Skip to comments.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 WhiteHouse.gov, 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
The Dayton Daily News
And a host of liberal blogs.
Here is what Rush actually said, courtesy of RushLimbaugh.com:
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 WhiteHouse.gov --
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 WhiteHouse.gov 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.
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 WhiteHouse.gov 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.
” My fear is Obama will allow all of them to come here since Haiti is no longer worth living in. “
I posted earlier today that it is very easy to imagine Barry ordering a massive humanitarian airlift out of Haiti to New Orleans and into the thousands of empty FEMA trailers.
Logistically , since all of Port au Prince is in shambles and the rest of Haiti is a fifth world country and unable to absorb any more desperate and poverty stricken refugees,
that scenario could be entirely possible.
Plus, with all of those new voters , Landrieu’s seat might now be safe.
As Emanuel declared “ You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”
I’ll be very anxious to hear of the personal fortunes donated by Hollywood and the media elite to the people of Haiti.
Never let a crisis go to waste!
I just saw it on Yahoo’s front page
Mark Twain’s adage about how quickly a lie travels comes to mind. Even when the truth is broadcast at the speed of sound (so to speak).
FWIW, here is a legitimate way to donate directly to the people of Haiti..
The media and libs havent gone after Rush since the Spring. (too much bad news for dems.) This is an all out media wave about Rush’s comments. I think they are picking up on the Pat Robertson theme. Next thing the dem will be running ads about Rush in the MA Senate race. MSNBC KO did two special comments in two nights: Robertson and then Rush. They are trying to contrast Obama’s compassion with two heartless republicans as a theme. (Why is this relevent to anything ???)
I guess this gets all the shady backroom health reform deals off the front page. Pelosi wants a vote before Tuesday’s election.
I'll wager Sean Penn is launching his boat to go rescue Haitians at this very moment. I hope he remembers to put in the drain plug first this time around.
They’ve seen what socialism and handouts do to a country firsthand and they want to have nothing to do with it.