Ex-RNC Chair Michael Steele's Views On Redding News Review Draws Response From Rush Limbaugh
May 18, 2011 at 5:58 PM (PT)
ROB REDDING's syndicated REDDING NEWS REVIEW touched off a war of words between radio talkers this week after former REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE Chairman MICHAEL STEELE came on the show to criticize a comedy bit aired on RUSH LIMBAUGH's PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS show.
STEELE called the sketch, in which LIMBAUGH producer JAMES "BO SNERDLEY" GOLDEN (who is himself African-American) "translated" a story about President OBAMA into "ebonics," "highly inappropriate. I mean you don't need to do that. Now we're gonna translate this conversation for all the white folks out there? I mean this -- it's stupid. It's not something that, you know, furthers the conversation." STEELE, who is joining the WASHINGTON POST's THE ROOT website as a contributing editor, also criticized Sen. RAND PAUL (R-KY) for comparing the health care bill to "slavery."
On his own show, LIMBAUGH defended GOLDEN's bit and chided REDDING ("It's some guy named ROB REDDING and his program is syndicated. Whose isn't?") for prodding STEELE on whether LIMBAUGH is racist and the satirical segment was wrong to do. "He clearly has no idea what happened," LIMBAUGH said of STEELE. "He has literally no clue what we were doing with the Official OBAMA Criticizer bit last week, none whatsoever. So he falls into the easy stereotypical response to all of this. So SNERDLEY, welcome to the club. You, too, are racist now."