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RUSH: David in Raleigh, North Carolina. I’m glad you waited, sir. You’ve been on hold here for quite awhile. I appreciate it.

CALLER: Yes, sir. How are you, Rush?

RUSH: Never better. Thank you.

CALLER: All right. Rush, been listening to you since the ’02 election, and, if we didn’t have you around, it would be tough to navigate through all this stuff, but thank you for what you do.

RUSH: I appreciate that. Thank you.

CALLER: Yes, sir. I was on the couch yesterday evening finishing up my offering and compromise to the IRS so I could get a life back, and the evening news was on, and Charlie Gibson comes on after about three stories and says, ‘Oh, and, by the way, the news from Iraq today…’ he hesitated for a second or two, and then he said, ‘there is none.’ I said, ‘Have I gone to sleep?’

RUSH: All right. We have that sound bite. But before I play that sound bite, I got two questions.

CALLER: Yes, sir.

RUSH: It’s October 18th. What are you working on now for your taxes?

CALLER: Well, I’m having tax problems. They went back and used an off-the-wall —

RUSH: Oh, okay, okay, never mind, you don’t have to divulge personal details. We’re nowhere near a quarterly filing date, so I wondered. Secondly, what in the world are you doing with the World News Tonight on?

CALLER: Well, I was sitting there, my kids were there, older kids, and they just had it on, it just happened to be on, they were watching something else.

RUSH: Everybody says, ‘It was on,’ but nobody knows how it got turned on, nobody was listening to it, it was on. (laughing)

CALLER: I was doing something else. It really caught my attention when he said it. I couldn’t talk.

RUSH: Listen to the whole thing. You didn’t report the whole thing. This is Charlie Gibson World News Tonight on ABC.

GIBSON: One item from Baghdad today. The news is… that there is no news. The police told us that, to their knowledge, there were no major acts of violence. Attacks are down in Baghdad and today no bombings or roadside explosions were reported.

RUSH: And that’s not news? That is news! That is huge news, but not to these guys, because it doesn’t fit the narrative. The narrative is burning cars; IEDs; people in the streets; mangled bodies; smoke wafting up from the streets. And none of that happened yesterday in Iraq. There’s no news! This is just the greatest illustration, I keep saying that. But they keep outdoing themselves, illustrating to one and all just how they work and how they operate.

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