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Limbaugh Duped By Obama Thesis Hoax

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Michael Ledeen

Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh was duped Friday by a fake quote attributed to the Columbia University thesis of President Barack Obama.

Conservative author Michael Ledeen posted the phony quote on his blog last Wednesday, and goes as follows:

“… the Constitution allows for many things, but what it does not allow is the most revealing. The so-called Founders did not allow for economic freedom. While political freedom is supposedly a cornerstone of the document, the distribution of wealth is not even mentioned. While many believed that the new Constitution gave them liberty, it instead fitted them with the shackles of hypocrisy.”

Producers for The Rush Limbaugh Show did not properly fact check the quote and rushed to the airwaves with the bogus text, which the conservative icon immediately used as a launching pad to berate America’s 44th president:

The original Obama thesis hoax was written in a blog post last August by Brian Lancaster at Jumping in Pools. Lancaster’s blog is satirical in nature, although he writes his articles in a straight-faced manner on current events issues that makes their falseness hard to discern at times.

Ledeen later acknowledged he was duped as well. “The hoax/satire was written in August, so it’s not connected to any current event,” he wrote in another blog posting. “I came across it on Twitter, read the blog, found it interesting, and posted on it. I failed to notice that one of the tags was ‘satire.’ So he got me, and lots of others. It worked because it’s plausible.”

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  1. Johann says

    @ Wildspirit: Are you referring to the intelligence transmitted via the tele-prompter?

  2. Wildspirit says

    It is no surprise that Obama is so hated by the rightwingers that they will believe anything, say anything, do anything to try and discredit his intelligence and his legitimacy for the office of the president! Typical ignorant attacks.

  3. I See Stupid People says

    Another hoax: GOP congressmen opposing Medicare – you know, that social program Reagan and the right wing called a “communist threat”……Medicare!

    are signed up and using/abusing the socialist program while double dipping for tax funded health insurance for their families and staff members!

    That’s how they roll in the GOP’s Murkistan!

    Call Limbaugh, Beck, O’Reilly: have them lock and load their armed patriots to point their manhood in a holster at the commies using socialized/commie Medicare.

    It’s a matter of public record thanks to an internal list that names names!

    Here’s the roll call of those GOP “crusaders” which rhymes with “traitors” who oppose communist threat right to life health care for Murkistan

    while backstage, have signed up for and receive “public option” Medicare for themselves!
    drum roll please!

    Mitch McConnell
    Ralph Hall
    Roscoe Bartlett
    Sam Johnson
    C.W. Bill Young
    Howard Coble
    Jim Bunning
    Richard Lugar
    Don Young
    Charles E. Grassley
    Robert F. Bennett
    Vernon Ehlers
    Orrin Hatch
    Richard Shelby
    Jerry Lewis
    James M. Inhofe
    Ron Paul
    Henry E. Brown
    Pat Roberts
    George V. Voinovich
    John McCain
    Judy Biggert
    Thad Cochran
    Harold Rogers
    Dan Burton
    “Buck” McKeon
    Frank Wolf
    Christopher S. Bond
    Michael N. Castle
    Joe Pitts
    Tom Petri
    Lamar Alexander
    Doc Hastings
    Cliff Stearns
    Sue Myrick
    John Carter
    Jon Kyl
    Phil Gingrey
    Nathan Deal
    John Linder
    Kay Granger
    John Mica
    Walter Jones
    Jim Risch
    Ed Whitfield
    Rep. James Sensenbrenner
    Virginia Foxx
    Kay Bailey Hutchison
    Ginny Brown-Waite
    Saxby Chambliss
    Michael Enzi
    Elton Gallegly
    Donald Manzullo
    Peter King
    Ander Crenshaw

    Let’s see how much longer the GOP can dupe those they pimp for double dipping health care services while telling their constituents they’re “patriots” for doing so.

  4. Common Sense says

    MediaMatters.org is blasting the right-wing nutjobs! Lou Dobbs also repeated the same hoax as fact on his radio show without fact-checking. What a joke these people are. It is really scary that 19% of the population follows crazies like Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Tapper, Coulture or Dobbs. In the meantime, Americans can’t get the press to focus on real news!

  5. Rock says

    From, http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=113853#

    Even radio host Rush Limbaugh got sucked into the controversy, talking about the thesis earlier in his program today, before his staff was also able to determine the blog report was meant as satire.

