Ladies and gentlemen, at RushLimbaugh.com we have posted a series, a large number of links from across the media spectrum which are either very supportive of me in this whole NFL fiasco or very accurate in reporting what I said in the first 15 minutes of this program yesterday. It’s too numerous to go through here on the radio program because frankly there are other things I want to get into today, but there is one aspect of this that we learned from Joseph Ashby at the AmericanThinker.com last night, and it’s been updated. We just posted the update at RushLimbaugh.com. ‘The plot thickens on the media’s character-lynching of Rush Limbaugh. Of the four stories run on ESPN.com about Limbaugh’s bid for the Rams, none of them mention that NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith served as counsel to Attorney General Eric Holder and was a member of Barack Obama’s transition team.’ One of them does, though. There is an ESPN story from back in the summer that does. ESPN reported it back in the summer, but didn’t report it October 6th, 12th, and twice on the 15th.
Now, the update is: ‘Limbaugh Targeted By Obama Official.’ I made the point yesterday that Obama was involved in this. And, of course, the critics in the media, ‘Oh, that’s just Limbaugh, he just can’t handle it.’ We have sourced it. ESPN themselves, and the story does mention here that DeMaurice Smith talked to the players of the Players Association and Sharpton and Jackson and so forth. So the headline that they’re running here, ‘Limbaugh Targeted By Obama Official,’ is true. Now, the update is, there is also another story on the AmericanThinker.com that lists the source of the false quotes that everybody is running around quoting, the totally fabricated, made-up quotes. Where did I put that? Anyway, the IP address of the office where those quotes were put on Wikipedia is a New York City law firm, Rudy Giuliani’s old law firm. The law firm is Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP and there’s an IP address at their computer system that’s been tracked and the phony quotes that were put on Wikipedia then picked up by everybody else have been sourced to that IP address.
The update that the American Thinker has just discovered is, lo and behold, on September 21st of 2009 this law firm established a sports group. ‘September 21, 2009. Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP is pleased to announce the formal establishment of its interdisciplinary Sports Group. The firm’s work in this area dates back decades and includes high-profile disputes and transactions involving professional baseball, basketball, hockey, tennis and golf, as well as the representation of sports-related media entities.’ They go on and describe the various experience that they bring to sports-related groups and the lawyers in their firm involved in litigation who will handle litigation in this area. The sports group includes leading litigation, white-collar defense and investigations, intellectual property, taxes, organizations, and corporate attorneys, including — and they give the names of all these people, then the phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
It is extremely interesting. Those quotes were totally, totally, totally made up, fabricated, and they were first found on Wikipedia, and it turns out now that the IP address of the person that posted those quotes is a New York City law firm. Rudy Giuliani is not there anymore, but it’s a big firm, is the point. Now, this stench is now capturing and encircling other good people.
RUSH: Here, very briefly now, is AmericanThinker.com: The Search for the Wikipedia Libelist — Thanks to an intrepid blogger with the tag Trapdoc posting a letter to Mark Steyn, the search for the Wikipedia Libelist responsible for damaging posts to the Rush Limbaugh account has been narrowed to the IP address of a New York City law firm,’ Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler. ‘This address has been used mostly to make changes to the article about Rush, but also Karl Rove, Sean Hannity… James Dobson and Sara Palin from 2005 until earlier this year.’ This law firm just last month announced the establishment of a sports division, meaning they might have important sports clients here, meaning… Well, you take it from there.
Wall, New Jersey. This is John. Glad you called. Hello.
CALLER: (static) Hello, Rush. I’m a big fan of yours. I just want to make three quick points, and it’s obvious —
RUSH: Hang on just a second here. John, don’t go away. I’m still hearing static on the phone. We have switched the screening back down here to Florida because H.R. refused to do it on Happy Boss Day but AT&T hasn’t fixed this, right? So John if we lose you it’s not your fault although we’ll blame you, it’s our phone lines.
