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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Rush Limbaugh Bruhaha

A little late on this story because when I saw it yesterday I was waiting for audio, video, transcripts... anything to link to, but I see from the action in the blogosphere today, there are none.

So, the back story is someone said Rush Limbaugh made racist comments years ago and the news has just reported those comments without any form of verification.

Linkage for you.

First we go straight to Rush, who is kind of entertained by the whole thing and who is waiting for someone to provide some type of proof.

Then you have others that think Rush should be the one proving he didn't say what he is accused of saying.

Ace of Spades is at the top of memeorandum, visit there.

The Daily Telegraph provides a question by a reader, to which I find to be a very good question:

UPDATE II. Dave S. in comments:

How is it that when Righties quote Lefties, they have video, audio, and notarized confirmation from the Pope, but when Lefties ‘quote’ Righties, they have Wiki entries contributed by ‘Cobra’?

Ed Driscoll digs a little and finds the source:

The first of these quotes has already been debunked most thoroughly, long before Rush’s bid to buy the Rams. It is self-evidently the complete fabrication of someone with a wiki account, which was then picked up by the unscrupulous Huberman and reported as fact (with no citations at all) in his book. The other, also attributed to Huberman, has never been sourced, and Huberman has never cited any original article, or even given any indication as to when this alleged statement was made. Of course, these facts make it utterly impossible to refute the claim; without any date or context, Rush cannot even call witnesses who were present during the alleged confirmation to confirm or deny that he ever made such a statement. It is literally impossible for Limbaugh (or anyone else) to offer convincing proof that they have never at any time made a given statement (other than their own denial, which Rush has already given). It is preposterous to ask anyone to prove that they did not make a statement if you cannot even so much as offer a time and place where the statement is alleged to have occurred.

You can find many more reactions on this in the blogosphere but I just have to ask, is this all they have on Limbaugh? Is this the best they can do? Offer up comments with no proof, no video, no audio and no witnesses?

This is definitely the ridiculous item of the week.