ALEXANDRIA, VA – Media Research Center President Brent
Bozell blasted MSNBC for deliberately misrepresenting statements
radio host Rush Limbaugh made Thursday about an anti-war activist
who falsely and despicably passed himself off as an Army Ranger and
Purple Heart winner. On Friday, MSNBC’s Hardball and
wrongly adopted the dishonest spin of the
far-left group Media Matters to attack Limbaugh.
On Monday, three days before Limbaugh’s comments, ABC’s World
News exposed the same anti-war activist, and ABC reporter Brian
Ross declared his story “a complete fabrication.” In spite of this,
Media Matters and MSNBC pounded Limbaugh for making the exact same
“The character assassination train continues to roll along.
Last week, CNN and CBS took unfair aim at Bill O’Reilly. And now,
MSNBC has willfully disregarded its news judgment to air false
allegations about Rush Limbaugh. This is nothing short of a
deliberate pattern to smear the reputations of conservative media
personalities in order to eliminate any voice of opposition. These
are the tactics of both Media Matters and MoveOn.org. News
organizations have no business perpetuating these smears. The least
they can do is check the facts.
“Media Matters and its co-conspirators in the liberal media are
striving to restore the leftist media majority that existed before
the New Media. They have crossed all lines of honesty and decency.
In June, NBC highlighted Media Matters’ out-of-context attack on
Limbaugh’s parody song, “Barack the Magic Negro.” Last week, CNN &
CBS promoted Media Matters’ dishonest attack on Bill O’Reilly. Since
the liberal media have lost the confidence of their viewers, they
have resorted to parroting character attacks by a left-wing smear
machine and has forsaken its journalistic credibility,”
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