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Wed, Nov 14, 2007 6:28pm ET
Limbaugh on purported Clinton "warn[ing]" to Blitzer: "Wolf may want to beg off the debate because who's going to take care of his children?"
Discussing the November 15 Democratic presidential debate, which is scheduled to be moderated by CNN host Wolf Blitzer, Rush Limbaugh again suggested during the November 13 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show that the Clintons were somehow involved in the death of Vince Foster, former Clinton deputy White House counsel. Limbaugh stated, "We know Wolf's already got a reservation he's not aware of to Fort Marcy Park" -- the site in suburban Northern Virginia where Foster committed suicide. As Media Matters for America has noted (here, here, here, here, and here), Limbaugh has a history of invoking Fort Marcy Park, despite multiple official investigations that determined Foster committed suicide.
Limbaugh later claimed that "the Clinton Inc. war room today warn[ed] Wolf Blitzer" that " 'he'd better not do any personal-attack, [Tim] Russert-type questions Thursday night at the debate in Las Vegas.' Or else." Limbaugh added: "They didn't say 'or else,' but if you warned him, what do you mean? ... I speculated earlier that Wolf may want to beg off the debate because who's going to take care of his children?"
As the source of his claim that the Clinton camp had "warned" Blitzer, Limbaugh cited an anonymously sourced blurb on the Drudge Report asserting that a "top Clinton insider" warned Blitzer not to "pull a 'Russert.' " Blitzer has since stated that "[n]o one has pressured me. No one has threatened me. No one is trying to intimidate me. ... No one has even called me to try to pressure me or anything like that. ... I have not felt any pressure whatsoever," as Media Matters documented.
Later during the show, Limbaugh advised Blitzer to "get a cup," stating: "Wolf, by the way, get a cup. I don't know that Wolf's listening. I know he listens some. If he's not listening, somebody tell Wolf to get a cup. I know people at CNN monitor this show. You people at Media Matters, I know you're listening. Tell Wolf to get a cup. Well, I could send him one, but I -- [sigh] -- I don't know if mine would fit him."
As Media Matters noted, Limbaugh has himself claimed to have intimidated a reporter. During the October 15 broadcast of his show, Limbaugh claimed to have targeted an unnamed reporter who was writing "a cover story on me coming out of one of the big news magazines, and it was going to totally mischaracterize me and what I do and how I do it." Limbaugh continued: "[W]e found out who was writing it and made a couple phone calls to the person writing it. And we said, 'You know what? We're going to find out where your kids go to school. We're going to find out who you knocked up in high school. We're going to find out what drugs you used. We're going to find out where you go to drink and do -- we're gonna find out how you paid for your house. We're going to do -- and we're going to do exact -- and we're going to say that, you know what? You are no different than Al Goldstein. You both masturbate.' "
Limbaugh then claimed: "And the guy started screaming on the phone, just went -- 'You can't do that.' We said, 'Watch us.' And it changed the tone of the story by about 60 percent, I would say, from what it was going to be. But nobody does that to these people. Nobody does it to them. And that would be so much fun."
From the November 13 broadcast of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:
Media Matters - Limbaugh on purported Clinton "warn[ing]" to Blitzer: "Wolf may want to beg off the debate because who's going to take care of his children?"