RUSH: I didn't do it. It wasn't me. It wasn't me! The Politico is saying I did it. You got USA Today saying I did it, and I didn't do it. It wasn't me! And it's fascinating. It is literally fascinating that they want to take this episode and try to lay this off on me. I'll tell you what I'm talking about in a minute. This is the hook. It makes me think that we might have hit on something here. The caller did it. The caller did it but they're laying it off on me!
RUSH: Now, we had a call yesterday from a woman who I could barely understand. She was on a cell phone. Her cell call was not the best connection, and the woman did not have the phone properly positioned so that her oral cavity was near the phone's microphone. Therefore I could barely understand what she was saying. I had to ask her to start again a couple of times. I was able to read the transcription of the call and basically this woman's theory is that Mrs. Clinton staged the whole incident where somebody threw a shoe at her.
Her theory was based on the fact that Mrs. Clinton looked like she knew it was coming. She didn't look that shocked. She had too many really cute, pat answers just ready to go. And then this woman said the Clintons, they stage things, the Democrats stage things and I said, "You know, I hadn't thought about it." I hadn't even seen it. All I had seen was the still shot of Hillary avoiding the shoe on the Drudge Report. I, frankly, didn't care. I don't care anymore about stuff like that. What the Drive-Bys do, folks, I'm just trying to limit my exposure to 'em so as to not be affected by it. It's hard, I know. When you expose yourself to 'em each and every day you can't help but be taken in by it.
So somebody threw a shoe at Hillary, big whoop. Well, anyway, from The Politico: "Rush Limbaugh Floats 'Staged' Shoe Theory." USA Today: "Rush Limbaugh Floats Staged Shoe Theory." Identical headline. Two separate news organizations. No. You know what it is? USA Today has simply reprinted The Politico piece but doesn't identify it as such, or maybe -- no. It says credit Politico here in one story, and USA Today in the other, but it's the same story. Tal Kopan is the writer.
"Rush Limbaugh suspects that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s near-miss of a thrown shoe at an event last week could have been staged, he said on his show Monday."
No, I didn't. "While Limbaugh said on his radio show Monday that he hadn’t seen it and was thus 'ill-equipped' to discuss the incident ... he still suspected the whole thing wasn’t as it seemed." No, I didn't. I simply took a call.
Whoever this Tal Kopan is did not hear this radio program yesterday. I guarantee you this person went to Media Matters or some other watchdog media site for the take. "'I’ve got people telling me her reaction wasn’t natural,' Limbaugh said." I did say that. "'I haven’t cared enough to go try to find it. I really haven’t. Somebody threw a shoe at Hillary. Big whoop. Maybe it’s because in my subconscious I think it was staged or set up or whatever. Look, folks, I know these people so well that I do not attach much genuineness to them at all.'
"Limbaugh is not the only conservative to raise questions about the shoe-throwing," it says at the bottom of the story. "Fox News contributor Bernard Goldberg’s personal blog site posted a piece from a contributor on 'the real story.'" Then he quotes some guy. Now, here again, a small teachable moment.
RUSH: Now, why is it even a news story that I or one of my callers think that Mrs. Clinton staged this shoe incident? Why is that even a news story? It makes Politico! Politico chronicles the comings and goings of Washington's political scene. Why does what I think about that matter? Why does it matter so much that USA Today picks it up and reprints it?
RUSH: Now, as far as the Clintons staging things, you know, I have this phrase that I employ a lot: "using intelligence guided by experience." The Clintons are well-known for staging things. One of the very first things the Clintons staged -- and there have been many -- I'll give you two highlights. It was at one of the anniversaries of D-Day. They had a camera atop the hillside at Omaha Beach at Normandy, and the camera was focused on a lone destroyer out near the horizon in the English Channel. And as that camera zoomed out, you know what we saw?
We saw a lonely figure on the beach, a lonely figure in deep solitude wandering the beach. And that lone figure all of a sudden stopped and appeared to get choked up. And then that lone figure kneeled down and miraculously there were some stones there, right where he happened to stop. There aren't any stones on Omaha Beach. I have been there. It is a beach. There are no stones. But there were just enough stones for this lonely figure to stop and arrange them in the shape of a cross. And it just so happened that there was a camera close enough by to be able to focus in on the artwork of this lone figure.
