Waxman’s Committee Denies Paranoid Claims From the Right Wing

The right wing typically achieves power, or at present attempts to grasp on to what they have left, by demonizing the opposition and claiming they support positions which they do not. They know that they stand no chance when their views are put up against the actual views of their opponents.

We’ve frequently seen the false claims that liberals support socialized medicine, or even socialism in general, and will take away both people’s guns and bibles. Another common meme on the right over the past few months is that liberals oppose free speech and want to bring back the fairness doctrine to shut down right wing talk radio. Of course this is a proposal I’ve seen discussed frequently by the right with minimal interest on the left. Many of the claims from the right are based upon paranoid stories that Congressman Henry Waxman is planning to shut down talk radio with the support of the Democratic majority.
Following such a report by The American Spectator, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has issued a statment debunking these claims:

Fictitious American Spectator Story Creates Confusion

On October 8, 2007, the American Spectator printed a fictitious story alleging that Congressman Waxman and the House Oversight Committee were investigating conservative and Republican talk show radio programs.

The American Spectator report is completely false and was written without any documentation or attribution. There is not now nor has there ever been any investigation of this subject. But even though there is no truth to the story, the hoax has been repeated on Fox News (transcript below) and several blogs (Family Research Council, Instapundit, ).

The American Spectator should immediately retract its report and apologize for the confusion its fictitious report has caused.

No need to fear. Rush Limbaugh will remain free to continue to smear the troops and twelve year olds regardless of the facts.

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