CNN’s Jim Acosta did not take kindly to President Donald Trump bestowing the Presidential Medal of Freedom to radio host Rush Limbaugh during his State of the Union speech Tuesday night.
When asked for his reaction, Acosta accused Limbaugh of having a history of making racist comments.
“He was trying to make appeals to the African American community,” Acosta said of Trump’s speech. “It can’t be forgotten that he was awarding the Medal of Freedom to Rush Limbaugh, who has a history of making derogatory comments about African Americans. So, I think, you know, overall, it’s a wash.”
Limbaugh’s longtime producer, James Golden, known as Bo Snerdley on Twitter, challenged Acosta to back up his claims.
“I just saw the footage from CNN’s Jim Acosta saying Rush has a “history” of saying disparaging things about African Americans. I have been in the studio with Rush for 30 years. I would like to formally challenge CNN and @Acosta to provide the list,” Golden, who is black, tweeted.
I just saw the footage from CNN’s Jim Acosta saying Rush has a “history” of saying disparaging things about African Americans. I have been in the studio with Rush for 30 years. I would like to formally challenge CNN and @Acosta to provide the list.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) February 5, 2020
Critics of Limbaugh then provided Golden with examples of Limbaugh’s alleged racism. Golden didn’t flinch, declaring the examples either taken out of context or misconstrued. One person tried to tell Golden that his “masters have taught you to ignore the facts.” Golden, naturally, did not appreciate the comment, asking the person if he believed the producer had “masters”?
“That I am a slave. What does that say about your mentality? I don’t need your media driven, out of context so-called facts – which are nothing more than political opposition,” Golden responded. “I actually know Rush. Something you can’t say.”
Golden also defended some of Limbaugh’s past statements by comparing them to things a shock jock might say decades ago when the country was not so politically correct. Others offered quotes from Limbaugh, which Golden dismissed as not political statements.
“Look it, let me put it to you this way. The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it,” Limbaugh said in 2007.
Golden dismissed the criticism.
“So what? He was talking about the cultural shift that brought violence and ‘gangsta’ ism to the NFL. We had players showing up in locker room with guns. You provide no context. This is political discourse. The Crips and Bloods are real. Next?” Golden responded.
Another person offered a quote from Limbaugh to an African-American caller saying, “Take that bone out of your nose and call me back.” Golden said it was an example of a shock jock or comedian insulting everyone and saying that was “what equality looks like.”
“We can also be insulted without it being racist,” Golden said. “It’s called equality.
Yet another person brought up a quote from Limbaugh’s show comparing NBA players to thugs.
“I said that to Rush. So am I a racist? Those were MY words. So once again. you have no clue of the context. And – i stand by those words. They were said when players were bring guns/and gangsta culture into the locker room. Said it then- mean it now,” Golden said.