RUSH: Let me grab Brett in Burlington, Vermont, as we head back to the phones. Hi, Brett. I’m glad you called. Great to have you on the program. Hello.
CALLER: Rush, how are you?
RUSH: Just fine, sir. Thank you.
CALLER: I haven’t talked to you in many years. Yeah, you know, two comments, one especially regarding the comments from this guy from TMZ. When I heard them yesterday, I started thinking like you have taught me to think, and that is this smells like, well, not only hypocrisy, but, you know, this guy, I’m sure is a big lib, and it seemed like this, you know, I started thinking, I wonder if this is a concerted effort —
RUSH: Now, wait a minute, now. Wait a second, you’re talking about Harvey Levin, the guy I called the new Walter Cronkite?
RUSH: Harvey Levin.
CALLER: I mean, yes, this seems like a concerted effort. It smells of the White House continuing their attack. This is round two of their attack on the NFL, because they didn’t listen when Obama told them to change the name of the Redskins, and now they’re saying, “Okay, you’re gonna ignore us, well, here we come again,” and now —
RUSH: Well, here’s the problem. I think they’re two separate things.
RUSH: I really don’t think Harvey Levin is, “Okay, they didn’t change the name. Okay, so see what they do with this Rice video.” I don’t think that —
RUSH: Harvey’s just trying to take over the news business, that’s all.
CALLER: Well, here’s my other comment, is that this guy, his complaint is that, A, the head of the NFL, and he’s so angry, the head of the NFL supposedly, in his theory, knew about it —
CALLER: — covered it up —
CALLER: — and now should be impeached because of it. But my question is, where was this guy when four Americans were killed and the American president —
RUSH: Now, wait a minute.
CALLER: — knew about it.
RUSH: Harvey doesn’t do that. Harvey does low-information news.
CALLER: Well —
RUSH: Harvey Levin is TMZ. Harvey is the E! Entertainment network, People magazine. The NFL is a celebrity news event, so that’s why Harvey’s in on this. Well, Obama’s a celebrity, too, but TMZ, they don’t do the political unless they run into me in LA. Then they’ll throw a camera in my face and ask me inane stuff, you know, and I just keep walking. But, look, the first thing you said out there, Brett, is that this guy Harvey is a big lib. So is the NFL, Harvey. There’s nothing rabidly conservative about the NFL, and certainly not the commissioner’s office. I mean they’re just not.
So in your example it would be lib versus lib, if you think Harvey Levin, i.e., Walter Cronkite — well, I say Walter Cronkite because TMZ is the gospel to a lot of low-information news consumers, folks. TMZ is gospel. That’s why I called him Walter Cronkite. He ought to appreciate that. That’s a compliment. But I don’t think it’s anything to do with the Redskins in terms of what TMZ is doing here. TMZ, Harvey Levin, Walter Cronkite, I guess firmly believes that everybody claiming they didn’t know this video existed is lying about it. And the reason he’s claiming it is two things.
He thinks they have seen it, but the second thing, even if they haven’t seen it, they had to know what went on in there. How does a woman end up unconscious in an elevator and dragged out of it if she’s not hit, especially after the two people in the elevator apparently testified that that’s what happened? So a lot of people are saying, “Why did it take the video?” And that’s essentially what Harvey Levin, “Why does it take the video anyway to take this from two games to six games to out of the league.” And the answer to that is it’s just another cultural thing.
I want to warn you of something else that’s percolating out there, and I don’t know how far this is gonna go. But there are people who are saying that they have seen even more of the video from inside the elevator. Now, you know, if you’re keeping up to speed on this that Mrs. Ray Rice, at the time she was his fiancee, spit on Ray inside the elevator. That has been reported. Apparently, in addition to her spitting on him, she hit him. The violence was going two ways in there and even before they got on the elevator. And there is now just a ripple of undercurrent of people who are becoming aware that Janay Rice was not just innocently walking along and got belted.
Nobody’s saying she deserved to get hit. Don’t misunderstand. Don’t misunderstand this, because it’s still operative you never lay hands on a woman. I heard Ray Lewis say it, it’s gospel. You never lay hands on a woman. And it’s true, you don’t, even if you’re getting pummeled. That’s the cultural mores today. The NAGs can command equality all you want, but you still can’t hit the girl.
Not only can you not hit the girl, remember what happened to Rick Lazio when he walked to Hillary’s podium in a debate? All he did was walk over there to give her a paper to sign, and he was accused of assault and intimidation. You don’t hit the girl, nobody’s saying so, but this is a bit of an undercurrent that’s beginning to now bubble up on this sordid, sordid tale. Just amazing.