Rush Limbaugh on the January 29th edition of his Premiere Radio Network talk show compared Osama Bin Laden with various members of the Democratic party and specifically mentioned Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold by name.
Limbaugh had apparently noticed a BBC article referenced on Al Gore’s website that morning with a headline that said, “ ‘Bin Laden’ blames US for global warming.” The article described an audio message sent to al-Jazeera in which a person claiming to be al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Ladin blamed global warming on the U.S. and other big industrial nations, criticized President George W. Bush for signing the Kyoto Protocol, and called for a boycott of the U.S. dollar.
Limbaugh asserted that Bin Laden had joined Al Gore’s “global warming team.” He also made a statement to the effect that Bin Laden owns al-Jaseera, an independent, if controversial, Middle East media outlet. The conservative talk show host then went on a rant complaining that the terrorists views on climate change and global warning matched those of the United Nations and various Democrats including President Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi, and thus should be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.
Said Limbaugh, “Every time Obama releases a tape, it’s just Democrat talking points. Or maybe they’re getting their talking points from him.” He then read a portion of the statement from Bin Laden criticizing President Bush for dismissing the Kyoto agreement “to placate giant corporations,” saying, “It sounds like it could easily be Russ Feingold, the Senator from…Wisconsin.”
The audio clip can be found on MediaMatters.org.
Feingold's campaign people are not happy about the reference. Melissa Ryan, Internet Director for the Feingold re-election campaign called Limbaugh's words "slash and burn politics" in the Feingold campaign blog.