On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh said Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton "sounds like a screeching ex-wife."
A recent poll conducted by CBS News that placed President Bush's approval rating at 34 percent has become the target of misleading and uninformed attacks by conservatives in the media.
Keith Olbermann crowned Bill O'Reilly the "Worst Person in the World" on both the February 22 and 23 editions of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, based on comments first noted by Media Matters for America. Olbermann also recognized Rush Limbaugh on February 23 for his assertion that Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter is "a girl."
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On the February 22 edition of PBS' The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, David Brooks claimed that "a week ago," Sen. Chuck Schumer and Gov. Jon Corzine did not "kn[ow] a thing" or "care" about port security. Similarly, on the same day, Rush Limbaugh suggested that Schumer and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton had only recently emphasized port security. In fact, Schumer, Corzine, and Clinton have all sponsored or co-sponsored port security legislation and have also frequently spoken out on the subject.
Claiming that "feminazis" forced the resignation of Harvard president Lawrence H. Summers, Rush Limbaugh suggested "sequester[ing]" Harvard students into two schools, "Hisvard and Hervard." The "Hervard" school would tell transsexuals that "your scholarship's in the mail before you even apply."
Rush Limbaugh asserted that Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter is "a girl," and claimed that Jack Carter, son of former President Jimmy Carter, "has been castrated by the feminization of this culture." Additionally, Limbaugh referred again to "feminazis" -- a term he previously claimed he had stopped using.
Rush Limbaugh cited a February 17 Associated Press article about his previous false claim that Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is black as evidence that "even the mainstream media knows I get it right all the time, and it is such an odd thing when I am wrong that it is news."
Rush Limbaugh and Fox News' Jim Angle both repeated the misleading claim that the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance program targeted only terrorists. In fact, the program has monitored the communications of thousands of people with no terrorist connection.
Rush Limbaugh falsely claimed that Vice President Dick Cheney "admit[ted] that he had a beer five hours before going hunting" on the day he accidentally shot Texas lawyer Harry Whittington. In fact, Cheney acknowledged that he "had a beer at lunch" and "didn't go back into the field to hunt quail until about, oh, sometime after 3 p.m."
Rush Limbaugh said that Wal-Mart should charge "a thousand bucks a pill," for emergency contraception pills because "the last place you want to be is between a ... liberal woman and her morning-after pill."
Rush Limbaugh suggested that "the White House ought to schedule" its next press briefing "at Fort Marcy Park," the Northern Virginia location where Clinton deputy White House counsel Vincent Foster committed suicide on July 20, 1993.
Rush Limbaugh invented a racial element to explain Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett's departure from the Ohio Democratic Senate primary race against Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), asserting, "And don't forget, Sherrod Brown is black. There's a racial component here, too." In fact, Brown is Caucasian -- a point on which Limbaugh was corrected later in the program.
Rush Limbaugh falsely claimed, "[Sen.] Pat Leahy opposes NSA [National Security Agency] intercepts of the enemy," referring to the NSA's warrantless surveillance program secretly authorized by President Bush in 2001. In fact, according to his statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 6, Leahy "agree[d] that we should be wiretapping Al Qaeda terrorists."
Rush Limbaugh said he "kind of like[s]" a listener's analogy that Sen. Barack Obama "is the Donovan McNabb of the U.S. Senate."
Numerous media figures highlighted the alleged "partisan" nature of Coretta Scott King's funeral but failed to comment on the politicization of Ronald Reagan's funeral.