Here’s a video clip of Rush Limbaugh (running 6:42) from his August 22 show, in which he summarizes how the new media prevented CNN and other mass-media outlets from perpetuating the myth of Michael Brown being a “Gentle Giant” who, while walking in the street, was supposedly shot in the back for no good reason by a racist white cop.
Rush Limbaugh: CNN is noticeably down today. And you can see it — see the reason why — in their own headlines. It’s starting to return to normal in Ferguson. And you can just see, I mean, the credibility of key witnesses in question. It’s beginning to dawn on them that the myth might not prevail here.
And the reason the myth might not prevail is because even the New York Times, ladies and gentlemen, even though they tried to bury this in paragraph 26 yesterday and in another story today. Doesn’t matter whether the police officer had a broken eye socket or not — and there’s some question about that, people are questioning the original reporting that the cop’s eye socket, orbital socket was shattered — but it doesn’t matter.
He was still beaten up. He was still taken to the hospital. His face was swollen. The original story is falling apart. Gentle giant, walking innocently down the street, on the way to grandmother’s house, eagerly thinking about the soon-to-commence college classes, shot in the back by a racist white St. Louis cop, which happens way too often! That was the myth.
And the myth began to break down within a couple of hours, but then they got the myth back. And then it began to break down again, and they were able to rebuild it. And then, about five days later, the video was released and the gentle giant was no longer gentle. He was a thief. Forty-four dollar box of Swisher Sweets, and furthermore, he was abusive to the clerk, shoving him away as the clerk attempted to keep him from walking out of the store with the stolen cigars.
Then we learn from an autopsy conducted by the myth makers that the gentle giant was not shot from behind. (gasping) And then we learned that the gentle giant actually did reach into the car, and may have attempted to get the cop’s gun. And so then a number of witnesses came forward, but many of them are beginning to lose credibility. And so, the myth is getting a little harder to hold onto, because if there was ever any real media scrutiny involved, the myth could not survive.
And, so, now the grand jury has begun hearing the evidence. The authorities say there will not be any charges, or any adjudication of any kind, until at least October. You can see that watching CNN, there’s not this confidence that the myth, as originally created, is going to hold up. Simply because it can’t! It was nothing more than a myth.
And it started out with on one huge flaw. That being that this is common. That being that white cops shoot innocent black kids all the time! And this is the final straw. This is the — no more!
But it doesn’t happen all the time. So, we’ll just have to see. The myth makers have not given up by any stretch.
But now, what’s different from today than even 1992 — Rodney King episode — what’s different is that there is an entire, very large media, and otherwise, apparatus that is aligned and empowered and in action, specifically aimed at denying the myth makers a free road, a free rein to write whatever story they want.
It’s the story of the alternative media. It’s the story of talk radio destroying the monopoly of the Drive-By Media. They no longer get to dictate what is the news. They no longer get to dictate what doesn’t get reported or told. They no longer get to dictate commentary about it. They are challenged on virtually every assertion they make, be it the writing of a myth, be it the ignoring of a certain piece of evidence in the story, be it lying about certain things.
There are watchdogs everywhere making sure that they don’t have a free road anymore, a free, open road to write any incident the way they want it written. And this isn’t the first time. Trayvon Martin’s episode’s another. They’re taking it on the chin! But yet they keep trying. Every incident like this they keep trying to manufacture it in such a way that it looks no different than what happened in the 1960s. Because in that way, nothing’s changed. We have made no progress. We’re still a racist nation. We still have white cops who will shoot a black kid on sight for no reason whatsoever! Nothing’s improved in America on that score!
Well, now, there are people willing to stand up, go to great lengths to call ’em out on this. So they simply don’t have a free road. And they’re not used to this kind of opposition, even though it’s not new now. They’ve never learned how to fight it.
(Limbaugh’s official transcript of segment here; above transcript makes several corrections and adds italics to reflected Limbaugh’s delivery.)