The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

14 October 2009

WaPo's Oben Admits: Limbaugh NFL Opposition Based On Obama Criticism


Flack Toward Barack Grounds For NFL Ownership Denial


Thanks to the Washington Post's Roman Oben, we now have complete clarity on the new rules for potential NFL team owners: Obama critics need not apply.

In a candid moment during today's Al Sharpton radio show (probably not intended for the rest of us to hear), Oben admitted that Rush's political views regarding Obama were key to the opposition that appears to have derailed his bid to purchase the St Louis Rams.

Were the fabricated racist statements and overall smear campaign simply added to camouflage the real (partisan political) agenda?

Oben's revelation comes a day after news that Barack-tart Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas was given the green light to purchase a portion of the Miami Dolphins.

Here's the exclusive
clip and transcript of Oben's statement heard on Sharpton's program:

ROMAN OBEN (14:48): Sports brings this country together and it does not separate and when you have a guy like Rush Limbaugh who's made a living and made a lot of money doing it and has made a living tearing the Clinton Administration, or whether it was the Obama Administration, and now, you know all the quotes, you heard everything he said whether we have to grab our ankles and bend over because Obama’s dad was black. All the things that he said. Now he wants to be a part of an NFL ownership.

Now, he’s not going to be a minority owner. He would assert himself on some of these committees and it would be just a matter of time before he said something on a bigger platform than what he said about McNabb. Now he’s going to say something that’s going to negatively reflect the Rams organization and the NFL as a whole and that something I think Roger Goodell and the NFL PA (Players Association) should pay attention to.

Just hours later, it was announced that the smear machine championed by Oben, Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and others had succeeded in derailing Limbaugh's NFL bid.

Welcome to America circa 2009, where loyalty to the ruling class determines private ownership of assets. Sound more than a bit like Chavez's Venezuela?

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  • There's no question that he's a controversial figure (as the current debate proves), and there's no question that what he said about McNabb (though possibly true) was controversial (as the debate back then proved), so it is absolutely true that his owning the Rams might bring bad publicity for those reasons.

    By Blogger barry bonds, at 14 October, 2009 21:20  

  • Why do people keep referring to Obama as "Black"?

    Obama is 50% Caucasian, 42.75% Arab and only 6.25% Negro. His father was 85.5% Arab and 12.5% Negro, according to my favorite geneticist.

    Obama's 6.25% Negro does not qualify him for minority status; the regulations require that the person be at least 12.5% minority blood to be recognized as 'minority'. So his father just made the cut; Barack does not.

    In effect, we have an Arab president much more than a black president.

    By Blogger Scotty, at 15 October, 2009 00:19  

  • Who needs the NFL? Not Rush. He's better off out of it. I wonder what those franchises will be worth after Obama finishes working his magic?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15 October, 2009 01:10  

  • Limbaugh is a big boy and can defend himself. I look forward with some anticipation to see how he skewers his detractors.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15 October, 2009 02:21  

  • So a WaPo reporter cannot diagram a sentence? Limbaugh's comments on McNabb were about him not deserving so much of the credit for the Eagles' success. Not at all offensive.

    Limbaugh's "offensive" comments were about the media. The media was the subject of the sentence, not McNabb. And let's face it: how prescient was Limbaugh? He was right about the media and they proved it with the 2008 election and their dereliction of duty in reporting on Obama's past and personal connections.

    Just proves you don't have to be a student of the English language to get a writing job for WaPo.

    By Anonymous w3bgrrl, at 15 October, 2009 09:39  

  • So Limbaugh called McNabb overrated. What's racist about that? He also said the the media was racist in his favor. How's that about McNabb? That's a media criticism.

    By Blogger RPD, at 15 October, 2009 09:58  

  • Barry, the underlying issue is that the controversy was really fabricated at the occasion of his interest in purchasing the Rams. Sure his controversial, but not in everything. People don't mind having him live in their neighborhood, dine in their restaurants or other kinds of interaction. Sure if this was a political thing (such as he wanted to buy a newspaper) the controversy would be relevant.

    What you have here is a deliberate fabrication of a controversy for the purpose of scaring the NFL away. And people object to the fact that this kind of thing can be successful.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15 October, 2009 10:13  

  • I've found no evidence that Roman Oben is the "Washington Post's Roman Oben". Nothing in his bio or on the WaPo website suggests this. He just wrote an op-ed.

    Just sayin'

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15 October, 2009 10:19  

  • He's a regular WaPo contributor:

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 15 October, 2009 10:22  

  • I had to read Oben's comments thrice to make sense of his garbled syntax.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 16 October, 2009 21:47  

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