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Media Lies About Limbaugh on Haiti: Rush Did Not Discourage Donations For Earthquake Relief

Posted on 01/14/2010 10:43:44 AM PST by kristinn

Led by the Democratic party front group Media Matters which issued a posting headlined "We've already donated to Haiti, it's called the U.S. income tax", the media is smearing Rush Limbaugh with a despicable lie accusing Rush of telling his listeners to not donate to Haiti earthquake relief efforts.

Rush was warning listeners of being taken in by the Obama administration by going to, as Obama instructed, to make donations to Haiti earthquake relief. He was concerned the donations made there would go to the Obama administration. It was that concern that prompted his remark that has been taken out of context and used to smear Rush--and conservatives.

A caller to Rush questioned why he should go through the Obama administration to make a donation to the Red Cross and Rush expounded on that thought. Additionally, the caller said his mother was headed to Haiti to help out. Rush did not discourage that nor did he in any way discourage people making donations to non-Obama administration controlled charities.

He did make the point that throwing money at the problems in Haiti has not worked because of thievery by dictators who've run Haiti and a failure to focus on self-reliance with the charitable work.

Rush did not tell people not to help the Haitians.

Here is a sample of media outlets spreading this lie about Rush today.

U.S. News & World Report


The San Francisco Chronicle

the U.K. Guardian

The Spokeman Review

Huffington Post

Think Progress

The Dayton Daily News

And a host of liberal blogs.

Here is what Rush actually said, courtesy of

RUSH: We're going to start in Raleigh, North Carolina. Justin you're first today. Great to have you with us.

CALLER: Mega Rush Baby dittos. My question is, why did Obama in the sound bite you played earlier, when he's talking about if you wanted to donate some money, you can go to --

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: -- to direct you how to do so. If I want to donate money to the Red Cross, why do I need to go to the page and --

RUSH: Exactly. Would you trust that the money is going to go to Haiti?


RUSH: Would you trust that your name is going to end up on a mailing list for the Obama people to start asking you for campaign donations for him and other causes.

CALLER: Absolutely.

RUSH: Absolutely right.

CALLER: That's the point.

RUSH: Besides, we've already donated to Haiti. It's called the US income tax.

CALLER: Rush, my mother was going to be on a missionary trip. She was going to leave at 4:30 this morning to go to Haiti with our church.

RUSH: That's another point, too. Churches --

CALLER: No government money, Rush.

RUSH: Exactly right. Look, there are people that do charitable work every day in Haiti. It's not as though -- like Debbie Wasserman Schultz, it's our fault. Reverend Wright, it's our fault, there's no excuse for such poverty when there's a nation as rich as we are so close. There are people that have been trying to save Haiti just as we're trying to save Africa. You just can't keep throwing money at it because the dictatorships there just take it all. They don't spread it around, and even if they did they're not creating a permanent system where people can provide for themselves. It's a simple matter of self-reliance. Nobody takes that approach down there because this has always been a country run by dictators and incompetent ones at that.


RUSH: Well, I'm glad you did and I'm glad you called, Carol. Thanks very much. I had somebody go to to see what the donation process is. And this is all the guidance you get on donating to Haiti at the White House site. What I'm going to read to you is buried in a very long blog post about what Obama said about the earthquake. You get that first, you gotta read what Obama said, the maximum leader, you gotta read what he says and then you get to the bottom and here's what it says. "You can also help, immediately, by donating to the Red Cross to assist the relief effort. Contribute online here, or donate $10 to be charged to your cell phone bill by texting Haiti. Find more ways to help through the Center for International Disaster Information." So that's all the guidance you get. Now, that's pretty easy, text Haiti and you're gonna get billed for ten bucks and that money ostensibly is going to go to Haiti.

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To: kristinn

Wait - Media Matters? You mean THESE GUYS?

21 posted on 01/14/2010 11:38:43 AM PST by Hayrider
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To: skeeter

They recognize Marxists when they see one................

22 posted on 01/14/2010 11:48:09 AM PST by Red Badger (Obama - The first ever elected lame duck..............)
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To: Conscience of a Conservative

read the last paragraph of the article. That’s exactly what Rush said.

23 posted on 01/14/2010 11:55:10 AM PST by ozzymandus
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To: kristinn
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)

24 posted on 01/14/2010 12:04:05 PM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: kristinn
The White House spread the lie about Obama today with help from the media.

From The Washington Post:

A few minutes later, as he was finishing his daily briefing, Gibbs was asked about Limbaugh's remarks. He paused, then returned to the podium.

"In times of great crisis, there are always people who say stupid things," Gibbs said. "I don't know how anybody could sit where he does, having enjoyed the success that he has, and not feel some measure of sorrow for what has happened in Haiti."

He added: "To use the power of your pulpit to try to convince those not to help their brothers and sisters is sad. My sense is that most people though, because they understand we are part of an amazing world, won't listen."

Rush responded to a caller in the third hour today about the lies by the media about his comments, saying that he did not discourage donations.

25 posted on 01/14/2010 12:05:31 PM PST by kristinn (A conspiracy of silence speaks louder than words.)
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To: kristinn
Canadian PM Stephen Harper has moved quickly to get aid and organizational help to Haiti:

First, the forever hands-on Harper demanded he be kept at the centre of the action and fully informed at all times. Second, he made it crystal-clear that the Canadian government would do everything possible to come to the aid of the Haitian people - immediately.....

