Comments by Rush Limbaugh, on the March 30, 2007
Rush Limbaugh radio show, about accepting the award and his impressions of the
MRC's Gala and "DisHonors Awards."
of Limbaugh's comments transcribed below. (11 minutes, 4 MB)
Last night I went up to Washington. As I mentioned on the program
yesterday, I flew up to Washington, the Grand Hyatt, for the Media Research
Center's 20th annual gala, the DisHonors Awards. It's a terrific show they put
together every year. During the year they collect the most outrageous in four
or five different categories liberal media statements -- audio sound bites,
printed, published stuff -- and there's a panel of judges that selects the
winner in each category. I am on that panel. The DisHonors Awards goes through
all the nominees, and then the winner is announced, and somebody always
accepts for the winner. It was hilarious last night. The whole thing was
One of the new things they've started is the annual "William F. Buckley
Award for Media Excellence." I, quite fittingly, was the first recipient of
this award. I received it last night, and here's the plaque. I'll put it up in
front of my face here so you can see through the glass. I have to hold this
with two hands. It's very, very heavy, and I can't zoom in, but we'll get
pictures of this later this afternoon. Brian will handle that with our ten
mega pixel Sony camera that we got here from Comp USA. We'll get the pictures
up there for you. By the way, I mentioned yesterday that we were going to link
to the Media Research Center's website on our website so that if you wanted to
watch the video of the whole program last night you could -- and we were
afraid this was going to happen, and it did happen.
It always happens. We crashed their server. So last night very few people
were actually able to watch this. What we've done is, we've made audio of my
acceptance speech available on the website el freebo. It's on the free side of
the site so anybody can listen to it. If you are a subscriber, if you're a
Rush 24/7 member, we've got a high quality video stream available. It's up,
and our servers can handle the load. It's about 20 minutes. They were running
long last night, about an hour late, and I was the last up and looked out in
the audience. People had been sitting there for a while, so I cut my remarks
from the scheduled hour and a half to 20 minutes. Everybody had just a
Let me give you some of the ideas of who the winners were last night. The
overall winner of the absolute stupidest, dumbest, craziest quote all year
went to Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., the publisher of the New York Times. He also
won in the category, "God, I hate America." He won the award for that
category. What he said was last May at a graduation address at the State
University of New York, New Paltz, apologizing to graduates. He said, "You
weren't supposed to be graduating into an America fighting a misbegotten war
in a foreign land. You weren't supposed to be graduating in a world where we
are still fighting for fundamental human rights, whether it's the rights of
immigrants to start a new life or the rights of gays to marry or the rights of
women to choose. You weren't supposed to be graduating into a world where oil
still drove policy and environmentalists have to fight relentlessly for every
gain. You weren't, but you are, and for that, I, Arthur Sulzberger am sorry."
Pathetic. Absolutely pathetic.
His empire has lost $800 million in the last year or two, and he also
earned the quote of the year award for that. Michael Steele, the former
lieutenant governor of Maryland, accepted the award. This was funny, too
because you know these people aren't going to show up to accept their awards.
So Michael Steele accepted for Arthur Sulzberger. The "Dan Rather Memorial
Award for the Stupidest Analysis" was presented by Neal Boortz, and it went to
Katie Couric for her 60 Minutes interview last September of Condoleezza Rice.
Couric noted that Rice rejects the notion that the US is a bully, imposing
values on the world. Rice said, "Well, what's wrong with assistance so that
people can have their full and complete right to the very freedoms and
liberties we enjoy?"
Couric's reply, which won the award, was, "To quote my daughter, who made
us the boss of them?"
G. Gordon Liddy accepted for Katie Couric.
The "I'm Not a Political Genius, But I Play One on TV Award" was presented
by the great Herman Cain and it went to Rosie O'Donnell for saying that
conservative Christians are just as dangerous and militant as Islamofascists.
(Pat Sajak accepted the award for Rosie O'Donnell.) There were a couple other
awards. The "Tin Foil Hat Award for Crazy Conspiracy Theories" went to Jack
Cafferty who suggested the Bush administration might be coordinating with
Osama bin Laden, and bin Laden actually accepted. He sent in a tape. Bin Laden
sent in a tape accepting for Jack Cafferty last night. The "Puppy Love Award"
went to Charles Gibson of ABC for his comments on Nancy Pelosi's election as
speaker when he said, (paraphrasing) "Look at that. She can nurse the kids.
