RUSH: Well, you know, folks, it’s just real simple here. From a purely analytical point of view — from a purely analytical point of view — the media prove time and time again they cannot be trusted to report the truth or the facts. We can’t count on them anymore. First there was Katrina. We got forged documents, lies about the law regarding the NSA program; now this terrible mine accident. Time and again they report false information and spin. They rely on rumored sources. Somebody shouts out a rumor, they run with it. They take it to the air. The new standard in the media is: a guy runs up and tells you something. You don’t know who your sources are. You don’t know your source’s name. You don’t know anything about him but you report it as news, and then when it’s all proven to be untrue, you get, ‘Oh, how awful,’ but there’s never any official taking of responsibility. There’s never any accountability.
We’ve got this awful mine accident and these miner families. I don’t know, how about you? I went to bed last night; right before I went to bed about midnight here comes the flash: ‘Twelve of thirteen miners found alive.’ I said, ‘Wow, this is a miracle. This is cool.’ I go up, get in bed. I get up this morning, find out it wasn’t true. Greetings and welcome, ladies and gentlemen. You are tuned to the award-winning, thrill-packed, ever-exciting, increasingly popular, growing-by-leaps-and-bounds Rush Limbaugh program, and we are here on the Excellence in Broadcasting Network. The telephone number is 800-282-2882. The e-mail address is Rush@eibnet.com. I know, ladies and gentlemen, that I often chide many of you for wanting to call here and complain about what you saw in the media, because I say, ‘It happens every day. It’s not news anymore.’ There are days like this, I just get so disgusted and I just get some frustrated about it that — and I’m allowed because I’m the head honcho here, even I want to break my own rule. I mean, let’s take a look at the media. This is an industry that supposedly trades on facts, supposedly trades on truth, and if it can’t be trusted how is it any different than Enron or WorldCom?
We are the consumers of this information, and if the information is
I don’t pretend to be a journalist. For one thing, I
I know they have constitutional mention and protection, and I don’t in any way favor government policing the media the way the media favors government policing of political speech, by the way. I mean, the media is all out there in favor of the government policing political speech because they know they’re immune to it. They are immune from any changes that are made, but it is clear that self-policing isn’t working, either. There is no accountability. Where are all the editors? Where are all the levels in this miner story, for example? We keep hearing that you can’t trust talk radio. ‘You can’t trust Matt Drudge. You can’t trust the Internet, because there aren’t any filters! It’s just a bunch of wackos doing what they want to do, advancing their own agenda.’ How is that really any different from what the mainstream media, the old media, is today? Where are the filters? Who are the filters? Well, the filters are no different than the reporters. They got the same agenda. They have the same purpose. But they
Go into any journalism school. I’ve told you this. Walk down the hall at your favorite journalism school, ask some budding, young, nubile, little journalism student, stars in his or her eyes, ‘Why are you here?’
‘Because I want to change the world!’
‘Well, that’s not what you’re supposed to do in journalism. Journalism is standing on the corner and telling the people who aren’t there what happened there, if something noteworthy does happen there.’
‘No, no, no. I want to change the world.’
was all about and All that means is they don’t go into journalism to report the news anymore; they go into journalism to influence policy. That’s what James Risen is all about at the New York Times. That’s what Dan RatherMary Mapes. That’s what all these reporters who covered Katrina were all about. It was all about attacking Bush and his policies. Vanity Fair magazine? It’s got this puff piece coming out on the ‘prosecutor’s prosecutor,’ Patrick Fitzgerald. They don’t give a
We know that just the
You wait, in order to get the attention of their disastrous reporting of last night off the front pages and off everybody’s focus, they’ll find a way to turn this into an examination of Bush policies, how Bush doesn’t care about union people. I don’t know how it’s going to manifest itself, but it will at some point, because every event that takes place in this country is used to promote their agenda. Every event is an opportunity to lecture us about some social policy or take sides politically. They are propagandists. I mean, look it how the revelation of Valerie Plame’s name and this current leak are treated. In one case whoever leaked Valerie Plame’s name, ‘Why, why, we’ve got to put those people in jail! Why, that’s outrageous, giving up a covert agent’s identity!’ It never happened! She wasn’t covert. How many times does this need to be reported? If she wasn’t covert, no crime has been charged — and
Look at how the media won’t even report honestly about the travesty that is the Tom DeLay case. Look at how history completely is ignored — Abraham Lincoln, FDR and others — when accusing Bush of seizing power. He has, actually, refused to do that. Bush didn’t seize all the power that he inherently has. Go back and look at what Lincoln did, FDR did. Do you know that FDR — I was going to mention this yesterday — FDR actually had every letter from soldiers sent home opened and read and censored and monitored? Yes, FDR did this during the World War II, if not every letter, quite a few of them. Soldiers’ letters home were opened and read. You never knew who might be sending in what. We were at war. Can you
RUSH: If you look at the media with the economy, they jump all over Bush when the economy has slowed. They pay minimal attention to the great economic indicators today. We have a credibility gap, and I can calculate the credibility gap because I know numbers and I know economics. We have an economy right now that in any other time with a Democrat president, you go out and take a poll on the economy today and the people of this country rate the economy good or great by a tune of 65, 70%. Mainstream media gets hold of that today, shakes their questions, shakes their sample, you get an approval number of 45% — in a booming economy! Look what happened yesterday. They got hold of some leak notes that the Federal Reserve’s going to stop raising rates, stock market spiked yesterday, huge bump-up, all the indexes did. I mean, it’s terrific out there. Unemployment is down. Home buying has never been easier for most people in the country — Snerdley excluded — and yet the reporting on this is that the economy is dismal. There was a story that I saw today that some ‘expert’ somewhere is predicting a recession!
