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RUSH: Atlanta, Betty. Betty, I’m glad you waited. Welcome to the program.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. Can you hear me?

RUSH: Yeah, hear you fine.

CALLER: I can’t believe it, my heart is beating so fast. I just love you to death.

RUSH: Well, thank you very much.

CALLER: I’ve listened to since when you were on TV, that’s when I started listening.

RUSH: That’s 1992.

CALLER: But anyway, this is the reason why I’m calling you today, about Trayvon Martin. You have the story wrong. I don’t want you to take sides on this. I want you to stay out of this. First of all, this little boy was walking in the rain with his hoodie on and he was talking on the phone to his girlfriend. And he told her that someone was following him. It was Zimmerman.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: Okay, Zimmerman called 911 to tell them that somebody suspicious was walking. So the person on the 911 call says, “Don’t follow him.” But he kept following this little boy.

RUSH: Betty, hang on here just a second. You say we should not talk about it and you are. In the first place, he’s six feet tall, he’s a football player, not a little boy. But we’re not talking about Trayvon today. We’re talking about the media.

CALLER: The media I do not listen to. When I listen to the media I listen to Fox.

RUSH: Well, NBC doctored the 911 call. None of us knows what happened yet. That’s the whole point here. But the news media and the civil rights coalitions have jumped to conclusions because they want it to fit a particular template, that’s why the New York Times refers to Zimmerman as a “white Hispanic,” gotta have that in there. Zimmerman did stop following the guy at some point, but I’m not talking about that because I don’t know what happened. All I know is that NBC doctored a tape.

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: ABC doctored a videotape of Zimmerman’s so-called non-injuries on his head and so forth.


RUSH: I don’t think this kid deserves to be dead, and this is a really unfortunate thing that happened, but we don’t know —

CALLER: But, you know what? The reason why this is coming out, see, the media does not report anything on black people when they’re killed. They do not report anything that has to do with blacks. This kid had been dead for like a month before anything came out.

RUSH: Exactly, can I explain why to you? I’ll be happy to explain why to you. Because when Trayvon Martin died the media was engaged in some other plan, the “war on women.”

CALLER: I know. On you.

RUSH: I was part of it, but they had this whole effort to portray the Republican war on women and —

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: — until the civil rights coalitions got in gear.

CALLER: Uh-huh.

RUSH: — the media didn’t care. You say, why don’t they do coverage on black crime or —

CALLER: But they never do, they never do.

RUSH: No, they do. They do. When Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton get involved, that’s when they talk about it. On their own, they don’t, you’re right.

CALLER: Well, I’m gonna tell you another thing, too. It may draw attention to the fact as to why so many kids in that town have been killed by the police. No one knows about that. A lot of kids have been killed by the police for no reason in that town.

RUSH: I hadn’t heard that. I didn’t know that.

CALLER: Right. And Trayvon Martin, people don’t know, he laid in the morgue for three days before his parents found out he was killed.

RUSH: That’s inexcusable. That’s reprehensible.

CALLER: And the parents who were looking for him, they could not find him. They called the morgue and nobody said, “Oh, your child is here.” That boy laid in the morgue for three days.

RUSH: I understand that. That’s reprehensible. Look, there’s nothing in this story to get happy about on any side. The problem is there are people who are. That’s sort of what’s disgusting, Betty, is that there are some people really excited about this because of the opportunity it presents. It’s despicable if you ask me, the way — you’re right, it happens five weeks ago now, it lies dormant for three weeks ’til the media finishes with their war on women. Then all of a sudden they shift gears to go into this. It’s all about Obama’s reelection, pure and simple. And until Obama or Jackson or Sharpton lead them to a story, the media’s not gonna go there on something like this, ’cause it’s all about protecting or building up Obama. And that’s gonna be going on the whole remainder of the year.

Now, Trayvon Martin, he was killed 60 feet from his house. Where were his neighbors? Unrecognized or unknown or whatever for three days in the morgue, that’s despicable. This story is doing more harm to the black community than anything else out there right now. There’s nothing that is uplifting or admirable. Nothing about this portends good. Just a shame, all the way around. And now with what the media’s doing, what NBC has done with the doctoring of this 911 call, that’s beyond the pale. It’s an attempt to inflame. It’s an attempt to spread hate. It’s an attempt to influence a criminal investigation with lies and distortions. It’s reprehensible. It’s not doing anybody any good.

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