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 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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