Limbaugh guest host Hedgecock: Spanish-language reporters "make their living with the new apartheid"

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On the June 20 broadcast of Rush Limbaugh's nationally syndicated radio show, guest host Roger Hedgecock, remarking on California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's (R) comments at a National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention -- that Hispanic immigrants have "got to turn off the Spanish television set" -- stated that "these journalists ... make their living with the new apartheid, speaking Spanish to Spanish speakers and, you know, not going for the assimilation." Hedgecock added that Spanish-language TV network "Univision and all the rest of these people have an absolute right to do what they're doing -- but what Arnold was trying to say, of course, is 100 percent right." Apartheid was a system of laws in place that "allowed the ruling white minority in South Africa to segregate, exploit and terrorize the vast majority."

The membership of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists includes reporters working in both English- and Spanish-language media.

From the June 20 broadcast of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:

HEDGECOCK: Welcome back to the Rush Limbaugh program here on the EIB Network. Roger Hedgecock in for Rush today and tomorrow. I'm coming at you from KOGO Radio on the "left coast" here in San Diego, California, mere steps from the busiest international border crossing in the world. We're going to talk about the border coming up, and the amnesty bill in Congress, but first, some more news from California.

I -- I never -- I'm entertained every time that we have a chance to talk with Arnold Schwarzenegger, our governor, because he is truly his own guy, and you know, the way -- he was speaking -- just I'm giving you an example of what I'm trying to say here. He was speaking to the Hispanic Journalists Association gathered in Sacramento. He was their guest speaker -- keeping in mind again these are folks who work for Univision and these Spanish-language outlets, radio and television -- and in part -- and listen to when he realizes how politically incorrect he's getting -- in part, here is what he told them.

SCHWARZENEGGER [audio clip]: -- that you've got to turn off the Spanish television set. It's that simple. You've got to learn English. You've got to -- listen -- I know this sounds odd, and this is politically not the correct thing to say, but here I am getting myself into trouble --

HEDGECOCK: So he tells these journalists who make their living with the new apartheid, speaking Spanish to Spanish speakers and, you know, not going for the assimilation -- and you know, as far as I'm concerned, Univision and the rest of these people have an absolute right to do what they're doing -- but what Arnold was trying to say, of course, is 100 percent right. If your sons and daughters want to get ahead in the United States of America, they would do well to learn English and speak it well, better than talk show hosts, by the way.

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