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January 01, 2004
Happy New Year
Rush Limbaugh and his attorney Roy Black seem like a good match.
Completely unrelated, here's a story from SPIN that's partially about music downloading and partially about a young activist named Sherman Austin who's currently serving a one-year prison sentence for hosting a website (created by someone else) that included information on how to build a pipe-bomb.
And here's a story I wrote for SPIN about Fred Durst's excellent year.
Posted by Greg Beato at 02:03 PM
December 28, 2003
More Limbaugh Questions
Does prescription painkiller abuse destroy your memory?
On November 17th, Limbaugh explained to his radio show listeners that he "was a drug addict from about 1996, 1995 or whatever, to just five weeks ago."
On December 22nd, Limbaugh's attorney, Roy Black, mentioned Limbaugh's surgery during during courtroom proceedings:
Got that? Limbaugh says he's been a drug addict since as early as 1995, but that he only became a drug addict after having back surgery. But he didn't have the back surgery until 1998. Sure, Limbaugh's 1995/1996 quote could have been a slip of the tongue, or just evidence of a generally bad memory. At the same time, though, how hard is it to remember which year you had back surgery and then became a junkie?
Meanwhile, in the interest of fairness and balance, I noticed a couple of odd passages in two recent articles about the Limbaugh case.
In the first article, by CNN reporter Susan Candiotti, the following passage appears:
I mentioned this passage last week, and assumed it was an accurate summary of what Black said in the hearing. In the transcript of the hearing that appears on Limbaugh's site, however, there doesn't seem to be any point where Black says that Limbaugh paid Cline for pills, nor does Black use the phrase "extreme amounts of money." Instead, the closest he comes is when he says, "Over years he paid substantial amounts of money to the Clines because of their extortion."
On what basis, then, did Candiotti conclude that Black said Limbaugh had paid Cline for drugs? Did she get this detail wrong? Or is the transcript on Limbaugh's site inaccurate?
On a similar note, consider this passage from AP reporter Jill Barton:
What confession is Shohat alluding to? Except for the passage in Candiotti's CNN piece, I don't recall seeing any admission from Limbaugh or anyone representing him that he bought pills from Cline. But since two different news reports imply that such an admission was made, maybe there's something there? Or are the liberal elites really out to get to Limbaugh, just like he says they are?
Posted by Greg Beato at 11:11 PM
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