She can balance the grand kid on the knee and she can protect the children and
protect the country at the same time." (Ward Connerly accepted for Charlie
It was a great, great, great assemblage of people last night. Everybody
just had a blast. Now, one thing about the award, the "William F. Buckley
Jr., Award for Media Excellence," I can't really describe what an honor this
is, because of the importance -- and although he had no clue at the time --
that Mr. Buckley has played in my whole career, and even my life prior to the
career starting. My father and William F. Buckley Jr., are the two primary
inspirational figures and idols that inspired and motivated me throughout my
life. I grew up instinctively conservative, but it was those two figures which
helped me to understand why and to be able to explain it and not just spout
instincts, and in the process being able to inspire others, and that's how
this works. One inspires someone else. One learns how to express what they
think and feel, and that inspires others in turn.
One of the things I mentioned last night in my little short acceptance
speech was that I will never forget the first time I met Bill Buckley. It was
at his legendary maisonette on Park Avenue in Manhattan. It has to be 1990, 17
years ago. He had invited me to attend an editor's meeting of National Review.
They did this once or twice a month, and they always did it, it was a
tradition, at his home. I had my driver go around the block a couple times
while I built up the courage to actually enter this place. The important thing
at this event, though, this evening was how Mr. Buckley and his editors,
everybody there that night welcomed me into their world. They had no idea who
I was. I was just some whippersnapper on the radio. They were intrigued.
"What's all this about?" They were very gracious; they were very
accommodating, and it was that night -- and you know, meeting your idol and
having your idol interested in what you do and then end up being supportive
and encouraging, it's one of the memories that I will cherish, one of the
highlights of my life that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
That was the first night that I had a sense, if you can understand this, of
belonging to the "movement." And here's one of the things that I think is, in
a way, a little sad. As the movement has grown, it has become more and more
competitive and new arrivals in media and publishing and so forth are often
viewed as threats now or as interlopers. Everybody is competing to be the
"leader" of the conservative movement, the smartest guy in the room, the
brainiest guy, the one who's inspiring all the thought. Everybody today, or a
lot of people out trying to be the next William F. Buckley. This creates
jealousy and creates guarded personalities and people who become protective of
their turf and so forth, and none of that existed when I walked into that
editor's meeting National Review at Mr. Buckley's home. They weren't
threatened. They weren't jealous. They wanted to find out what I was made of,
who I was, and when they discovered that I shared the same passions and the
same desires that had formulated the founding of National Review and its
ongoing efforts to spread conservatism, they welcomed me into their world.
My good fortune and the timing of all that is something that cannot go
uncommented upon. Those people at National Review back then, they were solely
devoted to the advancement of their ideas and passions, and they sought to
inspire everybody who shared them. That's not prevalent today. It's natural,
It's human nature. All the ascension and the rise of the new media has created
all kinds of competition. I'm sure that you dial around your radio, and you
hear one conservative host bash another conservative host. Or five
conservative hosts bashing somebody else, or you'll find print conservatives
bashing media conservatives and vice-versa and so forth. This only went on
back then when somebody had strayed from the dynamic or strayed from the
course. Now this bashing goes on more often than not. It's just typical
jealousy and turf protecting and this sort of thing.
That was all beneath Mr. Buckley. He didn't feel threatened by anybody
joining him. He did everything he could to encourage me, by the way, and even
made a couple stories about me in National Review. Those things, I just don't
think happen today. They do in a certain regard. National Review is still very
good about that, but I'm talking about movement wide. So I was highly
appreciative of this award last night, to receive the first one named after
someone as great and important and personable. He's just a generally nice man,
his whole family is, William F. Buckley Jr. So thanks again to Brent Bozell
and everybody at the Media Research Center, and everybody that was there last
night, because it was a hoot. The only thing is I don't know is who else
they're going to be able to give this award to after I got it, because who
else is going to qualify. See? Just kidding. I'm trying to play off my just
mentioned comments about the jealousy and so forth in the movement. Nah, there
are plenty of people that are almost as qualified to received this award, and
I'm sure Bozell will find a couple of them in the next year or so.
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