CHRONICLE WRITER ANDREW GUY ASKS IS RUSH LIMBAUGH ABOVE THE LAW?

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Here’s an interesting article written by Houston Chronicle reporter Andrew Guy. He asks the question is Rush above the law? He examines how Rush has managed to get away with crude and racially insensitive humor while others haven’t:

Let’s recap: Don Imus referred to a group of African-American women as “nappy-headed hos” and was criticized, berated and, eventually, fired. Shortly after, two radio DJs in Pennsylvania were fired for encouraging listeners to repeat Imus’ remarks.

And this week, two New York City DJs were fired after making racist remarks against Asians.

Meanwhile, we have Rush Limbaugh, who is proudly airing the work of Paul Shanklin, a conservative commentator and impressionist and a regular on Limbaugh’s syndicated radio show (which airs 11 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays on KTRH-AM 740). Both are white.

The piece is crude, over the top and loaded with racial stereotypes, which raises the question: Is Limbaugh getting a free pass?

“It’s an interesting question,” said David Ehrenstein, a freelance writer who wrote an essay about the “Magic Negro” for the Los Angles Times.

“Barack (Obama) was asked about it, and he blew it off,” Ehrenstein said. “But I’m not sure why no one else has really talked about it.”

In case you missed it, Shanklin impersonates Al Sharpton singing Obama, the Magic Negro to the tune of Peter, Paul and Mary’s Puff, the Magic Dragon. In the song, the Sharpton character derisively calls out presidential candidate Barack Obama as being — among other things — “not authentic like me.”

FULL STORY HERE: http://chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/4814118.html