The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

20 February 2006

Rush Limbaugh, Cincinnati, Sherrod Brown, Daryn Kagan

FLASH: RUSH ERRS

Media In Heaven Over Mistake




That liberals have so quickly pounced on Rush Limbaugh over a relatively minor on-air error, could it be a sign his accuracy rate is actually rather high?

Otherwise, would the mainstream media's obvious glee be quite so pronounced? After all, opponents are monitoring every broadcast, waiting in hope for moments like this.

So what was Limbaugh's Colossal Error Of The Century? He incorrectly believed Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was black.

Stop the presses!

Dog bites man, nobody's perfect. Is this really a big story?

The end result: found to be without merit was his theory about the Democrat's US Senate electoral strategy in Ohio. A single error, is this a big deal for a guy paid to make assertions 15 hours a week?

According to the media, yes. Pouncing on this are newspapers that normally would never cover Limbaugh's political commentary. Wherever they can take a shot, in this case they're adding snide comments and irrelevant comparisons.

That Limbaugh has already admitted his mistake is noted, but doesn't seem to halt the nastiness.

Want examples? We have 'em, first from the Contra Costa (CA) Times:



RUSH MAKES ERROR OVER CANDIDATE: Brown is black in the eyes of Rush Limbaugh.

When Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett was forced out of the Democratic primary in the U.S. Senate race in Ohio, the conservative commentator criticized the New York Times for not saying that the Democrats' preferred candidate is black.

Limbaugh later found out from e-mails to his nationally syndicated radio show that the candidate, Rep. Sherrod Brown, is, in fact, white.

"Uh, Sherrod Brown's a white guy? Then I'm confusing him with somebody. OK, I'm sorry," Limbaugh said this week.

Brown is a seven-term congressman and former Ohio secretary of state who is running against GOP Sen. Mike DeWine.

"Rush Limbaugh obviously knows as much about me as the Republicans know about balancing the budget," Brown told the Chronicle-Telegram of Elyria, Ohio, for an article published Friday.

Later in his show, Limbaugh said he kept getting e-mails. "We have corrected this, and I, you know, I'm not gonna apologize because I don't think it's an insult to be black," he said.

In 2003, Limbaugh was pushed off ESPN's NFL preview show after he said quarterback Donovan McNabb was overrated because the media wanted to see a black quarterback succeed.


What, pray tell, does that last paragraph have to do with the price of bread? Other than as another instance of Rush talking about ethnicity, it seems irrelevant, doesn't it?

From the Cincinnati Enquirer, note the snide end comment:

NAME, NOT RACE

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh criticized the New York Times for its story last week that the Democratic Party pushed Paul Hackett out of the race to take on Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio. Limbaugh chided the Times for not saying the Dems dumped Hackett because they preferred a black candidate.

Actually party leaders preferred Brown to Hackett, as in Sherrod Brown, a veteran congressman from Northern Ohio. Brown also happens to be white.

Limbaugh corrected himself after his show received several e-mails from people who know a lot more about Ohio politics than he does.


Hey, Jerry Springer knows a great deal about Ohio politics, does that mean we want to listen to him?

Here's the AP story, without the anti-Rush editorial. The Kansas City Star, as well as a number of other papers, ran the version with the McNabb paragraph.

Note the Washington Post's tone:

Rushed Judgment

Color commentary just might not be Rush Limbaugh's forte. When Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett was forced out of the Democratic primary in the Senate race in Ohio last week, Limbaugh criticized the New York Times for not saying that the party's preferred candidate is black.

Limbaugh later discovered through listener e-mails to his radio show that the candidate, Rep. Sherrod Brown , is, oops, actually Caucasian.

"Uh, Sherrod Brown's a white guy? Then I'm confusing him with somebody. Okay, I'm sorry," Limbaugh admitted later.


When looking for reasons to pound Limbaugh, if this is the best they can do, I'd say he's still in good shape.


For good measure, the New York Daily News throws in a bit of Limbaugh/Kagan gossip:

GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS First the bad news: I hear that right-wing radio guy Rush Limbaugh and CNN daytime anchor Daryn Kagan — who've been dating for nearly two years — are finally kaput. The good news, of course, is that the fabulous Kagan is back on the market.

With this development, perhaps Kagan will now have an easier time functioning at CNN.

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First Limbaugh picture: AP, Springer: Dave Abel, Ottawa Sun

22 Comments:

  • Brian, Brian, Brian - how quickly you fail in your dissemination...

    The thrust of the story is that Limbaugh was trying to make the issue of Hackett being forced (wrongly) out of the race into, at least partially, a story with a racial element - HIS idea, no one else'.

    So, it was quite funny that he tried to crank up a story that didn't exist and had to back off almost immediately - he has no trouble at all playing the race card, as he's done for years - and he wasn't goingt to hesitate doing it now...

