Attacking talk radio

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The major news media no longer have the monopoly they once enjoyed. The way millions of Americans get their news and news analysis is through talk radio. The Rush Limbaugh Show stands at the very top of talk radio, carried on more than 650 radio stations and listened to by an estimated 20 million people each week. As an occasional fill-in for Rush, and being a professor, I see the show as being my big classroom, but I learn a lot as well.

Over the span of some 20 years, Rush has been attacked from just about every leftist corner, as would anyone who tirelessly espoused the founding principles of our nation — private property, rule of law and limited government.

What has made Rush so effective with this message has been his ability to put things, and ask questions, in a manner that the average citizen can understand and relate to, and do so with a bit of humor. Humor creates madness among leftists who want their interventionist agenda taken seriously.

Rush’s show, as well as many of his competitors’ shows, has ended much of the isolation among Americans. For example, if you were against racial quotas, you were made to feel like a racist by the major media. With the growth of talk radio, people found out that they were not alone and that being against racial quotas didn’t make one a racist.

As such, talk radio has been a painful thorn in the sides of those whose agenda is to control the news and debate as a means to control our lives. This is why the priority agenda for leftists is to attack talk radio, and their biggest target is Rush Limbaugh.

The latest attack from the left alleges that Rush referred to our fighting men, who disagreed with our Middle East policy, as “phony soldiers.”

The truth of the matter is that Rush was referring to people like Jesse Macbeth, who became the poster boy for the anti-war and anti-military movement.

Macbeth passed himself off as an Army Ranger and a Purple Heart recipient. He said he participated in gruesome war crimes with other U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. An investigation proved that none of his claims was true; he wasn’t an Army Ranger or a Purple Heart recipient, and he didn’t serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, he was kicked out of the Army after 44 days of boot camp.

Last September, Macbeth was sentenced to five months in jail and three years’ probation for falsifying a Department of Veterans Affairs claim and his Army discharge record. Macbeth, idolized by the anti-war movement, is truly a despicable person. On a video translated into Arabic, for Middle East consumption, he said, “We would burn their bodies ... hang their bodies from the rafters in the mosque.”

False misrepresentation of oneself as a soldier has become so widespread that Congress enacted the Stolen Valor Act of 2005 to prosecute people posing as veterans. In fact, a Sept. 29 ABC News report by Charles Gibson did an expose on people such as Macbeth, and they were called “phony war heroes.”

The members of Congress who are attacking Limbaugh know all of this, but they’re trusting that the average American doesn’t so they can pull the rope-a-dope.

By attacking Limbaugh, they hope to breathe some life into the Fairness Doctrine, which was repealed by a unanimous vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1987. The doctrine, said the FCC, “restricts the journalistic freedom of broadcasters and actually inhibits the presentation of controversial issues of public importance to the detriment of the public and the degradation of the editorial prerogative of broadcast journalists.”

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., is leading the charge in misrepresenting Limbaugh’s phony soldier comment. In a few weeks, I shall have a column about phony congressmen and Harry Reid, and about 500 of his colleagues are among them.


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Submitted by JeffC on Tue, 10/16/2007 - 10:59am.

Here’s a link to the unedited transcript:

Limbaugh selectively edited "phony soldiers" clip

Submitted by 1bighammer on Tue, 10/16/2007 - 12:07pm.

This is such a NON Story except in the eyes of the Libs. Anyone with half a brain who knows anything about Rush Limbaugh knows what he was talking about. Do you defend individuals like Jesse MacBeth who knowingly tried to steal from the AMERICAN PEOPLE? Its a shame that so much of America is uninformed and blindly believe whatever they hear on the Liberal controlled Network TV news.

But then again isn't that what the Liberasl are banking on?

Submitted by Nitpickers on Wed, 10/17/2007 - 5:44am.

Speaking of half-brains, Rush depends upon many of those for his bread!

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Submitted by AF A-10 on Tue, 10/16/2007 - 8:13pm.

Rush quote: "They joined because of Iraq." "They are phony soldiers." How many soldiers is Jesse MacBeth? do the math for me 1bigsmart one. Personally i don't give much credit to those who get information about soldiers from drug-addicted draft dodgers. But that's just me.

Kevin "Hack" King

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Submitted by JeffC on Tue, 10/16/2007 - 1:20pm.

Condemning the “Liberal controlled Network TV news” for publishing Rush’s verbatim transcript? I can see how that would make the right furious.

If it is such a non-story "except in the eyes of the Libs", why is Walter Williams writing about it? I don’t care what Rush said nor do I care that he changed his transcript then lied about it. I’m just pointing it out and wondering why Williams is shilling for him. I noticed you did not deny that Rush edited the transcript. Wisely, since Rush admitted it and I posted a link to it. You, like Rush and Williams, are trying to change the subject from Rush attacking members of the military to Jesse MacBeth.

Read the transcript. It is perfectly clear what Rush was saying.

Or perhaps you should read the transcript of General Sanchez’s recent speech where he said: “For some of you, just like some of our politicians, the truth is of little to no value if it does not fit your own preconceived notions, biases and agendas.”

Or is he a "phony soldier" too?

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Submitted by Cyclist on Mon, 10/15/2007 - 3:35pm.

I would say the Bloomquist and the current WGST team did that. They took off Tom Hughes and the "Kimmer" and replaced them with shows like "I spent all my money and I don't know why".

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