Rimbaugh Continues Playing "Racist" Obama Song
Politics aside, I don't understand why Limbaugh can keep on doing this sort of thing in the shadow of Imus' fall from grace. Limbaugh's rationale (in the article below) is intelligence-insultingly weak, be you Dem or Repub.
US talk show host Rush Limbaugh has come under fire for airing a racially charged song about the Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Limbaugh has been playing a song called Barack the Magic Negro, to the tune of Puff the Magic Dragon.
The right-wing talk show host defended himself by saying he is an entertainer and the song is a parody.
Mr Obama, who hopes to become the first black American president, has played down the row.
Rush Limbaugh, whose radio show is one of the most popular in the US, justified running the song by saying that an article by a black commentator in the liberal Los Angeles Times was the first to link the term "magic negro" to Mr Obama.
Limbaugh said liberals upset about the term should be aware that "magic negro" is a historical cultural term, a reference to benevolent African-Americans portrayed in old films.
The song, he said, was intended to make fun of the problems Mr Obama's candidacy poses to "race-obsessed Democrats", as well as questions from media pundits as to whether Mr Obama was "black enough".
Mr Obama said he had not heard the song but that he did not take himself so seriously as to be offended by every comment made about him.