Right Wing Watch rounds up some of the higher-profile defenses Herman Cain has received today in light of his sexual harassment allegations, but it was Rush Limbaugh’s tirade that stood out for me.

As Limbaugh sees it, the media is racist. There was no evidence he was kidding.

“You know, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, folks. After all of these years, none of us should be surprised, but I still am. Look at how quickly what is known as the mainstream media goes for the ugliest racial stereotypes they can to attack a black conservative. […]

“What’s next, folks? A cartoon on MSNBC showing Herman Cain with huge lips eating a watermelon? What are they gonna do next? No, Snerdley, I’m not kidding. The racial stereotypes that these people are using to go after Herman Cain, what is the one thing that it tells us? It tells us who the real racists are, yeah, but it tells us that Herman Cain is somebody.”

A couple of things. First, if we want to know “who the real racists are” in media, we’d start with Rush Limbaugh.

Second, the Cain campaign isn’t even denying the basic premise of the Politico article that Limbaugh is so worked up about. The piece said Cain was accused of sexual harassment; Cain has said he was accused of sexual harassment. The piece said Cain’s accusers left after a financial settlement, and the campaign isn’t disputing this, either. So what is it, exactly, that the “mainstream media” has done to offend?

And third, I’ll concede that I don’t generally keep up on what bigots are saying about various groups, but there’s a “racial stereotype” that African-American men in the workplace sexually harass their female employees? Since when?

What on earth is Limbaugh talking about?

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.