This is one of the 2010 P.U.-Litzer Prizes for Bad Journalism put out by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. Of the many many falsehoods Rush puts out - and here his claim to be just an entertainer is put paid by his own boasting about having the facts - this is one of the more morally repugnant versions of blame the victims and excuse the corporate villains. Note how he handles being shown wrong by making it even worse.
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Nonexistent Union-Bashing Award: Rush Limbaugh
After 29 workers died at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, talkshow host Rush Limbaugh (4/9/10) fingered the culprit: the miners' union.
"Where was the union?" he asked. "The union is generally holding these companies up demanding all kinds of safety. Why were these miners continuing to work in what apparently was an unsafe atmosphere?"
As it turned out, the mine, owned by notorious union-buster Massey Energy, didn't have a union.
Alerted to his inaccuracy, Limbaugh (4/15/10) doubled down, saying that 85 union coal miners won a decision against Massey and were re-hired.
"So there were union workers there, and so the United Mine Workers should have been overseeing their safety.... You people, it's been 21 years. At some point you are going to learn: If you go up against me on a challenge of fact, you are going to be wrong. It's just that simple."
What's even simpler? Disproving him: Those workers he's talking about are from an entirely different mine owned by Massey--which has appealed the ruling, so even those workers aren't back on the job yet.
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