This is just utterly irresponsible! So you can find one pointy-headed academic elitist who wants to be first in line to predict bad news, and there you, hear, ‘Oh, we got a guy predicting bad news. Why, he’s our hero today! Let’s go out and report this. Let’s go out and make the central economic story the fact that there’s a recession
They all but disappear when a Democrat is president. There aren’t any homeless. There’s no homeless problem when a Democrat’s in the White House. Now we got a story in the stack today. Somebody is actually suggesting if you give the homeless a bunch of booze it will make their lives more enjoyable. The Canadians. The Canadians say, ‘Oh, yeah. Give them some sherry and give them some wine and you’ll improve their quality of life,’ and this is touted as revolutionary. Reve
McCain thinks they like him personally just like Murtha thinks they like him personally, just like Fitzgerald is going to end up thinking they like him personally, when it’s not personal all! It’s about their
It’s stunning. It’s completely irresponsible. It was unnecessary. But some guy comes running up, ‘They’re all alive! They’re all alive,’ bam! The pressure is on to be first with the news so that the TV blogs on the Internet will credit you with being first. Forget that your audience is the American people. No, your audience is other journalists. Your audience is other networks. Your audience is a bunch of dumb, stupid bloggers on the Internet who are reporting on what you do. So now, in the face of this crisis in West Virginia, what will the media do? Well, I’ll predict to you we’ll get another panel discussion of Harvard, or at the Kennedy School, at the Shorenstam Center, or wherever. Marvin Kalb will moderate. He will lament how bad the news media is — not the news media, the
‘We don’t have time because they’re constantly under assault.’ So the focus will be on how the new media is causing the old media to make mistakes. We’ll hear about how full of professionals the old media. We’ll hear all about checks and balances and all the rest of the baloney and they’ll pat themselves on the back, with the usual arrogance and sanctimony we’ve come to expect. They’ll tell
Dan Rather has made himself a part of the news since the day he get in the business. Dan Rather has been the news. That’s the whole point of any television journalist today is to be the news. Ask yourself when you look at a TV ad promoting some new anchor or new show. The focus is always on the personality, not the fact that you get the news factually or truthfully or best but there’s some anchor out there that’s going to dazzle you and wow you and get you all excited to watch their network. Meanwhile, we don’t know what credentials the anchor has. We don’t know what experience he has, other than he cried good on TV during Hurricane Katrina. He looked like he really cared and he was really tough on the government — the Bush administration government! They pat themselves on the back, all the arrogance and sanctimony that they can imagine, tell everybody how they try to do what’s right but in the end they take no responsibility
RUSH: Sue from Los Angeles. Welcome, Sue, to the EIB Network.
RUSH: Yes, hi.
CALLER: Hi. Can you hear me?
RUSH: I hear you fine, yeah.
CALLER: Okay. I was watching. Long after you went to bed I was watching CNN and Fox ’til three in the morning, because I was looking for the source of the news that they were all alive, and finally the source came on, and it was announced. They said that the mining company officials had gone into the church and told them that they were all alive. So they’re actually the source of the information, not the media. You’re totally right about the media, and I hate to see your point discredited or discounted because of this one issue.
RUSH: I’m not. I’m not going to be discredited on this one issue. But, see, if I turn out to be wrong I have no problem admitting it, and I’ll take responsibility for what my mistakes are, and I’ll be accountable to myself.
RUSH: But there are ways to avoid this. Let’s listen to this. We’re not talking about what happened three hours later. Three hours later, that’s enough time to get it right in the first place. Let’s go to the audio sound bites, shall we, ladies and gentlemen? Let’s go audio sound bite number — and I don’t mean to pick on anybody here. It’s just this who we have: Anderson Cooper. This is last night around ten minutes to 12 noon on CNN.
COOPER: Wow. The families, we are told, that are screaming — some family members screamed that twelve people were found alive. That is, uh… A number of people have been yelling and screaming, ‘Twelve alive! Twelve alive.’ Sir, what have you heard? Please come tell us!
