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Wed Mar 7, 2012, 07:30 PM

First on CNN: Levin says Limbaugh should be dropped from Armed Forces Network

Source: CNN

Sen. Carl Levin, the powerful chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said Wednesday he would like the Armed Forces Network to drop the controversial Rush Limbaugh program from its service that provides radio and television shows to U.S. service members around the world.

"I would hope the people that run it see just how offensive this is and drop it on their own volition," Levin told CNN in an exclusive interview in the Capitol.

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Levin, a generally liberal Democrat from Michigan whose top spot on Armed Services makes him very influential inside the Pentagon, said he would "love" to see the program dropped, but he doesn't think it should be up to Congress to pass a law to make it happen.

"I think that is probably an issue that should be left to the folks that run that network," he said. "In other words, I'd love to see them drop it but I don't think I'd legislate it."

Read more: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/07/first-on-cnn-levin-says-limbaugh-should-be-dropped-from-armed-forces-network/

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Reply First on CNN: Levin says Limbaugh should be dropped from Armed Forces Network (Original post)
cal04 Mar 2012 OP
mercymechap Mar 2012 #1
xtraxritical Mar 2012 #27
csziggy Mar 2012 #49
Iliyah Mar 2012 #2
bluestateguy Mar 2012 #5
BlancheSplanchnik Mar 2012 #40
bluestateguy Mar 2012 #3
HubertHeaver Mar 2012 #4
Dr. Matt Mar 2012 #6
kenfrequed Mar 2012 #37
kestrel91316 Mar 2012 #7
shcrane71 Mar 2012 #11
Lost-in-FL Mar 2012 #22
nolabear Mar 2012 #8
duhneece Mar 2012 #9
derby378 Mar 2012 #10
libinnyandia Mar 2012 #12
lovuian Mar 2012 #13
varelse Mar 2012 #14
Politicub Mar 2012 #15
Kingofalldems Mar 2012 #16
dfhtyjtyj Mar 2012 #17
Horse with no Name Mar 2012 #18
Xipe Totec Mar 2012 #19
alp227 Mar 2012 #20
workinclasszero Mar 2012 #21
harun Mar 2012 #23
Left Coast2020 Mar 2012 #24
MADem Mar 2012 #25
MannyGoldstein Mar 2012 #26
JNelson6563 Mar 2012 #36
BlancheSplanchnik Mar 2012 #41
Tripod Mar 2012 #28
Liberty Belle Mar 2012 #29
randome Mar 2012 #38
Tumbulu Mar 2012 #45
davidthegnome Mar 2012 #30
nxylas Mar 2012 #35
avaistheone1 Mar 2012 #31
Brettongarcia Mar 2012 #32
JustABozoOnThisBus Mar 2012 #33
sandyj999 Mar 2012 #34
deacon_sephiroth Mar 2012 #39
itsrobert Mar 2012 #42
patrice Mar 2012 #43
Major Hogwash Mar 2012 #44
Tx4obama Mar 2012 #46
yellowcanine Mar 2012 #47
CRK7376 Mar 2012 #48
lonestarnot Mar 2012 #50

Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 07:36 PM

1. It should definitely be dropped

but I'm not sure the folks that run that network will do it of their own volition. As controversial as Rush Limbaugh is and as nasty as he has gotten since Obama got elected, he's not kept on that network by accident.

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Response to mercymechap (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 01:05 AM

27. I sent emails to DoD

 

but the reply's were very noncommittal.

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Response to xtraxritical (Reply #27)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 12:30 PM

49. Send requests to your Congressmen to have DOD's use of Limbaugh investigated

That will cause more waves than writing directly to DOD.

When a military office receives a question from a Congressman or a Senator, it triggers a special reaction... it's like the biggest, squeakiest wheel in the entire USA... it's called a Congressional Inquiry. Military folks don't like those. The more Congressman that call the DoD, the better!
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/02/1070289/-The-American-Forces-Network-Are-Taxpayer-Dollars-Funding-Rush-Limbaugh-

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 07:36 PM

2. Rush should have

never been on it in the first place.

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 07:38 PM

5. In 1993 they kicked up a shitstorm to get him on the air

And Clinton caved in, even though there was no evidence that his program was in demand.

