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Tin Foil Hat Alert! Fox Nation Cooks Up A Conspiracy Theory To Baselessly Suggest Obama Connected To "Killing" Limbaugh's NFL Bid

Reported by Ellen - October 17, 2009 -

Didn't you know it was just a matter of time before someone at Fox News blamed President Obama for Rush Limbaugh losing his bid to buy the St. Louis Rams football team? But who knew they'd have to put on their tin foil hats to pin the blame this time? In the absence of any facts, those "fair and balanced America lovers" over at Fox Nation just cooked up a "what if" scenario and trumpeted it as front page news. Under the "Hot Topics," at the top of the Fox Nation website, the second-from-the-top headline blares, "Did a former Obama official kill Limbaugh's NFL bid?" If Fox Nation found any evidence that there was any real connection to Obama, the "we report, you decide" folks kept it to themselves.

Here's the entire Fox Nation article that goes with the suggestive headline:

The plot thickens on the media’s character-lynching of Rush Limbaugh. Of the four stories run on ESPN.com about Limbaugh’s bid for the Rams (October 6, October 12, October 15, and another October 15) none of them mention that NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith served as counsel to Attorney General Eric Holder and was a member of Barack Obama’s transition team.

The October 12 article references Smith’s anti-Limbaugh email meant to garner opposition against the radio host’s bid. The report refers to Smith only as the executive director of the NFLPA. Despite the fact that Smith’s opposition was based on Limbaugh’s political commentary, the report failed to mention that Smith’s political connections (including those to whom he donated thousands of dollars) have a vested interest in Limbaugh’s discrediting.

So let's review the evidence: Smith once had a connection to Obama; Obama opposes Limbaugh's politics, therefore, Smith must have had a political agenda that is somehow connected to Obama. By that reasoning, Karl Rove, former advisor to George W. Bush and John McCain, has a "vested interest" in every anti-Obama story on Fox News.

Meanwhile, while pointing the finger at other people for Limbaugh's troubles, "fair and balanced" Fox somehow forgot to mention Limbaugh's long list of racially-charged statements and his divisive politics. There wasn't even mention of the opposition from the NFL players - you know, the guys Smith is supposed to represent. Maybe they're in on the conspiracy, too. After all, I'll bet at least one of the players contributed money to Obama.