Much to the chagrin of the delusional, moronic, lying, illiterate moonbats of the world, The mainstream media can actually read and is running away from the Mediamorons.org Limbaugh smear as fast as they can. Only a few brief mentions in some blogs, no significant media mentions. — And the Kansas City Star has already posted a cleverly worded retraction.
NewsBusters did the digging and it is so link-o-riffic I decided to clip like (ok sorry Noel) all of it.
On Monday, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) stepped onto the floor of the Senate and strongly denounced talk radio host Rush Limbaugh for what have proven to be out of context statements made by the conservative personality on his program last Wednesday.
Yet, with the exception of a CNN segment aired Monday, and articles by Fox News, USA Today’s On Politics blog, The Hill, NewsMax, and the New York Post, virtually no major media outlets covered Reid’s statements.
Not the New York Times. Not the Washington Post. Ditto all three broadcast network evening news programs Monday, and the Associated Press.
This raises an important question: Have most major press outlets correctly concluded that the leftwing organization Media Matters did indeed cherry-pick and misrepresent Limbaugh’s statements thereby making earlier reports on the subject erroneous?
Or, did they recognize how hypocritical it would be to castigate Limbaugh for basically reiterating what ABC’s Brian Ross and Charles Gibson reported last Monday evening just two days before Rush made his statements?
Of course, a more cynical view would be that the media – now that it has been shown that Democrat presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton admitted her connection to Media Matters – want to bury this story as quickly as possible so as to shelter her and her husband from any scrutiny concerning these ties.
Regardless of the reason, there’s been a peculiar silence regarding Reid’s statements Monday, and, although the leftwing organization VoteVets.org is about to run a rather disgraceful ad denouncing Limbaugh, most media outlets appear to be running away from this story as fast as they can.
Whether this continues is anyone’s guess, as is the cause, Stay tuned.
Update 17:10 | Matthew Sheffield. A quick Google News search does seem to suggest the media’s interest in the Media Matters smear story has continued to peter out.
There are very few MSM mentions of the story at all. The only unfair ones were as follows:
- A blog post from NBC’s Mark Silva which mentions a left-wing astroturf group’s ad trying to prolong the story. No mention at all about how Limbaugh did not say what was attributed to him by a far-left group.
- This blog post from the Tribune Co.’s Washington bureau focuses on Nevada Democratic senator Harry Reid’s criticism of Limbaugh with barely anything from the radio talker himself.
Kudos to the Kansas City Star for correcting its initial report about the Limbaugh non-story. In a small item in today’s gossipy "The Buzz" column, the paper’s Darryl Levings spoke of a “Judgment wrong to Rush (read backward)”
Like the Paul Wellstone funeral, the Moveon.org ad and many before this, the Limbaugh smear is already backfiring. I have a liberal friend (no really) who called me today to complain about the Democrats on this.
What’s worse is he initially believed the smear but the fact the Dems in Congress where wasting time on it pissed him off. Then when he tuned into Rush and learned the truth behind the smear, he was double pissed.
So congrats to mediamorons and the Democrats, they made my liberal friend start listening to Rush Limbaugh. Well done.