This lone figure happened to be Slick Willie, William Jefferson Blythe Clinton, who was wandering the beach at Omaha Beach at Normandy and came across the stones and arranged them in the shape of a cross, thereby creating his own deeply personal, moving memorial to the lost souls at D-Day. What a guy. Yeah, the media cameraman at the end of the day said, "You know what? Just a lucky shot. We happened to be packing up and on the way out, and, lo and behold, look what we found." An entirely staged event by the Clintons and probably Carville. I don't want to name him. I don't know who did it, but the Clintons are well known for that.
Their second big one was -- and this one was totally unbelievable -- this is right around, in fact, this was two, three weeks before, in retrospect, that we learned about Monica Lewinsky. Oh, speaking of that. Michael Isikoff quit NBC News. He was the Newsweek guy who had the Lewinsky story but it didn't run in Newsweek. They spiked it and Drudge found out about it and Drudge ran the story, not Isikoff. Isikoff gets the credit, but he didn't do anything. Well, he found out about it, but his story got spiked by Newsweek editors. Drudge found out about it under the covers of whatever it was and Drudge made it public.
Isikoff quit NBC News the other day claiming there's nothing for him to do there anymore. Meaning they're not gonna be investigating anything at NBC News anymore. (laughing) Sharyl Attkisson quits CBS, nothing for her to do anymore. They're not gonna be doing any journalism anymore. Not for the next two years, no journalism at NBC, no journalism at CBS. We're waiting for somebody at ABC to quit. That would be Brian Ross. I don't think he's gonna quit until he can find somebody in the Tea Party linked to the guys out in Nevada on this lands management dispute.
But, anyway, remember three weeks before the Lewinsky story broke, there was a White House daily press briefing, and Mike McCurry was the press secretary, and somebody stood up and asked him about a photo that was on the front page of the Los Angeles Times that day, and the photo was nowhere else at this moment in time except the front page of the LA Times.
And McCurry, right on schedule and right on command, just erupted in faux outrage. It was the most disgusting photo he'd ever seen. He couldn't believe the media would stoop so low to do something like this. This type of invasion of privacy is just beyond the pale, and it's not what we're about here, and we totally deplore this vile act. Well, nobody knew what he was talking about, but they sure as hell wanted to know.
What the picture was was a picture of Bill and Hillary in their swimsuits dancing on the beach somewhere in the Virgin Islands. It was a still shot, and they were embraced as though they were -- I don't know -- re-creating some typical Hollywood movie scene on the beach, some war movie scene, typical. Yeah, yeah, yeah, that's right, From Here to Eternity. Well, McCurry made sure that that picture was everywhere because he was so outraged by it. It turns out the whole thing was staged. There wasn't even any music. We learned later that the whole event was staged and timed to come out prior to -- they knew the Lewinsky story was gonna break at some point, and they wanted that picture of them dancing on the beach to be able to be used in juxtaposition to the claim that he'd been having an affair with a 19-year-old intern.
So intelligence guided by experience, do the Clintons stage things? Heck yes they stage things. Therefore is it outrageous that somebody would call here and think maybe Hillary staged the shoe throwing? No. It isn't outrageous. Intelligence guided by experience. Nobody knows for sure, but it's not ludicrous to think it might be because the Clintons are well known for doing that. The caller was speculating. After years of political staging and planted questions, people are on alert for phonies. Which is clearly what could be the case here.
Now, as far as Colbert, it's clear, folks, it's very important, we have to assume now that having the right guy on a late-night talk show is considered a high political priority. And we gotta turn out the youth vote. That's one of the best ways they think they can do it. Get the right late-night host, and comedians are rapidly gaining stature not just in pop culture, but within the political culture. And by virtue of the left's and media's over-the-top reaction to what I think about it is proof that it is a big deal to them, a very important point.
RUSH: This is Chicago. Kelly, I'm glad you called. Great to have you on the Rush Limbaugh program. Hi.
CALLER: Thank you. Hi. How are you?
RUSH: I'm well. Thank you very, very, very, very much.
CALLER: I have to tell you I've been thinking about you lately. I was just listening to the program, what you were talking about staging, and then I recently have been watching the House of Cards series on TV. I've just been dying to ask you if you watch it because there's all the staging and the politics there, which I think happens all the time and you're talking about it today. I'm just wondering.
CALLER: That's hilarious.
RUSH: I do watch. I've watched both seasons in a binge. I watched season two over a weekend.
CALLER: Yeah, I'm almost done.
RUSH: It came out on Netflix.
