Rush Limbaugh accused Democrats and the "drive-by media" of "celebrat[ing] a one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina." He complained that the media have recently avoided coverage of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks because it "would help the Bush administration," and that this purported lack of coverage is responsible for a "split in public opinion on the war in Iraq and the war on terror."
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On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh "respectfully" disagreed with President Bush's statement that "I will never question the patriotism of somebody who disagrees with me," saying, "I am going to challenge the patriotism of people who disagree with him because the people that disagree with him want to lose."
On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh claimed that "one of my staff is Spanish and informs me that the word 'macaca' " -- twice used by Sen. George Allen recently to describe a volunteer on the campaign of Allen's Democratic Senate challenger -- was not a racial slur, but "in Spanish means 'clown.' Well, I can see why that would offend somebody in an immigrant community. Yeah, callin' somebody a clown."
On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh agreed with a caller who called George Soros "a self-hating Jew." Limbaugh also proclaimed that "[t]here is so much anti-Semitism today in the Democratic Party," later adding: "The seat of this anti-Semitism right now is focused in kooks, like [anti-war activist Cindy] Sheehan and the blogs and the MoveOn.org people and Soros."
Rush Limbaugh cropped remarks by Rep. John Dingell to falsely claim that Dingell "refuses to condemn" Hezbollah. In the portion of Dingell's remarks that Limbaugh omitted, Dingell said "I condemn Hezbollah, as does everybody else, for the violence."
Rush Limbaugh claimed that "the militant pro-abortion crowd" is "behind" efforts to legalize federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, "because you need abortions to get these [embryos]." In fact, embryonic stem cells "are derived from embryos that develop from eggs that have been fertilized in vitro ... and then donated for research purposes with informed consent of the donors."
Rush Limbaugh deceptively cropped a series of news reports on the recent violence in the Middle East to falsely suggest the reports didn't identify Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. In fact, each of the news reports Limbaugh cited mentioned that Hezbollah is an organization devoted to destroying the state of Israel and either called it a terrorist organization or noted that the United States and Israel describe the group as such.
On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh baselessly asserted that "the NSA [National Security Agency] domestic spying program" alerted U.S. officials to a Lebanese plot to bomb New York City's mass transit system. In fact, neither the July 7 New York Daily News article, which broke the story and to which Limbaugh referred, nor any subsequent news report, has indicated that any of the communications made in connection with the purported plot involved a party inside the United States.
During their radio shows, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News host Sean Hannity used an incorrect news report to criticize Rep. John P. Murtha, even though the newspaper that published the report has issued a correction.
Numerous conservative media figures have lashed out at The New York Times and its executive editor, Bill Keller, over an article describing a secret Bush administration program designed to monitor international financial transactions, arguing that the publication of the article was a treasonous act and suggesting that the newspaper is "sid[ing] with al Qaeda" and "aiding and abetting the terrorist movement."
Fox News' Brit Hume, John Gibson, and Jim Angle, as well as nationally syndicated radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Janet Parshall, continued to ignore conclusive assertions of intelligence officials that the degraded chemical munitions found in Iraq and hyped by Sen. Rick Santorum and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Peter Hoekstra were not, in fact, in the category of "weapons of mass destruction" that the U.S. was looking for at the time of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.