New book about Rush Limbaugh or comically oversized cigar lighter? Too soon to say?


Don’t you hate it when ancient, boring newspaper columnists too lazy to think up a decent topic that week decide to write about… the weird mail they get for their newspaper column?

I know I do.

So anyhow… Today I got this email:

Ms. Shaidle:

I was curious about your attack on Media Matters involving the Limbaugh quotes, since I’m writing a book about Limbaugh:

“After repeating the same manufactured ‘quotes’ day after day for weeks, Media Matters didn’t issue retractions or apologies to Limbaugh when they were revealed to be completely made up.”

Neither of your links indicates that Media Matters repeated these fake quotes (although many people did). Can you point me to a link anywhere that Media Matters used the fake quotes on their site?

Thanks
John K. Wilson
founder, www.obamapolitics.com
author, “President Barack Obama: A More Perfect Union” (Paradigm Publishers, 2009),
founder, Institute for College Freedom, www.collegefreedom.org, collegefreedom.blogspot.com
author, “Patriotic Correctness: Academic Freedom and Its Enemies” (Paradigm Publishers, 2008)
773-SO-WRITE (773-769-7483)

My response:

John,

As reluctant as I am to assist someone writing a book bashing Rush Limbaugh, not to mention to work as your unpaid research assistant, there’s this.

“And of course Limbaugh’s still steamed about a couple race-baiting quotes that were attributed to him and which he claims he never said. Limbaugh conveniently believes they’re the entire reason the NFL told him to get lost and frankly, Rush is dismayed:

“‘I never said I supported slavery and I never praised James Earl Ray. How sick would that be?’”

Ingenious/slimy, no? Media Matters reprints one of the most egregious quotations under the guise of mocking Rush for denying it. Very lawyerly and jesuitical.

Now, I could be just as ingenious/slimy and ask why, if Media Matters is really a “media watchdog” site and wants to keep its “reputation” as an accurate and reliable source, MM declined to mention that after years of hanging on Rush’s every word, that, well, they’d never actually heard Rush make those two disgusting remarks.

That assertion should have been part of MediaMatters’ Oct 16 and 17, 2009 posts on the issue. That’s what a thorough, non-partisan media watchdog would do, if only to bolster the credibility of its own (pointless) “Limbaugh Wire” feature.

Instead, MediaMatters repeats the two false quotations in the guise of unbiased reportage, while going on at length about the unreliability of the two men making the denials: Limbaugh and O’Reilly.

Readers are left to draw the conclusions Media Matters wants them to: that the quotes are “fake but accurate” and chock full of “truthiness.” Michael Moore does something similar with his movies, as I’m sure you’re aware. It’s all in the spirit of those 9/11 Troothers who insist “Hey, we’re just asking questions…”

You’re too old to have seen the movie Absence of Malice. Perhaps you could add it to your Netflix list after you polish off the latest Kevin Smith masterwork.

If you require any further editorial/research assistance, please note that my going rate (for leftists) is US$100/hour.

I look forward to seeing a photo of Rush aboard his private jet, lighting one of his extremely expensive cigars with a flaming copy of your book.

PS: when I tried to visit your site ObamaPolitics.com, I received a warning that it had been “flagged as an attack site” and “might harm” my “computer.” You may want to look into that…

Yours, etc.

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