Not-So-Mighty Wind: Limbaugh Blows It Once Again
Allan P. Duncan
yesterday, while doing a Google search on 9-11, I ran across a radio
transcript from Rush Limbaugh's radio show titled Anti-Bush
9-11 Families Backed By Heinz Foundation in which Limbaugh
bashes two 9-11 Widows for being critical of the 9-11 footage in the
recent Bush Campaign ads.
are some excerpts from the show:
it turns out that a lot of these 9-11 family members are part of a
political organization that is funded in part by Teresa Heinz-Kerry!
Well, this stuff is incestuous! You know, these people are poisoned.
They have literally been poisoned by their hate. They have been
poisoned by their rage. It is unbelievable, the depths to which they
Here, for those of you that weren't here on Friday, this is the
montage. I'm just going to play it one more time. This is two
different women, and they appeared on four networks: CNN, MSNBC,
CNBC, and NBC, and they each have three phrases that they use
verbatim. And these were prepared. These were prepared by Democratic
campaign consultants. In fact, these women sound like campaign
consultants, not grieving family members, and I was reluctant to
make this charge; it's the first thing that crossed my mind. As I
say, we've now learned all the organizational effort that's going on
behind this and these people are indeed aligned with the Democratic
Party ... "
later, while not identifying the women making the quotes, plays
excerpts from several TV interviews:
listen to this montage in case you missed it on Friday, and
understand that these family members are actually part of the
Democratic Party machine, as they do this.
VOICE I: I think for someone like President Bush who has not
cooperated with this commission, who has stonewalled this
VOICE II: This president and his administration blocked the creation
of the commission, have stonewalled the commission.
VOICE I: If this was realistic from the morning of September 11th,
it would show President Bush before a group of school children
listening to them read, while the twin towers were burning.
VOICE II: If he wants to show a picture of 9-11 depicting what he
was doing, it should be a picture of him sitting and reading in a
classroom to school children. That's where he was on 9-11.
VOICE I: And we need to find out why 3,000 people were murdered on
VOICEII: Well, you know, this happened on his watch. "
transcript for the show had a link, Listen to Rush, so
I clicked it and listened to the part of his show that the
transcript covered. I discovered that Voice I belonged to Kristen
Breitweiser and that Voice II belonged to Monica Gabrielle.
Breitweiser and Monica Gabrielle are both members of the Family
Steering Committee for the 9-11 Commission and are not members of
the group Limbaugh claims received funding from Teresa Heinz Kerry.
That group, according to news reports that began hitting the wires
on March 6th was September 11th Families for
that date, Newsmax came out with this article:
March 6, 2004 12:08 p.m. EST
Foundation Bankrolled Group Protesting Bush 9/11 Ads
group Peaceful Tomorrows, which bills itself as an independent group
of 9/11 victim families and whose members have led the charge to
force the Bush re-election campaign to yank ads citing the Twin
Towers attacks, has direct financial ties to the Heinz Foundation,
the charitable trust administered by the wife of likely Democratic
presidential nominee John Kerry. "
March 8th, The Washington Dispatch published this piece:
The Washington Dispatch
9/11 Ad Complaints Show John Kerry's 'Security Envy'
Exclusive commentary by CK Rairden
Mar 8, 2004\
story from The NY Daily News got the ball rolling this time. It
quoted different people from an anti-war activist group called "September
Eleventh Families For Peaceful Tomorrows. " However, The NY Daily
News failed to identify them as part of that activist group. Also
chiming in to criticize was a firefighters union that has already
endorsed John Kerry for president. That was not disclosed either.
The story led to many of the women quoted from article to make the
news talk show circuit hammering the president for using the scenes
And they have every right to.
But as the activists made the rounds common phrases were referenced
and repeated. Two women made reference to the fact that President
Bush was "reading to school children " as the towers burned.
