NBC and CBS's morning shows on Thursday completely skipped any reference to the false quotes that forced Rush Limbaugh to be dropped from a group bidding to buy the St. Louis Rams. Only Good Morning America had any coverage at all. News anchor Chris Cuomo simply recapped the development and added, " [Limbaugh] had been criticized for past statements about black players. " Cuomo made no mention of the untrue quotes, such as Limbaugh supposedly having said in the past that "slavery had its merits." Wouldn't it be only fair for Good Morning America, NBC's Today and CBS's Early Show... continue reading
On the June 3, 2009 Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, host Rachel Maddow cited a false quote attributed to Rush Limbaugh in which the radio host supposedly said he wanted to award Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassin the Medal of Honor. Since Limbaugh expressed interest in becoming part owner of the St. Louis Rams in October, several MSNBC hosts have repeated that and other false quotes. Reacting to Limbaugh calling then Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor a racist, Maddow declared: "When you get called racist by the guy who says the assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr. should get the... continue reading
On Tuesday's Countdown show, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann spewed bile at conservative commentator Michelle Malkin, accusing her of possessing "fascistic hatred," and comparing her to a "mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick on it." During his show's regular "Worst Person" segment, Olbermann attacked Malkin for her role in bringing attention to the recent controversy over school children in New Jersey singing a song about President Obama. Blaming the conservative commentator for death threats made against a woman who posted video of the children singing, Malkin was crudely slammed by Olbermann: "She received death threats and hate-filled voice mails all thanks to... continue reading
Wednesday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran an " Editor's Note " on their sports pages about the false quote attributed to radio host Rush Limbaugh, that Limbaugh had supposedly said that slavery "had its merits." The paper says the quote came from a left-wing book that offered "no specific details" about its origins and that "the Post-Dispatch continues to research the origin of the quote." Back on October 7 , Post-Dispatch sports writer Bryan Burwell was the first to inject the quote into the debate about whether an investment group including Limbaugh should be able to buy the St. Louis Rams;... continue reading
MSNBC contributor Touré on Wednesday continued the network's vitriolic, slanderous attacks on Rush Limbaugh. Discussing the radio host's bid to buy the St. Louis Rams, the cable commentator smeared, " Several NFL players have already said they would not play for Rush because they know he would love to say he owns a plantation full of black men. " [ Audio available here .] When Morning Meeting host Dylan Ratigan mock protested, "No, they don't know that," the one-named Touré reiterated, " They feel it. " Ratigan gave in and played along, "Okay, they feel that." Despite calls from the... continue reading
ABC's Charles Gibson and CBS's Katie Couric led their newscasts on Tuesday night in a manner which suggested they are along for the ride with President Barack Obama as they celebrated how a Senate committee's vote moved Obama's quest to impose ObamaCare closer to reality. "In 1912, almost a hundred years ago," Gibson trumpeted at the top of World News, "Teddy Roosevelt called for universal health care. It now may be closer than at any time since then." Couric championed "a major victory for President Obama" and how "health care reform cleared a major hurdle today" so "health care reform... continue reading
Chris Matthews, on Tuesday's Hardball, went all blue when discussing Rush Limbaugh's interview with his NBC News colleague Jamie Gangel. After showing a clip of Limbaugh playing word association, in which the talk show host bashed Matthews' old boss Jimmy Carter as "An utter disgrace and embarrassment," the Hardball host fired back with this odd rejoinder: "You say Rush Limbaugh, I say phone sex for the traveling salesman. Think about it." Matthews probably left most viewers scratching their heads with that connection but he was actually just adding a scatological twist to an earlier statement he made from his January... continue reading
On Monday, CNN Newsroom anchor Rick Sanchez reported as fact that radio host Rush Limbaugh had uttered a "racist diatribe" on the "merits" of slavery. "He once declared that had '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,' said Limbaugh," Sanchez told his audience. But Sanchez cited no source for the quote other than a vague caption of "Rush Limbaugh on the Radio" in the accompanying on-screen graphic, and Limbaugh had on his show that day already explicitly denied he... continue reading
ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday devoted two stories to whether the "controversial" Rush Limbaugh would be able to buy an NFL team, but skipped any discussion of the false quotes that have been circulating about the radio host. Co-host Robin Roberts buried that lede and instead fretted, "Opponents say Limbaugh has a history of making racially offensive comments, some directed squarely at NFL players." As reported previously on NewsBusters , several media outlets have repeated fake Limbaugh quotes about how "slavery had it merits." GMA hosts and reporters didn't appear to be interested in correcting the slanderous charges. Roberts... continue reading
CNN's Anderson Cooper brought on Rev. Al Sharpton- a person with an actual racially-divisive past - on his program on Monday to expound on his argument that Rush Limbaugh is "divisive" and even "anti-NFL." Sharpton went so far as to claim that the issue of the talk show host's involvement in the purchase of the St. Louis Rams is "whether or not the NFL is going to have standards." The leader of the National Action Network appeared 23 minutes into the 10 pm Eastern hour, along with former NFL player Eugene "Mercury" Morris, who was making his second appearance on... continue reading