Referring to Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama, Michael Savage stated: "We have a woman and a multi-ethnic man running for office on the Democrat side. Is this not akin to a -- an affirmative action election? Isn't that why the libs are hysterical, tripping over themselves to say amen and yes to this affirmative election vote?" He later added, "America's not ready for an affirmative action presidency."
In a blog post on the American Prospect website, Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson falsely accused Sen. Hillary Clinton of playing the "race card." Meyerson described a phone call a friend in Los Angeles had received in which a "gentleman with a very exaggerated, old style -- Amos 'n Andy, in fact -- black pattern of speech ... sing[s] the praises of Barack Obama." Without any evidence to support his accusation or any indication that he had attempted to contact the Clinton campaign, Meyerson pronounced the phone call "a Clinton ploy against Obama."
On his nationally syndicated radio show, Neal Boortz made disparaging remarks about Hurricane Katrina victims, stating, "When these Katrina so-called refugees were scattered about the country, it was just a glorified episode of putting out the garbage." Boortz also described New Orleans as "a city of parasites, a city of people who could not and had no desire to fend for themselves."
On Glenn Beck, Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist claimed that a sign in downtown Los Angeles identifying "La Raza Plaza" "is perhaps a racist sign." He further stated: "And if we're going to have a La Raza Plaza sign, what's next? A KKK Plaza sign, a Black Panther Plaza sign?" Later in the program, Gilchrist said the "Anti-Defamation League, like the Southern Poverty Law Center, are professional fundraising groups" and asserted: "They participate in encouraging and proliferating hate. These are not groups that you want to get -- you rely on for any valid information."
On The Savage Nation, a caller identified by Michael Savage as "Kojo" asked Savage: "[D]o you know how the AIDS got there [Africa]?" Savage responded: "It got there because it was spread from eating green monkey meat, my friend. If you study the science -- but I don't think you have the capacity to understand science, my dear friend Kojo." Later, Savage stated: "See, we don't live in Africa where people settle arguments with machetes. We live in a country where we settle it with arguments. Something you apparently don't know anything about. ... Couldn't use the machete so his mind went blank. There, that's what we got. There's multiculturalism for you. There's immigration for you. There's the new America for you. Bring them in by the millions. Bring in 10 million more from Africa. Bring them in with AIDS. Show how multicultural you are. They can't reason, but bring them in with a machete in their head. Go ahead. Bring them in with machetes in their mind."
Responding to columnist Eugene Robinson's statement that "I can't think of a whole lot of situations where there's an actual clash between Latino and African American issues," Pat Buchanan cited gang wars "in South Central L.A." and "in the prisons" as evidence that tensions between African Americans and Latinos would affect voting in the Democratic primary. Buchanan said, "I regret to say you're mistaken about the African-American community and the Hispanics. South Central L.A., there is a turf war going on. There's a war in the prisons. People who don't understand that don't understand America, I'm sorry to say."
On Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski described John Gibson's statement in response to the firestorm over remarks he made concerning the death of actor Heath Ledger as "an awful, awful joke of an apology," and later asserted that it was "not an apology." After airing Gibson's statement, Joe Scarborough said, "What he said was, 'I'm sorry if you were offended. ... I'm sorry if you were offended that I mocked the death of a young man.' " Scarborough also asserted that Gibson "got caught in an anti-gay tirade."
On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh claimed that Sen. Hillary Clinton is "in the Northeast ... surrounded by her good old ... white female new castrati male base, while her husband, Bill, pays penance -- left to deal in South Carolina, while she's up with her people, the whites and the less-than-blacks." Other media figures have also used various forms of "castrati" in reference to Clinton and her supporters, including Chris Matthews, who once questioned people who have endorsed Clinton, saying, "[A]ren't you appalled at the willingness of these people to become castratos in the eunuch chorus here or whatever they are?"
John Gibson responded to criticism of his comments the previous day mocking the death of actor Heath Ledger, and said "Did I mock him?" After Gibson's producer pointed out that Gibson had in fact mocked Ledger's death, Gibson replied, laughing, "Oh, that. Well," later adding, "There's no point in passing up a good joke."
CNN's Wolf Blitzer asserted, as did a Washington Post blog entry, that Bill Clinton "lashed out" at CNN congressional correspondent Jessica Yellin after she asked him a question following a campaign event in South Carolina that day. Recounting the exchange to Blitzer, Yellin agreed, "He lashed out, Wolf." Similarly, an ABCNews.com report described a "testy exchange" between Barack Obama and New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny. But videos of the two exchanges do not support these sensational descriptions.