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Female Veterans Demand Rush Limbaugh's Show Be Pulled From American Forces Network

ProudProgressive 2012/03/05 19:07:55
Yes, our brave soldiers should not be forced to deal with Rush.
No, let's fill our soldiers' heads with hatred for the very values they're fighting for
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The fallout from Rush Limbaugh's latest neanderthal moment continues to fall. AOL announced in the past hour or two that they are now the ninth advertiser who has realized that sponsoring a mysogynistic racist drug addled hatemonger might not be the best marketing decision to make. More are surely to come. After being pressured into issuing a non-apology apology (which basically amounted to "I shouldn't have called her a slut even though she's a slut"), the torrent of criticism for Limbaugh's indefensible slanders against a private American citizen whose "crime" was exercising her Constitutional right to petition the government for redress of grievances has continued unabated. The American Military is largely a "captive audience" when it comes to the media. Even the most moderate of critics have long complained about the fact that our military is forced to receive the nonstop onslaught of deliberate lies and misinformation that Fox tries to pass off as "news". The fact that they are similarly forced to hear the disgusting flood of hate from Rush Limbaugh is almost as despicable a disservice to the brave men and women in uniform who defend this nation as sending them into combat without a plan, a strategy, or even the body armor they needed to stay alive, as the Bush Administration did. Is it time to stop subjecting the bravest of American citizens to the torrent of hatemongering from the most cowardly of Americans?


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Female Veterans Demand Rush Limbaugh's Show Be Pulled From American Forces Network
By Faiz Shakir
Mar 5, 2012

VoteVets, a coalition of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, released a letter today from a group of female veterans calling on the American Forces Network to drop Rush Limbaugh from its programming.

Miranda Norman (who is a VoteVets.org Senior Advisor), Kayla Williams, and Robin Eckstein, all Iraq War Veterans, and Katherine Scheirman, former chief of medical operations in the U.S. Air Forces, released the following statement:

Rush Limbaugh has a freedom of speech and can say what he wants, but in light of his horribly misogynistic comments, American Forces Radio should no longer give him a platform. Our entire military depends on troops respecting each other – women and men. There simply can be no place on military airwaves for sentiments that would undermine that respect. When many of our female troops use birth control, for Limbaugh to say they are "sluts" and "prostitutes" is beyond the pale. It isn't just disrespectful to our women serving our country, but it's language that goes against everything that makes our military work. Again, we swore to uphold our Constitution, including the freedom of speech, and would not take that away from anyone – even Limbaugh. But that does not mean AFN should broadcast him. In fact, it shouldn't.

AFN is owned and operated by the Department of Defense, funded with taxpayer dollars, and accessible to troops serving overseas. Pentagon spokesman George Little says the military's network will continue to air Rush Limbaugh's radio program and is "unaware of any plans to review that decision."

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  • MsTlynne 2012/03/05 19:57:59
    Yes, our brave soldiers should not be forced to deal with Rush.
    MsTlynne
    +11
    Buh-bye Rush. You overstayed your welcome. Don't let the door knob hit ya'!

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  • ehrhornp 2012/03/06 18:04:37
    Yes, our brave soldiers should not be forced to deal with Rush.
    ehrhornp
    Rush just dumbs down his listeners and this should be stopped.
  • Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of ... 2012/03/06 14:56:18
    Undecided
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    If his owner/sponsors feel he should be ridden of, then it will happen. Personally he brought this upon himself. To call some female a slut, when she definitely isn't is disrespectful. He also made it seem like she wanted Birth Control Pills for sex, when just was advocating for health reasons.

    In addition, he said women who want their insurance to cover Birth Control Pills are sluts and if they want it; a video tape of them having sex has to be sent. Whatever political side you are on, these words are disgusting.
  • jackolantyrn356 2012/03/06 04:36:48
    Undecided
    jackolantyrn356
    These demands come from the White House I'm sure
  • kmay jackola... 2012/03/06 14:24:11
    kmay
    Washington Post and others has exposed 'Sandra Fluke was no fluke' but yet MSM isn't talking about that!
  • Bringbackmanufacturing 2012/03/06 04:32:48
    Yes, our brave soldiers should not be forced to deal with Rush.
    Bringbackmanufacturing
    +2
    Clear Channel owns more radio stations (850) than anyone else in the United States. They also own Premiere Radio Networks, the company that syndicates the radio shows of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck, among others. Needless to say, Clear Channel basically owns conservative talk radio in the United States. So who owns Clear Channel? Well, it turns out that Bain Capital is one of the primary owners of Clear Channel. >>SOURCE<< Who is connected to Bain Capital? Romney!
  • Dave 2012/03/06 03:22:59
    Yes, our brave soldiers should not be forced to deal with Rush.
    Dave
    Finally people are seeing what this pig is all about.
  • kmay Dave 2012/03/06 14:21:13
    kmay
    And how about liberal pigs on TV daily?

