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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:29 PM
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Rush's forced conscripts (Few Libs on Armed Forces Radio)
Edited on Tue May-25-04 10:57 PM by kskiska
Armed Forces Radio fires a daily barrage of Rush Limbaugh at its million uniformed listeners. So why are liberals kept off its airwaves?

President Bush has condemned the torture of Iraqi prisoners, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld labeled it "un-American" and a recent Gallup poll found 79 percent of Americans "bothered" by the abuses. But Rush Limbaugh was gleeful. For weeks, the conservative talk show host has been dismissing the scandal as a "fraternity prank," mocking Democrats and others for expressing outrage and suggesting the prison humiliation -- which he dubbed "a brilliant maneuver" -- was "no different than what happens at the Skull and Bones initiation" at Yale. He described the images of torture as "pictures of homoeroticism that look like standard good old American pornography" and assured his listeners "there was no horror, there was no terror, there was no death, there was no injuries, nothing."

Limbaugh's increasingly bizarre comments about the military's widening prisoner abuse scandal -- the Pentagon acknowledges it's now investigating the deaths of 33 detainees, nine of whom were apparently beaten to death while in U.S. custody -- have forced a long-simmering question into the open: Why does Limbaugh's program, as the only hour-long, partisan political talk show broadcast daily to U.S. troops, enjoy exclusive access to American Forces Radio -- and American troops in Iraq?

"He says things like, liberals hate Americans, and we're trying to undermine the war on terror," says comedian Al Franken, a host for liberal radio station Air America who has also entertained troops on four USO tours. "It's a bad message for troops to be hearing and is a very skewed picture of what liberals and Democrats stand for. They're broadcasting a very, very partisan guy -- nobody from the other side -- and they're using taxpayer money to do it."

"The government ought to make a greater effort to give a fair and balanced representation of political viewpoints on its airwaves to soldiers, sailors and airmen around the world listening," says Tom Athans, executive director of Democracy Radio, a nonprofit group in Washington that promotes political diversity on the airwaves. "It's important for the U.S. military, when using tax dollars, to not provide just one political perspective without giving consideration to opposing points of view."

more
http://salon.com/news/feature/2004/05/26/rush_limbaugh/...
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:01 PM
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1. A Democratic President could fix this...
As I remember it, the Clinton Administration was bullied into putting Limbaugh on the AFR in 1993. As was the case involving anything having to do with the military, Clinton gave in to the military establishment in a fruitless effort to show that he was a macho military loving He-Man. I would think that Kerry, if he wins, could issue an executive order calling for more balanced programming on the AFR, including Air America.
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Democat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 12:14 AM
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2. This should be a huge issue - the military vote could decide the election!
We need to organize and force Franken onto that station, or force Limbaugh off.

This should be a huge movement by the left. It has all of the elements to get big coverage and make Bush and Limbaugh look bad.

Is there any organizing going on about this issue?

We should, at the lease, call Harkin and encourage him to force this issue!
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kaitykaity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 10:24 AM
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3. Enlisted personnel are ripe
for brainwashing. I know I was. And the prevailing
wisdom, although nobody says it out loud, is that the
Republicans treat the military better than the Democrats do.
It's insane.
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 10:39 AM
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4. Just a little Soviet Style Pravda for our fightin' folks
What? Hitler and Stalin allowed their armed forces to listen to THEIR "Rush" and nothing else.

Anyone noticed the historical company Imperial Amerika is keeping lately?
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donhakman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 11:54 AM
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5. The SS also loved to photograph their atrocities.
Its a sado-macho thing.
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orlin2k Donating Member (43 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 01:19 PM
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6. Petition from Media Matters to get Rush off
Edited on Wed May-26-04 01:20 PM by orlin2k
David Brock's media matters for America has set up a petition to get Rush off of the radio station paid by us tax payers. Go there and sign it
http://www.petitiononline.com/mmfa2/petition.html
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kaitykaity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 01:38 PM
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7. Welcome to DU, orlin2k!!

:hi:

(What is that scrolling in your avatar? I can't read it.)
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 04:38 PM
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8. Thanks, I signed it. There are over 1600 signatures so far.
Welcome to DU orlin2k!
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