    Limbaugh clarified on the air that the quotes were not accurate, but after being widely misquoted himself as part of his controversial bid to purchase an NFL team, Limbaugh took the opportunity to comment:

    “I have had this happen to me recently,” he said. “I have had quotes attributed to me that were made up, and when it was pointed out to the media that the quotes were made up, they said, ‘It doesn’t matter! We know Limbaugh thinks it anyway.’”

    He continued, “I’m also told that the blog containing the passage on Obama’s thesis is a satire blog. … So I shout from the mountaintops, ‘It was satire!’ But we know he thinks it. Good comedy, to be comedy, must contain an element of truth, and we know how he feels about distribution of wealth. He’s mad at the courts for not going far enough on it. So we stand by the fabricated quote because we know Obama thinks it anyway. That’s how it works in the media today.”

  6. rasheri says

    Obama is the hoax !!

  7. The Great Frank says

    Now, let me get this straight: Limbaugh was taken in by a hoax about the Foreign Occupier's thesis. Oh, gosh and golly gee! Dan Rather was taken in by a hoax about G.W.Bush's "deserting his squardon" in the Air National Guard. And the M.O.I. was taken in by Gary Sick's book, "October Surprise" the G.H.W.Bush flew to Paris and secretly met with the Iranians in October to sell them arms. Hmmm, at least 2-1 morons!

  8. Denis Keohane says

    As I was something like the catalyst for this entire brouhaha, making Ledeen’s error my own and in doing so bringing it to the attention of Rush and others, here is a link to how it happened. Please note, though, how quickly direct, clear and unambiguous corrections and apologies were made, as compared to the anemic walk-backs done, say, about the phony quotes attributed by the left to Limbaugh.
    http://keohane.blogspot.com/2009/10/obama-thesis-mess-involving-michael.html

  9. expertman_2000 says

    I’ll bet the actual thesiss he wrote is the same as the hoax language. Now that would be the greatest hoax of all.

  10. The Great Frank says

    This nothing! The real hoax is sitting in the White House! The Foreign Occupier won’t show his birth certificate, his links to Bolsheviki, and his betrayal of our allies! Boy, these jackoffs are so threatened by Limbaugh that they want to destroy him because he dares, like Fox to criticize the Foreign Occupier!

  11. Name Calling is for Commies says

    I’ve been skeptical about the republican trying too hard to make obama looks bad… don’t get me wrong Rush is a very interesting radio host, i listen to his show whenever i’m able to… he seems well inform… but to see him jump the gun on this without checking the fact just seems desperate. now we need people who actually is neutral to be on the radio giving us fact not emotions due to personal political parties.

    I for one believe that change need to happen and in order for the change to start we the people have to give it a chance. if we dont try we dont know. it takes years and decades for the economic collapse to happen. it will take years and decades for the economy to get back to its former glory.

  12. Jim says

    To The Great Frank:

    Obama’s birth certificate HAS been shown many times. It has been verified as accurate by officials from the State of Hawaii. But STILL you continue to deny what has been proven.

  13. bill maher says

    lIMBAUGH IS A big fat idiot- and his followers are morons- you can thank your buddy george bush for destroying the constitution- and loud mouth cheney- who can’t keep his big republican yap shut

  14. Guillermo says

    It sure sounded like Chairman Obama. Then again the freedom-loathing statists know no bounds when following their leader. How pathetic to choose servitude over liberty but the obama-bots march on mouthing lies.

    Look at Jim on this thread, claiming Obama has released his birth certificate. A total lie but he probably believes it. Simply disgusting.

    Why do they hate America so?

  15. Eddie Anderson says

    Did anyone note the fact that Rush called this 20+ year old black man a "LITTLE BOY"?

    I cannot believe that he would have called GW or any other white man a little boy when they were above the age of 12. This is just Rush showing that he is the racist that the NFL and most of America knows that he is. LITTLE BOY

  16. The Liberal Avenger says

    Yes, Eddie Anderson, I heard that too!

    That is what really jumped out at me about this.

    All this controversy about Rush and his racism, Rush trying to prove that he's not, and then Rush goes and calls a 40-something-year-old man "boy"!!!!!!!!

    Of course Rush apologists will say that Rush was calling the college-age Obama "boy" – but Obama was in his 20's when he wrote his college thesis and was hardly a "boy"!!!!!!!!!

