CNN national correspondent Bob Franken quoted Doug Jones, a former football teammate of Sen. George Allen's, defending Allen against the charge that Allen has expressed racist views. But Franken failed to identify Jones as a Republican official and member of Allen's re-election campaign.
Rush Limbaugh claimed that CNN Headline News "set the record straight" by characterizing his August 23 comment that "blacks can't swim" as "tongue-in-cheek." But Limbaugh defended his comment that "blacks can't swim" by again citing the March 2 HealthDay article that he had cited on August 23 program, suggesting it supported his assertion that his comments were "not ... racist."
On Hardball, The Washington Times' Tony Blankley stated that the word "macaca," "[i]n Italian, I'm told, it means a clown." The term was twice used by Sen. George Allen to refer to S.R. Sidarth, a volunteer with the campaign of Allen's Democratic Senate challenger Jim Webb.
On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh claimed that "one of my staff is Spanish and informs me that the word 'macaca' " -- twice used by Sen. George Allen recently to describe a volunteer on the campaign of Allen's Democratic Senate challenger -- was not a racial slur, but "in Spanish means 'clown.' Well, I can see why that would offend somebody in an immigrant community. Yeah, callin' somebody a clown."
Many media figures who have reported Sen. George Allen's claim not to know what the term "macaca" means have omitted the fact that Allen's mother grew up in North Africa. However, on the August 16 edition of MSNBC's Hardball, Chris Matthews acknowledged the role her background may have played in Allen's use of the word, which, as a racial slur, reportedly originated in North Africa.
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On Imus in the Morning, Richard "Bo" Dietl decried the "influxitation [sic] of the Muslim Empire that's taking over Europe," suggested the United States should "make a parking lot out of Damascus," and claimed that "every Muslim family is told to have six to eight children." Dietl added that Muslim fanatics are willing to "let two of them go get blown up because you always got six more."
On his radio show, Glenn Beck claimed that one reason different races are "afraid to hang out with each other" is that "we're afraid ... somebody's gonna sic the NAACP on us." Beck also urged people to "drop the Ebonics crap" because, he said, "[t]here's times that I've gotten into conversation with people, and I don't know what they're saying to me ... and I don't wanna say, 'What the hell are you even talking about?' ... Let's speak the same language." He also stated that "what I say is not racist."
On Fox News' Special Report with Brit Hume, Carl Cameron stated that the House of Representatives had approved a Voting Rights Act extension "overwhelmingly." However, Cameron failed to note that a majority of House Republicans had supported four amendments to the bill that would have weakened the legislation or possibly prevented its passage.
While a guest on Janet Parshall's syndicated radio show, Thomas E. Woods Jr. -- a founding member of the neo-Confederate League of the South, classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a "hate group" -- misleadingly cited Thomas Jefferson's advocacy of castrating men caught engaging in "acts against nature." He also endorsed an online college espousing the views of the right-wing John Birch Society as an appropriate educational tool for those who want to avoid schools that are "brainwashing" children.