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Rush Limbaugh: Fox News 'Caved' On Shirley Sherrod Story

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Rush Limbaugh criticized Shepard Smith and Fox News for their backtracking on the Shirley Sherrod story, saying they had "caved" by admitting that the tape of Sherrod had been taken out of context.

On Wednesday, Smith tore into his own network, saying it had failed to check whether or not the Sherrod story was true. That night, Bill O'Reilly also apologized for his role in pushing the story.

This did not sit well with Limbaugh. On his radio show Thursday, he said that conservative media "cowards" have wrongly abandoned the story:

"I have to go after it, because even Fox caved on this. Even Shep Smith. Even poor old Shep Smith went down there and said that everybody's wrong on this, that Breitbart is wrong and so forth. There's only a handful of us that have the guts to put this story straight. If we don't hammer back, nobody will."

He also said that the video was actually about the "smearing of great patriotic Americans" in the Tea Party, and not about Sherrod herself.

LISTEN (via Mediaite)