Rush Limbaugh is the king of talk radio, with 20 million weekly listeners. WAOK’s night-time host Rob Redding isn’t normally on his radar screen.
But Redding managed to do so after interviewing Michael Steele, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee. Redding asked Steele about a skit in which a Limbaugh staffer “reintepreted” his criticism of Pres. Obama’s immigration speech in Ebonics. You can listen to it here:
“I thought it was highly inappropriate,” Steele told Redding. “It is stupid. It’s not something that furthers the conversation.”
When Limbaugh heard about this, he got a wee upset.
The full transcript is here.
In what may be a first, we have a formal complaint lodged against the Official Obama Criticizer, Bo Snerdley. Bo Snerdley was recently utilized on this program last week as the Official Obama Criticizer, and it was as though it had happened for the first time. Now, we’ve been featuring the Official Obama Criticizer for close to a year, if not more on this program, but something about last week’s version of the Official Obama Criticizer has rubbed ‘em wrong out there, particularly your translation for brothers and sisters in the hood. The complaint is that there aren’t any of those listening to the program. Of course, the left and the media are on this kick now that there’s racism everywhere, and really racism and race-baiting has its home on the left. But there’s a show out there called Redding News Review.
It’s some guy named Rob Redding and his program is syndicated. Whose isn’t? And Rob Redding interviewed the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele. And Redding says, “Okay, Rush Limbaugh is wildly thought to be a racist.” No, accused, baselessly so by members of the left when they can’t come up with anything better to criticize me for. But nevertheless, “Rush Limbaugh is wildly thought to be a racist. You’ve gotten into, as Snerdley would say, his grill several times, and you were repudiated for it within the Republican Party. Is Rush Limbaugh a racist? Is he wrong for doing this satire? Yes? No?”
From then, he played Steele’s comments, then said that Steele didn’t understand the context and fell into easy stereotyping: “It’s exemplary and it’s a illustration of a problem that people on our side have of hanging in and being tough. There’s nothing here that has to be defended, only explained to people that are trying to mischaracterize it in the first place because it’s effective. That is why they don’t like it. It’s effective.”
Redding’s show can be heard on his website as well as WAOK from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
By Rodney Ho, firstname.lastname@example.org, AJCRadioTV blog