CNN's Sanchez Apologizes for Running Fake Limbaugh Quote

<p><img src="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/10/2009-10-12-CNN-NR-L... vspace="3" width="208" align="right" border="0" height="156" hspace="3" />Yesterday CNN's Rick Sanchez was<a href="/blogs/tim-graham/2009/10/15/cnn-anchor-rick-sanchez-assembling-pile-retractions" target="_blank"> set to go on air</a> and issue an apology for <a href="/blogs/matthew-balan/2009/10/12/cnns-rick-sanchez-features-dubious-limbaugh-slavery-quote" target="_blank">running an unverified quote</a> attributed to Rush Limbaugh. Breaking news of the now-infamous &quot;balloon boy&quot; intervened, and Sanchez was unable to deliver his apology. </p><p>It came to the attention of the NewsBusters staff that Sanchez plans on issuing a correction today on-air, reading  the following statement:</p><blockquote><!--break--><p>Earlier this week we provided quotes attributed to Limbaugh to illustrate why some people and players felt that Rush Limbaugh was too divisive to be an NFL owner. One of these quotes, which was in a column in the St. Louis Post Dispatch and in a book largely about conservatives, was refuted by Limbaugh. We have been unable to independently confirm that quote. We should not have reported it and for that I apologize. I feel it is important to hold folks accountable when they make mistakes, and that should include myself and my team.</p></blockquote><!--break-->[<b>Update, 10:55 am Eastern</b>: Sanchez also put an apology of sorts on his <a target="_blank" href="http://twitter.com/ricksanchezcnn/status/4901464014">Twitter account</a> (per <a target="_blank" href="http://media.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NTJlZGM0NzhkYWZmOTk1MjdmNzRmOThk... Review Online</a>) <br /><blockquote><span class="status-body"><span class="entry-content">i've know rush. in person,i like him. his rhetoric,however is inexcusably divisive. he's right tho. we didn't confirm quote. our bad.</span></span></blockquote>

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