Here are the most outrageous statements Media Matters for America has documented
this year. From attacks on women, Muslims, and African-Americans to a call for
the assassination of a foreign leader to an open invitation for Al Qaeda to "blow
up" San Francisco to a claim that gay marriage would lead to unions between
"a man and his donkey," these statements acutely represent the extreme
conservative speech we found in the news media in 2005. (We tried to limit the
comments to a Top 10 list, but it was simply impossible.)
Former Reagan administration Secretary of Education Bill Bennett:
"[Y]ou could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate
would go down." [Salem Radio Network's Bill Bennett's Morning in
Pat Robertson: "If [Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez]
thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go
ahead and do it." [Christian Broadcasting Network's The 700 Club,
Bill O'Reilly to San Francisco: "[I]f Al Qaeda comes
in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. ... You
want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead." [Westwood One's The Radio
Factor with Bill O'Reilly, 12/8/05]
Bill O'Reilly, agreeing with caller that illegal immigrants are
"biological weapon[s]": "I think you could probably
make an absolutely airtight case that more than 3,000 Americans have been
either killed or injured, based upon the 11 million illegals who are here."
[Westwood One's The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly, 4/15/05]
Rush Limbaugh: "Feminism was established so as to
allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society."
[The Rush Limbaugh Show, 8/12/05]
Rush Limbaugh on the kidnapping of peace activists in Iraq:
"I'm telling you, folks, there's a part of me that likes this."
[The Rush Limbaugh Show, 11/29/05]
Ann Coulter: Bill Clinton "was a very good rapist";
"I'm getting a little fed up with hearing about, oh, civilian
casualties"; "I think we ought to nuke North Korea right now just
to give the rest of the world a warning." [New York Observer,
Ann Coulter: "Isn't it great to see Muslims celebrating
something other than the slaughter of Americans?" [Syndicated column,
Radio host Glenn Beck: "[Y]ou know it took me about
a year to start hating the 9-11 victims' families? Took me about a year."
[Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Program, 9/9/05]
Tucker Carlson: "Canada is a sweet country. It is
like your retarded cousin you see at Thanksgiving and sort of pat him on the
head. You know, he's nice, but you don't take him seriously. That's Canada."
[MSNBC's The Situation with Tucker Carlson, 12/15/05]
American Family Association president Tim Wildmon: Liberals
"don't have the kind of family responsibilities most people have, and
certainly not church responsibilities." [American Family Radio's Today's
David Horowitz on Cindy Sheehan: "It's very hard to
have respect for a woman who exploits the death of her own son and doesn't
respect her own son's life. ... She portrays him as an idiot." [MSNBC's
Connected: Coast to Coast, 8/16/05]
Radio host Neal Boortz on the execution of Stanley "Tookie"
Williams: "[T]here will be riots in South Central Los Angeles
and elsewhere. ... The rioting, of course, will lead to wide scale looting.
There are a lot of aspiring rappers and NBA superstars who could really use
a nice flat-screen television right now." [Boortz.com, 12/12/05]
Pat Buchanan: "Our guys" in Iraq "have got
every right to have good news put into the media and get to the people of
Iraq, even if it's got to be planted or bought." [MSNBC's Hardball
with Chris Matthews, 12/1/05]
National Review editor Rich Lowry: Given EPA-mandated "small-flush"
toilets, "[h]ow is it possible to flush a Quran down the toilet?"
[Young America's Foundation speech, 8/5/05]
Neal Boortz, suggesting that a victim of Hurricane Katrina housed
in an Atlanta hotel consider prostitution: "I dare say she could
walk out of that hotel and walk 100 yards in either direction on Fulton Industrial
Boulevard here in Atlanta and have a job. What's that? Well, no, no, no. ...
Well, you know what? [laughing] Now that you mention it ... [i]f that's the
only way she can take care of herself, it sure beats the hell out of sucking
off the taxpayers." [Cox Radio Syndication's The Neal Boortz Show,
Focus on the Family founder and chairman James C. Dobson:
Same-sex marriage would lead to "marriage between daddies and little
girls ... between a man and his donkey." [Focus on the Family radio
Accuracy in Media editor Cliff Kincaid: "Have you noticed
that many news organizations, in honor of former ABC News anchorman Peter
Jennings, have embarked on a quit smoking campaign? So why don't our media
launch a campaign advising people to quit engaging in the dangerous and addictive
homosexual lifestyle? ... It appears that the homosexual lifestyle is as addictive
as smoking." [Accuracy in Media column, 12/14/05]
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