What Good is “Both Sides of the Story” When One Side Lies? By Rush Limbaugh. RushLimbaugh.com, June 18, 2013.
RUSH: You know what, it’s not the politics. Jesse,
what you’re illustrating is that it’s all the perception.
CALLER: I think so, right.
RUSH: Everything you think is wrong, everything you
think is the result of erroneous, lying, stinking media stuff, and propaganda
put out by the Democrats.
CALLER: I’m sorry. I would say that, I would agree
with you, but, see, I’m like this. I know you call a lot of people, especially
on the liberal side, low-information voters, but, you know what, I listen to
Fox, you, Sean Hannity. I listen to your show from start to finish every day
for the last four or five years.
RUSH: Alright. Good for you.
CALLER: I watch O’Reilly and Hannity on Fox. So I
listen to both sides and I watch a little MSNBC, and I listen to a little Al
Sharpton and –
RUSH: No wonder you’re confused.
CALLER: I just get both sides of the story before I
make my decision.
RUSH: Sometimes one side of the story is an
out-and-out lie. In fact, most of the time, one side of the story is an
out-and-out lie. In fact, most of the stories you hear the Democrats tell they
don’t even talk about themselves. All they’re doing is ripping Republicans,
telling distorted lies about conservatism or Republicans or they're trying to
impugn the character of individual Republican candidates or what have you.
CALLER: Right, but that goes back and forth. That’s
both sides doing it, and I know that’s true. But I think that people have to make a determination. They can’t just
listen to liberal stations and shows and then make an opinion without listening
to both sides. Me, I do both, and then I make the decision for myself. This is
RUSH: Okay, let me ask you a question with this “both
sides” business. I’m interpreting that to mean that you don’t know what you
think on most things so you’ve –
CALLER: I do.
RUSH: – gotta listen to this or you’ve gotta listen
to that before you make up your mind.
CALLER: Well, I think you should hear both sides of
the story or both sides of an opinion before you choose a side or you make a –
CALLER: – you know, you form an opinion based on both
RUSH: Nope. I don’t. The liberals lie. I do not
form my opinions on what both sides say. I form my opinions on what I know to
be right. I form my opinion –
RUSH: – on
what I know to be what I believe in terms of principles.
CALLER: Liberals always lie?
RUSH: I do not have to listen to Democrats to know
what I believe.
CALLER: Well, so are you saying liberals always lying
and conservatives don’t?
RUSH: For the most part, that’s a pretty safe bet.
CALLER: Well, that’s kind of closed-minded, Rush.
RUSH: No, it’s not closed-minded. What it is is
profoundly informed. I know who the Democrats are. I know how they campaign. I
know how they poison people’s minds. I know how they lie about me. I know how
they lie about everything I believe. I know how they keep people in fear. I
know how they want to control people. I
know how they want people to believe things that aren't true. I know everything
about them. I know more about them than they do.
CALLER: Both sides do that, though.
RUSH: That’s a straw man argument. Then both sides
are disqualified and you should find something – if you’re gonna say, “Well,
both sides do that and both sides do this and both sides –” how do you ever
decide what you believe?
CALLER: You have to make a determination for yourself
which side is –
RUSH: That’s what I’m saying. I’ve done that. I’m
62 years old. I’ve made the determinations. I know who the skunks are. I know
who are the people I trust and believe. I know more than that, I know the
things that I believe to be true. I know the principles that I believe and
swear by. I know the Constitution of this country. I love it. I know that this
is a constitutional republic. I know the Democrat Party doesn’t like the
Constitution. The Democrat Party –
CALLER: Oh, we love the Constitution.
RUSH: No, Jesse, I’m telling you the truth. Now, you can go listen to Al Sharpton tell
you what he thinks about what I just said –
CALLER: Yeah, but Al Sharpton is super, super-duper
far left, so you can’t take everything he says at heart.
RUSH: That’s exactly right, Jess. So why are you
wasting time over there on MSNBC?
CALLER: Well, no, like I said, I’m one that listens
to both sides. I listen to both sides of the argument, and I make a
determination for myself who’s lying or who’s stretching the truth a little
RUSH: All right, let’s play a little game on this “both
RUSH: IRS targeting Tea Parties. The Democrats say,
no, no, no, it didn’t happen, it was an accident. The people, excessive
exuberance in there in the IRS on a couple employees’ side. The Republicans say
no, it was a purposeful effort to suppress conservative participation in the
election by denying them tax-exempt status so they couldn’t raise money. They
couldn’t create get-out-the-vote efforts, and it was an effort by the Obama
administration to limit and suppress Republican votes. Those are the two sides
of the issue. What do you think?
