Limbaugh Surprises MRC Dinner

“We don’t need to convince liberals; we need to defeat them.”

–Rush Limbaugh
at the MRC’s DisHonors Awards

From the Media Research Center’s “MRC Alert” today: Rush Limbaugh and Sam Donaldson made surprise appearances at the MRC’s “DisHonors Awards: Roasting the Most Outrageously Biased Liberal Reporters of 2003,” which were presented on Thursday night, March 18, before an audience of about 850 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Following the presentation of the awards, as MRC President L. Brent Bozell III made closing remarks and thanked those who made the evening possible, he was interrupted by ABC News veteran Sam Donaldson, who bound on stage in mock anger, railing at Bozell and the MRC for the attack on the news media. Bozell soon resumed thanking staff members, only to have the evening’s producer, Leesa Kelly, interrupt him a second time to tell him there was someone else who wished to come on stage to make some comments. When Bozell acceded to her request, the theme music to Rush Limbaugh’s radio show began to play and an astonished audience quickly comprehended what that meant just as Rush Limbaugh strode on stage, prompting a lengthy standing ovation. Limbaugh proceeded to deliver remarks for about 15 minutes, covering a wide range of topics from the power of the news media to how liberals are afraid of being seen as liberal to the hostility toward him by the local Florida media in covering the prosecutor’s case against him.