    I am so glad that his fat racist ass was kicked off that NFL buying team!

  17. John says

    Y will Obama not release his Thesis or his College Transcripts from any of his 3 colleges?

  18. keith says

    "Limbaugh Duped By Obama Thesis Hoax"… and now, he feels very stupid.

    I hope that the president will do well because just one mistep the right winger like rush limbaugh and bare beck will bad mouth about the president and the democrates.

    Oop!!! they already did.

  19. Morris says

    You believed it because you are gullible and wanted desperately for it to be true.

    Your dislike for Obama has clouded your judgment. You have become what you so hated during the Bush years: A mindless hater of the president.

    Hopefully, this will be a wake-up call. But I doubt it…

  20. Sam says

    I actually heard that segment on my way to lunch Friday. And once again, a vehemently eager press corp attempting to discredit Limbaugh has been duped again. The fact of the matter was that he was actually satirizing, not only Obama, but the Press. He clearly stated that he did not know the veracity of the source. He asserted, with irony, it did not matter and supported his assertion with the forged document incident of Dan Rather and CBS news in regards to George Bush’s National Guard service infractions. Limbaugh continued by saying it does not matter whether the source is true, because like Dan Rather he “knows it is true.” Limbaugh then played actually clips of Obama, which contained the Presidents views on the Civil Rights Movement and how they had come up short in not achieving a “redistribution of wealth”. Limbaugh finds this to be an anathema to anyone who believes in what the constitution or the founders believed and further substantiates his claims of “Socialism” or “Communism”. The Press does not have to put things in the right context only report them.

  21. NEWWORLD says

    A RACIST IS A SICK PERSON.

  22. whosebone says

    No one really needs a "launching pad" to berate this illegal corrupt president the mentally impaired installed into the oval office. The list of his lies and deception are myriad….try youtube and type in "7 lies in under 2 minutes". Or, because you liberals are so lazy I'll provide the link which of course you wont click on because you might have to face the truth about this marxist usurper.

    Mark my words, the day is soon arriving this tan messiah will be frog marched out of the peoples house and tried for treason.

  23. The Great Frank says

    And let’s not forget John Kerry’s “swift boat”. Or Ted Kennedy’s story on what happened to Mary Jo, KKKlinton and Monica, we can fill the pages with their phony stories that the M.O.I. believed. What they showed was a certificate of birth, not the original birth certificate. Seems that those who want to defend this act of fraud will back anyone who is leftwing fanatic. I fear for this nation when so many don’t respect the Constitution and back this Foreign Occupier!

  24. Denis Keohane says

    Eddie Anderson wrote: “Did anyone note the fact that Rush called this 20+ year old black man a “LITTLE BOY”? I cannot believe that he would have called GW or any other white man a little boy when they were above the age of 12. This is just Rush showing that he is the racist…”

    Eddie, you are the one who can’t seem to think about Obama aside from his Blackness! That’s a point that Rush and others make often and with good reason! It’s like Maureen Dowd hearing in her mind Joe Wilson say “You lie, BOY!” – even though he didn’t – because she, like you, can’t see Obama as anything other than a Black man! If we have a color blind society, then as Rush did, he can call a college student a little boy for, as Rush saw it, disparaging the founding fathers who passed to us the Constitution. Here’s what Rush said, in context:

    “The Constitution is the most liberty-promoting and freedom-acknowledging document in the history of the world, and this little boy in college is writing about it with utter disdain.”

    Being in my sixth decade, I too have called full-of-themselves and know-it-all college aged youths who presume to judge their elders and betters such terms as did Rush, and it has nothing to do with race! You can’t get over Obama’s race, it is, as my old drill sgt used to say, your personal problem!

    Consider the genuinely disparaging and disgusting racist language that did indeed (and no doubt still does) use the term “Boy” for an adult Black man. What’s missing here? They would not call an adult Black man a “little boy”, but merely “boy”. Little denotes age and was more often than not used on an older Black man to be precisely insulting, and as you say no one would use such for folks over say 12, remember this:

    “And behind me is a memorial that symbolizes the Ranger daggers that were thrust into the top of these cliffs. And before me are the men who put them there. These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc.”

