Friday, December 30, 2005

Most outrageous statements of 2005

Most outrageous statements of 2005

Here are the most outrageous statements Media Matters for America has documented this year. From attacks on women, Muslims, and African-Americans to a call for the assassination of a foreign leader to an open invitation for Al Qaeda to "blow up" San Francisco to a claim that gay marriage would lead to unions between "a man and his donkey," these statements acutely represent the extreme conservative speech we found in the news media in 2005. (We tried to limit the comments to a Top 10 list, but it was simply impossible.)

  • Former Reagan administration Secretary of Education Bill Bennett:      "[Y]ou could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime      rate would go down." [Salem Radio      Network's Bill Bennett's Morning in America,      9/28/05]
  • Pat Robertson: "If [Venezuelan      President Hugo Chavez] thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think      that we really ought to go ahead and do it." [Christian Broadcasting      Network's The 700 Club,      8/22/05]
  • Bill O'Reilly to San        Francisco: "[I]f Al      Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about      it. ... You want to blow up the Coit       Tower? Go      ahead." [Westwood One's The      Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly, 12/8/05]
  • Bill O'Reilly, agreeing with caller that illegal immigrants are      "biological weapon[s]":      "I think you could probably make an absolutely airtight case that      more than 3,000 Americans have been either killed or injured, based upon      the 11 million illegals who are here." [Westwood One's The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly,      4/15/05]
  • Rush Limbaugh: "Feminism was established      so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of      society." [The Rush Limbaugh Show,      8/12/05]
  • Rush Limbaugh on the kidnapping of peace activists in Iraq:      "I'm telling you, folks, there's a part of me that likes this."      [The Rush Limbaugh Show, 11/29/05]
  • Ann Coulter: Bill Clinton "was a very      good rapist"; "I'm getting a little fed up with hearing about,      oh, civilian casualties";      "I think we ought to nuke North Korea right now just to give the      rest of the world a warning." [New York Observer, 1/10/05]
  • Ann Coulter: "Isn't it great to see      Muslims celebrating something other than the slaughter of Americans?"      [Syndicated column, 2/3/05]
  • Radio host Glenn Beck: "[Y]ou know it took me      about a year to start hating the 9-11 victims' families? Took me about a      year." [Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Program, 9/9/05]
  • Tucker Carlson: "Canada is a sweet country. It      is like your retarded cousin you see at Thanksgiving and sort of pat him      on the head. You know, he's nice, but you don't take him seriously. That's      Canada."      [MSNBC's The Situation with      Tucker Carlson, 12/15/05]
  • American Family Association president Tim Wildmon:      Liberals "don't have the kind of family responsibilities most people      have, and certainly not church responsibilities." [American Family      Radio's Today's Issues,      5/11/05]
  • David Horowitz on Cindy Sheehan: "It's      very hard to have respect for a woman who exploits the death of her own      son and doesn't respect her own son's life. ... She portrays him as an      idiot." [MSNBC's Connected:      Coast to Coast, 8/16/05]
  • Radio host Neal Boortz on the      execution of Stanley      "Tookie" Williams: "[T]here will be riots      in South Central Los Angeles and elsewhere. ... The rioting, of course,      will lead to wide scale looting. There are a lot of aspiring rappers and      NBA superstars who could really use a nice flat-screen television right      now." [, 12/12/05]
  • Pat Buchanan: "Our guys" in Iraq "have got every right to have      good news put into the media and get to the people of Iraq, even if it's got to be      planted or bought." [MSNBC's Hardball      with Chris Matthews, 12/1/05]
  • National Review editor Rich Lowry: Given      EPA-mandated "small-flush" toilets, "[h]ow is it possible      to flush a Quran down the toilet?" [Young America's Foundation      speech, 8/5/05]
  • Neal Boortz, suggesting that a victim of Hurricane Katrina housed in      an Atlanta hotel consider prostitution:      "I dare say she could walk out of that hotel and walk 100 yards in      either direction on Fulton        Industrial Boulevard here in Atlanta and have a job.      What's that? Well, no, no, no. ... Well, you know what? [laughing] Now      that you mention it ... [i]f that's the only way she can take care of      herself, it sure beats the hell out of sucking off the taxpayers."      [Cox Radio Syndication's The Neal      Boortz Show, 10/24/05]
  • Focus on the Family founder and chairman James C. Dobson:      Same-sex marriage would lead to "marriage between daddies and little      girls ... between a man and his donkey." [Focus on the Family radio program, 10/6/05]
  • Accuracy in Media editor Cliff Kincaid:      "Have you noticed that many news organizations, in honor of former      ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings, have embarked on a quit smoking      campaign? So why don't our media launch a campaign advising people to quit      engaging in the dangerous and addictive homosexual lifestyle? ... It      appears that the homosexual lifestyle is as addictive as smoking."      [Accuracy in Media column, 12/14/05]

Most outrageous statements of 2005
Media Matters for America
Fri, Dec 23, 2005 3:56pm EST

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