Media Matters bashes Limbaugh on comments on Poor and Obese by Mitch E. Perry

09/01/06

Last night on the Evening News, we ran a report looking at the growing research that shows a growing link between poverty, and obesity.

Specifically, we looked at Mississippi, which has the unenviable honor of being the most overweight state in the nation, and the poorest.

Well, somebody else has a take on the issue. This is what conservative syndicated columnist Rush Limbaugh said earlier this week, in which, Liberals were found to be in his world, responsible for this state of affairs (roll tape#1 o.q.�point of obesity�)

Paul Waldman is with the liberal media watchdog group, Media Matters. He said That Limbaugh ought to look at himself before he blames the government for the obesity problem (roll tape#2 o.q. “big government�)

Those comments on the poor and obese weren’t the only ones that have gotten the conservative icon in hot water recently.

When discussing plans for the new season of the CBS reality show “Survivor�, in which contestants are reportedly divided into competing "tribes" by ethnicity, Limbaugh said that ‘Blacks can’t swim�, which he later claimed was a comment made tongue in check. Media Matters Paul Waldman says this is just one of a series of such comments by Rush in which a racial remark is later downgraded (roll tape#3 o.q.�daily basis�)

Media Matters is a website that was created a couple of years ago by journalist David Brock, who made the transition from a conservative reporter to a more progressive one after he was ostracized by the right=wing in this country after his book on Hilary Clinton proved to be surprisingly balanced.

The organization has been fact checking Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter and other conservative media figures, and Paul Waldman says he does believe it’s helped balance out inaccuracies generated in the mainstream media (roll tape#4 o.q.� when they do it�) That’s Media Matters commentator Paul Waldman

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