Love him? Hate him? But don't make up things or talk about something you know nothing about, but pretend you do. (Too many people have opinions about Rush and have never spent anytime listening to him. I have been listening for over 15 years. I am a big fan.)
Rush Limbaugh was approached by Dave Checketts, current Real Salt Lake and St. Louis Blues owner, to be an investor on his team that is trying to buy the St. Louis Rams. The government | media complex decided that a conservative talk show host -- the biggest in the country -- should be dumped from participating. Checketts agreed.
So is one's political position now a test for NFL ownership? It is according to the government | media complex. Conservatives need not apply. Would be okay if George Soros, Al Gore or Michael Moore wanted a stake in the NFL ownership action? Certainly. We have actually seen the NFL approve Fergie as a minority owner in the Miami Dolphins. She is a well-established liberal. The NFL also okays king TV liberal Keith Olbermann as a member of its Sunday Night Football team.
The NFL is just part of the liberalization and excuse-me society. Certainly the leftists succeeded in getting Limbaugh rejected. Many liberals thank the free market for shooting down Limbaugh's participating as a potential Rams owner. Not all liberals agree though. One liberal blogger wrote that although Rush loses rams bid... rest of us just lose.
If rejecting Rush as a potential minority ownership in the NFL is free market, so be it. But let it work both ways. The 1st Amendment states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
There is an obvious double standard in all aspects of society: liberalism is okay, conservatism is not. The NFL is an active participate, claiming it is just business. That has been proven wrong with Fergie and Olbermann.
Update 10/29/09: Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Limbaugh on McNabb vs Fergie's and J-Lo's public statements, songs, etc. Goodell looks very bad, ESPN looks bad; double standard obvious.
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