CALLER: I agree with you on that. I’m on your side on
that. I think people at the IRS did do
this on purpose. Now, the part I don’t disagree with, I don’t think Obama
picked up the phone and called them and told them to do it.
RUSH: Right. You know what? I agree with you
wholeheartedly. Do you know why? He doesn’t have to. He has people in place who
already know what he wants. There isn’t
gonna be a smoking gun memo from Obama saying, “I want you people to target the
Tea Party. I want you to make sure they don’t raise money. I want you to make
sure they don’t vote.” The people he put there don’t want conservatives to
succeed. Everybody that Obama has working in these positions is a miniature
Obama, doing everything that he wants done because they want to please him. So
he doesn't have to tell ’em.
CALLER: But you don’t think Obama actually told
someone to tell the IRS to do this, are you saying that or are you –
I’m telling you he doesn’t have to. All he’s gotta do is hire people who agree
with him and turn ’em loose. He doesn’t have to tell anybody.
Okay. So then we’re both in agreeance it was wrong, but I don’t think that he
actually directly picked up a phone or actually directly told someone to have
this done on purpose?
a minute. Does that mean to you that he wishes it didn’t happen?
Well, no, I don’t, because I looked at polls from a year out –
this is – (crosstalk)
– Romney, he was always five to seven points down.
this is the thing. This is it in a nutshell. You are seeking to exempt Obama
from what the IRS did, his IRS.
Not necessarily. Without proof, yes, I am.
you don’t think he called them and told them to do it.
Or directed someone to have them do it. He didn’t have to.
right, he didn’t have to. He puts like-minded people in position who will do it
without having to be told. Eric Holder is at the Justice Department doing
everything Obama wants done. Obama probably never has to speak to him. Whatever’s
going on at the NSA in a spying scandal, they’re doing everything Obama wants
done. IRS, ditto; FDA, ditto, it doesn’t matter. Obama puts people in those
positions purposely, because they are him. He has an agenda. He wants it
accomplished. He doesn’t have time to meet with everybody. He's not gonna
create a smoking gun memo telling them what to do so that nobody can ever prove
it like you're trying to exonerate him here. This is where your own
intelligence guided by experience has to inform you. And looking at both sides
of this isn’t gonna get you anywhere. You have to have the courage to admit
that one side is wrong. And 99 times out of a hundred it’s gonna be the left
couple things here on Jesse, ladies and gentlemen. Jesse, I know you’re still
there and I appreciate the call. I had to get out ’cause I was running way long
in the segment, but Obama hasn’t fired anybody for what they did in any of
these scandals. You might be saying Lois Lerner. No, she’s still working, just from home. Nobody’s
been punished for what they did. If you don’t like the fact that liberals lie
more than conservatives do, put it this way.
may believe everything they believe. They’re dead wrong. It’s been demonstrably
proven in so many things. Economically, culturally, they are wrong. But the
fact remains in all of this stuff, you'll get . . . What did Jesse say? He said
he voted for Bush 2004 until he heard that Republicans were suppressing the
black vote. This is why the Democrats lie. They have to lie to keep people on
their reservation. Here’s an African-American who liked Bush, and he gave us
liked No Child Left Behind. He liked some of the Bush stimulus. He liked Bush’s
tax cuts. But then he heard somebody say that the Republicans are suppressing
the black vote. Now, the fact of the matter is, blacks run the heavily black
districts in every inner city in this country. There is no way . . . Blacks run
every district in Detroit. They run every district for the most part in New
York. There are exceptions there, but whether they’re black or not, they’re
no way that the Republican Party can suppress the black vote in demonstrably
black districts. It isn’t physically possible. How are they gonna do it? Are
they gonna go in there in these districts that are run by blacks and somehow
sabotage the buses? No, it’s the Democrats that did that in Milwaukee by
slashing the tires. How are these Republicans suppressing the black vote? There’s
no evidence for it. It’s just a lie that the Democrats tell that sticks because
of other lies they’ve told before that.
lie is that Republicans are racists. So African-Americans hear this for 50
years, and then the Democrats come out – Jesse Jackson, Sharpton, whoever – and
starts talking about Republicans suppressing the black vote? “Oh, yeah? Well, I’ll
show you! I voted for Bush but no more.” That’s how they do it. How do Republicans suppress the black vote? How
are the Republicans stopping abortions? There aren’t any abortion clinics being
shut down other than these murder factories that you can count on one hand,
Kermit Gosnell and the like.
are believing myths.
easy to believe because they’ve been told for 50 years.