    Too bad for him he didn't know all of the facts before making up this latest stupid lie - and, yes, he tells many.

    The reason this is such a story is that a) he tried to make up a racial element that didn't exist and b) this is an easy story to explain to readers. Many of his lies require background explanation - few readers will bother (just like readers don't bother checking up on your stories - or else they'd know you lie a substantial portion of the time, too)...

    I'd say "nice try", but I'd be lying...

    By Blogger TJ, at 20 February, 2006 19:19  

  • JT, You hit the ball (and Baloney too) out of the park. Here is what Limbaugh actually said:

    Maybe somebody in the party has figured this out. And don't forget, Sherrod Brown is black. There's a racial component here, too. And now, the newspaper that I'm reading all this from is The New York Times, and they, of course, don't mention that. But -- you know, "Democratic leaders say that Representative Sherrod Brown, a seven-term incumbent from Avon, has a far better chance of toppling Senator DeWine than does the -- Hackett."

    Thanks to:
    MediaMatter for America

    By Blogger pbrauer, at 20 February, 2006 21:46  

  • So the thrust of your opinion, JT, is that Rush purposely invented the race issue? For what? When he was thinking about telling this huge lie, it didn't cross his mind that somebody might know the man isn't black?

    It's ludicrous to think that *anyone* would take the time to make up a lie that is so easily disproven - I mean all you gotta do is look at the man!

    To top it off, the "race element" wouldn't add much to the story anyway. Notice the main portion of his commentary is left out... and that WAS on purpose!

    SP
    http://100mgsp.blogspot.com/

    By Blogger Sodium Pentothal, at 20 February, 2006 23:10  

  • brian, your hypocrisy floors me. if this had been Franken you would have called for him to be hanged.

    By Blogger hardcore conservative genious, at 21 February, 2006 10:01  

  • Sodium, I'll try to use simple phrases to make certain you understand what happened.

    Limbaugh's lie was that there was a racial component.

    He DIDN'T KNOW BROWN IS CAUCASIAN.

    Rush loves to accuse democrats/liberals of playing the race-card. So, he thought Brown is black, and saw the opportunity to claim liberals were playing the race card again.

    What is proven? RUSH COMPLETELY MADE UP THE RACE ISSUE. If he'd known Brown was not black, he wouldn't have made the mistake.

    Do you understand, now?

    By Blogger TJ, at 21 February, 2006 12:07  

  • I just realized I didn't quite spell it out enough for Sodium...

    It's a question of credibility.

    Rush's obvious attempt at playing race-baiting games lessens his (not that he has a lot).

    Of course, Sodium links to Rush & Ann Coulter as two of three links to blogs from his own blog - so it's already easily apparent that he cares not one whit about credibility, anyway.

    By Blogger TJ, at 21 February, 2006 12:11  

  • I see Limbaugh and Daryn Kagan have broken up. Rush is now "on the market" Brian... (Not that there is anything wrong with that)

    http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/392895p-333176c.html

    By Blogger Robert, at 21 February, 2006 12:26  

  • I can't stop yet - this one is too much fun - SD is simply the first in the line of idiots that will lie in their arguments bout this...

    Rush' apology is a further falsehood:

    "Later in his show, Limbaugh said he kept getting e-mails. "We have corrected this, and I, you know, I'm not gonna apologize because I don't think it's an insult to be black," he said."

    Rush knows full-well that he should apologize for MAKING UP THE RACIAL element. But, that would be honesty, and he gets a nasty itch anytime he gets close to it.

    So, in point of fact, Brian, you arrogant, lying, sack of worthlessness, this is an incredibly relevant and important story, and more papers should jump on this particular bandwagon.

    You lying jerk.

    By Blogger TJ, at 21 February, 2006 12:35  

  • Brian - please correct your sub-title. It wasn't a story about a mistake, it was a story about a LIE.

    The mistake led to the lie, yes. But that's not what the "media in heaven" is about - it's about the lie.

    By Blogger TJ, at 21 February, 2006 12:37  

  • course, you should probably change the main title, too - to "Rush Errs & Lies"...though the lying part I'd argue should get the first mention, as that's the real story.

    It's called reporting, Brian - I've NEVER DONE IT, but I'd wager I could do it much better than you, simply by virtue of BEING HONEST.

    By Blogger TJ, at 21 February, 2006 12:44  

  • Wow - all the liars are really quiet, allofasudden...

    By Blogger TJ, at 21 February, 2006 14:25  

  • MediaMatters.org has 292 pieces on Limbaugh and they've only been up and running less than two years now. Getting paid $20 Million a year means the lying comes easy.

    http://mediamatters.org/issues_topics/shows/therushlimbaughshow

    By Blogger Robert, at 21 February, 2006 14:34  

  • Wow, Brian - post a new topic, quickly!