Another common theme was that "3,000 people were killed on
[President Bush's] watch. The third talking point was the claim that
the Bush administration is not cooperating fully with the 9/11
It became obvious that this was a coordinated effort. "
the New York Post chimed in:
KERRY'S CASH CONNECTION
now it turns out that this whole furor is driven by a tiny group
that's motivated by a far-left agenda and a festering hatred of the
president - and has some quite dubious financial ties.
the rhetorical charge has been an outfit called September 11th
Families for Peaceful Tomorrows - which, the group admits, has only
a few dozen members and represents relatives of no more than 1
percent of the 9/11 victims.
back in January 2003, the group said had it had gotten a
"verbal commitment" to the fund proposal from the junior
senator from Massachusetts - John F. Kerry.
surprise there - because Peaceful Tomorrows' parent group, the San
Francisco-based Tides Foundation, has received millions from
foundations controlled by Kerry's heiress wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry. "
can only assume that Limbaugh made the illogical leap that Kristen
Breitweiser and Monica Gabrielle were members of Peaceful Tomorrows
from the above articles. They are not mentioned as members, so I
can't logically understand why he lumped their quotes together with
his criticism for Peaceful Tomorrows. I guess in his own twisted
mind, all 9-11 Family Members who opposed the Bush ads must all
belong to the same organization and that they are all controlled by
the Democrats and funded by Teresa Heinz Kerry.
I have a big surprise for Mr. Limbaugh!
11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows released this
statement last night in response to the claims that Teresa Heinz
Kerry was funding their organization:
Tomorrows statement on the "Kerry Connection"
September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows has never received
funding from the Howard Heinz Endowment, the Vira I. Heinz
Endowment, Teresa Heinz Kerry or John Kerry.
Peaceful Tomorrows has no connection with the Heinz or Kerry
families through Tides Foundation, the Tides Center or any other
Peaceful Tomorrows has been a not-for-profit project of the Tides
Center since July of 2002. As our fiscal sponsor, the Tides
Center provides administrative and financial services that allow the
staff and membership of Peaceful Tomorrows to focus on work related
to our mission. We raise money for our own work and we pay
Tides Center 9% of those funds in exchange for vital services such
as invoice payment, tax services, and insurance.
Any questions about Tides Foundation or the Tides Center can be
addressed to Christopher Herrera , Tides Foundation's Director of
Communications at 415. 561. 6355, or Willa Seldon, Executive
Director for the Tides Center at 415.
it appears as though the above articles and Rush Limbaugh's
statements on his show were wrong all along. Not only were Kristen
Breitweiser and Monica Gabrielle slandered on the air, but September
11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows was also libeled in
the press. So much for objective reporting and vetting facts.
yet another commentary showed up in the press from a site that can't
even spell its own headline properly:
Campaign Proves Politicking Still Ditry
didn't take long to figure out someone from the Democratic camp was
behind crying foul and protesting the ad showing some of the tragic
events of 9/11.
group Peaceful Tomorrows needs to be investigated thoroughly and see
who and what is really behind these anti-war and anti-Bush slogans.
If John Kerry beats President Bush in the election in November...it
should be done aboveboard. If Teresa Heinz Kerry is directing the
allocation of money from a tax-exempt organization to fund these
destructive ads...she should be held accountable. It's time for all
to be held accountable in this country...period. We gotta start
somewhere...it might as well start in the Kerry campground. "
Ms. Grogan should be held accountable for writing an opinion piece
without checking out the evidence first, and maybe this whole band
of thugs should be investigated to see if they are part of an
orchestrated Republican smear campaign against 9-11 Family Members
who were only demonstrating their constitutional right to free
for Rush Limbaugh, it takes a real man to bash widows who are only
searching for the truth as to how and why their husbands were
murdered. They have a right to be angry at President Bush for using
images of 9-11 in his ads, since as Commander-In-Chief of our
military on 9-11, our entire national defense broke down and over
3,000 innocent people were killed while he sat in a classroom
reading a story to a bunch kids about a freakin goat.
courage is legendary though, as he himself endured his own private
hell during the Vietnam War by having to sit on a purple boil caused
by an ingrown hair that kept him from serving with his brothers like
John Kerry who only came back with a Purple Heart. Rush keeps firing
away from the safety of his studio though at a rat-a-tat-tat pace,
picking off and impugning the character of good people like Kristen
Breitweiser and Monica Gabrielle ...people of real character that
Rush shouldn't even have the right to share this planet with.
on you Rush!!!
Duncan is a former Social Worker and police officer, who lives in
New Hope, PA. This article is copyright by Allan
Duncan ADuncan282@aol.com originally
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