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Rush Limbaugh Takes a Hit (CNN calls on Professional Rush-Hater Al Franken as a Rush "expert"!!!)
CNN ^ | October 2, 2003

Posted on 10/02/2003 8:47:33 PM PDT by Timesink

Edited on 04/29/2004 2:03:13 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

Rush Limbaugh's week went from bad to worse today. His name has surfaced in a drug investigation in Florida. According to law enforcement sources, he allegedly bought large amounts of prescription painkillers illegally. This after he quit under pressure as host of ESPN's Sunday NFL countdown for his racially charged remarks.


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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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It figures CNN would invite Rush Limbaugh's worst enemy on the planet to talk about this issue.
1 posted on 10/02/2003 8:47:34 PM PDT by Timesink
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2 posted on 10/02/2003 8:47:59 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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3 posted on 10/02/2003 8:48:12 PM PDT by Timesink (For a good time, visit clark2004.meetup.com. Ask for Mary!)
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To: Timesink; harrowup
Franken - "You know, in my book Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot"

This seems to confirm my theory that O'Reilly and Limbaugh are actually the same person.

4 posted on 10/02/2003 8:50:26 PM PDT by jjbrouwer (Chelsea for the Champions League!)
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To: Timesink
May everyone at CNN burn in hell for 10,000 life times!!!!!and then come back as a mouse in a lab.
5 posted on 10/02/2003 8:50:33 PM PDT by Brimack34
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To: jjbrouwer
lol
6 posted on 10/02/2003 8:51:25 PM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: jjbrouwer
O'Reilly is thinkin he will take over on top.
7 posted on 10/02/2003 8:51:50 PM PDT by Brimack34
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To: jjbrouwer
That makes Rush a Clinton expert then
8 posted on 10/02/2003 8:52:06 PM PDT by GeronL (The War is not the Presidents hobby!)
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To: Timesink
Pfft. Maybe this is worth pointing out:

CNN has been deprogrammed from my TV

It's been this way for about a week and will stay so indefinitely. Many modern TV's have channel auto-skip and mine jumps right over CNN and CNN Headline News. Bad for CNN and bad for their advertisers. I suggest everyone here do the same.
9 posted on 10/02/2003 8:53:17 PM PDT by Windcatcher
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To: Timesink
It figures CNN would invite Rush Limbaugh's worst enemy on the planet to talk about this issue.

Yes, I'm not really surprised at all by this. They found the person who could spew the most hate-filled venom towards Rush. Naturally, that would be Al Franken.

10 posted on 10/02/2003 8:53:50 PM PDT by nutmeg ("The DemocRATic party...has been hijacked by a confederacy of gangsters..." - Pat Caddell, 11/27/00)
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To: Timesink
If there is a drug problem, do you think it possibly could have stemmed from the medication he took during this very difficult time of his life?

What makes Franken qualified to answer on CNN these sorts of questions about Rush? Sheesh! Looks to me like they found Franken 'to speculate' -- and they already knew in advance just how Franken was going to respond. BIAS!

11 posted on 10/02/2003 8:54:58 PM PDT by Fraulein (TCB)
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12 posted on 10/02/2003 8:55:28 PM PDT by nutmeg ("The DemocRATic party...has been hijacked by a confederacy of gangsters..." - Pat Caddell, 11/27/00)
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13 posted on 10/02/2003 8:56:33 PM PDT by nutmeg ("The DemocRATic party...has been hijacked by a confederacy of gangsters..." - Pat Caddell, 11/27/00)
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To: GeronL
That makes Rush a Clinton expert then

If I were producing a TV news show purely on a new Bill Clinton scandal, I would not have Rush Limbaugh on at all, just like I would not have on Rahm Emanuel or James Carville.

14 posted on 10/02/2003 8:58:32 PM PDT by Timesink (For a good time, visit clark2004.meetup.com. Ask for Mary!)
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To: Timesink
Franken: "But I think, actually, the statements that Rush made about black quarterbacks, he may have said it because he was high at the time."

Oh how nice. Franken is a big fat idiot.
15 posted on 10/02/2003 8:58:36 PM PDT by rs79bm
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To: GeronL
Politics of personal destruction.....need we say more?
16 posted on 10/02/2003 8:58:40 PM PDT by blastdad51 (Proud father of an Enduring Freedom vet, and friend of a soldier lost in Afghanistan)
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To: Timesink
Is this some kind of world record for transcribing a show?

Telling.
17 posted on 10/02/2003 8:59:10 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Timesink
How'd you like Paula Zahn's condescending little dismissal of Armstrong Williams?

"One man's opinion."

Translation: "You're an idiot and a traitor to your race. Your opinion counts for squat."

