Rush Limbaugh is hot on the trail of the smear squad which used phony quotes to poison his bid to buy the St. Louis Rams football team. All done with the help of the mainstream media who couldn't be bothered to check these incendiary remarks for accuracy before reporting.
It's the same tactic that has been used against other conservatives over the years. People like Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, Sean Hannity and James Dobson.
Guess what... many of those smears are coming from the same source!
A blogger named Trapdoc sent the following to Mark Steyn:
As I am sure you are aware, the fake Limbaugh quotes have been traced to the Rush Limbaugh Wikiquote page, dating from July of 2005 (see the following link to see when the quotes were added). The Jack Huberman book that most people source for these quotes did not come out until the following year.At the American Thinker we learn that Patterson Belknap Webb and Tyler (PBWT) has also recently launched a Sports Group which includes work on behalf of:
The quotes were added by a user with the IP address of 220.127.116.11. This address has been used mostly to make changes to the article about Rush, but also Karl Rove, Sean Hannity, Rush, James Dobson and Sara Palin from 2005 until earlier this year.
While others have noted this in various forums, no one seems to have made the connection that this IP address is used as a gateway by the law firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP (see here, for example) that all users from that IP address come from the pbwt.com domain.)
Given the likelihood that Limbaugh will sue over this, I find it interesting that the source of these bogus quotes is probably a lawyer...
Various investor groups as intellectual property counsel in their acquisitions and proposed acquisitions of Major League Baseball, National Hockey League and NASCAR teams.It's entirely possible that someone at PBWT was trying to screw the Rams deal for the group Rush was involved with to support the efforts of a client who may have been interested in the team.
But with the links to other smears on Palin, Rove, et. al. I'd say it's more likely we have another lib libeler and lover of lefty truth (which I define as "any lie that will suck the media in.")
Hopefully, Rush will pursue legal remedies to track down the individual(s) responsible for these smears and hold them accountable. Otherwise, this kind of thing will keep happening again and again.