Here are the Top Ten most outrageous statements we have heard this year from members of the media. From anti-Semitic comments and attacks o­n women, gays, and lesbians to reprehensible acceptance of the Abu Ghraib prisoner torture, these statements are acutely representative of the conservative hate speech we found in the news media:

  • Rush Limbaugh o­n the Abu Ghraib photos: "I'm talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You ever heard of need to blow some steam off?"
  • Ann Coulter: "[Senator John] Kerry will improve the economy in the emergency services and body bag industry."
  • Tony Blankley called philanthropist George Soros "a Jew who figured out a way to survive the Holocaust."
  • Michael Savage: "When you hear 'human rights,' think gays. ... [T]hink o­nly o­ne thing: someone who wants to rape your son."
  • Oliver North: "Every terrorist out there is hoping John Kerry is the next president of the United States."
  • Pat Robertson o­n gays and lesbians: "[S]elf-absorbed hedonists ... that want to impose their particular sexuality o­n the rest of America.”

  • Pat Buchanan: "[H]omosexuality is an affliction, like alcoholism."
  • Bill O'Reilly to Jewish caller: "[I]f you are really offended, you gotta go to Israel."
  • Bill Cunningham (Clear Channel radio host who appeared as a guest o­n The Sean Hannity Show): The election is over because "Elizabeth Edwards has now sung."
  • Jerry Falwell: "And we're going to invite PETA [to "wild game night"] as our special guest, P-E-T-A -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. We want you to come, we're going to give you a top seat there, so you can sit there and suffer. This is o­ne of my special groups, another o­ne's the ACLU, another is the NOW -- the National Order of Witches [sic]. We've got -- I've got a lot of special groups."
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