On Tuesday, Rush Limbaugh stated that Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square firecracker bomber, was a registered Democrat. Rush then quipped, “I wonder if his SUV had an Obama sticker on it.” Mildly humorous, I’m sure those on the Right thought it was hilarious.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t true.
Media Matters for America has contacted the offices of the registrar in Shahzad’s hometowns and confirmed that Shahzad is in fact not a registered voter in those towns. Nevertheless, Fox News-ers and right-wing bloggers are running with the story anyway. This is another example of the lie being more powerful than the truth. (Birthers…)
Now, when Glenn Beck says he thinks the President is a racist, he has every right to do so. When Limbaugh says he hopes the President fails, again, he has every right to do so. But isn’t there something wrong with broadcasting an outright lie? And there’s nothing subjective about this one. Rush Limbaugh lied. Period.
James O’Keefe’s false exposé of ACORN was accepted as not only true, it was lauded as great journalism. Fox had the unedited tapes and knew what a crock O’Keefe was peddling. Didn’t matter. They ran with it anyway. And just like with Rush’s latest lie, the rest of the media jumped right on board. Just as the real story came out too late then, most people now still don’t know that Limbaugh’s recent statement was nothing but a big fat lie.
I’m all for Free Speech. It’s vital to America’s Liberty.
But where do we draw the line?