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A FAIR LOOK AT RUSH LIMBAUGH'S `REIGN OF ERROR'

Could Rush be wrong? You bet, Dittoheads. America's loudmouth doesn't do his homework.

"The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error" examines more than 100 examples of Rush-stuff that bear as much resemblance to truth as "Married . . . with Children" does to real family life. The book was compiled for FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting) by Steven Rendall, Jim Naureckas and Jeff Cohen.A few samples will suffice.

Rush: "We have more acreage of forest land in the United States today than we did at the time the Constitution was written."

Not so. According to the Encyclopedia of American Forest and Conservation History, there were about 930 million acres of forest at the end of the 18th century; there are about 737 million acres today.

Rush: "Anita Hill followed Clarence Thomas everywhere. . . . She wanted to work with him, she wanted to continue to date him."

Hill can hardly have wanted to "continue" dating Thomas since they both testified they never dated.

Rush: "Now I got something for you that's true - 1972, Tufts University, Boston. . . . Three-year study of 5,000 co-eds, and they used a benchmark of a bra size 34C. They found that the - now wait. It's true. The larger the bra size, the smaller the IQ."

No such study was ever done at Tufts.

The solution to Rush's habit of rushing in where angels fear to tread is simple.

He could get a decent research staff. Or he could shut up.