CALLER: Okay. Three quick points. I hate the fact that the left has politicized football. I use football and baseball, watching it to get away from it. Two, if you’re so irrelevant and you’re such a clown, what does it matter? Why do they make such a big deal? I mean, you only speak to the fringe. And this is for the viewers: If the players are too good to take your money, well, maybe they’re too good to take our money and we won’t go to games and buy merchandise.
RUSH: All of that is right on the money. I thank you for it. But like I said yesterday: The big myth here is that sports is not politicized. I have a story in the stack. You want to hear it? This is funny. George Soros was part of a group back in 2005 trying to buy the Washington Nationals baseball team. And the Republicans in Congress raised a little stink about it, ‘We’re not sure we want this guy.’ Soros is out trying to shellac them, Soros is funding Democrats. Soros is out there running and setting up 527 organizations for the express purpose of defeating, with lies and distortions, Republican Party candidates. So the Republicans raised some objection but nothing ever happened. George Miller, Democrat, Congress, said, (paraphrased) ‘What has politics got to do with sports? If we’re going to start disqualifying people from sports ownership because of their politics, whoa, we’re heading down a slippery slope!’ Make no mistake, the NFL is as politicized is anything else is in this country, and for lack of a better word when DeMaurice Smith and Al Sharpton and Reverend Jackson can pressure the commissioner into saying who can and cannot even apply and go through the vetting process, then they got their own slippery slope and they’re admitting that politics is here. And DeMaurice Smith is an Obamaite, the transition team, a big donor, a close buddy of Eric Holder. So the Obama people have got their hooks in the NFL now.
RUSH: A couple things about the Wall Street Journal. The Wall Street Journal has a great, great piece today that we linked to, one of the many links we have at RushLimbaugh.com today on the thuggishness of DeMaurice Smith, the White House, the NFL, Sharpton and Jackson, and so forth. Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit has a reaction to it. If football is now so thoroughly politicized under this gang why expect that liver transplants will be different? And that is exactly right. These people are politicizing everything. And if you think that your health care is not going to be political as well, you need to wake up and understand exactly who this bunch of people is.
RUSH: Lee in Kingman, Arizona, welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Thank you so very much for taking my phone call.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: I have a question. My husband and I are both in our late sixties, and with this health care plan with everything that’s being said, what’s going to happen to people like us that cannot and will not be able to afford that, that we’ll be kicked off the system. And then to top it off when they come by and say, ‘Okay you can’t drive your car anymore because it’s too old,’ and you can’t afford to buy a new car, what’s going to happen to people like us?
RUSH: Screwed. You heard Robert B. Reich, we’re not going to give you what you need the last couple years of your life just to keep you alive for a couple months, we’re going to let you die. Now, they’re saying this. Robert Reich said this in 2007. They are saying this. They’re out trying to deny it, but there’s no way that they can’t avoid rationing care. Now, in your case you will still have access to Medicare. The questions you ask are valid, but the Obama plan — did you say you’re in your late sixties?
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: The Obama plan, if it is signed into law at any time soon, it’s not going to be implemented ’til 2013.
CALLER: My God, we’ll even be older.
RUSH: I know. I know. You are one of millions of senior citizens who are frightened about this and have every right to be.
CALLER: Well, what happens when they come —
RUSH: Everybody ought to be afraid of it. If they’re willing to politicize something as innocuous as the NFL, who’s to say they won’t politicize kidney transplant or any other kind of medical procedure?
CALLER: No kidding. What’s going to happen when they come and take our car away from us, we’re supposed to walk?
RUSH: Because it’s too old?
RUSH: And they say you’re not allowed to drive it because it pollutes?
RUSH: Well, you’ll have to buy a new one.
CALLER: We can’t afford a new one.
RUSH: Well, they’ll come up with a new Cash for Clunkers program. Obama will buy you a bicycle or something.
CALLER: (laughing) We’re lucky.
RUSH: You are. We are all lucky to live in America. It’s about time we all started realizing that.