RUSH: I’m gonna make a prediction to you. Brendan Eich, Mozilla, gay marriage, we got the Sterling thing. This is all the Democrats have to get vote turnout in November. Every policy initiative, every idea of theirs is crashing, including their president. The New York Times, Maureen Dowd has even now written a piece about the lack of manliness of Barack Obama. Maureen, you’re six years too late. This is the kind of stuff you should have ferreted out in 2007 and 2008. It’s no big deal for you to figure this out six years into this mess.
Everything that the Democrat Party has touched is falling apart. The only thing they’ve got that can give them any hope of winning an election is War on Women, racism, gay rights, gay marriage. So you wait. Every two, three weeks there’s gonna be a story like this. And guess what? The New York Times finally has a story, why, let me get the headline here for you. “After 33 Years of Sterling, a Boiling Point — Why did it take a tape recording aired on a gossip website to ignite nationwide ire against Donald Sterling?
This is the point I made on Monday. While everybody else was in a race, everybody in the media was in a race to see who could be the most sensitive, the most hurt, the most outraged, the most angry, who could be the most eloquent in expressing all of that, I came to the Golden EIB Microphone and said, “Did anybody not know that this guy has been who he is for 30-plus years?” And if you’ll recall, I recounted stories, visits to LA, subject came up every time I went out there. And one of the reasons why it was overlooked — when I first heard about it was on the golf course in Los Angeles. Somehow the guy’s name came up, the Clippers came up, and I said, “Who owns this team, the Clippers?”
I don’t know the NBA much, and they said, “Donald Sterling.” I said, “Never heard of him,” and that’s when I started hearing about the reprobate the guy is. I said, “How in the world does this guy survive?” I mean, I heard song and verse. I heard all of the racist stuff, the slumlord stuff. When I first heard about it, had to be 1997, maybe a little bit earlier than that. And everybody I asked in LA, “How does the guy survive?” “Well, you know, the Lakers own this town. The Clippers are an also-ran, they never win anything. The guy’s a joke, Rush. Nobody takes his seriously. He’s an A-list wanna be hopeful who’s never gonna get there. He’s just a joke.”
Well, you know what that tells me. A lot of this outrage that we have witnessed since Saturday has gotta be fake. It has to be because the same people have known about this for 30 years. (interruption) I was just asked a pointed question, an interruptive question in the IFB. “Is it okay to be a racist if you’re not successful?” I guess you mean since his team was never taken seriously, since his team was an also-ran, does that mean it’s okay to be a racist? He was successful in what he did. The guy’s a billionaire. He’s one of these guys that wanted to be in the “in” crowd. He wanted to be Mr. Cool, Mr. Hip. He’s never gonna be. He was always joke.
But yesterday Adam Silver, and I gotta tell you, I was a little chilled, I must admit. Not over what he did, but the reaction. This guy drops the hammer and the media, folks, do you realize the happiness over one guy dropping the hammer and sending this guy packing? Oh, man. I’ve got a montage of it to play for you. Adam Silver said yesterday (paraphrasing), “This has nothing to do with anything in the past. This has only to do with what we learned on that tape starting Saturday.” Well, that let a lot of people off the hook. All the other owners, the former commissioners. There were a lot of people that knew this. And a lot of people who knew it were ginning up their outrage and anger over the weekend, as though they’re just learning of it for the first time.
Anyway, by the, Rush Limbaugh, great to have you here, folks. I forgot to intro the show, but you know who I am when you hear my voice. Telephone number, if you want to be on the program is 800-282-2882. And the e-mail address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com.
V. Stiviano. Grab sound bite number four. Did you see…? I’m wondering if I should repeat the story that I told you, Snerdley. (interruption) Well, it might have been told to me in private. I don’t know. I’ll have to think about it. Anyway, did you see this babe walk out of whatever she walked out of with this hood, this reflector helmet on her face to hide her face? (interruption)
You didn’t see that? (interruption) It wasn’t TMZ; it was everywhere. This V Dot Stiviano walks out of somewhere and there’s a media horde waiting for her and she’s got this contraption on her head that goes all the way down to her neck, covers her neck, and it’s a reflector. (interruption) A welder’s helmet. It looks like a welder’s helmet.
That was the strangest thing. She was trying to hide her face, and when they caught up with her, she took time to talk to them. It was outside a restaurant. She’s wearing this sun visor thing, but it’s more than a sun visor. It does look like a welder’s helmet. And she stopped to take questions from the media. This is nine seconds, but here she is.
STIVIANO: One day, I will become president of the United States of America, and I will change the legislation and laws, modern-day history, civil rights movement.
