Déjà vu

Hmm… why does this sound so familiar?

Rush Was Punked: “Obama Thesis” Hoax

It must have seemed so perfect. An obscure blogger unearths some pages of President Obama’s college thesis. The report supposedly comes from big-time journalist Joe Klein of Time magazine. And the thesis has some real gems: like Obama’s disdain for the Constitution.

The whole thing was nothing more than a satirical post on a humor blog. But Rush Limbaugh, who quoted from the supposed thesis on his radio show, sure wasn’t laughing. Here’s how it went down.

An unknown blogger picked up on a made-up post meant as a joke, which claimed that Joe Klein had gotten his hands on 10 pages of student Obama’s college thesis. Rush Limbaugh jumped on it, which immediately sparked Web searches on “obama thesis.”

Supposedly titled “Aristocracy Revisited,” the excerpt revealed the president had “doubts” about the “so-called founders.” Juicy. Except not true. Limbaugh discovered halfway through his show that he’d been had, but defended himself by saying basically the thesis felt true.

Oh yeah, it’s almost exactly what Media Matters said about the lies they spread about Rush:

With Operation Smear Rush now (largely) complete and the damage done, “progressive” sleazemeisters are apparently ready to come clean with the truth: Limbaugh never made two key racist statements.

You know, in fairness to Rush, those two out of literally dozens of racist things were not necessarily accurate. We were never able to find them. We’ve had people call us trying to find it. We don’t know where they came from. They could just be Internet apparitions. But you know, that being said, anyone who wants to know how racist he is, we’re happy to give them other examples.

I’m also reminded of this:

In a dramatic shift, the Chamber of Commerce announced Monday that it is throwing its support behind climate change legislation making its way through the U.S. Senate.

Only it didn’t.

An email press release announcing the change is a hoax, say Chamber officials.

Several media organizations fell for it.

A CNBC anchor interrupted herself mid-sentence Monday morning to announce that the network had “breaking news,” then cut away to reporter Hampton Pearson, who read from the fake press release.

Pearson quickly followed up with a second report saying the “so-called bulletin” was an “absolute hoax.” Smelling a rat, CNBC’s Larry Kudlow demanded to know whether the White House had been involved.

So how come Rush is “punk’d” but Media Matters and the MSM who also reported bogus info are not ridiculed similarly?

2 responses

  1. Awwwww, c’mon dude! Are you trying to tell me that two wrongs make a right🙂

    Besides, there’s a difference between saying – yes, there is no evidence for two examples but we’ll give you other examples compared to “we know he thinks it”.

    There’s nothing wrong with saying – Okay, Rush sucks. I’m tellin ya – he’s next on your shit list😉 Just give in now and we’ll work on Fox News later – lol.

    October 26, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    • No, I’m saying that it’s unfair to laugh at someone for being “punk’d” when it comes to something trivial like Obama’s thesis, and then to let “real” news orgs off the hook for not fact checking potentially policy changing information.

      I don’t actually listen to Rush, but from what I understand, he’s an entertainer that comments on current events. CNBC is supposed to be a business news network.

      October 28, 2009 at 4:38 pm

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