Rush Limbaugh repeatedly claimed that Rev. James David Manning of the ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem -- who said that Sen. Barack Obama "was born trash," "pimps white women and black women," and is an "emissary of the devil" -- is "pro-Hillary" and "pro-Clinton." In fact, Manning stated in a January 25 letter: "I am not now, nor do I ever plan to be a supporter of the Clintons."
On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh aired a parody clip in which an impersonator of former President Bill Clinton repeated the false claim that Rep. Barney Frank "let a prostitution ring be run out of [his] home." In fact, the House ethics committee in 1990 determined that Frank "did not have either prior or concomitant knowledge of prostitution activities involving third parties alleged to have taken place in his apartment."
On The O'Reilly Factor, Rush Limbaugh said, referring to a photograph of Sen. Barack Obama dressed in traditional Somali clothing, "I think that Michelle Obama is seething over the attacks that the Clintons have made against her husband with that photo with, you know, Obama looking like [Osama bin Laden's chief collaborator] Ayman [al-]Zawahiri, all of this talk about his middle name and so forth." In fact, Hillary Clinton has denied any knowledge of the photo's release and said, "[T]hat's not the kind of behavior that I condone or expect from the people working in my campaign." Limbaugh added that Mrs. Obama responded "with a womb-to-womb frontal attack on Hillary Clinton."
Rush Limbaugh falsely claimed that a statement by Sen. Barack Obama that "[t]here was no such thing as Al Qaeda in Iraq until [President] George Bush and John McCain decided to invade Iraq" is "manifestly not true." In fact, the 9-11 Commission found "no evidence" that contacts between Saddam Hussein's Iraq and Al Qaeda "developed into a collaborative operational relationship" before the invasion.
On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh defended Bill Cunningham's comments at a rally for Sen. John McCain in which Cunningham repeatedly referred to Sen. Barack Obama as "Barack Hussein Obama." Limbaugh reacted to the incident, saying, "Now, may I ask a simple question? Is that his name? It is. So why can't it be used?"
Reading from a column by Accuracy in Media editor and writer Cliff Kincaid, Rush Limbaugh falsely asserted on his nationally syndicated radio show that the Global Poverty Act, sponsored by Sen. Barack Obama, "would commit the United States to spending 0.7 percent of GDP on foreign aid."
Reporting on Rush Limbaugh's mock endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama for president, The New York Times' Jacques Steinberg quoted Limbaugh saying: "Barack Obama is pro-life" and "Barack Obama is a tax-cutter extraordinaire." Steinberg then suggested that Limbaugh's comments on taxes and abortion were not "descriptive of Mr. Obama, a liberal Democrat," and explained that the "point" of Limbaugh's "endorsement," according to Limbaugh, "was that Mr. Obama represented 'a blank canvas upon which anyone can project their fantasies and desires.' " But, Obama has, in fact, proposed tax cuts for "middle-class workers, homeowners and retirees" and has made it clear that he supports abortion rights.
Rush Limbaugh revived his claims about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's so-called "testicle lockbox," stating: "Clinton's testicle lockbox is big enough for the entire Democrat hierarchy, not just some people in the media. ... Her lockbox, her testicle lockbox can handle everybody in the Democrat hierarchy." Limbaugh later claimed that Clinton "reminds men of the worst characteristics of women they've encountered over their life: totally controlling, not soft and cuddly. Not sympathetic. Not patient. Not understanding. Demanding, domineering, Nurse Ratched kind of thing."
Citing Dean Barnett's Weekly Standard piece about a recent speech by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, radio host Rush Limbaugh and ABC's Jake Tapper promoted Barnett's claim that without a teleprompter, Obama is, in Limbaugh's words, "a different guy." However, in claiming that Obama "improvised" or "ad-libbed" and that the audience "saw a different Obama," Barnett provided several quotes that have been part of Obama's standard stump speech since as early as November 2007.
On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh claimed that Sen. Hillary Clinton is "in the Northeast ... surrounded by her good old ... white female new castrati male base, while her husband, Bill, pays penance -- left to deal in South Carolina, while she's up with her people, the whites and the less-than-blacks." Other media figures have also used various forms of "castrati" in reference to Clinton and her supporters, including Chris Matthews, who once questioned people who have endorsed Clinton, saying, "[A]ren't you appalled at the willingness of these people to become castratos in the eunuch chorus here or whatever they are?"
On his radio show, referring to Chris Matthews' controversial comments about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rush Limbaugh said: "The one time Matthews gets something right, and he apologizes for it because of pressure from the Hillary front group Media Matters for America." Limbaugh asserted that Matthews' original comment "hit the nail on the head" and went on to state: "I've said that in far more explicit terms behind this very golden EIB microphone. Hillary Clinton is where she is because she is the most cheated-on woman in the world."
One week after claiming that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's suggestion that Sen. Barack Obama "has not done the kind of spadework" that Clinton has done was "not coincidental," Rush Limbaugh returned to the subject on his January 14 show. While discussing Obama, Limbaugh twice used the word "spade," which can be used as a racial slur. Specifically, Limbaugh said that "Obama is holding his own against both of them [Bill and Hillary Clinton], doing more than his share of the 'spadework,' maybe even gaining ground at the moment, using not only the spade, ladies and gentlemen. But when he finishes with the spade in the garden of corruption planted by the Clintons, he turns to the hoe. And so the spadework and his expertise, using a hoe. He's faring well." "Spadework" is a common term among political figures and the media.
Rush Limbaugh falsely asserted that if "you look at" the legislative record of Sen. Barack Obama, "you won't find a Senate bill with his name on it." In fact, Obama was the primary sponsor of a bill in the 109th Congress to "promote relief, security, and democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo," signed into law by President Bush in December 2006, was a key co-sponsor of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, and has so far introduced 55 bills in the current session of Congress.
While discussing a recent campaign event during which Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's voice broke as she talked about why she is seeking the presidency, several media figures described Clinton's actions as "calculated," reviving a characterization frequently made by the media that Clinton is "calculating."