Way to be inclusive, CNN!
18 posted on 10/02/2003 9:03:22 PM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (Moving to Turkmenistan, where all the jobs are.)
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To: Timesink
Can't wait to listen to Rush tomorrow!!!!!
19 posted on 10/02/2003 9:04:35 PM PDT by shiva
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To: jjbrouwer
Franken - "You know, in my book Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot"

And in mine, Al Franken is a short, monkey-faced moron. Does that make me a Franken expert according to the Communist News Network?
20 posted on 10/02/2003 9:05:14 PM PDT by Tabi Katz
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To: Timesink
I only read parts of your post...Franken is NOT a credible source for which I read for up-to-date news reports. Tomorrow, I will listen to Rush and hear what he has to say. If I want conservative insight, then I will listen or read a conservative commentator. The Left smells blood and lives on blood.
21 posted on 10/02/2003 9:05:18 PM PDT by katz
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To: Timesink
Zahn is a Hillary. (There. I can curse without being offensive!)

For the record:

Fox Tops In Ratings For Seventh Straight Quarter
By CAROLINE WILBERT
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Four news networks --CNN, Headline News, MSNBC and CNBC -- lost viewership in the third quarter, but powerhouse Fox News picked up steam, according to Nielsen Media Research.

In the third quarter, Atlanta-based CNN attracted an average of 440,000 -- down 15 percent from the same period last year. Sister network Headline News attracted an average of 170,000, down 25 percent.

MSNBC drew an average of 203,000 viewers, a 19 percent slide. And CNBC got an average of 160,000, down 23 percent.

Meanwhile, Fox increased viewership 17 percent, attracting an average of 730,000 viewers.

This is the seventh straight quarter that Fox has won the news network ratings war.

22 posted on 10/02/2003 9:05:59 PM PDT by arasina
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To: Tabi Katz
In my book, Al Franken is a steming turd.
23 posted on 10/02/2003 9:06:03 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Tag line produced using 100% post-consumer recycled ethernet packets,)
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To: shiva
P.S Sent my donation to Free Republic tonight.
24 posted on 10/02/2003 9:06:22 PM PDT by shiva
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Ooops...steaming turd. Al Franken is a steaming turd.
25 posted on 10/02/2003 9:06:59 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Tag line produced using 100% post-consumer recycled ethernet packets,)
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To: Brimack34
And the "night watchman" at the lab is a big ol' cat. :o)
26 posted on 10/02/2003 9:06:59 PM PDT by arasina
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To: Timesink
The interesting part is that the people bashing Rush are the same ones who say that academic examinations/standards have to be lowered because blacks and other minorities are too stupid to keep up.
27 posted on 10/02/2003 9:07:31 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (Bringing you quality, non-unnecessarily-excerpted threads since 2002)
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To: Timesink
You know, for as much hatred that flows between Al and Rush this was a pretty tame interview. I don't think Al was a good "expert" to have on the show, but he had some class with... Much more class than CNN had in bringing him as a guest anyway.
28 posted on 10/02/2003 9:08:12 PM PDT by Middle Aged White Male
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To: Timesink
I firmly believe that all of this stuff being "discovered" today and yesterday is going to backfire on the Dems, big time.
29 posted on 10/02/2003 9:08:22 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Have YOU had your Logan Fix today? Hehe)
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To: Howlin
They're on the march, to be sure. This week is going to be partricularly vitriolic. Facing oblivion, they have nothing to lose. Fortunately, they can always count on their "psycho-phants" in the media.
30 posted on 10/02/2003 9:09:16 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: shiva
Me too. The smear tactics on Arnold finally set me off enough to bite the bullet.

Maybe that's the way to get more donations. Push the Dems over the edge so they pull more stunts like this :^)
31 posted on 10/02/2003 9:09:46 PM PDT by Windcatcher
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
The stories this week are a "blitzkrieg" by the Dims.
32 posted on 10/02/2003 9:12:07 PM PDT by nhoward14
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To: Timesink
CNN protected Saddam, his rapists, and his child killers from the eyes of the world too. Whatever respect CNN had was squandered years ago...

It figures CNN would invite Rush Limbaugh's worst enemy on the planet to talk about this issue.

33 posted on 10/02/2003 9:15:19 PM PDT by GOPJ
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To: Brimack34
May everyone at CNN burn in hell for 10,000 life times!!!!!and then come back as a mouse in a lab.----------MAY ALL LEFT WING NUT'S STOMACHS BURN IN HELL. Of course that is just my learned opinion.
34 posted on 10/02/2003 9:15:27 PM PDT by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: Tabi Katz
And in mine, Al Franken is a short, monkey-faced moron. Does that make me a Franken expert according to the Communist News Network?

Not to defend Frankenstein, but the transcript was incorrectly punctuated. He was referring to his book, "Rush Limbaugh is a Big, Fat Idiot". He wasn't using 'in my book' to mean 'in my opinion' (though obviously that IS his opinion).

35 posted on 10/02/2003 9:17:14 PM PDT by TrappedInLiberalHell (Hillary walks into a bar. Let's hope it leaves a nice bump on her forehead.)
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To: Keith in Iowa
"In my book, Al Franken is a steming turd."

There's certainly a similarity, but Franken's just a tad more vile and repulsive.
36 posted on 10/02/2003 9:17:43 PM PDT by Tabi Katz
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To: Tabi Katz
No, No, Franken is a pedophile sissy (hey satire).
37 posted on 10/02/2003 9:18:43 PM PDT by Joe_October (Saddam supported Terrorists. Al Qaeda are Terrorists. I can't find the link.)
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To: arasina
This is the seventh straight quarter that Fox has won the news network ratings war.

