September 18, 2008
|CONTACT: COLLEEN O’BOYLE or TIM SCHEIDERER
Bozell to Media
"Fact Checkers": Denounce Obama Smear of Rush Limbaugh Immediately
ALEXANDRIA, VA – Sen. Barack
Obama has launched a new TV advertisement in Spanish against Sen.
John McCain that smears nationally syndicated talk radio show host
Rush Limbaugh. The ad, which will run in Limbaugh’s home state of
Florida as well as Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico, flashes a
picture of Limbaugh and quotes him saying, "Mexicans are stupid and
unqualified" and "Shut your mouth or get out.” Both excerpts are
used to make Limbaugh appear racist and fail to include the context
surrounding these phrases. Transcripts reveal that the former
addressed jobs in Mexico, not immigrants (legal or illegal), and the
latter was a parody of Mexican immigration laws. Several national
ABC News’s Jake Tapper and
The Politico’s Jonathan Martin have discredited this ad.
Brent Bozell issued the following
“The national media have a
responsibility to the American public to unanimously denounce
this smear by the Obama campaign against Rush Limbaugh. The
Obama campaign refuses to pull the ad despite its being
discredited as untrue by reporters for ABC News and The
Politico. The Obama campaign’s refusal to pull this discredited
smear, that purposely targets Latinos and is being run in
Spanish, is way beyond the pale and the national media need to
call Mr. Obama on the carpet for it.
“All Americans, not just Hispanic Americans,
need to know this ad is a smear and has been shown to be untrue
– as Jake Tapper of ABC News reported earlier today. Likewise,
the Washington Post, which ran a story about the ad without
checking the facts, needs to run an immediate correction. They
can just cut and paste from Mr. Tapper since he has done their
work for them.
media hold themselves up as the fact-checkers of political ads
and it’s time for them to universally denounce and discredit
this negative, personal smear against Rush Limbaugh, which the
Obama campaign continues to run.”
To schedule an interview with MRC President
Brent Bozell or another MRC spokesperson,
please contact Tim Scheiderer (x. 126) or Colleen O’Boyle (x.
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