RUSH: There was a story in the Washington Times a couple days ago. The Drive-By Media did not spend any time on this at all, but the Washington Times did. ‘Membership in the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has declined more than 90 percent since the 2001 terrorist attacks, according to tax documents obtained by The Washington Times. The number of reported members spiraled down from more than 29,000 in 2000 to fewer than 1,700 in 2006. As a result, the Muslim rights group’s annual income from dues dropped from $732,765 in 2000, when yearly dues cost $25, to $58,750 last year, when the group charged $35.’ Now, forget for a moment the falling membership. (We’ll deal with that in a minute. Membership declined more than 90%.) You mean to tell me that a group with a maximum number of members of 29,000 is said to be a spokesman for all, what, two, four million Muslims in this country? The Drive-By Media did the same thing with the NAGs. Do you know the NAGs, the highest their membership ever was 250,000? Yet whoever the president of the NAGs was, was speaking for every woman — at because the NAGs were oriented towards female and women’s issues. They were liberals, and the Drive-By Media is liberals! It’s the same thing here with CAIR.
CAIR is trying to shut down right wingers. CAIR is trying to silence anybody who criticizes them. They had 29,000 members. Nobody ought to give them a sweat! Nobody ought to care what they say. But when they speak up, networks panic. When they offer complaints and they threaten action, some people in this country bend over backwards, bend over forwards, grab the ankles — whichever is more convenient for them — over 29,000 membership! Now it’s down to what? Seventeen hundred paid members! They’ve gotten people fired from radio talk shows. They have pressured radio stations into silencing certain comments made about Islamofascists that don’t even live in this country. Twenty-nine thousand members down to one thousand seven hundred. I’m telling you, it’s the same thing with this stupid bunch of idiots, the Center for Science and the Public Interest. It’s probably three idiots — three anorexic, pallid idiots — and they claim to represent the entire health industry, or they’re given that kind of weight. Meantime, this audience is 22 million — and we’re learning, by the way, it’s even larger than that. I can’t give away trade secrets, but there’s a revolutionary new way that radio ratings are being taken, and it’s been tested in a couple cities and we’re finding in Philadelphia, the ‘cume’ is twice what we thought it was. It’s going to be awhile before they roll this out into all of the markets that are rated. But it’s going to be even more than 22 million people. Yet this audience is treated by the Drive-By Media as, ‘Ah, a sideshow. Ah, not really worth listening to,’ but a group with 1700 paid members is given the weight, by the Drive-By Media, of a group that has gazillions of members worldwide. I’m going to tell you, and so many other liberal groups like the NAGs, like everything else, it’s going to be the same thing. These are just hand picked, cherry-picked organizations that the Drive-Bys and the liberals can cite, make ’em sound big as they can be to advance the leftist agenda.
RUSH: By the way, the CAIR people, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, put on a little agenda item on their website calling for action to show the Washington Times what you think of its biased reporting, and I have their little post here and they don’t disapprove one fact in the Washington Times story.