RUSH: All right. So yelling and screaming, a bunch of unnamed sources, unconfirmed sources, yelling, “They’re alive. They’re alive. They’re alive.” Well, now, everybody wants to hear that news. That’s the news everybody was waiting and hoping to hear. But this is how it gets reported: a bunch of people running around the street, and Cooper snags this one guy. It turns out his name is Terry Goff. He’s a friend of the trapped miner Terry Helms, and here’s that exchange.
COOPER: You’re a friend of Terry Helms. Terry was ? What have you heard?
GOFF: They just come out of the mines. We got 12 alive.
COOPER: Where did you — who told you that?
GOFF: They just come out of the mines. And saying official now, said we got 12 alive.
COOPER: That is incredible news
RUSH: Okay, now some of you might say, “Ah, Rush, what are you going to do? It’s breaking news.” When you are in the truth business, when you are in the truth-and-fact business, you’re supposed to be immune to all these be-first-with-it pressures and so forth, and just standing around the streets waiting for people running through the streets to tell you what
RUSH: Continuing on with the theme about the mainstream press being nowhere near a truthful, factual business anymore. Continuing on with the theme that the media today reports the news as they
Well, we came to learn later that the libs had stacked their own exit polls! The libs had sent people out there to participate in exit polls, and they stacked them, and they did this for the express purpose of demoralizing people who hadn’t yet voted and they wanted the reporting of these early exit polls starting at two o’clock and then the updates at four, 4:30, to depress Bush vote turnout, and then when the actual returns, when the actual votes started being counted and the exit polls showed no relevance, the media was beside itself. They were stunned. Not just the Democrats, but in a clear-cut example of reporting the news they hoped would be, they forgot that votes are what’s counted; not exit poll tallies. Then after that, if you remember, some Democrats demanded an investigation of the
The media picked it up and ran with it. “Yes, this is a reasonable story. We’re going to run with this; we’re going to explore this. The great disparity between the exit polls and the actual votes is so great that we must examine the actual votes,” and the exit polls, anybody can come out and tell you anything they want to. They can lie to you. You know, lying to exit pollsters is a fun thing to encourage people to do. Just to screw these people up. The real vote is what counts. But, no, since it didn’t show Kerry winning, they had to find some reason to find fault with the real vote and assume the exit polling was accurate. All right, let me go back to the audio sound bites. We have two more bites here. Both are from CNN, and we shared with you the first two. The first reports about 11:50 last night, CNN — and they all did it. We just have audio from CNN. I’m not picking on just one here. Miners are alive! Miners are alive! People are running through the streets, ‘Miners are alive!'” It gets reported, bammo. Then a friend comes up to Anderson Cooper, “Yeah, yeah! They just came out of the mines. We’ve got twelve alive.”
“There you have it: the miners are alive! Happy New Year, da-da-da-da-da. Let’s all sing Amazing Grace.”
Now it’s 2:47 this morning, Anderson Cooper live from West Virginia, speaking to an unidentified woman, and she had this exchange with him.
WOMAN: There’s only one. There’s only one made it out alive.
COOPER: What? Wuh? What?
WOMAN: I think the name was Randall Ware. The governor is in there. This big in charge CEO of the mine is apologizing, and it’s all — they did nothing but — I don’t know how this information had come out.
COOPER: Where..? Where…? Where?
WOMAN: There’s one person alive and he’s en route to the hospital.
RUSH: So this morning a West Virginian decided to lecture the media on what they did. This is a woman who doesn’t live in the media bubble like I was talking about yesterday. Just like they did in Hurricane Katrina, big media, totally out of control here. What happened to their editors, where were all these filters that we’ve been lectured about and told that we don’t have? We’re not responsible. We can’t be trusted. We don’t have editors. We don’t have filters. We don’t have people making sure that rumors are not true. We don’t have people checking our sources. Where is all that these days in the mainstream media? Why didn’t they need two or three sources on this last night?
WOMAN: What doesn’t seem fair is, sure, there might have been this miscommunication error, but why did it get broadcasted all over the world, why didn’t somebody stop it? When we came in they were sing Amazing Grace right here in front of the church and I’ll Fly Away. You know, for three hours. Put everything through this. It’s unbelievable how — I mean, where’s the compassion in that? That went on for three hours. Children — young children, obviously —
WOMAN: — young children, just — you know. It’s a small — it’s a small community. How could nobody have compassion to say, “Just hold on for a minute.” Something — there’s — there’s an error and the survivors or something. It’s unbelievable.
RUSH: No, madam, it’s not unbelievable. It’s commonplace. This is the exact kind of thing that happened in Hurricane Katrina, the aftermath there. Same
Now, I’m surprised it hasn’t happened yet. You may be more informed than I. Are you sure some