    LIBERAL JOURNALIST POINTS OUT DOIUBLE STANDARD - GOOD FOR HER!

    Did you know there is a war on women?

    Yes, it’s true. Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Bill Maher, Matt Taibbi, and Ed Schultz have been waging it for years with their misogynist outbursts. There have been boycotts by people on the left who are outraged that these guys still have jobs. Oh, wait. Sorry, that never happened.
    Boycotts are reserved for people on the right like Rush Limbaugh, who finally apologized Saturday for calling a 30-year-old Georgetown Law student, Sandra Fluke, a “slut” after she testified before congress about contraception. Limbaugh’s apology was likely extracted to stop the departure of any more advertisers, who were rightly under pressure from liberal groups outraged by the comments.
    More@
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/...
  • ehrhornp kmay 2012/03/06 18:20:57
    ehrhornp
    I think there is a difference between attacking someone who is in the public spotlight like a politician or reporter and attacking s normal person who is not constantly in the public spot light.

    I would think it is hard enough for a young person to testify but to have to face a pile of crap that Rush placed upon her was just wrong.
  • kmay ehrhornp 2012/03/06 21:27:47 (edited)
    kmay
    Nonsense! Double standard.

    Fluke turn out to be a fake. Not 23 but 30 with an agenda.
  • ehrhornp kmay 2012/03/06 21:36:48
    ehrhornp
    30 is still young. lol

    Why is she a fake?
  • kmay ehrhornp 2012/03/06 21:45:15
    kmay
    Not that young. Fake because she presented her self as an innocent student.

    http://mrctv.org/blog/sandra-...
    She has been pushing for mandated coverage of contraceptives at Georgetown for at least three years according to the Washington Post.
  • Dave kmay 2012/03/08 05:23:24
    Dave
    He didn't apologize! lol Listen to the words! If Limbaugh was so right about what he said, then why did he apologize? Limbaugh is not the big, bully, corporatist shill that he pretends to be. He's a fat, sissy for apologizing.

    And I would never apologize for my rant because I stand up for what I wrote. lol
  • kmay Dave 2012/03/08 23:32:46
    kmay
    Listen again and you will find your answer.
  • MR. 2012/03/06 02:56:49
    Undecided
    MR.
    BALONEY! NOT THE FEMALES I'VE TALKED TO! (PLESE SEND YOURS BACK TO THE TRAILER PARK WHERE THEY CAME FROM!!)
  • Che Guevara - Hero 2012/03/06 02:07:14
    Yes, our brave soldiers should not be forced to deal with Rush.
    Che Guevara - Hero
    +3
    Rush Limbaugh is a Slut and a Prostitute.
    flush rush
  • Freeranger 2012/03/06 01:58:36
    Undecided
    Freeranger
    +1
    Couple of points, friend.

    First point. We're now finding out that this woman was a fraud. She's not 23....she's 30 and an activist. I know I'm still waiting to see what we're going to learn about the real Fluke. Hope that gets reported over the AFN.
    For the record, my son fought as a Marine in Iraq and was among the first through the berm in '03, and was part of the assault in to Baghdad. He enlisted during the Clinton Administration, and he said that this whole argument about Bush and body armor was pure B.S., and that actually, it was the failing of the Clinton Administration, who absolutely gutted them, curtailed training and left much of their tactical gear and hardware and Assault Vehicles in a state of disrepair because they couldn't get funding (or parts). Clinton had used it elsewhere (contraceptives maybe?).

    Second point. You'd do well to paint with a broader brush and include the liberal left and their treatment of women. I've never been able to understand how the things you judge one political side for, you can make exceptions for your party of "enlightened ones.". It's like lipstick on a pig.......it's still a pig at the end of the day.
    But I digress.
    For anyone with an interest in this thread, you can find a pretty defining article here: http://www.the...




