Stop the presses: Rush Limbaugh has been fooled.
And, it turns out, the man with “talent on loan from God” was hoaxed by a fellow conservative. Limbaugh admitted this past week he had indeed been taken in.
Thursday, Limbaugh recited incendiary quotes from CBS reporter Eric Engberg and Pacifica radio host Julianne Malveaux as “examples of liberal hate speech.” Engberg, he announced, had likened House Speaker Newt Gingrich to Ebenezer Scrooge. Malveaux, he said, had expressed hope that Judge Lance Ito “would get a parasite from eating bad sushi and die.”
He was reading from a newsletter published by conservative activist Brent Bozell and his Alexandria, Va.based Media Research Center. And, as was noted at the end of the text, it was an April Fools’ joke.
Limbaugh admitted the error at the top of his radio show Friday but did not apologize, maintaining that the fabricated quotes were entirely plausible.