    That was President Reagan at the 40th anniversary of D-Day in 1985, addressing those aging men before him as the boys they were, about Obama’s college age, on June 6, 1944. You are the one hung up on race! Here is a transcript of a Rush show wherein Rush quotes and uses the phrase “The boys of Pointe du Hoc”! Maybe he thought those eighteen to twenty-somethings were all, like, Black, eh?
    http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_041609/content/01125104.guest.html

  25. Greg Zotta says

    There would be no hoax if Obama would do what he said about being transparent.
    President Obama states he wants to have the most transparent government ever. He wrote a memo that reads: “My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.” I believe you should lead by example. That is why I do not understand why Obama does not release his birth certificate, or his college papers.

    The media wants to demonize the people who are requesting the information calling them “Birthers.” The media does not understand why these people are in such an uproar about where Obama was born. Perhaps they are unaware that according to the Constitution you have to be a natural born citizen to be the President of the United States.

    President Obama has released a document called a Certificate of Live Birth, wherein it states he was born in Hawaii, but it is not the birth certificate. That would be sufficient if the original birth certificate were lost or destroyed. But that is not the case. The original does exist but Obama refuses to disclose it. That is what I find puzzling. Here is a man who in order to gain the public trust, claims he is for transparency, yet he refuses to release the birth certificate or his college papers. Maybe he doesn’t understand the meaning to the word transparency, which according to Webster’s dictionary means clearness, to make bright or clear; to make evident; to free from accusation. When there is a contradiction between what he says and what he does you begin to question, “What is he trying to hide? What will those documents reveal?” The point is not necessarily where he was born, but why he refuses to release the documents.

    The media should be trying to ascertain the truth and request that President Obama release the documents instead of criticizing the people who are looking for the answers. The media should at least ask him why he is refusing to disclose the birth certificate and college papers. The freedom of the press is recognized in the first amendment of the Constitution because they are supposed to be the watchdogs over the government.

    President Obama, you state you want to have the most transparent government ever, then I say release the documents.

    Greg Zotta

  26. hzelis says

    @ Johann what does it take to graduate from Harvard Law School, and be President of The Law Review? Just curious thats all because i figured your smart self did it,

  27. Montana says

    So Rusky does not fact check? Wow, what a surprised.

    Oh, and when contronted that he was punked, he defended himself by saying "we stand by the fabricated quote because we know Obama thinks it anyway"

    After so many years of mis-labeling and mis-characterizing others he gets smacked down by the NFL "Not For Limbaugh". Great job NFL.

  28. therightiswrong says

    Guillermo:

    They don't hate America so…

    They just hate Lemmings such as yourself…

    If Conservatism is so ' bitching ' why hasn't any Conservative Administration of the past

    done anything about strenghtening our porous borders? Your ' homies ' are coming across faster than you can count them. But then again, you're probably a coconut aren't you? All Brown on the outside, and sickly white on the inside.

  29. The Great Frank says

    How many situations do you need to produce a VALID birth certificate? He is no better than anyone else in this nation. The law applies to ALL of us! Or, as they said about Nixon, "the president is not above the law". Notice that when this is applied to the Foreign Occupier it suddenly doesn't apply! They use the Bolshevik tactic of demonizing, marginalizing, dehumanizing their opponents. And just like the Bolsheviki said that anyone who dared to disagree with them was "mentally ill". My, my, how things never change!

  30. getabrain says

    Rush is dumber than you think. This very same blog previously put up a fake story about Obama forcing "Military to Pledge Oath To Obama, Not Constitution" and Obama hating kooks ran with that like they do with the birther stuff. They are incapable of seeing truth or learning from their mistakes.

  31. lolbirthers says

    "President Obama has released a document called a Certificate of Live Birth, wherein it states he was born in Hawaii, but it is not the birth certificate. That would be sufficient if the original birth certificate were lost or destroyed. But that is not the case. The original does exist but Obama refuses to disclose it."

    It is a birth certificate. I was born in HI and used the same one to join the Navy and get security clearances among other things. It is all HI issues unless you requested one pre 2001.

    "The media should be trying to ascertain the truth and request that President Obama release the documents instead of criticizing the people who are looking for the answers. The media should at least ask him why he is refusing to disclose the birth certificate and college papers."

    The media asked HI Dept of Health and were told the truth, it's his valid birth cert that he already released and allowed the media to inspect. The only one they release to anyone. If you can't accept that it's your problem, the media can't help if you are delusional and uninformed.

