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RUSH: Another grand slam, ladies and gentlemen, another huge home run. I delayed the open by 30 seconds to make sure everybody was paying attention. ‘Where is he? The theme’s going on a little bit longer than usual.’ Yes, ladies and gentlemen, another grand-slam home run hit yesterday by me, El Rushbo, your guiding light here on the Excellence in Broadcasting Network. Great to have you here. Telephone number is 800-282-2882, and the e-mail address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com.

Here’s how bad things are for the left and the American media. All they have to complain about, the best they can come up with is to pretend that they are offended by clever comments made by me about a wildly successful fellow capitalist, George Steinbrenner, who, up until now, has been despised by the American left. The American left and the media did nothing but portray George Steinbrenner negatively. Here was a guy that was evil, he was a temperamental dictator, he made illegal campaign contributions to Richard Nixon and he was engaged with hoodlums and so forth, had to be suspended from baseball by the commissioner, Fay Vincent. The media despised George Steinbrenner. I praise him as a fellow capitalist. By the way, folks, they are also insanely jealous that in this plummeting housing market I sold my New York condo for a 125% profit.

I mean, they are so upset, angry, jealous, this is the best they can do is to take an out-of-context comment by Media Matters for America and twist it into something that I didn’t say. And the Media Matters people, I’m really offended they left out one of the most relevant things I said yesterday. I talked about what a great capitalist George Steinbrenner was that he even knew when to die. This year when there is no estate tax, his family has saved a half a billion dollars alone on the asset value of the New York Yankees. George Steinbrenner was able to grow the New York Yankees from a $10 million franchise to being worth at least $1.2 billion, and along the way he made a lot of African-American millionaires. As a lot of capitalists do, everybody around Steinbrenner got wealthy. And to show that Steinbrenner had all kinds of street cred while making these African-American millionaires rich and wealthy, he fired a bunch of white guy managers. I mean this guy’s got street cred like you couldn’t find anywhere else in sports.

‘In 2005, the Yankees became the first professional sports franchise to be conservatively estimated as being worth over one billion dollars,’ all due to one man, George Steinbrenner. And so, this is how bad it is for the left. The best shot they can take is to complain and to pretend that they were offended by brilliant, clever, funny comments made by me about a fellow successful capitalist, a capitalist that they have portrayed negatively, that they hated, that they characterized as a dictator, as evil and temperamental. Why, there’s a story, I forget where, USA Today, New York Times, about how horrible it was to work for George Steinbrenner if you were in the front office. He’d fire you if you didn’t get the lunch order correct. He’s in the back page of the tabloids in New York. Steinbrenner was their favorite, favorite whipping boy. And then to — (interruption) pardon? Who’s whining about me? Well, the Associated Press, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, Yahoo News, it’s everywhere, Snerdley. It’s all over network television. (laughing) They’re trying to Imus me.

It was a great show yesterday. They’re launching their salvos, but at the root of it, folks, they’re angry, jealous, ticked off like you can’t believe because I sold my New York condo for a 125% profit when their houses are underwater. It just drives them insane and this is gonna drive ’em insane to point out they are the ones that had all the rotten, mean things to say about Steinbrenner throughout his tenure as the owner of the New York Yankees. The same left-wing political opportunists out there say nothing about the New Black Panther Party and Malik Zulu Shabazz talking about crackers and killing crackers or King Samir Shabazz, who talked about killing cracker babies, and you want to know why? There’s a big controversy out there, ladies and gentlemen. Brad Sherman, a derelict Democrat congressman from California had a town hall meeting the other day and his constituents are more informed than he was. He’s a Democrat, and they started asking about the New Black Panther Party and voter intimidation, and he didn’t know anything about it. Oh, by the way, George Steinbrenner also, as I have done, has left New York. George Steinbrenner will probably be buried in Florida. Oh, yes. Tampa was his home. Not New York.

Anyway, so this Brad Sherman guy is getting beaten up by his constituents, and he reacts, (paraphrasing) ‘Now you people are stupid, you’re dumb, I don’t want to hear — who do you think you’re talking to — I’m a member of Congress.’ Here’s the follow-up: ‘A California congressman who drew shouts of disbelief at a town hall meeting when he said he was unaware of the voter intimidation case involving the New Black Panther Party explained that the reason he hadn’t heard about the story was because his news sources didn’t cover it.’ Exactly right. The reason why these dunces at network television, AP, Yahoo News, everywhere else think I made an original comment when calling George Steinbrenner a cracker also don’t know about King Samir Shabazz, New Black Panther voter intimidation case, 2008 Philadelphia, suggesting that white cracker babies be killed. They’re not up to speed on Malik Zulu Shabazz, the chairman, grand pooh-bah, whatever, head potentate of the New Black Panther Party referring to crackers constantly. And so unable to place my comments in context, and unwilling to even if they were aware of the context, they create this firestorm which just illustrates what a great show it was yesterday.

‘Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., in a written statement released late Tuesday, accused Fox News of launching ‘attacks on me’ for showing video of the meeting. He said he would soon send a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder regarding the incident and ‘the importance of allegations of voter intimidation,’ but said the ‘major sources of information which I rely upon most’ did not mention the issue.’ He didn’t know about the voter intimidation case in Philadelphia. ‘But he also offered an excuse for missing the news, saying none of the media he reads covered it. ‘While it is possible that our review missed something, it can be said that less than one page per 50,000 from the above sources deals with the issue,’ Sherman said. ‘In contrast, Fox News covered the issue repeatedly.’ Sherman listed the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Economist, Newsweek, Congressional Quarterly and National Journal and said he only found one mention of the Black Panther case,’ in all of those publications. Exactly right. Exactly right.

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