And this is precisely why the "tolerant", "free speech" crowd will strive to muzzle the opposition and to crush dissenting viewpoints at all costs. Their hidden motto: "Free speech and tolerance for me, not for thee".

38 posted on 10/02/2003 9:18:47 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: Timesink
. I wasn't surprised by the racist comments he made on Sunday night. That's sort of par for the course.

Right from the beginning he lies through his buck teeth. Rush's comments were not racist, nor are racist comments "par for the course", where Rush's views are concerned.

39 posted on 10/02/2003 9:19:11 PM PDT by lowbridge (As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly. -Mr. Carlson, WKRP in Cincinnati)
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To: Windcatcher
What took you so long...I took their rancid propaganda off ALL my TV's long ago... I just regret not informing it sponsors when I did it.

I also refuse to listen to their so-called hourly "news" broadcasts on my car and home radios -- including those broadcast by many conservative stations.

Happy to report I haven't missed their sorry tripe a bit.
40 posted on 10/02/2003 9:22:52 PM PDT by Visioneer
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To: shiva
I don't think Rush will be able to discuss the drug thing on his show....I think he will have a lawyer who won't let him. And if the rumor Dan Abrams was insinuating on his MSNBC show tonight is correct, that lawyer will be Roy Black.
41 posted on 10/02/2003 9:23:04 PM PDT by YaYa123 (@Hanging Tough.com)
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To: nutmeg
Thanks for the heads up!
42 posted on 10/02/2003 9:23:46 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: nhoward14
The stories this week are a "blitzkrieg" by the Dims.

Just the beginning. They attack GW, then Rush, then Arnold, then Rush, then Arnold. Then GW. They desperately want to derail the recall, mortally wound Rush (in time for the 2004 election season) and then go after GW tooth and claw(and, I hear, even fomenting violence ala the 1970's). Their IMO insurmountable problem is that most informed and intelligent people now understand that they have been, and are still, liars.

43 posted on 10/02/2003 9:24:25 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: lowbridge
I am so embarresed that Fkuc head is from my state: As I have said. J. Lange, A. Brown, G. Keillor, G. Killborn.-- MN. Sucks shti When I see him I will kick his ass. MN. by the way.
44 posted on 10/02/2003 9:25:39 PM PDT by Brimack34
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To: Timesink
From CBS Sportsline

if ESPN is going to come down on Limbaugh for his comments -- you know his resignation was forced with a foot out the door -- they should watch closely what Bryan Cox says, too. Cox has said several times that Falcons linebacker Keith Brooking isn't nearly as good as people think and that the only reason he gets the props he does is because he's white. Isn't that the same thing Limbaugh said, yet nobody said a word? Both were wrong.

45 posted on 10/02/2003 9:26:34 PM PDT by Archie Bunker on steroids
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To: Tabi Katz
Frankin has the intellect of a sophomoric drunkard. Years of drug use have left far too much damaged brain tissue, IMO.
46 posted on 10/02/2003 9:27:52 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: Middle Aged White Male
You're right...all Franken wanted to do is bring the issue back to "racism"...

Not to give him too much credit...I suspect that the ESPN story is all there really is to the story. The "drug ring" allegations seem to be just that..."allegations", based on "hear-say" from the housekeeper (who clearly was involved in some sort of drug-dealing), and her "evidence" obtained by "wiring" her own self, rather than having the FBI oversee and verify her "encounters" with Rush...

47 posted on 10/02/2003 9:28:26 PM PDT by 88keys
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To: Archie Bunker on steroids
You ought to post that CBS Sportsline column as a separate thread.
48 posted on 10/02/2003 9:30:15 PM PDT by Timesink (For a good time, visit clark2004.meetup.com. Ask for Mary!)
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To: Timesink
There have been many comments on various threads there implying that Rush could have been on pain pills because of his autoimmune inner ear disease. I question the unstated assumption that this disease causes pain! I don't recall Rush ever saying his condition was painful. I don't recall reading pain as a disease symptom in any of the stuff that came out either on his website or FR when that story was fresh and I tried to read all that stuff. I wouldn't expect the steroids and other immunosuppressive drugs he took for this to cause pain as a side effect. The implant shouldn't be very painful. It's not my branch of medicine, but I guess there might be some inflammation and edema from the attack on the cochlear hair cells, which in that closed space could produce pain, if the cochlea had pain nerve fibers. The outer and middle ear certainly have pain nerves, but I don't know about the inner ear. I'd guess that it, like the brain, doesn't. Are there any lurking Freeper ENT docs and can they confirm my hunch? If we can rule out pain from his ear disease than there is a big hole in the druggie story.
49 posted on 10/02/2003 9:30:19 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (I)
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To: Timesink
What a perfect summary of my hatred for the left. First CNN invites Franken, which is sort of like inviting Al Gore to discuss a personal crisis facing Bush. Then, Franken, despite the opportunity to take the high road and maybe show himself to have the heart he claims the right lacks, piles on.
50 posted on 10/02/2003 9:30:23 PM PDT by Dolphy
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