October 13, 2009, - 1:44 pm

Not Sharp, Drew: USA Today/Freep Sportswriter Used Fake Wikipedia Quotes to Savage Limbaugh

By Debbie Schlussel

Did USA Today/Detroit Free Press sportswriter and columnist Drew Sharp actually use Wikipedia and a fake quote attributed to Rush Limbaugh as a source of fact and news?  Apparently so.



Yesterday, when I read his USA Today sports column claiming Rush praised slavery, I scratched my head.  I know Rush personally, and that’s not like him.  I couldn’t believe he said that.  He wouldn’t even think it in his heart of hearts.  In private conversations with him, he’s never once uttered a racist word.  Not even close.  But that didn’t keep Drew Sharp from zealously rushing to play the race card and print this:

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Farrior agreed Sunday that nobody with Limbaugh’s litany of incendiary racial comments — Limbaugh once said on his nationally syndicated radio show that slavery “had its merits” — deserves the privilege of owning an NFL franchise.

And in fact, Rush never said that.  Today, on Rush’s nationally syndicated radio show, he said that he’s never ever made any of the quotes attributed to him as supporting slavery, that they came from fake info entered into his Wikipedia profile.  Yup, in his zeal to denounce Rush’s bid to be a part owner of the NFL’s St. Louis Rams, Sharp used a source less reliable than the Onion.

You would think–after all of these years of stories about the fakery on Wikipedia–that a journalist for two major newspapers, a guy who is also regularly on ESPN, FOX Sports, and FOX News, and hosts his own talk radio show, would know better.  I mean, even Aunt Millie in Nowheresville, Idaho knows you can’t rely on Wikipedia.

But Sharp is not only lazy, he’s a chronic race card player who wants to see the worst in anyone right of far-left of center.  That might be because everywhere he’s gotten is likely because of race-based preferences.  Sharp’s columns are boring.  I almost never read him . . . unless I need to induce a nap.  In short, his last name is deceptive.  Sharp he ain’t.

I’ve had my own personal experience with Drew Sharp.  A few years ago, we were on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” debating each other on whether or not Detroit Lions GM Matt Millen should be fired for calling ex-player Johnnie Morton the f-word (rhymes with maggot), after Morton taunted him and gave him the finger from the sidelines.  Sharp felt he should.  I said political correctness shouldn’t enter the NFL the way it did with Limbaugh on ESPN and that Morton started it, so whatever he got in return was fair game.  I also said Millen should be fired because the Lions stank and not for this extraneous reason.  I kicked Sharp’s butt.  Like I said, he’s lazy.  And not much of a challenge.  Just like his column, which is the epitome of that.

And now, his laziness and desire to see everything through racial-tinged lenses has gotten the best of him.  Will he publicly apologize to Limbaugh for reprinting phony quotes from Wikipedia?  He may have to, out of obligation, as Limbaugh said his lawyers are sending letters to “every journalist” who repeated these false, fabricated quotes attributed to Limbaugh.  But it won’t be out of remorse.  A reporter who is so motivated by alleged racism he sees everywhere won’t let go, unless he has no choice.

This isn’t the first time the liberal Detroit Free Press reporters have fabricated things.  But it might be one of the first times they don’t get away with it.  As I’ve reported on this site, Freep editors Ritu Sehgal and Theresa Mask removed the Muslim names of 21 men raided for bridge card fraud and cigarette smuggling and deleted a quote from a Michigan State Police detective heading the case attributing the crimes to Hezbollah from the story because they didn’t want us to know Islam and terrorism were involved.  When I complained, Free Press Managing Editor Jeff Taylor defended them.

Muslim reporter Niraj Warikoo–who unethically moonlights writing campaign literature for the Muslim candidates in Dearbornistan that he covers–reported as fact a Palestinian Muslim elected official’s claim that her grandfather was shot by Israelis.  There was no proof.  I had to fight tooth and nail to get a correction.  And recently, Free Press reporter Ben Schmitt wrote an extensive story about how bank robber and murderer Ihab Maslamani was born on Christmas and was a Chaldean (a Christian Iraqi), marking the first time the Freep found a need to identify the religion of a Detroit criminal.  But it was a lie.  Maslamani is a Shi’ite Muslim, born to Shi’ite Muslim parents in South Lebanon.  The Freep never corrected this fraud.

