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Bozell: Media Smears Killed Limbaugh's Rams Bid

Wednesday, 14 Oct 2009 06:44 PM

ST. LOUIS — Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was dropped Wednesday from a group seeking to buy the St. Louis Rams after a media feeding frenzy that falsely but repeatedly labeled Limbaugh as a racist.

The latest anti-Rush hysteria reached its peak Tuesday when MSNBC host and former Democratic aide Chris Matthews fantasized about killing Limbaugh like a James Bond villain. Specifically, Matthews talked about blowing up Limbaugh’s head.

In a detailed study of the media coverage of Limbaugh, the Media Research Center detailed a list of false charges and smears against Limbaugh that were resurrected again this week after news of the Rams bid was announced.

“Anything goes in an attempt to demonize Limbaugh – even the basics of Journalism 101. Obvious distortion and even outright fabrications are being used in this campaign to ruin Limbaugh,” the Center wrote in a study of the Limbaugh coverage.

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Limbaugh was to be a limited partner in a group headed by St. Louis Blues chairman Dave Checketts. Checketts said in a statement Wednesday that Limbaugh's participation had become a complication in the group's efforts and the bid will move forward without him, the Associated Press reported.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay pledged this week to vote against him. Then NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell added his own blast, saying that NFL insiders would not tolerate the conservative commentator's "divisive" comments.

Both CNN and MSNBC also reported this week that Limbaugh has once said, ““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.”

But after demand by the Center to give an exact source for this quote, the network has been strangely silent.

“CNN and MSNBC must immediately and publicly source when Limbaugh uttered this phrase,” Center President Brent Bozell demanded in a statement released Tuesday. “He has unequivocally denied it. Now it is up to the same news media that reported it as fact to prove that it was, indeed, stated.

“The MRC has overnighted letters to senior executives at both cable networks demanding that they take this sourcing seriously and report back to the public. We await their word.

“Either Rush Limbaugh is lying or these networks – willfully or not – are participants in the worst form of character assassination imaginable. They can prove their innocence by documenting this accusation. If they can’t,

then they are 100% guilty of character assassination.”

In a detailed study of the anti-Limbaugh campaign, the Center has examined statements going back more than a decade in which Limbaugh has been repeatedly called a racist, mocked for his self-admitted addiction to painkillers, and even blamed for the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995.

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