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Response to bluestateguy (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 11:06 AM

40. dammit, I didn't know that

good to learn the facts, even though I don't like this one.

disappointing

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 07:37 PM

3. Please tell me this can be done by unilateral executive order (please?)

nt

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 07:38 PM

4. First you give them the chance to do the correct thing of their own volition.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 07:39 PM

6. Amen.

Drugbaugh spends 15 hours a day, 52 weeks a year smearing and defaming the Commander-in-Chief of this Country. He should not be allowed to spew his utter vile trash on the AFN via tax-payers dollars.

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Response to Dr. Matt (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 09:36 AM

37. Percisely.

Can you imagine a show on AFRT that is wildly liberal and spends every broadcast ripping on republicans? What if the host of that show had a drug problem? What if the host of that show had a track record of racism and sexism?

Really he never should have been allowed on and he should definitely have his ass knocked back off of it.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 07:42 PM

7. They can't touch Limbaugh, yet they CAN defund NPR.

Yeah, right.

GROW A SPINE, you guys.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 08:09 PM

11. Things that make you go hmmmm... eh?

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 10:44 PM

22. !!!

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 07:51 PM

8. Thank YOU Senator Levin! Send thanks for his support!

He's gonna need it. If anyone has a friend or relative in the Armed Forces tell them to thank him too.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 07:59 PM

9. Yay. HopeHupes posted links for them. I finally emailed american forces network today

I included several paragraphs of an article (something like): "US military encourages a culture of rape" and said I couldn't support my daughter or granddaughter's joining the military while Rush was aired on their radio.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 08:02 PM

10. Took Levin long enough...

But honestly, letting the Armed Forces Network program whatever the hell they want without any input from Capitol Hill? That sentiment would never have flown with the previous administration. Scrap Limbaugh from the AFN and be done with it.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 08:32 PM

12. My first thought was: Mark Levin said that -- the world is coming to an end!

Then I saw is was Sen Levin.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 08:41 PM

13. Yes he should

be dropped
Agree

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 08:42 PM

14. I totallly agree (nt)

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 08:43 PM

15. Please let it be so

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 08:47 PM

16. Kick this right to the top

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 08:54 PM

17. Spam deleted by uppityperson (MIR Team)

 

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 09:07 PM

18. He is listening to his email!


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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 09:07 PM

19. Limbaugh should be dropped from Air Forces Transport

Over whatever spot they dropped Bin Laden.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 10:21 PM

20. This should be AMERICAN not Armed forces,

otherwise the website for Armed Forces Network says: "PLEASE NOTE ** AFRN does NOT air Rush Limbaugh!!!. He is on AFN - EUROPE which is operated by AFRTS..."

http://naples.afneurope.net/Radio/PowerNetworkSchedule/tabid/423/Default.aspx

AFN Europe also has the Ed Schultz show on tape delay after Limbaugh and other programs.

Meanwhile here's the radio schedule for the AFN PowerTalk station in the US (damn, i wish this bipartisan format station were available NATIONWIDE)

http://myafn.dodmedia.osd.mil/RadioStation.aspx?c=15

0100 Ed Schultz (2nd)
0400 Sean Hannity (2nd)
0700 Thom Hartman (2nd)
1000 Rush Limbaugh (1st)
1300 Ed Schultz (1st)
1600 Sean Hannity (1st)
1900 Thom Hartmann (1st)
2200 Rush Limbaugh (2nd)

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 10:24 PM

21. I can't believe an anti-american traitorous, perverted piece of trash like Rush Limpballs is

blasted 24/7 directly to our armed service members! The creep hates women, gays and minorities who make up a large part of our armed forces! And pig boy is very vocal about his hatred!

And we tax payers are FORCED to pay for Limpballs nazi propaganda??? BS!!!!

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 10:54 PM

23. Never should have been on there.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 10:57 PM

24. This is the same fat pig who trashed the service members themselves.......

...over some incident in Iraq. Remember? He made some totally disrepectful comment about the troops on AFN and was not yanked then.

So what do we do? Petition the Pentagon to drop his fat ass?

It will be a great day when he is off the air---permently.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 10:58 PM

25. When the Chair of the SASC speaks, he's like EF Hutton--DOD listens.

I think it would be a smart move for DOD to take the decision on their own to just find new programming--maybe more of that music and sports the enlisted personnel are asking for...

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 12:55 AM

26. "I don't think I'd legislate it"

Tough words indeed!