And when I wrote an op-ed piece for the Freep about federal priorities prosecuting attorney Geoffrey Fieger over skirting campaign contributions above federal limits versus looking the other way on Islamic terrorism cases, Free Press online editors made up a story about me, claiming I posted things on their site I’d never posted.  When I called these cowardly frauds on it, they slithered away with no proof, but never apologized themselves and had another editor do it.  But it was too late.  All references to terrorism were summarily removed from the piece that ran.

Yes, the Detroit Free Press and its staff have a habit of lying when it comes to attacking and destroying prominent conservatives they don’t like and protecting Islamic criminals in our midst who pose a legitimate threat.  Fact-checking, actual reporting, and real journalism actually come second . . . or third or fourth or a hundredth, for these people behind their left-wing agendas.  Not news.  It’s the same all over the mainstream media.

Drew Sharp’s fraudulent quotes for Limbaugh are par for the course.  (Hmm. . . I wonder if they’ll suspend Sharp and do an in-depth investigation of all of his columns, the way they did for Mitch Albom.  Or do they not do that for minorities?)

And they wonder why the Freep’s–and USA Today’s–circulation are down sharply.

Today, I was at a gas station and noticed the newspaper stand bearing the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press–both equally unreliable sources–were far in the back next to the bathrooms.

I remarked to the gas station attendant that finally Detroit’s major newspapers are in their appropriate spot.  Close enough for easy access for wiping.

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52 Responses

Debbie -ROTFLMAO! – That’s so funny. I think the Detroit Freep is good for that one thing. And given what their “reporter” wrote about Rush Limbaugh, I’d say its a just fate for them, indeed.

NormanF on October 13, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Sigh. Another affirmative action loser.

lexi on October 13, 2009 at 2:33 pm

If the quotes are false, I would say that Rush Limbaugh does have a good libel case to make. Newspapers and other media outlets do have a responsibility to do due dillegence when reporting on important or controversial stories. When they fail to do so, they are no longer engaging in journalism. Finally, Mr. Sharp does seem to be a racist himself. He did make a contemptible fool out of himself on The Factor.

Sorrow01 on October 13, 2009 at 2:56 pm

That is his M.O. He is at best a jerk and has been for a long time.

Mark on October 13, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Rush, don’t waste your money, the NFL will be like the NBA in 10 years or less.

Rick on October 13, 2009 at 3:37 pm

And to think they now want you to pay $1.00 for the daily edition that is so thin not sure if you could use it to wipe your ass! The day I saw it go up to a dollar was the last day I will buy a Detroit newpaper it was bad enough at 50 cents and the only reason I bought it was to read the sports pages when doing my business, now I play poker on my blackberry!

Doug on October 13, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Sorrow, as an attorney, Debbie can tell you there is NO defense to libel and slander. If Drew Sharp doesn’t retract what he wrote, he can expect on the receiving end of an event that will change his life forever. If USA Today/Detroit Freep was too careless to check his “facts”, they’ll be on the hook for liability, too. Freedom of the press and free speech doesn’t give you the right to smear someone’s good name and to destroy their reputation.

NormanF on October 13, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    I do now know why we are having an argument. Please note what I posted above: “If the quotes are false, I would say that Rush Limbaugh does have a good libel case to make.”

    sorrow01 on October 13, 2009 at 8:00 pm

What BS.

In terms of opportunity, the free market model of the NFL does far more for minorities than any PC gov’t program that, had they the power, would preclude Rush from participating in a legal business transaction.

My money says Drew Sharp will NEVER look at the rampant conflict of interest in WA DC that directly impacts our country. In comparison Rush getting a team (or not)probably doesn’t matter much either way.

Sam Adams on October 13, 2009 at 5:00 pm

I love your blogs Debbie but don’t give Rush a pass just because you know him. That’s not the fearless Debbie Schlussel I know. We are talking about a drug addict here who was convicted of illegally obtaining presciption painkillers and then wormed his way into a ‘rehab facility’ because of his fame instead of doing any time. I think I speak for the majority of your readers when I say I have never used drugs, have never been arrested, certainly have never been to rehab. This man makes me sick.

trevor on October 13, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Trevor I do not believe the man was convicted of anything and I have locked up plenty of people. If they go to rehab and correct there lives then they have done very well. I believe your comment makes me sick.

