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MRC's Bozell Demands CNN, MSNBC Source Racist Charges Against Limbaugh
NewsBusters ^ | October 13, 2009 | Staff

Posted on 10/13/2009 1:46:29 PM PDT by kingattax

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell today demanded that CNN and MSNBC prove that radio talk show king Rush Limbaugh uttered a racist quote they have attributed to him as fact after Limbaugh publicly denied having ever said, “Slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back. I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark” on his nationally syndicated airwaves.

"CNN and MSNBC must immediately and publicly source when Limbaugh uttered this phrase. He has unequivocally denied it. Now it is up to the same news media that reported it as fact to prove that it was, indeed, stated," NewsBusters Publisher Bozell insisted in a statement, arguing that if the charges are undocumentable, the offending networks are "100% guilty of character assassination."

The accusations against Limbaugh came in the wake of reports the radio talk show host is part of a group bidding for ownership of the St. Louis Rams NFL franchise. The full Bozell statement is appended below the page break:

Story Continues Below Ad ↓ CNN and MSNBC must immediately and publicly source when Limbaugh uttered this phrase. He has unequivocally denied it. Now it is up to the same news media that reported it as fact to prove that it was, indeed, stated.

The MRC has overnighted letters to senior executives at both cable networks demanding that they take this sourcing seriously and report back to the public. We await their word.

Either Rush Limbaugh is lying or these networks – willfully or not – are participants in the worst form of character assassination imaginable. They can prove their innocence by documenting this accusation. If they can’t, then they are 100% guilty of character assassination.

Tomorrow we will go public with their response


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agitprop; bozell; dncbrownshirts; dnctalkingpoints; getrush; goebbelswouldbeproud; libel; limbaugh; mrc; pravdamedia; propaganda; rushbashing; smearcampaign; stalinisttactics; thebiglie
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1 posted on 10/13/2009 1:46:29 PM PDT by kingattax
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To: kingattax

Suppose anybody in the MSM will tumble on to the fact that the two liberal nets are just making up stuff?

Nah.


2 posted on 10/13/2009 1:47:51 PM PDT by kjo
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To: kingattax

Nobody hold their breath.


3 posted on 10/13/2009 1:47:55 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: kingattax

I assume Rush knows a few lawyers. They can find their way to the local courthouse...


4 posted on 10/13/2009 1:48:11 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: kingattax

Actually, I believe that’s called defamation, and they’re taking a big risk doing this while Limbaugh’s in the middle of a big business deal. If he loses out on his bid for the Rams over this, that can amount to a lot of damages.


5 posted on 10/13/2009 1:48:50 PM PDT by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: kingattax

That kind of quote sounds more Michael Savage than Rush Limbaugh. This is probably the story: someone in some blog out there mixed up the speakers and the moonbats saw it and went moonbatty without vetting the reference.


6 posted on 10/13/2009 1:49:14 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (ACORN: Absolute Criminal Organization of Reprobate Nuisances)
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To: kingattax

of course it is willful character assassination, its gleeful and joyful charcter assassination. They likely knew the quote was a hoax too.


7 posted on 10/13/2009 1:50:28 PM PDT by GeronL ("On my twelfth day in office, Nobel nominated me..")
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To: GeronL

It is lame and will blow back in their faces.


8 posted on 10/13/2009 1:51:13 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (ACORN: Absolute Criminal Organization of Reprobate Nuisances)
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To: kingattax

Dan Rather is probably typing it out right now.


9 posted on 10/13/2009 1:52:09 PM PDT by bikerman (Buck Farack)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Rush was very firm and clear in his denial, after playing the CNN and MSNBC clips making the accusation. He also demanded that they either prove he said it, or issue an apology.

This is liberal race-baiting at its worst.

I don’t know if he’ll sue if they fail to meet his demand, but I hope he does.


10 posted on 10/13/2009 1:53:05 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: kjo

Good luck gettin that apology.


