Pills, Race and Rush

Limbaugh's attack on a black quarterback cost him a job. A drug probe could exact an even heavier toll

The king of right-wing radio enlightens his listeners--20 million a week--with what he cheerfully boasts is "talent on loan from God." Now God may want it back. Rush Limbaugh, whose huge popularity spawned a multimedia industry of conserva-talk, is in two kinds of trouble: one because of something he said; the other, potentially more damaging, because of something said about him.

As a commentator on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown, Limbaugh, 52, offered his analysis of the Philadelphia Eagles' Donovan McNabb, one of five active quarterbacks with both 10,000 passing yds. and 2,000 rushing yds.: "The media has been very desirous that...

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