Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh taunted a National Public Radio host for defending liberal comedian Stephen Colbert’s racist tweet, accusing NPR of “circling the wagons” for Colbert by excusing the tweet as a parody of Limbaugh and other “ethnically stupid” conservatives.
Last week, Colbert courted controversy for a tweet sent out on his show’s official Twitter account, which many viewed as racist towards Asian-Americans:
The comedian distanced himself last week, blaming the Comedy Central staff of The Colbert Report (even though he said that exact line on his show). But a #CancelColbert hashtag quickly cropped up, forcing Colbert and the network into damage control mode.
“There was apparently this negative reaction the likes of which liberals are not used to,” Limbaugh described. “Apparently there was a huge blowback on this, and it caught them off guard, because they’re really not used to this kind of reaction of them being racist or sexist or bigoted or homophobic or what have you.”
But unlike when conservatives land in hot water, Limbaugh noted the urgency which with some in the media moved to defend and excuse Colbert’s actions.
“The way the left is circling the wagons on this,” he explained, “is they’re saying Colbert was simply doing what I do. The mistake that he made was he did it on Twitter where there wasn’t any nuance.”
“This was discussed on NPR today,” he continued. “They circled the wagons! When was the last time I stepped in it and some conservative media circled the wagons and brought in all kinds of people to defend it? It doesn’t happen!”
The conservative radio host played a clip from the public radio program “The Takeaway,” where a guest host and Wall Street Journal blogger “[reminded themselves] that Stephen Colbert, doing what he often does, was actually echoing Rush Limbaugh, who has many times on his show — and without irony — referred to Asians with the Ching-Chong, or a Ding-Dong, or some kind of ethnically stupid angle like that. He was sort of doing Limbaugh.”
“Don’t you just love these erudite, sophisticated liberals talking about this?” Limbaugh taunted, mocking the highbrow tone of most NPR guests.
“I don’t know what they’re talking about,” he continued. “‘Many times on my show, and without irony, referred to Asians with the –’ I do not do that! And I would invite them to go find these ‘many times’ on the program.”
“I just find it curious — ironic or what have you — that in order to bail a guy out, they have to basically accuse him of ripping me off but not doing it with the proper layers of nuance,” Limbaugh concluded.
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