CALLER: I was gonna tell you, my husband and I watch it. Now, I'm a conservative and he's a Democrat. So that makes for interesting viewing, you know?
RUSH: Yeah. And a lot of other things, too, I'm sure.
CALLER: Oh, yeah. So now that he's watching this, I have to say that I think it's turning his head to a different angle now when he actually watches the regular news now.
RUSH: Does your husband...? I can't ask this without there sounding like I have a strange tone in my voice, and I don't mean there to be any. This is straight up. Does your husband believe the news? When he watches CNN, NBC, CBS, whatever he watches, did he believe it?
CALLER: Yes. Until, I think, recently.
RUSH: And it's House of Cards that is having him look at the news different?
CALLER: Yep. He watches it and he looks at me and says, "Do you think this stuff really happens?" I'm like, "All the time."
RUSH: I'm sure you've been telling him over the years that you think this stuff happens long before he saw House of Cards.
RUSH: He didn't believe you.
RUSH: But having seen House of Cards, he thinks, "A-ha! It could."
CALLER: Right. The other day when Obama was on TV for his life announcement for somebody in the Rose Garden for the resignation... What's that lady's name again?
RUSH: Yeah, Sebelius. Sebelius.
CALLER: And, you know, there was a standing ovation, this long-standing ovation when he came out with her. You know, and she's turning her resignation. You would have thought... I was like, "I'm watching House of Cards."
RUSH: Well, I could believe they'd be applauding her leaving. She's been an albatross around their neck.
CALLER: Yeah, they were trying to --
RUSH: Look, they just had a bunch of paid supporters in there to applaud what Obama. Anything that happens... When Obama was selling Obamacare, he gets a bunch of people that weren't even doctors just wearing white lab coats, Kelly. Not all those people were doctors or technicians. They were just made up. The White House made a call to a costume factory and had some white lab coats brought over so they could stage manage that event in the Rose Garden. The Clintons were the masters at this kind of thing.
CALLER: At least now my husband has opened his eyes and thought about it. He's second-guessing everything now, which is great.
RUSH. Let's cut to the chase: Who do you think Frank Underwood is in real life?
CALLER: I don't know. He's a combination of people.
RUSH: Who do you think?
CALLER: I'm not sure. Actually, that was a question I wanted to ask you.
RUSH: Who do you think Claire Underwood is?
CALLER: You mean Hillary?
RUSH: Well, a lot of people speculate on Hillary. Some think Michelle Obama. Some think, "Who knows?" But everybody tries to attach those characters to actual political persons and people. I don't do that. I just watch the show for its entertainment, and I marvel at how the writers do seem to understand how things work. To me, it's strictly entertainment. But if it's working in opening your husband's eyes, then, you know, all the better. Jim in Dixon, California, you're next on the EIB Network. Hello, sir.
CALLER: Hey, thank you, Rush. Hey, I just want to let you know that I'm on to you, my friend. You did a great job of staging that call yesterday. It was an amazing few minutes where obviously you knew that call was coming. You know, you struggled to hear the woman. You did a great job, you know, answering her question. You had the answers ready. They were ready, just right on each time, and apparently you even had a transcript. So, you know, you right wingers... You guys, come on! You do the same thing, Rush.
RUSH: (laughing) You think so?
CALLER: You were ready for that.
RUSH: Are you being serious or are you jamming me here?
CALLER: I'm jamming you.
RUSH: I knew you were jamming me. That's really good. That was really good. You had the staff upset. There are some people on the other side of the glass really getting mad at you.
CALLER: Ah, I guess I should have kept playing.
RUSH: You know what? It's a great call. It's illustrating absurdity by being absurd. It's exactly what we do on the program. I normally tell people, "Don't try this at home. Leave it to the professionals, like me." But you have shown you can do this at home.
CALLER: I do it for a living, Rush. I have great respect for you. Thank you.
RUSH: Well, I appreciate that. I really do. That was well done. As I say, you had some people on the other side of the glass shaking their heads, ah, come on, is this guy for real. "Way to stage the call, Rush." That's another way, a great way of illustrating absurdity, 'cause we don't do that here. I mean, you wouldn't believe, folks, the number of people who say, "Hey, would you give me a secret number to call in so I could plug something?
I've got a friend that's got a book," or blah, blah. You wouldn't not believe it, and I don't do it. We don't call anybody. The only people we call are if we don't get to somebody in a day that we told were gonna get on. We'll take their number and ask if we can call them the next day, and that's it. But we don't stage anything here. There are no bits that we do with callers as such. But, Jim, thanks for the call. (interruption) No, we don't have to. That's the whole point.
