Tuesday, May 02, 2006
MMfA: National Review editor says Limbaugh smeared over arrest
Similarly, a Newsweek article by Arian Campo-Flores and Evan Thomas asserted that the use of the word "arrest" in initial news stories was "misleading." Without explaining what they meant by "misleading," Campo-Flores and Thomas reasoned: "In fact, Limbaugh had pleaded not guilty, and his lawyer had worked out a deal that would cause the single charge to be dropped after 18 months as long as Limbaugh stayed out of trouble and continued to see a doctor who has helped him with an addiction to painkillers." On his May 1 radio show, Limbaugh praised the Newsweek article as "amazing," "straightforward," and "fair" and informed readers that "we've linked to it at RushLimbaugh.com." (Nevertheless, the caption under a photo of Limbaugh accompanying the article on Newsweek's website read: "Limbaugh was arrested Friday on prescription drug charges.")
Full Media Matters for America story. The article goes on to explain that the big fat blowhard (BFB) was indeed arrested, as a DemLog reprint of a Reuters story also reported here Friday evening, along with the above mugshot. The exhaustive MMfA story also quotes the BFB saying he spent "millions" fighting this criminal charge and spinning it down to a non-story.
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