Rush Limbaugh is a disciplined liar

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I realize I'm not breaking any news here, and the point of this isn't just to call Limbaugh names. But sometimes it just amazes me how disciplined of a liar Limbaugh is, and how I assume he lies all the time on purpose.

The specific instance that re-affirmed my obvious conclusion centered around the lies Limbaugh told about Michelle Obama's vacation to Spain.

From his August 6th broadcast [emphasis added]:

Michelle has a beach closed down in Spain after taking 40 of her best friends and leasing 60 rooms in a 5 star hotel - paid for by you, because they deserve it -- but you have to pay, you have to pay up.

Rush was quite clear -- the First Lady traveled with "40 friends" in Spain.

Except that, of course, she didn't.

As the Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet recently reported, the First Lady traveled with two friends, not 40:

First, some numbers. Mrs. Obama did not travel with 40 friends, a number used by some news outlets.

She vacationed with two women, one of them a longtime Chicago pal, Anita Blanchard, who is the obstetrician who delivered Sasha and Malia. Blanchard is married to Marty Nesbitt -- President Obama's buddy and the treasurer of Obama's presidential campaign fund.

There was one other woman. Total: four daughters among the three women. They paid for their hotel rooms and other personal and travel expenses.

The trip involved six White House advance staffers and two East Wing staffers, deputy Chief of Staff Melissa Winter and Mrs. Obama's personal assistant, Kristen Jarvis, according to Mrs. Obama's spokeswoman Catherine McCormick Lelyveld.

So if you do the math there (First Lady + friends + daughters + White House and East Wing staff), the total of people traveling, minus security, was 15 people. Not 40.

So what does Limbaugh do with that information that completely debunked the whopper he peddled told last week? Behold [ellipsis original to posted transcript]:

And have you heard, have you heard Lynn Sweet, the formerly respectable Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times she blogs for, said the real reason for the trip was that one of Michelle's friends was in pain. One of Michelle's friends was really suffering and Michelle had promised to spend some time with one of her friends. It was really some emotional disorders, emotional dysfunctions. Some very upsetting things happened in Michelle's friend's life, and Michelle had promised to spend some type with her. That's what Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times said. That's the real reason for the trip to Spain...with 40 people and a bunch of Secret Service people, and 60 rooms.

Limbaugh reads Sweets piece, references it on the air, and then lies about what's in the article. Rather than correct his "40 friends" falsehood (yeah, right), or at least have the decency to leave it alone, Limbaugh's cannot help himself and instead continues to push the falsehood by claiming the First Lady traveled "with 40 people and a bunch of Secret Service people."

Like I said, his dedication to fabrications is, if nothing else, impressive.

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