going after this kid who’s apparently a model citizen, who just had a bad day on the field, writing that he was scared. Apparently, the coach said it wasn’t true.
RUSH: Jackie in Champaign, Illinois, welcome to the program.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. I love your show.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: I listen to you after work every day. Listen, I’m just calling, I’m a coach’s wife and I have to tell you that that coach from Oklahoma State is my hero. I (unintelligible) to be able to say that, at the campus where my husband’s a coach. I get so tired of the media beating up on the coaches and the ADs and most especially the kids — and this young lady who did what she did went too far, and she owes that young man an apology.
RUSH: That ain’t going to happen.
CALLER: I know.
RUSH: She’s standing by her sources like the media did in the Duke rape case.
CALLER: Well, you know what? Even if what she said is true, doesn’t common decency tell you not to go after some young kid in that manner? Even if everything was true, which I don’t think it is, doesn’t common decency tell you not to do something like that to an individual?
CALLER: I know. I live in la-la land. But that’s just the way I was brought up.
RUSH: That’s the way most of us were brought up and that’s why we’re so outraged by it. That’s why so many of us love what the coach did. We’d all love to be able to do that to the Drive-Bys.
CALLER: I sure would. I sure would love to do it.
RUSH: Did you actually just ask me if I thought somebody in the media would exhibit decency?
CALLER: Yeah. I know I’m expecting too much, but, man, I just don’t want to give up on people, but my goodness! It’s just a shame.
CALLER: And what he said to her that someday he hopes she has a kid, blah, blah, blah? It will happen. That will happen to her.
RUSH: Not so fast, not so fast. That’s a generalization that we can no longer make about women.