    This one is clearly indefensible.

    By Blogger TJ, at 21 February, 2006 15:03  

  • "Left of the Dial", the AAR documentary comes out today. I suggest you all go buy a copy.

    By Blogger hardcore conservative genious, at 21 February, 2006 15:04  

  • It's hillarious to see you liberals calling it a "lie". It didn't take long for him to correct this "lie".

    It takes someone with inferior intelligence to believe that anyone would purposely make up a story about someone's race knowing fully that he would have to retract the statement almost immediately. It wasn't a lie, it was a mistake, period. Get over it liberal wussies!

    SP
    http://100mgsp.blogspot.com

    By Blogger Sodium Pentothal, at 22 February, 2006 00:30  

  • I just love the media. By pouncing on this minor error, it shows that Rush doesn't make too many of these because if he did, we'd never hear the end of it.

    By Blogger Brian, at 22 February, 2006 00:55  

  • It amazes me to see how utterly stupid and dishonest you wingnuts are.

    The drug addict gets busted cold pandering to the racism and xenophobia of his dunder-head audience by playing the race card. And you idiots (Baloney included) try to spin it as an honest mistake. But I didn't have high hopes that you mindless morons are capable of anything other than confirming again to the world the extent of your dishonesty and hypocrisy.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 22 February, 2006 07:48  

  • Brian: I just love the media. By pouncing on this minor error, it shows that Rush doesn't make too many of these because if he did, we'd never hear the end of it.

    Are you fucking retarded? Limbaugh makes hudreds of errors. Just look at his mediamatters archive or this book. The reason the media doesn't report them is (a) they suck and (b) there are more important stories than some wingnut lying. Hell, if they reported all his bullshit, there's be no time for anything else.

    And about this entire situation. I'm still trying to figure out why he would have said that. I mean, he clearly didn't know Sherrod Brown's real skin color, so why did he just say black? If you don't know something, isn't it better to find out before talking about it? All he needed to do is a simple Google Image Search. So why didn't he? Its probably because he was just pandering to his audience and telling them what they want to here - that Democrats are the true racists!!

    By Blogger Mr. Kite, at 22 February, 2006 11:18  

  • Thanks, SP (& you other lying jerks), for proving my point.

    I very clearly laid out how the story (as asserted by Brian) was factually excluding reality, and how it was actually a story about Rush lying about "there's a racial element here"...

    Yes, SP responded - TWICE - with deliberate ignorance of the FACTS.

    It would be a less amusing world if any of you could be ashamed for supporting such BS.

    By Blogger TJ, at 22 February, 2006 14:33  

  • You can call it a lie till the cows come home. Doesn't change the fact that nobody, I don't care how stupid, would do that on purpose and then retract it right afterward. There is simply no point... doesn't help him in any way.

    It would be like you calling the cops to report a robbery across the street and 5 mintues later calling back to cancel your report. Why do it if you didn't think there was a robbery going on? Just...LOL @ you... too funny.

    SP
    http://100mgsp.blogspot.com/

    By Blogger Sodium Pentothal, at 23 February, 2006 01:48  

  • hardcore conservative genious wrote ...

    "Left of the Dial", the AAR documentary comes out today. I suggest you all go buy a copy.


    Wow, how exciting. Is Air America going to throw in a free stylin' tote bag with every purchase?

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 23 February, 2006 18:08  

  • Sodium Pentothal said ...

    You can call it a lie till the cows come home. Doesn't change the fact that nobody, I don't care how stupid, would do that on purpose and then retract it right afterward. There is simply no point... doesn't help him in any way.

    It would be like you calling the cops to report a robbery across the street and 5 mintues later calling back to cancel your report. Why do it if you didn't think there was a robbery going on? Just...LOL @ you... too funny.


    SP, you're not the only one laughing. It's definitely hilarious watching lefties work themselves into a lather trying to make a big deal out of a simple boo-boo that apparently was corrected before the show even ended.

    Then again, when you've been out of power this long, you'll throw anything against a wall and hope it sticks: "Bush lied ... Cheney lied ... Limbaugh lied ... the president's dog lied ...(Insert your favorite 'Cry Wolf' claim here) ..."

    What's also funny is to hear them sputter: "But ... but ... but ... Rush has lied HUNDREDS of times! Maybe even THOUSANDS and MILLIONS! BILLIONS, even! And it says so on MediaMatters.org, by golly!"

    Yoohoo, reality check, folks: If Limbaugh's minor misstep really mattered -- come to think of it, if ANYTHING MediaMatters.org or the Left said about Limbaugh really mattered -- you'd see it reflected in his ratings. But considering his audience of nearly 14 million, I wouldn't advise holding your breath. This was old news by the second day, assuming it was news in the first place.

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 23 February, 2006 18:44  

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