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Friday, February 25, 2011
Newsmax's Ponte Pushes Unsubstantiated Attack On Union
Topic: Newsmax

Discussing the Wisconsin union controversy in his Feb. 22 Newsmax column, Lowell Ponte writes, "The head of the teacher union in Wisconsin reportedly is paid around $450,000 a year."

Ponte offers no evidence to back up this claim or where he "reportedly" got it. Why? Perhaps because there isn't any.

The only reference to this claim we could find was in the middle of a Free Republic post, in which a commenter claims he "learned on Rush over the noon hour" that "the head of AFSCME (the public sector union) makes $450,000 per year."

As for where Limbaugh got the evidence for that claim -- or even whether Limbaugh actually said such a thing -- we couldn't find that either. The only reference to Limbaugh and $450,000 we could find was a reference to the Maybach he owns.

Ponte should either back up his claim or apologize for making it.

Posted by Terry K. at 5:35 PM EST

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