Rush Limbaugh is the victim of a vast left-wing conspiracy. Or so he argues in a Wall Street Journal essay in the wake of his NFL adventures. Lefties in the news business, "including the sportswriter community," have nothing but "contempt" and "blind hatred" for conservatives, he writes. The charge of racism "is too often their sledgehammer. And it is being used to try to keep citizens who don't share the left's agenda from participating in the full array of opportunities this nation otherwise affords each of us."
Limbaugh scoffs at criticism of his racial views. "You mean, my belief in a colorblind society where every individual is treated as a precious human being without regard to his race? Where football players should earn as much as they can and keep as much as they can, regardless of race? Those controversial racial views?" He also stands by his 2003 comment about the media cheerleading for Donovan McNabb because he's black. "Half a decade later, the media would behave the same way about the presidential candidacy of Mr. Obama."