Thursday, October 15, 2009

MORE on the Limbaugh Phony Quote Controversy...

As Rush Limbaugh's lawyers consider their legal strategies, they're looking at NOT ONLY going after the originators of those phony quotes (people like Jack Huberman) but deep-pocketed venues like NBC and CNN, who despite being forewarned that those quotes were inauthentic and faked, still went on-air with them, apparently to deliberately smear a citizen in an attempt to undermine a legitimate investment, comes THIS from Erick Erickson of Red State;

Rick Sanchez of CNN Ran Over a Man Then Fled the Scene. Two Hours Later, Sanchez Was Still Drunk.

Here is what is phony.

Rick Sanchez quoted Rush Limbaugh on CNN and the quote was fabricated. The racially insensitive quote attributed to Limbaugh was made up on the internet and not uttered by Rush.

Sanchez has refused to apologize for using the quote in a hit job on Limbaugh designed to destroy Limbaugh’s bid for the St. Louis Rams.
Here is what is real.

Rick Sanchez ran over a man and left the guy for dead.

It was December 10, 1990. Sanchez was leaving a Miami Dolphins game when he ran over a man. Sanchez fled the scene for two hours.

Finally, Sanchez came back. Two hours after the incident, Sanchez was still drunk — well above the legal limit. But Sanchez was a well known Miami reporter with lots of friends on the police force. He was never charged with the hit and run. He just pled no contest to DUI.

The man Sanchez hit and ran away from? He died in 1995, paralyzed and in a nursing home.

This is the guy who decided to take to television this week and moralize against Rush.

Apparently Rick Sanchez never understood that “People in glass houses...”

To make sure we aren’t wrongfully sliming Rick Sanchez, there’s this report from BARTCOP:

"It happened on Dec. 10, 1990. Mr. Sanchez, seriously drunk behind the wheel, with his dad as passenger, was leaving a Miami Dolphins game. He had barely left the stadium parking area before he hit a man who was running between cars, and who (unfortunately) was also drunk.

"Undoubtedly helped by invisible friends on the police force, Sanchez was not charged with causing the accident, but was later charged with (and pleaded no contest to) DUI.

"But here's the cowardly part:

"Sanchez initially left the scene of the accident for 2 full hours.

"One local report said he first went home to get his license and fell asleep. (Yeah, right.)

"Anyway, by the time he meandered back to the scene and his dilly-dallying cop friends tested him for alcohol, it was at least four hours after the accident. Even with all his friends helping him, Sanchez's blood still registered .15 -- way above the then-legal-limit of .10.

"Closing chapter for victim: The Miami Herald, Nov. 2, 1995

"Jeffrey Smuzinick, who was left paralyzed after being struck by the car of Channel 7 anchor Rick Sanchez, died Monday in a Pennsylvania nursing home. He was 36. Smuzinick was injured Dec. 10, 1990, after he ran out into traffic following a Dolphins football game. He was struck byA 1991 Volvo driven by Sanchez.

"Smuzinick suffered severe head injuries and was in a coma for many months. He underwent rehabilitation in Florida ..."

But perhaps the WORST blemish on Sanchez’ career was this:

“Although he initially thrived at WSVN, Sanchez originally left the station when it was discovered that 1985 wiretaps recorded him trading favors with Alberto San Pedro, a self-proclaimed political fixer described by police as "a major corrupter in Hialeah" and who following a federal grand jury indictment for bribery of a federal public official and conspiracy to commit bribery, pled guilty to the conspiracy charge. He then worked briefly for KHOU in Houston, Texas before returning to an afternoon anchor position with WSVN. Sanchez was hired at MSNBC in 2001.”


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