In a December 31 Newsmax article, Media Research Center president Brent Bozell is quoted as saying that if Rush Limbaugh said liberals "want to kill people," then "[i]t would be the end of his career." But Limbaugh has made numerous remarks of the sort, including declaring that "It's the American Left that wants you to die" and that the Democratic Party is "obsessed with your death."
From a December 31 Newsmax.com article:
The Media Research Center had no problem finding outrageous quotes from the liberal media for its Best Notable Quotables of 2009 -- and the center's founder and president, Brent Bozell, discussed the "awards" in an exclusive Newsmax interview.
The "winners" of the 22nd Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting, chosen by a panel of 48 judges, include Katie Couric of CBS and Evan Thomas of Newsweek.
MSNBC talk show host Ed Schultz wins the Damn Those Conservatives Award for these remarks on "The Ed Show" in September: "The Republicans lie! They want to see you dead. They'd rather make money off your dead corpse. They kind of like it when that woman has cancer and they don't have anything for her."
Bozell commented: "I love it how the left is always accusing the right -- the Rush Limbaughs, the Sean Hannitys, you, me -- of being the haters, of being the people who are negative, the people who participate in character assassination campaigns. There you have it -- Ed Schultz, Mister MSNBC, making the most hideous of character assassination attacks, saying we want to kill people, and literally saying it. We want to see them dead.
"Just think what would happen if Rush Limbaugh went on the air and said that about a liberal. It would be the end of his career."
But Limbaugh's many accusations that liberals want to kill people have not been "the end of his career"
Limbaugh: "It's the American left that wants you to die," Democratic Party is "obsessed with your death." During the September 30 broadcast of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show, Limbaugh said the public option would "determine who among us lives and dies on the basis of who among us gets health care, gets treatment, based on whatever criteria they say is necessary." Responding to Rep. Alan Grayson's (D-FL) floor speech in which he said "Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick," Limbaugh said, "The only plan that asks you to die and get out of the way is the Democrat plan." He continued: "It's the American left that wants you to die. They want you to die in the womb, and they want you to die when you're no longer productive towards the end of your life. It's the Democrat Party that's obsessed with your death. The Democrat Party that is obsessed not with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness but the exact opposite. The party of abortion and euthanasia, slavery and not liberty, and everybody being created miserable and mediocre."
Limbaugh euthanasia fearmongering: "Cradle to grave care" now means government "decide[s] when to dig the grave." On his October 13 broadcast, Limbaugh said of "cradle to grave care": "The difference now is that [the government] also get to decide when to dig the grave ... with this health care plan."
Limbaugh on "death panel" falsehood: Obama wants to control "determinations of who lives and who dies." Discussing Sarah Palin's "death panel" falsehood on his August 13 radio show, Limbaugh said that when you "synthesize" what Obama wants to do about health care, Obama "wants the White House, he wants the executive branch to be making determinations of who lives and who dies, which will lead to the regulation of every lifestyle or life in this country."
Limbaugh claims that under Democratic health care reform, senior citizens would face "the guillotine." On his October 15 radio program, Limbaugh said of Democratic health care reform: "Senior citizens know full well what they would face -- the guillotine -- if this health care bill ever passes."
Limbaugh again invokes "death panels" in claiming that Democrats are "totally on board with the elderly passing away." During his December 8 radio broadcast, Limbaugh said: "If the final [health care bill] has $500 billion in Medicare cuts, then that alone is a death panel, and that will convince me that this administration, the Democrat Party, is totally on board with the elderly passing away because they represent a problem. They're informed, they're educated, they have a memory of a better time in this country." He continued: "If they follow through on this, then people's biggest suspicions will be confirmed. They're essentially saying that elderly people, we're just not going to treat you."