For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: It's Obama's rubble now!
Media Research Center President Brent Bozell today applauded ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN for uniting with Fox News in response to the Obama White House excluding Fox from an interview with "pay czar" Kenneth Feinberg. The networks said none of them would speak with Feinberg if Fox was excluded, and the White House subsequently reversed its decision.
"Not even Richard Nixon would have dared try this. This was a White House attempt at censorship and brass-knuckle intimidation. But it backfired.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Palin endorses NY-23 Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Gov. Pawlenty at WCPAC on how the GOP can market its message.
Republicans need a candidate who can dispell the 'Democrat: friend of the worker' myth.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Let's REALLY destroy one of the few industries in our nation that has continued to add jobs during this recession!!!
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: the British media know the cost of health care rationing. From the London Times:
Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell took to the MRC studio Saturday morning for an interview with "Fox & Friends" about how the media latched onto phony quotes attributed to Rush Limbaugh, helping to scuttle his St. Louis Rams ownership bid.
Bozell also commented on how NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell insisted his quarrel with the radio talk show host was his "polarizing comments" about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb back in 2003.
"Nine out of ten people have no idea what Roger Goodell is talking about" and those who do know what Goodell was referencing know that "again, Rush Limbaugh was right," that some sports journalists hyped an overrated McNabb because of politically correct considerations [MP3 audio available here]:
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: how should the GOP handle serial tax-evader Charles Rangel?
Convinced that Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is on the ropes because of a tangle of ethical issues, House GOP leaders are debating whether to aggressively press for his removal as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee or try to drag out the controversy as long as possible for maximum political advantage.
Should Boehner move in for the kill, or drag out the controversy?
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Rush Limbaugh post mortems.
What is the lasting legacy of this week's controversy surrounding Limbaugh's failed bid to become an owner of the St. Louis Rams?
Errors! Walked-in-winning-runs! Is this REALLY the best baseball has to offer? Sheesh. Really makes you want to watch BASEBALL, doesn't it?
Thankfully, there's college football today for those interested in watching athletes actually TRYING (just a joke, folks. Please send angry e-mail messages elsewhere!!!). What games are on your radar today?
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Sen. Orrin Hatch talks to bloggers about ObamaCare.
On Friday, NewsBusters participated in a blogger conference call with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Ut.). Hatch, always a favorite of bloggers due to his frankness, discussed healthcare reform and the motives of Democrats in an honest and candid fashion that will likely shock listeners.
Hatch was having so much fun with attendees that he didn't want to hang up (45-minute audio available here).
As reported on NewsBusters on Friday morning, CNN anchor Rick Sanchez read his apology on Friday’s Newsroom for running a unconfirmed quote attributed to Rush Limbaugh earlier in the week on October 12 [audio available here].
Sanchez hinted to his error in a promo for the apology 37 minutes into the 3 pm Eastern hour: “Rush Limbaugh gets denied [his NFL bid], but when it comes to one specific point, I will tell you this: he was right and I was wrong. Sometimes you got to say you’re wrong when you’re wrong, right? I'll tell you exactly what I’m talking about when we come back.”
After going to a commercial break, the CNN anchor came back, and after giving a summary of the controversy, read the apology, which was released earlier, almost verbatim:
What do leftist documentary maker Robert Greenwald, Little Green Footballs blogger Charles Johnson, and Daily Beast contributor Max Blumenthal have in common?
They all peddled malicious, false quotes attributed to Rush Limbaugh and are unrepentant about furthering false information regarding the talk show host.
NewsBusters parent company the Media Research Center has a new Web site complete with video and/or screenshots of these and others in the media furthering the phony quotes.
NewsBusters's own Tim Graham was featured briefly in Henneberg's "Special Report" story.
We've included a transcribed portion below:
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Tea Party protesters complicate the GOP's comeback attempt.
Yesterday CNN's Rick Sanchez was set to go on air and issue an apology for running an unverified quote attributed to Rush Limbaugh. Breaking news of the now-infamous "balloon boy" intervened, and Sanchez was unable to deliver his apology.
It came to the attention of the NewsBusters staff that Sanchez plans on issuing a correction today on-air, reading the following statement:
Vicious personal attacks, distortions of his quotes, and outright lies and fabrications.
Those are the three major tactics the Left has deployed in its campaign of character assassination, Media Research Center's Tim Graham illustrates in a brand-new special report: "A Rush to Ruin: The Left’s Character Assassination Campaign Against Rush Limbaugh."
You can click here for the PDF version.
Below the page break we've appended the executive summary:
"CNN and MSNBC were given ample opportunity to come clean, but both are continuing to masquerade malicious lies [against Rush Limbaugh] as credible," Media Research Center President and NewsBusters Publisher Brent Bozell said in a statement today.
Yesterday, Bozell promised to report back publicly with how CNN and MSNBC responded to his challenge to put up – or shut up – proof that Rush Limbaugh actually stated the racist quote that both cable networks attributed to him as fact, or to immediately retract and apologize for their participation in spreading an outlandish lie.
Talk show giant Limbaugh denied having ever stated, “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.” Further, it has been established that this was a fabrication pushed through the Internet, intentionally designed to destroy Mr. Limbaugh’s reputation at a time he is attempting to purchase a professional football team.
In addition to this public call to action, Mr. Bozell overnighted letters to CNN President Jonathan Klein and MSNBC President Phil Griffin to ensure both took the matter seriously. Both CNN and MSNBC failed to respond appropriately.