RUSH: Tony Kornheiser on his radio show said this recently and has been suspended for two weeks because of it.
KORNHEISER: I’d like to point out Hannah Storm in a horrifying, horrifying outfit today. She’s got on red go-go boots and a Catholic school plaid skirt way too short for somebody in her forties or maybe early fifties by now, and she’s got on her typically very, very tight shirt so she looks like she’s got sausage casing wrapped around her upper body. I’m not supposed to be critical of ESPN people. I point out that, you know, people who say that they lost 50 or 60 pounds have actually gained all the weight back.
RUSH: That’s Tony Kornheiser. ESPN didn’t like that. They suspended him for two weeks. I, ladies and gentlemen, would like to step forward today and claim responsibility for this. How am I responsible for it? Well, I don’t know. They’re going to end up blaming me for it. Anything that happens wrong at ESPN, you know, eventually it’s going to come down, it’s going to be my fault. ‘Cause I mean, after all, Kornheiser would not have a talk show if I had not blazed the trail. And so, you know, I get away with stuff like that, Kornheiser doesn’t. So ESPN, I’m taking the blame. I’m not going to suspend myself, but I will take responsibility for this. The commissioner of the NFL weighed in.
GOODELL: Divisive comments are not what the NFL is all about. And so, you know, I would not want to see those kind of comments from people who are in a responsible position within the NFL, no, absolutely not.
RUSH: Now, he was not speaking about Kornheiser, but I’m going to take blame for that. And of course Kornheiser was not suspended for this three years ago.
WILBON: Rush Limbaugh reportedly said Friday night that the NFL too often looks like a game between the Crips and the Bloods without any weapons, close quote. Tony, what do you think of that?
KORNHEISER: I’ve said this before. That is blatant race baiting. He has done this before.
WILBON: That’s bigoted.
RUSH: The real funny thing about this is that Kornheiser is so ugly he’d make a freight train take a dirt road and yet he’s out there commenting on Hannah Storm. So I, ladies and gentlemen, will take responsibility for this. It involves ESPN and a guy on the radio who really doesn’t know how to do radio, he’s a writer, and I paved the way for all these guys who are now doing radio, and so they’ll cite me as the example. I get away with this stuff, they’ll say. So I’m going to go ahead and take the blame for it now before it eventually comes to me anyway.
RUSH: Yes. I saw what Hannah Storm was wearing. (interruption) Yeah, I saw it! The red go-go boots and the short… (interruption) Yeah, I saw it! What’s the big deal? Do you people know the audience of ESPN? It’s single guys between 18 and 24. They probably can’t get dates, have little zits on their faces — and that’s television. Of course I saw what she was wearing. It’s not a surprise to me at all. You gotta understand who watches these shows.