To recap: Rush Limbaugh, in his new role as football pundit for ESPN, said that Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb is not as good as his hype; and that the hype is a result of the media’s interest in seeing a black QB succeed.
Storm of controversy ensues, with accusations of racism. Al Sharpton calls for an ABC/ESPN boycott. Limbaugh resigns from ESPN.
Now, I pretty much loath Limbaugh and everything he stands for, but I think he got hosed on this one. He was attacking the media more than any one individual, or more than he was making any statements about race. I would’ve loved to have asked him why he thought the media cares about Donovan McNabb’s success; but the follow-up questions at the time were focused on whether or not McNabb is indeed as good as his hype–which missed the point.