Ordinarily, by international diplomatic protocol, Canada would not send assistance to Haiti without a formal request for help from there.

But with the Haitian government in disarray, and communications virtually non-existent, a call for help could have been days coming.

Apparently, Harper wasn’t waiting for protocols.

At 11 a.m. yesterday, a Canadian Forces transport plane took off from Trenton airbase for Haiti, carrying a special team to establish how Canada can best help.

But no one is even waiting for the report of the advance team.

Yesterday, the Canadian navy frigate Halifax, and the destroyer Athabaskan were both pulled off the high seas, and are being loaded with supplies and equipment bound for Haiti.

At the same time, the defence minister ordered that the military’s highly specialized disaster-response unit - called DART - be ready to deploy on a moment's notice.

Early this morning, one of Canada’s new giant C-17 military transport planes was scheduled to leave for Haiti, loaded with everything from medical supplies to two search-and-rescue helicopters.

26 posted on 01/14/2010 12:07:16 PM PST by caveat emptor
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To: texan75010
It matters because this is a d*** dirty lie that was spread by the Obama administration at the White House today.
27 posted on 01/14/2010 12:08:04 PM PST by kristinn (A conspiracy of silence speaks louder than words.)
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To: kristinn

That wasn’t a response; that was an evisceration.

28 posted on 01/14/2010 12:09:42 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the
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To: who knows what evil?

It certainly was.

29 posted on 01/14/2010 12:14:38 PM PST by kristinn (A conspiracy of silence speaks louder than words.)
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To: kristinn
seems to me that we always have scandal after these emergencies with the relief funds - it also seems smart to me to learn from history and ask the questions now, before we give

personally, i would never give to the international red cross - i would have to understand which red cross was getting the the donations (american or international)

30 posted on 01/14/2010 12:19:08 PM PST by sloop (pfc in the quiet civil war)
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To: kristinn
Money as of a separate entity is fraught with immediate temptations. This is merely human nature- or I should say part of some person's human nature. Even if they were a high powered executive in a Western country, the temptation is there. His/her expertise, the managerial skills, the careful consideration and so on, eventually even here in North America, the final count is usually 15 cents on the dollar to the real needs.

The real use of monies is for "hands on". The immediate first responders. Then come the carpenters, the roofers, the plumbers, the electricians, and the last but not least, the day labourer. I can only imagine the "fat cats" the smooth operatives, the politicians- well call me cynical.

Rush is an easy target initially, but he has hit back and hard.

31 posted on 01/14/2010 12:25:34 PM PST by Peter Libra
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To: kristinn


32 posted on 01/14/2010 12:37:36 PM PST by hattend (Once we had Reagan, Johnny Cash and Bob Hope. Now we have Obama, no Cash and no Hope)
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To: Tzimisce

You need to add one about the media comparing Michelle to Jackie O.

33 posted on 01/14/2010 12:47:55 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (Does not play well with others.)
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To: kristinn

Media Matters and the Huffington Post have to have their demons, one of which is Limbaugh. And they will lie. This is a perfect example of both. I wouldn’t take too seriously a pack of liars who live in Fantasyland.

34 posted on 01/14/2010 12:50:52 PM PST by popdonnelly (Yes, we disagree - no, we won't shut up - no, we won't quit.)
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To: a fool in paradise

“Soros’ Media Matters deliberately smears talk radio hosts.”

Soros is a propagandist. He only gets praise from the Left because they regard him as a useful idiot.

35 posted on 01/14/2010 12:54:58 PM PST by popdonnelly (Yes, we disagree - no, we won't shut up - no, we won't quit.)
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To: MaxMax

Obama and the wall street execs. should have to write that 100m check on their personal accounts

36 posted on 01/14/2010 1:07:38 PM PST by TXconservitive
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To: kristinn


37 posted on 01/14/2010 1:12:50 PM PST by DakotaRed (What happened to the country I fought for?)
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To: kristinn

I took a look at the the site last night. Actually, it isn’t requesting a donation through that site. There is a link to the American Red Cross for donations.

But you’re right. I was listening to Rush yesterday, and he did NOT in ANY WAY discourage donations for disaster relief in Haiti!!

38 posted on 01/14/2010 1:47:35 PM PST by Purrcival (Proud to share my birthday with President Reagan)
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To: Red Badger

were you planning to provide an honest response to what was a very benign and straight-forward question anytime soon, or just continue to rattle off the bumper-sticker rhetoric?

Haitian-Americans generally identify more with Florida’s black communities than they do with the Hispanics, and we all know who where the black community is marching in lockstep for these days. Josaphat Celestin was the Republican mayor of North Miami a few years back, but he was by far the exception in his community rather than the rule.

39 posted on 01/14/2010 2:33:43 PM PST by mquinn (Obama's supporters: a deliberate drowning of consciousness by means of rhythmic noise)
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To: skeeter

Telling the truth has become a revolutionary act. Even O’Reilly said he donates to the Haiti Health fund because this bypasses the government. Rush stated that money to Haiti is siphoned off he never said to not give to the Red Cross. He asked why you would go to to give to the RC.

40 posted on 01/14/2010 3:14:04 PM PST by omega4179 (Marco2010)
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