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #26)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 09:34 AM

36. I sure as hell wouldn't flatter that useless bastard

with legislation. Levin's got enough pull to make this happen without that ego massage for Pig-boy.

Julie

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Response to JNelson6563 (Reply #36)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 11:12 AM

41. yep....I wouldn't want it legislated,

not until after he gets dropped for the clear reason that EVERYBODY HATES HIM!

After that, legislation preventing bloviating, lying hate on the tax-payers' $$$$$ would be just fine.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 01:31 AM

28. Kill the ads.

This guy should go to growing dandilions in his yard.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 02:05 AM

29. Yes it SHOULD be legislated.

It should state that programming on Armed Forces Radio must not be degrading to women. Given the problems of rape in the military and sexual harassment of women, any programming that encourages disrespect for women should not be allowed to spew hateful and harmful messages that foster a disdain for female soldiers. Similarly we should not be tolerating language that is abusive toward minorities or gays. There is no law that says we must allow all sorts of trash on Armed Forces Radio and common sense dictates that anything that undermines morale and order in the military is something we are better off without.

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Response to Liberty Belle (Reply #29)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 10:00 AM

38. Agree completely.

It's not a perfect world, which is why we have so many laws that allow for interpretations. What gets broadcast on AFN should be subject to interpretation. I would have no problem with Congress legislating that so long as they left final decisions to military command.

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Response to Liberty Belle (Reply #29)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 01:22 PM

45. agree!!!!!! (nt)

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 02:20 AM

30. Agreed

I'd love to see them drop if - but forcing them to drop it via legislation... that's a different barrel of monkeys.

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Response to davidthegnome (Reply #30)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 08:35 AM

35. I agree

Sen. Levin made the right call. Legislating to have it dropped would be government censorship, pure and simple. That's a very dangerous line to cross.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 03:08 AM

31. Rush should have been dropped from Armed Services Radio long, long ago.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 05:42 AM

32. How About "Clear Channel Communication" too? As a Military/Right Wing Propaganda organization?

The "Clear Channel" radio network was originally based on the AM "clear channels"; AM stations given license for especially powerful and unimpeded signals, for nighttime ... and natioanal emergencies.

The problem has been, that the emergency station designation, tied many stations, to the military, national emergency situations. And gave the whole thing at times a para-military, right-wing cast. Then, when one "Clear Channel" station in San Antonio - WOAI - began setting up? It set up as a conservative, military-oriented network.

And then of course? Ronald Reagan, a former military propaganist, and then Rush Limbaugh appeared. And the marriage made in hell began. As militaristic/patriotic right wing propagandists ... found their megaphone, their media base. In Clear Channel. Followed shortly thereafter, by Fox.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 05:46 AM

33. Rush can't be good for the troops

He encourages misogynists.

He encourages homophobes.

He encourages anti-Muslim sentiment.

I can't help but think he contributes to high numbers of suicides, rapes, and mistreatment of prisoners (and corpses).

He is a plague.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 06:30 AM

34. Thank you Senator Levin, now PUSH for it nt!

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 10:24 AM

39. here we are, women's heritage month... on international women's day...

if we can't make it happen now...

no, none of that, let's just make it happen.

time for me to send some more emails.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 11:14 AM

42. Now hold a hearing and call in AFRTS so they can answer questions

n/t

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 11:48 AM

43. His "support" there could be really small set of dedicated AFN survey takers

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 12:29 PM

44. "And our next caller is Senator Carl Levin. Good morning, Senator Levin."

"Get your fat, ignorant ass off of ARFN, Limbaugh. Or else I'm going to start cooking bacon in the Senate caucus room for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Do you understand what I'm saying here? Do I need to spell it out for you? Either resign on your own, or I'll have you made into a thousand Jimmy Dean Pork Breakfast Patties."

"But, but Senator, that is not right. That is part and parcel of what is wrong in this country today. And I was merely pointing out . . ."

"You heard me, fatso. McConnell already has dibs on your Vienna sausage, but then he always was one who liked little wieners."

*click*

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 09:18 PM

46. K&R n/t

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 11:01 PM

47. Waiting for that moral vicar Holy Joe Lieberman to weigh in on this...........

We are waiting Joe......Cat got your tongue?

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 11:59 AM

48. I whole heartedly support

DROPPING Rush's fat ass off AFN. The sooner the better. I hated it being on and turned off the radio everytime he was on the air.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 10:00 AM

50. K & R!

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