Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh claimed today that the debate over the National Football League's Washington Redskins' name is a "manufactured controversy" so that the "left can get what they want."
According to The Washington Post, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told WJFK-FM on Tuesday: "If one person's offended, we have to listen. And ultimately, it is Dan [Snyder]'s decision. But it is something that I want all of us to go out and make sure we're listening to our fans, listening to people who have a different view, and making sure that we continue to do what's right to make sure that team represents the strong tradition that it has for so many years."
However, Limbaugh denied that anyone was actually offended by the name "Redskins," noted MediaMatters.org.
"The Redskins sell out every week, NFL TV ratings are sky high, Redskins' paraphernalia sells through the roof, who is bothered by this?" asked Limbaugh (audio below).
"They can cram nearly 100,000 people in that stadium and every time they have a game it is full. Who's offended? This is a manufactured controversy, manufactured by the left. And they want the government to come in or a powerful authority to tell this individual owner what he can or can't do, unwittingly supporting the loss of liberty and freedom," claimed Limbaugh.
The talk show host didn't mention that Native American Indian tribes have been protesting the team name for years.
"The name is one of the last vestiges of racism that is held right out in the open in America," Native American activist Suzan Shown Harjo told NPR this week.