The Los Angeles Times forgets the money quote

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Profiling Rush Limbaugh, the Times made reference to the AM talker's "contentious commentary." But for some reason the Times left out Limbaugh's famous quote, recently aired during an interview with Fox News. It's a quote that perfectly captured the hate speech that Limbaugh peddles, but it's a quote the mainstream press just isn't comfortable repeating. So, as with the Times article, the offensive quote got flushed down the memory hole.

Here's what the Times didn't include in its Limbaugh profile: "We are being told that we have to hope [Obama] succeeds, that we have to bend over, grab the ankles...becaue his father was black."

And yes, the Times won't touch it but that Limbaugh quote picked up on the theme the talker aired during the general election, about how "Democrats will bend over, grab the ankles, and say, 'Have your way with me'" to African-Americans and gays.

The traditional press seems very anxious to document Limbaugh's power, but very uncomfortable reporting what the host actually says.

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