It might just be the dumbest thing that Rush Limbaugh has ever said, which is certainly saying something: Oprah Winfrey is rich because she’s black, and “there’s a lot of guilt out there.”
No, really: You can find the audio on mediamatters.org. I didn’t believe it either.
Limbaugh has done a lot of race-baiting since Barack Obama became president — the kind that would likely cost a less-popular broadcaster his job — but going after Oprah? Really?
So here’s the simple truth: Winfrey isn’t a billionaire because she’s African-American. She’s a billionaire because she transcends race.
Women who tune in daily don’t do it because Oprah’s black. They do it because Oprah’s Oprah.
And for someone who supposedly advocates the American dream and free-market values, Limbaugh sounds like a colossal moron for not acknowledging the traditonal Horatio Alger-like qualities that surround her success.
So what he said isn’t just ugly; it’s stupid, too.