Rep. Waxman: I'm Not Investigating Talkers
October 11, 2007 at 6:21 AM (PT)
Rep. HENRY WAXMAN (D-CA) denies that he is, or is planning to, investigate conservative talk show hosts like RUSH LIMBAUGH, SEAN HANNITY and MARK LEVIN. "The AMERICAN SPECTATOR report is completely false and was written without any documentation or attribution," a message posted by WAXMAN on his website reads. "There is not now nor has there ever been any investigation of this subject. Even though there is no truth to the story, the hoax has been repeated on FOX NEWS and several blogs.... The AMERICAN SPECTATOR should immediately retract its report and apologize for the confusion its fictitious report has caused."
For its part, the SPECTATOR, in a post on its website, says that WAXMAN's denial "won't sway us from our reporting of earlier this week. We stand by our story, which was conveyed to us by an Oversight Committee staffer. Further, we have been made aware of some conversations between staff on Oversight and career staff at the FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION about how best to approach oversight hearings on FCC policies.
"The fact is Rep. WAXMAN and his Oversight Committee have been looking for any opportunity to 1) pursue and attack conservatives and the BUSH Administration; and 2) gain gobs of publicity for Democrats in general and Rep. WAXMAN specifically. He accomplishes these lofty goals by using taxpayer dollars to investigate any number of individuals, organizations, government entities, corporations and industries. And he has the staff to do it."