11 posted on 10/13/2009 1:53:17 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is not credible.)
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To: kingattax

Rush is going after these guys pretty aggressively, says he knows exactly who’s behind the false rumors and can prove it.


12 posted on 10/13/2009 1:53:32 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: HiTech RedNeck

On his show today, Rush said his staff traced the comment back to an entry made 8 years ago on Wikipedia that is/was labeled “under dispute” or “unconfirmed” or something like that. I don’t use Wiki so I’ve never read the entry.


13 posted on 10/13/2009 1:53:59 PM PDT by Kieri (The Conservatrarian)
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To: kingattax
If you listened to Rush today he said he knows the source of the misquotes and he's going after them to provide sources.
When they can't supply them, he'll be demanding apologies, retractions - and in my opinion - a hell of a lot more.
14 posted on 10/13/2009 1:54:38 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: kingattax

Oddly, though, the statement is actually correct, as slavery did help build the south (which is why they fought so hard to keep it), and the streets were undoubtedly safer a night before the civil war than they are today, at least in the cities.

And I can say both of those things without in any way suggesting that slavery was good, or that I dislike blacks in any manner.

So while I doubt Rush said it if he said he didn’t, since he obviously has transcripts online and has a search engine to check these quotes, the statement is not a racist statement, and the suggestion that it IS a racist statement is as much of a problem as falsely accusing Rush of saying it.

I hope we don’t lose the argument over whether it’s OK to speak the truth in this case, simply because they are lying about who said it.


15 posted on 10/13/2009 1:55:17 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: kingattax
This is a Joke right?? We lower Standards into the basement for one Group composed of crybabies blocking Free Speech and then Lying about another with impunity.
16 posted on 10/13/2009 1:55:20 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: kingattax

Excellent.


17 posted on 10/13/2009 1:55:26 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: kingattax
Lies are their stock in trade.

I'm surprised they don't simply make up an arrest for pedophelia for Limbaugh.

I mean, hell, why not? Just continue making sh*t up.... like they have been up until now.

18 posted on 10/13/2009 1:56:45 PM PDT by Lazamataz (DEFINITION: rac-ist (rA'sis't) 1. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal about any topic.)
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To: Kieri

Wiki works out alright if you are looking for some information that the left can’t twist to its favor.


19 posted on 10/13/2009 1:57:25 PM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: The Pack Knight

Wow. LEt’s see. If you willfully and maliciously cause material damage to the reputation AND the net worth of Rush Limbaugh, that is easily worth NINE figures in terms of real and punitive damages.


20 posted on 10/13/2009 1:57:48 PM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: kingattax

I have listened to Rush since his first days on our local station in 1988 or early 1989. I simply do not believe he ever said this. Period. I hope he goes to the max with them over this. It was very frustrating to hear all those black players and commentators talking about it and just taking it at face value that he said those things. To my mind it’s racism at its worse, and very representative of the racism that is prevalent today. I wonder if they know how ignorant their rants, based on nothing more than something they were told was said at some point, makes them look. Or, do they even care?


21 posted on 10/13/2009 1:59:29 PM PDT by jwparkerjr (God Bless America, and wake us up while you're about it!)
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To: kingattax

Limbaugh is at a point financially that blowing several million on lawyers fees just to make the state controlled media sweat would probably be worth it to him.


22 posted on 10/13/2009 1:59:52 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: kjo
Suppose anybody in the MSM will tumble on to the fact that the two liberal nets are just making up stuff?

MS-NBC fired Michael Savage over less:

Chris Matthews Fantasizes About Killing Rush Limbaugh (NumberOneLevinFan/YouTube ^ | 10-13-09 | Chris Matthews)

CHRIS MATTHEWS: You guys see Live and Let Die, the great Bond film with Yaphet Kotto as the bad guy, Mr. Big? In the end they jam a big CO2 pellet in his face and he blew up. I have to tell you, Rush Limbaugh is looking more and more like Mr. Big, and at some point somebodys going to jam a CO2 pellet into his head and hes going to explode like a giant blimp. That day may come. Not yet. But well be there to watch. I think hes Mr. Big, I think Yaphet Kotto. Are you watching, Rush?

