Demz Actually Help Charity Raise Money - Unwittingly!
John A. Quayle
blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Sun Oct 21 22:13:11 MDT 2007
The Conservative Voice, October 21, 2007
Warner Todd Huston
Did Dems Help Rush Sell $2 Mil Letter?
October 20, 2007 02:00 PM EST
If this doesn't take the cake, I don't know what does? On an ABC News
Blog called the
Radar, ABC reports on Rush Limbaugh's $2 million condemnation letter
and throughout the piece continually links "Democrats" to the charity
donation that Limbaugh and the ebay bidder for the letter are giving
the money to. After reading this ABC blog report, one gets the
sneaking suspicion that ABC thinks that Harry Reid and the Democrats
are the ones that should be hailed as the good guys responsible for
raising this monumental sum for charity. It is clear that ABC did
their level best to play down Limbaugh's part in the story and play
up the supposed positive contribution of Democrats.
The report by Z. Byron Wolf starts off trying to massage the outrage
of the original faux controversy into a mere episode of political
fingerpointing instead of the outright calumny it actually is. "Who
says the political fingerpointing in Washington is all for naught?,"
the post begins lightheartedly.
And even though there is a lot of "explanation" in this report, the
Political Radar report does not take any time at all to fully explain
what the letter even is nor the controversy that surrounds it, a move
that further softens the outrage surrounding the letter, making it
all seem just an amusement.
Here is how the post begins:
Back in September, when Democrats and Republicans were sniping at
each other over the Iraq war, Republicans passed a nonbinding
resolution in the Senate condemning Moveon.org for calling David
Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, "General Betrayus" in
a newspaper ad.
For their part, Democrats sent a letter calling for Rush Limbaugh to
be reprimanded for calling soldiers who opposed the war "phony
soldiers." The furor seemed to have died down as the Senate moved
away from voting on a string of Iraq resolutions to voting on
domestic spending bills.
So, they describe the "Betray us" ad in detail even though that
episode doesn't really track the Reid letter story exactly, but all
they have to say of the letter situation is that "Democrats sent a
letter" to Rush? Then to further soften the outrage over the whole
letter incident, ABC blithely tosses it off as something that quickly
faded from view because it wasn't as important as "voting on a string
of Iraq resolutions to voting on domestic spending bills."
The Next paragraph again links "Democrats" to the letter...
But today comes word that a Wasghinton, D.C. area philanthropist,
Betty Casey (or bettyc588, as she is known on Ebay) is going to pay
over $2 million for a letter Senate Democrats wrote to Mark Mays,
President of Clear Channel, asking him to condemn Rush Limbaugh for
the "phony soldiers" comment.
ABC also takes great pains to show that the woman who won the letter,
Betty Casey an east coast philanthropist and long time political
donor, gave money to Barack Obama and other "disparate political
interests" like trying to donate $50 to build a mayoral residence for
the mayor of Washington D.C.
Then ABC is back to linking the letter to Democrats.
Back on October 1st, Harry Reid brought the letter to the Senate
floor and asked Republicans to join him condemning Limbaugh for
saying that soldiers who oppose the Iraq war are "phony soldiers.
They give Reid's side of the story and mention that Rush supposedly
said "phony soldiers" several times in this piece and not one time do
they fully flesh out the fact that Rush did NOT say all soldiers who
oppose the war are phony. Nor do they even give Rush's side of the
story using the "Limbaugh claims" rhetorical device. They simply
state he said "phony soldiers" as if there was no question of the
fact or any other context to inform the readers about.
And the ending of the piece is an exercise in the absurd as ABC
reports with a straight face the efforts of Harry Reid to take credit
for the great good the $2 million charity donation will do.
Today, Reid was more conciliatory to Limbaugh and whoever is paying
for the letter. Though he said on the Senate floor that as he had
watched the bidding throughout the week, he never thought it would
get to $2 million.
"Now, everyone knows that Rush Limbaugh and I don't agree on
everything in life and maybe that is kind of an understatement," Reid said.
"But without qualification Mark May, the owner of the network that
has Rush Limbaugh, and Rush Limbaugh should know that this letter
that they're auctioning is going to be something that raises money
for a worthwhile cause. I don't know what we could do more important
than helping to ensure that children of our fallen soldiers and
police officers who have fallen in the line of duty have the
opportunity for their children to have a good education," he said.
You have got to be kidding me? Harry Reid LIES on the floor of the
Senate. Harry Reid FAILS to get support from his own party for the
effort. The Democrats create a FAKE controversy to help deflect from
their supporter's outrageous attack on one of our most decorated
soldiers. And ABC lets Harry Reid take CREDIT for this charitable
donation like HE was the one responsible for it.
You can't say that the Democrats and their ABC supporters lack gall,
that's for sure.
And catch this last line in the ABC report:
The bidding ends at 1:00p.m. No mater what, Democrats are going to
make a ton of money for a charity off their political vitriol.
Seriously. You have to be kidding me? "Democrats are going to make a
ton of money for charity?"
Democrats are responsible for this wonderful thing?
They don't lack gall, for sure, and neither does ABC for their
outrageous efforts to give the Democrats cover for their calumny.
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