On the March 6 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh responded to a New York Times article that characterized Republican presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's relationship with his son, Andrew, as "strained and distant," by stating, "Remember the zone of privacy that the drive-bys all respected for Chelsea Clinton? 'Leave her out of this,' the Clintons said. And the drive-bys dutifully conformed to that demand or that request." However, Limbaugh did not mention his own comments regarding Chelsea Clinton during the program. As media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting noted, in 1993, on his former television show, Limbaugh referred to Chelsea Clinton, who was 13 at the time, as "the White House dog."
From the March 6 broadcast of Premiere Radio Network's The Rush Limbaugh Show:
LIMBAUGH: Remember John Kerry making comments about Vice President Cheney's daughter being a lesbian during a presidential debate with George W. Bush, and you may have forgotten Elizabeth Edwards chiming in on this. About how Mrs. Cheney acted ashamed and so forth. The left trying to make it look like the, we on the right are just nothing but a bunch of gay bashers, racists, sexists, bigots, homophobes, and so forth, and yet it was shameless what Kerry and Edwards did during the 2004 presidential campaign regarding the privacy of the Cheney family.
Then again, we have, you know, the Andrew Cuomo -- or Andrew Giuliani story yesterday in The New York Times. Yeah, my dad's a dud, but I think he'd be a great president. Remember the zone of privacy that the drive-bys all respected for Chelsea Clinton? "Leave her out of this," the Clintons said. And the drive-bys dutifully conformed to that demand or that request.