  32. Denis Keohane says

    Hey Montana,

    Rush quoted the piece by Ledeen, as did I. Both of us, when we found out the source for Ledeen was a satire, acknowledged that in minutes! That’s because even though we quoted it, we continued to – gosh – fact check! Now it is you who keeps quoting Limbaugh, as you also did at my site, when he is obviously being satirical himself, and it’s you who is taking satire seriously! So why don’t you fact check, and go to the Rush transcript readily available on line – and do some checking – or would that cause a headache or nosebleed or something?

    From the transcript of that show:

    RUSH, last Friday’s show: “There have been no matches found on the Internet for any of the info or quotes other than the source posting. So I now say that the blog from which this came has no sourcing data other than Joe Klein upcoming report and Joe Klein hasn’t written his upcoming report…So we have to hold out the possibility that this is not accurate. However, I have had this happen to me recently. I have had quotes attributed to me that were made up, and when it was pointed out to the media that the quotes were made up, they said, “It doesn’t matter! We know Limbaugh thinks it anyway.” Sort of like Dan Rather said, “I don’t care if these documents are forged. I know that Bush did what he did at the National Guard. I don’t care if the documents are forged.”…I’m also told that the blog containing the passage on Obama’s thesis is a satire blog. So it’s one of these sites like ScrappleFace or The Onion or some such thing. So I shout from the mountaintops: “It was satire!” But we know he thinks it. Good comedy, to be comedy, must contain an element of truth, and we know how he feels about distribution of wealth. He’s mad at the courts for not going far enough on it. So we stand by the fabricated quote because we know Obama thinks it anyway. That’s how it works in the media today.”
    http://www.therightperspective.org/2009/10/24/limbaugh-duped-by-obama-thesis-hoax/comment-page-1/#comment-46660

    Sink in yet, Montana? The sarcasm and satire about that’s the way it is in the media today?

    As to the ‘it doesn’t really matter if he didn’t say those words”, try Rick Sanchez of CNN on Limbaugh:

    http://www.mrc.org/biasalert/2009/20091013061953.aspx

  33. Terold Houston says

    Rush Limbaugh makes approximately $600,ooo,ooo per year staring up controversy. He has an agenda to create fear within the U.S. and Sean Hannity makes approx. $400,000,000 per year. I'm sure they laugh all the way to the bank over their mistakes with facts and they will continue to find token blacks/hispanics/asians to make their claims of being non-racist but look closely at their vocabulary and hear what they are not saying…..little Boy..Bred to run….Communist(un-american)..I dont hear any godliness in these people and yet they have hugh followings. Next step people–Lake of fire,,,,Follow your leader (Rush)

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    @freedomlady23 Since you apparently haven't heard, it's satire. http://j.mp/37Apzt And "nagga?" Really?

  5. Andrew MacKie-Mason linked to this post on October 25, 2009

    @wallymjones Since you apparently haven't heard, it's satire. http://j.mp/37Apzt And "nagga?" Really? #tcot #gopfail

  6. Andrew MacKie-Mason linked to this post on October 25, 2009

    @ConAmerican Since you apparently haven't heard, it's satire. http://j.mp/37Apzt #tcot #gopfail #fail #lol

  7. Andrew MacKie-Mason linked to this post on October 25, 2009

    @oldtimerepub Since you apparently haven't heard, it's satire. http://j.mp/37Apzt And "nagga?" Really? #tcot #gopfail #fail #lol

  8. Andrew MacKie-Mason linked to this post on October 25, 2009

    @turntotheright Since you apparently haven't heard, it's satire. http://j.mp/37Apzt And "nagga?" Really? #tcot #gopfail #fail #lol

  9. Andrew MacKie-Mason linked to this post on October 25, 2009

    @Joshuabradenp Since you apparently haven't heard, it's satire. http://j.mp/37Apzt #tcot #gopfail #fail #lol

  10. Kristen Greaney linked to this post on October 25, 2009

    Like this one even better: http://bit.ly/3hsefb

  11. Josh Draper linked to this post on October 27, 2009

    LOL Lush Rimjob got punked. http://tinyurl.com/yz7fbme (Link to a right-wing site, to be fair and balanced.)

  12. ~C4Chaos linked to this post on October 27, 2009

    @SpGNo good point. but i hope people will see him for what he is (a thorn on the conservative side) ~ http://bit.ly/ChKT0

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