23 posted on 10/13/2009 2:01:06 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: Freddd

If Rush takes legal action, the damages may include a statement of apology read on-air in prime slots. At that point it will go viral on the web. Should be fun to watch.


24 posted on 10/13/2009 2:02:08 PM PDT by 24-7Freeper
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To: kingattax
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The Godfather will have the last laugh

25 posted on 10/13/2009 2:02:43 PM PDT by Jackknife (Chuck Norris grinds his coffee with his teeth, and boils his water with his rage)
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To: Maceman

Is it possible to be anti-communist and not be a racist?


26 posted on 10/13/2009 2:02:50 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (!!)
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To: kingattax

It is hate speech to spread such libelous rumors about political opponents. The speech is designed to make Mr. Limbaugh appear like a bigot. Designed to turn the public against him. Designed to make them hate him. All because the Stalinist who made up the quote hates him.

Crying wolf is in itself a hate crime when they bring racism into it.


27 posted on 10/13/2009 2:03:38 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: Phantom Lord
Limbaugh is at a point financially that blowing several million on lawyers fees just to make the state controlled media sweat would probably be worth it to him.

Levin would do it for nothing!

28 posted on 10/13/2009 2:03:49 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead. Bonus tag line: FAIL 246, Obama 0)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

It doesn’t matter how much Rush lawyers up, it only takes one liberal judge to come to the MSM’s defense.


29 posted on 10/13/2009 2:03:57 PM PDT by Cefalu
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To: kingattax

Been listening to Rush since I was a little girl, so I’m sure he didn’t say it.
What springs out at me in this piece is seeing the bogus quote attribution referred to as the worst form of character assassination.
Hah! I remember when that would have been...oh, maybe accusing someone of failing to report homosexual pedophilia, or drugging-and-raping a little girl. Now it’s just bad form even if the accusation is true.


30 posted on 10/13/2009 2:07:16 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast ( If you have kids, you have no right of privacy that the govt can't flick off your shoulder.)
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To: Cefalu

Wasn’t this a nationwide slander/libel? Rush could venue shop. Two can play that game.


31 posted on 10/13/2009 2:07:27 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (ACORN: Absolute Criminal Organization of Reprobate Nuisances)
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To: kingattax

Leftists lie with impunity and never source their assertions.


32 posted on 10/13/2009 2:09:54 PM PDT by Mojave (Don't blame me. I voted for McClintock.)
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To: kingattax
Rush may end up with the Rams and never spending a penny of his own money. Sue ‘em, Rush! Make them squirm.
33 posted on 10/13/2009 2:10:48 PM PDT by JPG (Obama...a 24/7 nightmare.)
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To: kingattax

They sure are revving up the lies.
They’re really scared.

MSNBC’S MATTHEWS ADVOCATING VIOLENCE?
‘Someone’s Going To Jam a CO2 Pellet Into Rush’s Head’...


34 posted on 10/13/2009 2:11:26 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (dimocRATS, the party of taxes and death. Is this what you want?)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
That kind of quote sounds more Michael Savage than Rush Limbaugh. This is probably the story: someone in some blog out there mixed up the speakers and the moonbats saw it and went moonbatty without vetting the reference.

I disagree. I think it was some moonbat who intentionally made it up and the moonbats at MSNBC repeated them to give them some credibility and now it has been repeated so often that it is just assumed it is true.

35 posted on 10/13/2009 2:11:39 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: kingattax

Number of reasons Rush Limbaugh never would say this. While he has been forced to discuss Obama and race in some respects, Rush really stays away from racial issues. You aren’t going to hear him getting deep into affirmative action policies or anything like it.

While slavery economically “built” the antebellum south, Limbaugh would never say the streets were safer after dark, that is a pure snickering at blacks and he wouldn’t do it.

I would guess cities were safer back then both before and after slavery, but I’m not certain. You had some pretty deep poverty and bad sections to cities even then.


