That links to an AP piece by Jill Barton on the Limbaugh dustup. It appeared in this morning’s Indianapolis Star. Apparently, the Rush-as-illegal-drug-buyer story came to light in the National Enquirer.
Meanwhile, the drug allegations were first reported by the National Enquirer. Law enforcement sources who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed to The Associated Press that Limbaugh is being investigated by the Palm Beach County (Fla.) state attorney’s office.
CNN reported Thursday that sources close to the investigation said Limbaugh had turned up as a buyer of powerful painkillers but that he was not the target of the investigation.
Premiere Radio Networks, which syndicates the politically focused “Rush Limbaugh Show” to more than 650 markets, issued a statement from Limbaugh on Thursday saying: “I am unaware of any investigation by any authority involving me. No government representative has contacted me directly or indirectly. If my assistance is required, I will, of course, cooperate fully.”
Limbaugh did not address the drug investigation reports in his speech.
The Enquirer had interviewed Wilma Cline, who said she became Limbaugh’s drug connection after working as his maid. She said Limbaugh had abused OxyContin and other painkillers.
Ed Shohat, a Miami lawyer for Cline and her husband, said Thursday, “The Clines stand by the story.” Shohat said neither he nor his clients would comment further.
National Enquirer Editor in Chief David Perel declined to say whether the Clines were paid for their interview, but said the tabloid does “pay for interviews, photographs and exclusives – as long as they can be proven to be true.” Referring to media reports saying the Clines were paid six figures for their story, Perel said, “People are just making things up.”
The Enquirer is not the among the most respected papers in the US. Folks don’t go around saying, “Well, I read it in the National Enquirer. It must be true.”
I’m not a dittohead (Rush fan.) I cheered when I heard he got fired. However, before I call him an oxy addict, I want to hear it from somebody more reliable than a supermarket tabloid.