Rush Limbaugh claimed that he made his comments that Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman was being criticized for his Super Bowl performance solely "because he's a white quarterback" in order "to tweak the media," and that he informed his audience "[l]ater in the program" about the "gag." In fact, it wasn't until the day after the statement that Limbaugh told listeners that he was trying to "tweak the media." Limbaugh also criticized "the sports media" for relying on "these liberal so-called watchdog media -- media watchdog websites."
Rush Limbaugh compared the number of murders in Philadelphia to American military deaths in Iraq; in fact, the rate of military deaths in Iraq is far higher than the murder rate in Philadelphia.
On January 17, InsightMag.com posted a story stating that Sen. Barack Obama attended a madrassa as a boy and that this information had originated from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's camp. With the aid of the conservative media, InsightMag.com's anonymously sourced report turned into 11 days of baseless accusations against two leading contenders for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.