36 posted on 10/13/2009 2:12:34 PM PDT by Williams
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To: kingattax

I sincerely hope Rush sue alot of people for alot of money and wins. OMG, that would be so fricking funny.


37 posted on 10/13/2009 2:14:28 PM PDT by oldvike
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To: kingattax
Rush ignores most moonbat accusations.

Racial bigotry is not one of them.

38 posted on 10/13/2009 2:15:19 PM PDT by Jacquerie (More Central Planning is not the solution to the failure of Central Planning.)
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To: bikerman

Somewhere in Texas, a Kinkos is missing its fool. :)


39 posted on 10/13/2009 2:16:35 PM PDT by rintense (Senior Marketing / IT / UX architect unemployed and looking for work. Freepmail me if you have leads)
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To: Blueflag

Not to mention that it can be shown lies like this prevented his bid to be owner of the Rams.


40 posted on 10/13/2009 2:17:51 PM PDT by rintense (Senior Marketing / IT / UX architect unemployed and looking for work. Freepmail me if you have leads)
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To: Always Right

I posted that same thing earlier today. A blogger posted it, it spread like wildfire with no one checking the validity, and thus, it became truth.


41 posted on 10/13/2009 2:18:50 PM PDT by rintense (Senior Marketing / IT / UX architect unemployed and looking for work. Freepmail me if you have leads)
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To: kingattax
Oh yeah, this is gettin' good.


42 posted on 10/13/2009 2:24:14 PM PDT by GalaxieFiveHundred
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To: Freddd

screw the apology and sue. we can watch a few staffers get thrown under the bus.


43 posted on 10/13/2009 2:25:22 PM PDT by wiggen (Never in the history of our great country have the people had less representation than they do today)
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To: MrB
"WikiPedia - when you don't care if the information is true or not." ®, TM
44 posted on 10/13/2009 2:25:56 PM PDT by Puddleglum ("due to the record harvest, rationing will continue as usual")
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To: Lazamataz
I'm surprised they don't simply make up an arrest for pedophelia for Limbaugh.

Wash your keyboard out with soap, LOL. Some troll will pick up that comment and start another rumor about Rush on the DU.

The Left is just so rabid to believe anything bad about Conservatives. But say nothing when the Administration hires a "Safe Schools" czar who allowed a pedophile to continue his perversions after being told about it by a student, and still he didn't report it. And this czar actually promotes gay rights for all school students. That's what his idea about "safe schools" is all about. Not about protecting the children from guns or knives, but allowing homosexual freedom. But don't tell the people at the DU...they won't believe that either - because Obama likes the guy/gay.

45 posted on 10/13/2009 2:25:59 PM PDT by CitizenM ("An excuse is worse than an lie, because an excuse is a lie hidden." Pope John Paul, II)
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To: kingattax

Brent Bozell is great.

Call ‘em out, Brent.


46 posted on 10/13/2009 2:26:28 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: kingattax

I personally remember every CNN & MSNBC reporter and every office-holder in the Democratic party confessing to raping their own grandmothers.

I’ll retract that as soon as they retract the lies against Limbaugh.


47 posted on 10/13/2009 2:28:11 PM PDT by sanchmo
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To: screaminsunshine

Yes it is. I am Asian and I am anti-communist.


48 posted on 10/13/2009 2:30:52 PM PDT by Ptarmigan (God Hates Bunnies. God Loves Ptarmigans)
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To: Phantom Lord

Chump change to Rush to sue these idiots! Go, Rush, go!!


49 posted on 10/13/2009 2:33:26 PM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --"God help us all, and God help America!!" --my new mantra for the next 4 years)
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To: kingattax

This is getting so nasty, but one of my first thoughts after the Usurper “won” the election was they would come after Rush. The audio I heard of the butthead player, don’t know the name, objecting to Rush being an owner really turned my stomach.


50 posted on 10/13/2009 2:33:35 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (GO DODGERS!!! ALL THE WAY!!!)
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