RUSH: So she said that one day she’s gonna become president and “will change the legislation and laws, modern-day history, and the civil rights movement.” She’s gonna change it all. That… (interruption) Yeah. I tell you what, if I were a political candidate and had eyes on the White House, I would be scared right now. This babe could win!
RUSH: By the way, Rachel Nichols, formerly of ESPN and now of CNN, has told us who the next target is, the next NBA owner who is the target. It’s the owner of the Orlando Magic, Rich DeVos. And you know why he’s a target? Because he doesn’t agree with gay marriage. He’s the next target of whoever it is that’s going to clean up the NBA.
RUSH: I got a fascinating e-mail here from someone. I’m not gonna mention the name or the person that sent this because I’m not gonna get this person into trouble. This is not the first time I have heard this opinion. Everybody’s talking about this NBA thing and the Sterling situation and the fallout from it, and everybody’s got an opinion on it, and there’s a lot of outrage about this that’s silent.
People are afraid to speak up about it. I mean, when you see the glee and the happiness with which the media is reacting to what’s happened here, it’ll silence you. But this e-mail I have here, this is a great object lesson. “Dear Rush: Such selective indignation. Do what I did. Go online. You know what you can find, Rush? Doesn’t take very long at all.
“You can find eight NBA players and one coach, a total of nine men who have hooked up with 55 women and produced 72 children over the past few years with no marriages involved. This is also the NBA. The NBA is so concerned about one longtime racist idiot in a private conversation with his 50-year younger girlfriend. I’m sure glad they, the media and the NBA, are so happy to have cleaned up the league.”
Now, you let somebody actually go on the air on a television show tonight (or somebody on the radio today) and actually make that point, and do you know what’s gonna happen? Whoever says that is going to be set up as the next target once the “right” quote/unquote people hear about it. And you know what the explanation for this is going to be? You know what the reaction to this would be, if you make this point?
It’ll be blamed on “the white-dominant culture in this country.” It will be blamed on “socioeconomic forces.” The same reasons we are told why rap music’s lyrics are what they are. “It’s just our culture. It’s what you’ve been forcing us into.” This is one of those places you do not dare go. There just certain, I don’t know, call ’em truths or facts or whatever that you just don’t go there.
Particularly in the heat of the moment, where we are right now, that’s not at all what people want to hear. That’s not at all where we’re intending to go here. A lot of people are pointing things like this out, but silently and quietly, and they’re speaking to themselves hoping they’re not overheard, ’cause they don’t want to be ratted out. They don’t want to be tattled on.
It’s the old, you know, hypocrisy business that people are focused on here. It’s an amazing period in our culture, an amazing period in our history to watch all of this transpire. Let’s listen to this. Grab sound bite number three. We put together a media montage, the Drive-By Media in love with the authoritarian nature of the commissioner of the NBA, Adam Silver.
Make no mistake about it. It’s authoritarianism, totalitarianism, fascism, whatever. I mean, it’s all the rage on the left right now. It’s cool. They love it. No judge, no jury, no trial. Just one guy who’s able to “drop the hammer” on somebody else and be done with it all. Listen to the thrill and the delight.
JANE VELEZ MITCHELL: (music) The NBA drops the hammer on its racist owner!
CHARLES BARKLEY: (music) Today was a great day.
ERNIE JOHNSON: (music) Adam Silver put the hammer down.
JIM ROME: (music) Bring the hammer down…
DAVE ZIRIN: The hammer comes down.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: He really threw the hammer down.
WILLIAM LA JEUNESSE: …dropped the hammer!
PAT CROCE: With such force and conviction, and the whole hammer down.
MIKE GAROFALO: (outdoor noise) He dropped the hammer.
MIKE GALANOS: Commissioner Adam Silver laying down the hammer.
BOMANI JONES: A gigantic hammer that came down!
DON LEMON: Adam Silver dropped the hammer.
ANDY SCHOLES: Dropped the hammer on Sterling.
CHRIS CUOMO: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver dropped the hammer on Donald Sterling.
RUSH: Now, again, I just want to point out that every one of these people who are all excited and happy have known about Donald Sterling for 33 years or 34. He’s the longest tenured owner in the NBA. Let me grab this New York Times story. It only took the Times how many days to catch up with me on this? We’ve been saying this since Monday. This is Wednesday. It took the Times three days.
But you who listen to this program knew on Monday that whatever you heard on that tape of Donald Sterling on Saturday was nothing new, and everybody — not just in the sports scene in LA, everybody in the LA media — knew who Donald Sterling is. They didn’t say a thing, didn’t do a thing. They looked the other way.