RUSH: Barney in Tucson, you're next on the EIB Network. Hello, sir.
CALLER: Hello, Rush. You were discussing staged events involving the Clintons.
RUSH: Yes, I was.
CALLER: I'd like you to consider that Hillary's most famous outburst during her testimony at the Benghazi hearings was carefully written and rehearsed.
RUSH: Which would that be? The "what difference does it make?"
CALLER: Exactly. But that's not the way she said it. That's the way normal people would say it. The way she said it was very strangely constructed. Normal people, especially under stressful circumstances would just say it exactly the way you did. Or if she wanted to add, "at this point" she would say "at this point, what difference does it make?" Or, "What difference does it make at this point?" But the way she did it, her outburst not only had the desired effect of putting the committee members back on their heels, but equally important she prevents the "what difference does it make?" part from being used as a separate and heartless looking sound bite.
RUSH: Wow, you have really dissected this.
CALLER: Yeah, her accents on the words were -- it's just all wrong if you analyzed the way she said it.
RUSH: Tell me how she said it, in --
CALLER: "What difference, at this point, does it make?"
CALLER: By inserting that clause in the middle, it's an abnormally spoken construction.
RUSH: Right. "What difference, at this point, does it make?" Instead of, "What difference does it make?"
CALLER: Even adding "at this point" at the beginning or the end --
CALLER: -- because if she did it that way, which is the way normal people would do it, you could take the "what difference does it make?" and it would be a devastating political commercial against her.
RUSH: Well, I'll tell you something else. That's an excellent point. You know, I'm a student of the use of language and words, phraseology, and that's a really good point and a good observation, as well. But Mrs. Clinton, if I'm not mistaken, I think there have been planted questions at Mrs. Clinton press conferences.
CNN back in 2007: "Student Claims She Was Fed Question for Clinton." This is from Grinnell, Iowa. "The college student who was told what question to ask at one of New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign events said 'voters have the right to know what happened' and she wasn't the only one who was planted. In an exclusive on-camera interview with CNN, Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff, a 19-year-old sophomore at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, said giving anyone specific questions to ask is 'dishonest,' and the whole incident has given her a negative outlook on politics.
"Gallo-Chasanoff, whose story was first reported in the campus newspaper, said what happened was simple: She said a senior Clinton staffer asked if she'd like to ask the senator a question after an energy speech the Democratic presidential hopeful gave in Newton, Iowa, on November 6. ... He then opened a binder to a page that, according to Gallo-Chasanoff, had about eight questions on it. 'The top one was planned specifically for a college student,' she added. 'It said "college student" in brackets and then the question.' Topping that sheet of paper was the following: 'As a young person, I'm worried about the long-term effects of global warming. How does your plan combat climate change?'"
So apparently Mrs. Clinton planted questions and found students to ask them in press conferences. There's another one November 10th 2007, this is Major Garrett, he was at Fox News then. "Clinton Campaign Accused for the Second Time of Planting a Question at a Public Appearance." This one Sioux City, Iowa. "For the second time in as many days, Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has had to deal with accusations of planting questions during public appearances.
"In a telephone interview Saturday with Fox News, Geoffrey Mitchell, 32, said he was approached by Clinton campaign worker Chris Hayler to ask a question about how she was standing up to President Bush on the question on funding the Iraq war and a troop withdrawal timeline. The encounter happened before an event hosted by Iowa State Sen. Gene Frais on a farm outside Fort Madison, Iowa."
So I think we've established here that when it comes to staging events, the Clintons are capable and have done it. And I don't think it's just the Clintons. Hell, look at all the times the Democrats parade victims up in the middle of their press conferences. Those are staged events as well, all designed to evoke an emotional reaction among people watching on TV. Barney, thanks for the call.
We've gotta take another brief, obscene profit break here at the Rush Limbaugh program. We're back right after this.
RUSH: How about this, folks? How about all of those people that fainted at Barack Obama's speeches? How many of those do you think were staged, 'cause they don't happen anymore. He still goes out there and speaks where there's crowds and where it's hot, but nobody seems to faint anymore. But it used to be routine when he went out there. The point is: How much of what is liberalism is genuine anyway? The point is, very little of it is. The reality of it is something they can't ever let you see it, when you get down to brass tacks.