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Maddow Finally Apologizes for Saying Limbaugh Wanted MLK's Assassin to Get Medal of Honor

1:21 PM, Oct 20, 2009 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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On June 3, Rachel Maddow said during her TV show that Rush Limbaugh is the "guy who says the assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr. should get the Medal of Honor."

On Saturday, Sunday, and again Monday, I emailed MSNBC spokespersons asking if Maddow had ever apologized and retracted the remark. (A Nexis search didn't indicate that she had done so.) They didn't reply. Last night, Maddow addressed the issue on the show. An MSNBC spokeswoman emails the transcript from last night (emphasis added):

MADDOW: And finally, a quote falsely attributed to talk show host Rush Limbaugh recently it resurfaced during the debate over whether or not he would or should be part of a group bidding to buy the St. Louis Rams football steam.

On June 3rd, as I was reporting on opposition to then-Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, I was among the people who erroneously referred to the quote if Mr. Limbaugh had said it.

To set the record straight, Rush Limbaugh apparently never said that Martin Luther King Jr.`s assassin should receive the Medal of Honor. And I was in error when we reported that we had. Mea culpa.