Rush Limbaugh Admits Telling Reporter He'd Go After His Private Life

Media Matters has the transcript of Rush Limbaugh telling his audience that in the past, he told the reporter of a national newsmagazine he would dig into his past to come up with dirt on him in order to get the reporter to change his story. Rush felt the reporter's story was a hit job so he says he engaged in the "destructive" behavior himself. He says the statements did the trick and the reporter changed the story.

I've practiced it once. I am not going to tell you the story because I'm don't want to give it away, and I would have to mention names, and I'm not going to mention names. But there was a cover story on me coming out of one of the big news magazines, and it was going to totally mischaracterize me and what I do and how I do it. And we found out who was writing it and made a couple phone calls to the person writing it. And we said, "You know what? We're going to find out where your kids go to school. We're going to find out who you knocked up in high school. We're going to find out what drugs you used. We're going to find out where you go to drink and do -- we're gonna find out how you paid for your house. We're going to do -- and we're going to do exact -- and we're going to say that, you know what?


And the guy started screaming on the phone, just went -- "You can't do that." We said, "Watch us." And it changed the tone of the story by about 60 percent, I would say, from what it was going to be.

Nice. Particularly the part about finding out where his kids went to school. What was that for? As to the rest, like who he may have "knocked up" in high school or what drugs he may once have used, there is an actionable tort called invasion of privacy by publication of private facts. This seems to come awfully close.
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    Another lie from Rush (none / 0) (#1)
    by manys on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 07:26:35 PM EST
    Rush didn't do anything of the kind. This never happened.

    What, is this supposed to be true just because we think he'd do it? Please.

    No, because (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 07:45:29 PM EST
    he said he did it.

    Well (none / 0) (#6)
    by manys on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 10:27:28 PM EST
    I think that threatening "I'm going to find out where your kids go to school" is just a little too aggro, if not illegal, for him to be telling the truth.

    Lemme get this straight (none / 0) (#7)
    by scarshapedstar on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 11:59:09 PM EST
    He's lying to us about how he lied to some guy (empty threats)?

    Lies within lies... and the conclusion we're supposed to draw is that Rush isn't that bad of a guy? Gee, OK.


    So What (none / 0) (#3)
    by downtownted on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 08:09:21 PM EST
    are you or anyone else going to do about it. Act or whine

    Rev up the swiftboats (1.00 / 0) (#8)
    by scarshapedstar on Wed Oct 17, 2007 at 12:00:32 AM EST
    Snoop around his house! Price his kitchen counters! Rummage through his (industrial sized) medicine cabinet(s)!

    ...is that what you're expecting?


    Neither (none / 0) (#4)
    by Repack Rider on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 09:59:29 PM EST
    are you or anyone else going to do about it. Act or whine

    Expose him for the moron and hypocrite that he is, and demonstrate what losers his listeners are.

    Wait.  We already did.

    Never mind.


    sorry, i don't buy into this (none / 0) (#5)
    by cpinva on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 10:21:20 PM EST
    for a moment. rush is the wuss who says things to try and make himself appear like a tough guy. i know his ilk, i went to high school with them.

    i'll believe it when he names a name, and that person confirms it. until then, this is just another drug induced fantasy of mr. limbaugh's.

    jeralyn, do you really believe everything people tell you, absent corroberating evidence? no, i didn't think so.

    I wonder where... (none / 0) (#9)
    by Lora on Wed Oct 17, 2007 at 06:23:01 PM EST
    ...Rush learned these tactics from?  Rove, perhaps?

    Huh? (none / 0) (#11)
    by Repack Rider on Wed Oct 17, 2007 at 08:44:30 PM EST
    Repack, it seems only a few days ago you were telling me that the Left never attacked anyone!!

    You have me confused with someone else.  No surprise.  What I said was that the right trotted out a kid as a spokesperson, and then said Graeme Frost was "fair game" for talking in public about a subject he knew considerably more about than Noah knew about SS.

    Did you see me condone attacks from either side on a kid?  No?  So you see, IF I DON'T LIKE IT WHEN THE RIGHT DOES IT, I DON'T LIKE WHEN THE LEFT DOES IT.

    That makes me CONSISTENT, instead of hypocritical like Mr. Limbaugh.

    But speaking of attacking people, Mr. Limbaugh makes a living lying about people, and if someone points out that he is an unmarried drug addict who took a lifetime supply of Viagra to the underage prostitution capital of the Western Hemisphere, that's not an attack, that's a DESCRIPTION.

    If Rush is annoyed by hearing the truth about himself, he should STFU and get a real job, like mine.

    Glad to know (none / 0) (#12)
    by jimakaPPJ on Thu Oct 18, 2007 at 08:38:03 AM EST
    you condemn them... It only took four or five days and several reminders....

    Now, if we could get edger, squeaky, jondee....