    John Hamilton on October 14, 2009 at 9:09 am

Personal friends with flush rimbowl huh?? Did he ever explain to ya how he dodged Nam by growin’ a big pilonidal cyst on his big fat yellowbelly ass?

pitman on October 13, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    you know I really do not listen to the man but I have to say you are the pitts and more than likely the coward. He should get a medal by dodging morons like you. You are probably what we used to refer to as a PX warrior.

    John Hamilton on October 14, 2009 at 9:12 am

Maybe Rush didn’t specifically say he praised slavery, but he HAS said other comments that come off as racist. Did anyone forget that he was fired as a NFL commontater after this lovely comment?:

“Sorry to say this, I don’t think he’s been that good from the get-go. I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a Black quarterback do well. There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn’t deserve. The defense carried this team.”

He has used racist slang in speaking about our ELECTED President Obama as ‘The Magic Negro’. And another time he called Colin Powell a ‘Race Loyalist’ for supporting Obama, as if there could be no other reason for Colin to want to support the President.

People may have to excuse the writer if he happens to misquote Rush for making a racist comment. Oops!

Maybe you have never heard him say him say a racist comment in front of you, but he comes off as racist on the radio. I wonder if Debbie S. would feel the same way if Rush started making similar comments about a Jewish President or Pro player. I’m not saying she do a 360, but I wonder…..

Lee on October 13, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    None of your examples were racist nor could they be considered racist only by a race baiter. I believe the Photo above best describes your true position.

    John Hamilton on October 14, 2009 at 9:16 am

Rush is just a shock talker. As a matter of fact, he does not have the balls to go up to and criticize George Noory of Coast to Coast AM for criticizing the Republican’s party. Noory also called Bush Jr a lousy president, no peep from Rush. So is Limbaugh the new figurehead of the Republican party? Or is he trying to be another Howard Stern? As for Howard Stern, Glenn Beck might being doing the same. Oh and Fox News is comparing Fox to the Jews in Nazi Germany, while ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN, are the bystander Father Niemoller’s poem was written about.


Glenn Beck is an anti-Semitic Asshole!

KOAJaps on October 13, 2009 at 9:51 pm

Lee, you need to educate yourself.

1. It was the LA Times that used the “magic negro” slang in an article by David Ehrenstein ( fellow liberal). Rush simply picked it up and used it to showcase the hypocrisy coming from the left.

2. The Eastern Sports Media, which is also very liberal, were elevating McNabb as the next Johnny Unitas or Joe Montana. He merely spoke the truth by pointing out their wishful thinking. McNabb is a good QB, not great.

If you are not a true believer from the left, I would suggest you open your mind, expand your information gathering universe, and become a critical thinker. If you are, then I just wasted 5 minutes typing this up.

Rick on October 13, 2009 at 10:25 pm

Drew Sharp is a pathetic little wuss who’s very insecure and scared of people like Rush.

Keith in Houston on October 13, 2009 at 10:52 pm

I agree Keith – this guy is a wuss – he obviously hasnt the ability to think for himself – so he steals or makes it up…just look at him – he looks like a dimwitt…

BIG IRISH on October 13, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Limbaugh is an admitted drug addict and criminal.

trevor on October 13, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Trevor and you are funny looking and probably not very truthful maybe even a liar.

    John Hamilton on October 14, 2009 at 9:18 am

If Rush had just picked up ‘Magic Negro’ from the LA Times, he would have used the term only once. Not taken in the term under his wing and used it as his own.

Besides, in Rush’s eyes, everyone is a hypocrite except for himself!

Lee on October 14, 2009 at 12:01 am

Since Drew “not so” Sharp is pretending to be the saviour of minorities being oppressed by evil white men, American Indians are certainly a minority worthy of protection. I can’t remember him being so active and vocal about the Washington Redskins name being offensive. Redskins is certainly a slanderous term for Indians but quite a few blacks and other races play for them and wear the team uniform every sunday. What, no comment about THAT minority being disregarded Mr. jerkface Sharp?

Joe on October 14, 2009 at 12:18 am

I think everyone is forgetting that the man in question here (Limbaugh) is a criminal and a drug addict

trevor on October 14, 2009 at 1:50 am

Isn’t sports journalism the absolute bottom of the barrel of professional writing anyway?

