On his radio show earlier this month, Rush Limbaugh participated in the smearing of 12-year old SCHIP recipient Graeme Frost. Limbaugh introduced the segment, saying: “I had some rudimentary information on this two weeks ago, and it wasn’t enough for me to trust going with. But since then, it has been verified, and most of it’s been verified by a ‘Freeper’ at Free Republic.”
Limbaugh propagated the now-debunked claim that Graeme Frost was actually a well-off kid being pampered by the government. He then explicitly called Graeme a liar who had been corrupted by the Senate Democratic Leadership:
So the bottom line for me is: They can’t rely on truth to make their case for their cause. They have to lie. […] They send the kid out to lie. They filled this kid’s head with lies just as they have some of these soldiers about me.
Now that the right-wing smear campaign against Graeme has been proven to be completely baseless, Limbaugh is desperately trying to revise history. Last night on Hannity & Colmes, Limbaugh claimed he “never attacked” the Frost family:
I never once attacked this family. I attacked the Democrats for exploiting them. I attacked the Democrats for putting lies into the head of a 12-year-old. […] The Democrats are amazingly brazen in this at using kids, using season citizens. I never attacked this family. I simply reported what their financial circumstances are.
During the segment, Limbaugh also sneeringly mocked Graeme by taking on the voice of a 12-year old child. Watch it:
Limbaugh never apologized for his role in misreporting the family’s financial circumstances. Rush now claims that Graeme’s big “lie” is that he wanted to “make the American people think that they would not get covered because Bush didn’t want to expand the program.” It’s true. The Congressional Budget Office reports more than 700,000 children will lose coverage under Bush’s proposal.
More at Newshounds.
LIMBAUGH: You know, Alan, that’s an interesting question. I never once attacked this family. I attacked the Democrats for exploiting them. I attacked the Democrats for putting lies into the head of a 12-year-old. A 12-year-old they send out before microphones and cameras to sit there and say, I only want health care for the rest of the American children like I got. And George Bush is against it. A 12-year-old can’t write that garbage!
The fact of the matter is, Graeme Frost was covered and got the health care he and his sister, both got the health care they needed under the current circumstances of the program. The Democrats sent those two little kids out there to make the American people think that they would not get covered because Bush didn’t want to expand the program.
The Democrats are amazingly brazen in this at using kids, using season citizens. I never attacked this family. I simply reported what their financial circumstances are. I actually feel sorry for them to be used.
This is another thing. If you would turn on my radio show and listen to me, you would know I never once attacked — I would not attack a 12- year-old kid. I feel sorry for the fact that the kid is having words put in his mouth, he’s sent out before the whole country to lie, when he can’t know any better, because he’s 12-year-old, simply to advance another lie that the Democrats want to put forth, because the S-CHIP program is nothing more than a stealth attempt to get socialized medicine inculcated over as much of America as possible.
You can’t tell me that children are 25 years and younger. You can’t tell me that a family of four making $82,000 grand is poverty-stricken. And that’s what this program would have done. It is obscene.