Obama at it again, more lies. How does this guy sleep at night?
Old Media Helps Obama Push False Rush Limbaugh Immigration Quotes
By Warner Todd Huston (Bio
September 18, 2008 - 05:21 ET
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Yesterday, the Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe
reported that the Obama campaign was releasing some new Spanish language campaign ads on TV in Florida and other markets that feature Rush Limbaugh making what appears to be anti-Mexican comments. The ads then link Limbaugh to McCain on immigration attempting to smear them both in the minds of voters. The Limbaugh quotes, however, are so out of context that their use constitutes a lie. Unfortunately, too many media outlets are allowing these lies to stand unchallenged.
As O'Keefe reported on September 17, the ads feature quotes from Rush that display a shocking anti-Mexican immigrant feel. Titled "dos caras" -- or "two faces" -- Rush is quoted as calling Mexicans names and telling them to "shut up and get out."
They made us feel marginalized in a country we love so much," the ad continues. "John McCain and his Republican friends have two faces. One that says lies just to get our vote and another, even worse, that continues the failed policies of George Bush that put special interests ahead of working families."
The companion radio ad uses the same script as above and then continues:
"Don't forget that John McCain abandoned us rather than confront the leaders of the Republican Party. Many of us were born here, and others came to work and achieve a better life for their families -- not to commit crimes or drain the system like many of John McCain's friends claim. Let's not be fooled by political tricks from John McCain and the Republicans. Vote so they respect us. Vote for a change."
It turns out that Rush did actually say the words that the ads use against him. But, it also turns out he did not say them about
Mexicans! Rush was not telling Mexicans to "get out" nor did he say that Mexican immigrants are "stupid and unqualified."
O'Keefe, however, does not explain this in his Washington Post story. This lack of context was the same in other papers relating the story. The Chicago Tribune
, for instance, didn't fully report the truth and neither did the Wall Street Journal
However, both Jonathan Martin of Politico
and our friend Jake Tapper of ABC
did report the true context of the Limbaugh quotes. And Tapper goes the extra mile with his coverage, as he always does.
On his Wednesday radio program
, Limbaugh successfully proved that his words were wildly taken out of context. As to the "shut up and get out" quote, when Limbaugh said this line he was saying it in context of the immigration laws that Mexico has in its own country for foreigners wishing to live in Mexico. Mexico's immigration laws are very strict and, as Limbaugh said, if you don't like Mexican laws you can "shut up and get out" as far as Mexican officials are concerned. Limbaugh did not say that Mexicans here in the U.S. should "shut up and get out" if they don't like our laws and that
is the context in which Obama campaign was using this Limbaugh quote.
The second quote, "stupid and unskilled Mexicans," was also taken out of context by the Obama campaign.