The team was losing, was never threatening to win anything. The Lakers owned the town. The Clippers couldn’t even buy a headline. So what did it matter? Now the fake, faux outrage from people who’ve known about this, and the New York Times has caught up with it. “Why did it take a tape recording aired on a gossip website to ignite nationwide ire against Donald Sterling?
“Suddenly, as if it were breaking news, a recorded conversation said to be between Sterling and a girlfriend has made the Los Angeles Clippers’ owner the most hated outlaw in the sports world, a man considered such a vile bigot that even President Obama felt the need to weigh in.” What do you mean, “even” Obama? He’d be first in line! This is made to order for Obama and the Democrat Party.
This is all they’ve got!
“‘When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk,’ Obama said.” Well, Sterling’s been talking for 30 years. I still have to chuckle. My joke on Monday still has the left and the media outraged, that if Sterling had given more money to Obama, he wouldn’t be in any trouble today. (chuckling) They’re still livid over that, ’cause they have no sense of humor.
“Sorry, Mr. President,” says the New York Times. “Sorry, Mr. President, not this time. It looks as if the NBA and its team owners have finally had enough of Sterling, and the overdue moment for dealing with him is finally here. It only took the league 33 years. … When the Clippers were losing, which they did for 27 of Sterling’s years there, the league tacitly accepted Sterling’s well-documented racism and other flaws,” and so the Times!
The Times didn’t report enough it last 30 years. Nobody did. “For decades it was perfectly acceptable to let him run his team like ‘a Southern plantationlike structure,’ as the former Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor once charged in a lawsuit. Sterling routinely operated below the radar, so what was there to worry about?”
Well, he didn’t want to be below the radar. He was trying to get noticed. He did everything he could to get noticed, buying LA NAALCP awards and doing all sorts of things. He was doing everything he could to get noticed. Problem was the Lakers. But again, doesn’t this raise the question, ladies and gentlemen, if this was so well known to all, why did the Clippers players accept Sterling’s donations? Why did they accept his paycheck?
I mean, a lot of free agents signed with the Clippers over the years, and they all knew who Sterling was. Everybody has known who he was. Why did the NAALCP LA chapter and the many other black organizations take Sterling’s money? I’m reading from the New York Times here: Elgin Baylor worked for the Clippers for 23 years before complaining about it. The New York Times points this out. You know, Elgin Baylor, he sued. He was the general manager. He sued Sterling. But he worked there for 23 years before suing him. (interruption) Well, I’m just pointing it out. The New York Times even mentions that. “One of the most distressing parts of the revelations might have been that they did not come as a complete surprise.”
Again, folks, I don’t know. (interruption) That’s my point. Everybody has known about this. Here’s the Times writing this story about how everybody knew for 33 years. What about the Times? Everybody knew. I’m telling you, every sportswriter at the New York Times knew, at the LA Times, at the LA Daily News, at the supermarket shopper weekly. They knew! Everybody knew! I know what you’re saying. “So what, Rush? So what?” I know. So what. It just means all this outrage is a little kind of faux. (interruption) Serious question? No. I want a joking question. (interruption) They are gonna give it back. (interruption) Because he’s so bad, they don’t want to be tainted by it. UCLA, this guy pledged — let me find it here.
CBSEyeballNewsLA.com: “Researchers at UCLA will return a portion of a $3 million pledge that Clippers owner Donald Sterling made to support kidney research, school officials announced Tuesday. The university is returning the initial $425,000 payment from the Donald T. Sterling Foundation made earlier this month, and will not accept the balance of the money, calling the comments he made in a recorded conversation ‘divisive and hurtful,’ according to spokesperson Phil Hampton. Dr. Ira Kurtz, a professor of medicine in UCLAÂ’s Division of Nephrology was awarded the gift earlier this month to fund research on the structural properties of key proteins in the kidney that affect its function in health and disease.”
So your point is, isn’t this kind of cutting off your nose to spite your face? The guy’s given the money and it’s for kidney research. (interruption) Because it’s Sterling money, and nobody wants to be tainted. Can you imagine the hell that would descend on these people if they kept the money, knowing what they know now? (interruption) Yes, they would. Snerdley thinks that if these guys didn’t give back the money and it was learned they were gonna keep the money that nobody would say anything about it? Are you not paying attention?
Somebody wants the money, but it’s going back. So I guess whoever was gonna benefit from kidney research at UCLA now is not gonna benefit from it. The doctor is not gonna get to do his research, whatever he might learn to help people isn’t gonna happen. Because the money’s no good. Because the money comes from Sterling. What if Donald Sterling money created or found a cure for cancer? What would we do?