Matt on October 14, 2009 at 5:24 am

Yes, trevor, OK, we’ve seen your post. Very nice, son. Now please go back outside with the other children.

Blayne on October 14, 2009 at 7:22 am

Umm SInce when is owning a professional sports team a “privilege” Driving is a privilage. But that one statement ties in the entire Liberal Ideology. Nothing can be earned only given to those deemed “appropriate” by someone in “Power”. Is it any wonder why Michigan, California, and evry other Liberal state is eyeball deep in debt

Martin Fee on October 14, 2009 at 7:40 am

Since this is my first post ever on this website, I want to say kudos to DS for an excellent website. Keep up the good work.

I am a Rush Limbaugh fan. I have nothing to add to his defense as the other posts on this thread has this covered.

Re: KOAJaps’s 9:51 pm post.

If Glenn Beck is anti-Semitic for comparing Fox News to the Jews of Germany, then so are lot of his critics–including Media Matters for America–for also making comparisions to the Jews of Nazi Germany.


JeffE on October 14, 2009 at 8:08 am

It doesn’t seem like the freep has ever let “facts” get in the way of a story. The freep imagines that they are “watchdogs”, when in fact, they are more like “lap dogs”.
On Saturday October 17th many in America will observe Operation “Can You Hear Us Now?” with peaceful protests against what can only be termed the “fringe” media (i.e.media outlets that exist to be useful idiots for left-wing propaganda and policies).
On September 12th, probably well over one million Americans marched on Washington in support of constitutionally based principles that were established and agreed upon in the US Constitution by America’s Founding Fathers. Timeless, eternal, principles that are self-evident and written upon our hearts. The “fringe” media ignored that massive protest and apparently wants to continue to discourage independent, unapproved, thoughts. Operation “Can You Hear Us Now?” reminds media outlets that We the People care, vote and matter. And that we are passionate about our freedoms and rights. To her well deserved credit, Debbie doesn’t compromise on principle or truth and exposes fraud, corruption and absurdity when it arises!!

RoadsScholar on October 14, 2009 at 9:04 am

TREVOR – Just because someone has had a past problem with drugs or has been to rehad does not make them wrong, a bad person, stupid, or untrustworthy. People can and do change their lives, and can be deserving of forgiveness. Both Clinton and Obama have admitted drug use in the past (and didn’t even go to rehab at all) does that make them “criminals and drug addicts too?” Let me also point out that even though they were not caught or arrested (as far as we know) what they did was still illegal, which should put them in the same category as Rush right?

Dont Tread On Me on October 14, 2009 at 11:02 am

OK, I guess we need to do some previous comment checking on all NFL ownership. Please start with Dan Snyder.

joe buzz on October 14, 2009 at 12:00 pm

OK, let me get this straight it is ok for Al Sharpton that Jay Z has a part ownership of the New Jersey Nets. He goes after Limbaugh on the alleged things he didn’t say. However, with Jay-Z he uses the vile sexist, racist lyrics, but he is ok with that. Oh yeah we have to unnnnnderstand Jay-Z, cause he was a black man born in non-black world. Oh yeah, I get it now. Blacks can be racist and it isn’t racism because we weren’t born black so we couldn’t unnnnnnnnderstand the black experience. However Rush points out the inconsistencies of the liberal black dogma and he is the racist for questioning the hypocrisy.

Al are you listening? Apparently not.

CaliforniaScreaming on October 14, 2009 at 12:11 pm

RoadsScholar you are 100% right! But you did see on the news last night about gays invading Washington wanting their piece of the Marriage pie they had no problem showing that! Got to love all the liberal media!

Doug on October 14, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Trevor, since you’re into holding peeps to a higher standard, how abut the players of nfl? Educate yo pittiful self and realiiize that the league is made up of about 75% convicted felons. Pros and Cons in the NFL. Good book came out about 10 years ago. Yeah, tell me about Rush’s big time illegal activies. I’d have him over for dinner way before B.O. or Micheal Vick or Jay z or Charles Barkley or Chris Matthews or Bill Clinton. Hate the left and the maggots they sleep with.