RUSH: This is fascinating. Okay. So I checked the e-mail during the break and I’ve got a lot of people thinking, “Rush, don’t buy this. UCLA’s not giving back a dime. They’re just going to say they’re giving back the money. They’re not gonna give the money back. Who’s gonna ever prove it? Is Sterling gonna go up and say ‘Hey, I never got the money back’? They’re not gonna give the money back. This is just a PR move. Don’t fall for this, Rush, nobody’s giving the money back, not even the NAALCP.”
I disagree. I think what’s gonna happen is that it’s gonna be a badge of honor to give the money back. Remember, everything is about image and PR. It’s not about what’s real. So they’re gonna make a big show of giving the money back, but don’t forget, Sterling has been fined two and a half million dollars. And that’s where the people that give the money back are gonna go to get it replenished. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Reverend Jackson makes a move on some of that money. There’s gonna be a lot of people going to the league and saying, “This guy Sterling has hurt us, and we deserve some of that money.” This is in no way anywhere close to being over, folks. We’re talking about a billionaire here that is just waiting to be plucked clean dry, before V. Stiviano gets it.
Here is Connie in Monroe, Louisiana, as we head to the phones quickly. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hi.
CALLER: Thank you so much, Rush. Rush, I just don’t know what to do. I’m listening to all of this drama overload. I thought the Sterling guy was gonna say the N-word and go on and on, but it’s so much drama and overload. I heard more with the Melissa Harris-Perry tape on Romney’s grandchild when they said what thing does not belong. I was more upset over that than this private conversation.
RUSH: Connie. Can I help you?
CALLER: I just don’t know what to say, Rush. I really think what it’s all about is they want Chris Paul to be there with Kobe. That’s probably what the whole thing is about, but when you see Charles Barkley and different ones just going on and on, and even Greta, they’re talking about this guy is a racist, maybe he is; we don’t know his heart. But this was a private conversation —
RUSH: Yes, in this case we do, in this case we do. But you talk about Melissa Harris-Perry, all this racism about Romney and grandkids and stuff at MSNBC. Connie, look, it isn’t right, but the answer is they can say whatever they want. They can do whatever they want. They’re minorities. They’re oppressed. They have been victimized by this country since the earliest days, since the founding. Their outrage is understandable and we’ve gotta do what we can to understand it, and there are two sets of speech codes, and you’d better figure out which one applies to you, otherwise the same thing is gonna happen to you that happened to Sterling, and I’ve got a media guy saying that on tape.
RUSH: Now, if you want to know who’s enabling all this, where is the home of all of this? Folks, it’s the Democrat Party. The Democrat Party makes all this possible. The Democrat Party, the number one promoter of all of this that’s happening.
RUSH: The real answer to the question, why did nobody care for 33 years who Donald Sterling was and what he was doing and what he was saying and the way he was treating people. And you know the answer? There was no political gain to be made, but now there is. What are you laughing about? Do you doubt… (interruption) They’re trying to hype the what? (interruption) Oh, for crying out loud, you gotta be kidding. A feud between me and the black hole guy? (interruption) Aw, for crying out loud. There is no feud. Where do you see that? (interruption) I don’t even want to know. (interruption)
Oh, look, they even got a — (laughing) — okay, some leftist publication is trying to generate some feud between me and Mr. Black Hole, Don Lemon. (interruption) I don’t want to know any more. I don’t care about a feud between me and Mr. Black Hole. I have to stop, catch my breath here. I’m telling you, the reason that they didn’t do anything to Sterling for 33 years is because there was nothing political to be gained, but now there is, and that’s why, folks. I’m telling you.
And we got breaking news. Oprah had done change her mind on wantin’ the team. (interruption) What? (interruption) She has. Hannah Storm with the breaking news on ESPN.
STORM: There are a long line of potential buyers. Now here’s one name that everyone knows, a household name. Oprah Winfrey now says that she is considering joining a group to buy the Los Angeles Clippers. The group that she would join consists of two other familiar names, David Geffen, a music and film mogul. Also in this group is Ellison — Larry Ellison. He is the CEO of Oracle.
RUSH: Larry Ellison and David Geffen and The Oprah. It was just yesterday that TMZ caught up with The Oprah, which is not hard to do, and she denied any interest and said that she thinks that Magic should buy it, and now they caught up with her again. Again, not hard to do. And she apparently changed her mind. The Oprah wants to be a part-owner of the Clippers with David Geffen and Larry Ellison.