Joe on October 14, 2009 at 4:59 pm

higher standard? I don’t know about any of you but I don’t use drugs and never have. I don’t have a ‘past problem’ because I don’t break the law. Getting arrested and going to rehab isn’t part of my life story. If Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have used illegal drugs, then yes, they were breaking the law. I’ve been a longtime fan of Debbie’s website and consider myself a conservative, but to defend a drug addict and a criminal no matter how heinous his attackers are is a slippery slope.

trevor on October 14, 2009 at 5:39 pm

I should add that Rush Limbaugh did not plead guilty and has no convictions on his record. Anyone who says he is a criminal is both lying and foolish to boot.

luagha on October 14, 2009 at 5:57 pm

having your mugshot taken in a prison is enough for me to know I should stay away from you. Call me old fashioned, but I’ve never been arrested and don’t think highly of those that have been.

trevor on October 14, 2009 at 6:00 pm

So…because he did drugs, that makes it okay to misquote him?

fibonacci on October 15, 2009 at 1:52 am

    fibonacci, he didn’t just ‘do drugs.’ He was arrested and had his mug shot taken the charges were only dropped because he paid the cost of the court and investigative fees ($30,000)and agreed to an 18 month drug test and therapy with his doctor. Basically, he got out of trouble with his money and by saying he ‘had a problem’ like all the other loser drug users in this country who have no will power at all. The man is a criminal fraud, and I have no respect for him. Why are we not talking about Tim Pawlently? Now there is a consevative I love, hubba hubba.

    trevor on October 15, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Debbie is just as guilty of race baiting as Drew Sharp. To imply that he only got to where he is because he’s a minority is the same as people implying that RL is a racist because of his conservative viewpoints. You can’t have it both ways, Debbie. Maybe your fake blonde hair and blue eyes are why you’ve gotten as far as you have?

T_Solo on October 15, 2009 at 11:36 am

Oh, and Debbie, please say that Drew Sharp is lazy one more time. It has a familiar ring to it.

T_Solo on October 15, 2009 at 11:41 am

the man is a drug user, check out his mugshot and arrest write up the smoking gun dot com.

trevor on October 15, 2009 at 12:46 pm

“Fibonacci, he didn’t just ‘do drugs.’ He was arrested and had his mug shot taken the charges were only dropped because he paid the cost of the court and investigative fees ($30,000)and agreed to an 18 month drug test and therapy with his doctor. Basically, he got out of trouble with his money and by saying he ‘had a problem’ like all the other loser drug users in this country who have no will power at all. The man is a criminal fraud, and I have no respect for him.”

Okay, so all that makes it okay to misquote him.

fibonacci on October 16, 2009 at 12:31 pm

he says he was misquoted but you can’t trust a word that comes out of a drug addict’s mouth. How do you know when a drug addict (Rush) is lying? Whenever they open their mouth. So lets not even bother defending him and stick to supporting true conservatives like Tim Pawlenty.

trevor on October 16, 2009 at 4:31 pm

The Free Press can burn to the ground for all I care. I will never forgive them for manufacturing the practice scandal in the UM football program. The writers there have no integrity whatsoever, beginning with the sports staff–Sharp, Michael Rosenberg, and Mark Snyder. They’re out to crucify Rich Rodriguez and defame the University of Michigan. Even the Unabomber did something positive for the University! (He donated his collection the UM library.)

A pox upon them.

Ben on February 4, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Trevor, I wonder how many perscription drugs you take? I’m betting you have a whole medicine cabinet full of different pills. People who are legally given narcotic pain killers almost always get addicted to some level. They are horrible. But you take em too. Maybe not oxy, but do you drink coffee? Drugs! Are you mentally unstable and on xanax or prosac? Drugs! Do you have arthritis and take advil? Drugs! Are you a fat tub of lard that is addicted to fast food? Worse than drugs! Get over yourself already. Drugs are great, and they are not going away. George Carlin had it right when he said
“Take away all drugs and alcohol, and people will be spinning around on their lawns for the dizzy buzz.” You cannot change human nature, and human nature is to escape.

T-Solo keep saying familiar, because it shows you are a witch. See how dumb that was? Not checking facts is lazy. Spoken like a true Master Baiter.

Oops, I said master, I suppose it shows my slave owner mentality, right?

I guess butthurt people of the world will unite after all…

Brian on September 16, 2010 at 9:16 am

The restroom is a good place for many of the main stream news papers. It’s not fitting for people to read. But like you said, it’s good wipe material. LOL.

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