    Couple of points, friend.

    First point. We're now finding out that this woman was a fraud. She's not 23....she's 30 and an activist. I know I'm still waiting to see what we're going to learn about the real Fluke. Hope that gets reported over the AFN.
    For the record, my son fought as a Marine in Iraq and was among the first through the berm in '03, and was part of the assault in to Baghdad. He enlisted during the Clinton Administration, and he said that this whole argument about Bush and body armor was pure B.S., and that actually, it was the failing of the Clinton Administration, who absolutely gutted them, curtailed training and left much of their tactical gear and hardware and Assault Vehicles in a state of disrepair because they couldn't get funding (or parts). Clinton had used it elsewhere (contraceptives maybe?).

    Second point. You'd do well to paint with a broader brush and include the liberal left and their treatment of women. I've never been able to understand how the things you judge one political side for, you can make exceptions for your party of "enlightened ones.". It's like lipstick on a pig.......it's still a pig at the end of the day.
    But I digress.
    For anyone with an interest in this thread, you can find a pretty defining article here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/...
    It was written by Kirsten Powers, a former member of the Clinton Administration [gasp!] from '93-'98. Pretty damming stuff.

    If it's time for anything, it's time for making sure that our Armed Forces receive a balanced report, but they're actually pretty good that way at separating you-know-what from Shinola. A product they DO understand being fed them by the MSM.

    Cheers.
    (more)
  • SunnyOne 2012/03/06 01:40:29
    Yes, our brave soldiers should not be forced to deal with Rush.
    SunnyOne
    +2
    Especially when the hypocrite got out of serving in Vietnam because he had a pimple on his ass.
  • kmay SunnyOne 2012/03/06 14:24:46
    kmay
    LIBERAL JOURNALIST POINTS OUT DOIUBLE STANDARD - GOOD FOR HER!

    Did you know there is a war on women?

    Yes, it’s true. Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Bill Maher, Matt Taibbi, and Ed Schultz have been waging it for years with their misogynist outbursts. There have been boycotts by people on the left who are outraged that these guys still have jobs. Oh, wait. Sorry, that never happened.
    Boycotts are reserved for people on the right like Rush Limbaugh, who finally apologized Saturday for calling a 30-year-old Georgetown Law student, Sandra Fluke, a “slut” after she testified before congress about contraception. Limbaugh’s apology was likely extracted to stop the departure of any more advertisers, who were rightly under pressure from liberal groups outraged by the comments.
    More@
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/...
  • SunnyOne kmay 2012/03/08 03:14:41
    SunnyOne
    You people are STILL trying to defend that lying sack of poop?!? Amazing.

    I'm not the only person who doesn't want my tax dollars wasted on broadcasting that porcine jerk's oinks to our troops.
  • Ali ~ In My Heart I Trust ~ 2012/03/06 01:18:06
    Yes, our brave soldiers should not be forced to deal with Rush.
    Ali ~ In My Heart I Trust ~
    +2
    Good.

    Women have a tough go in the armed forces as it is and shouldn't have to deal with that misogynist freak's hateful remarks about women (or anything else for that matter).
  • mich52 2012/03/05 23:26:08 (edited)
  • rustyshackelford 2012/03/05 23:04:34
  • Ali ~ I... rustysh... 2012/03/06 01:19:29
    Ali ~ In My Heart I Trust ~
    +1
    Rightwingnutjob you mean?
  • rustysh... Ali ~ I... 2012/03/06 02:00:53
  • Dave rustysh... 2012/03/06 03:27:27
    Dave
    Al Franken is a senator, and I'm happy with him as my senator. Are you happy with McConnell and Paul? Don't be so ridiculous. And you must be one of the few who find Limbaugh right on with his statement.
  • lee 2012/03/05 22:13:42
    Yes, our brave soldiers should not be forced to deal with Rush.
    lee
    +4
    THAT should have happened a LONG time ago.

    our fighting forces need a clear head and clear mission... the LAST thing they need is a bunch of bs from this assclown.
  • UnusualSuspect 2012/03/05 22:13:32
    Yes, our brave soldiers should not be forced to deal with Rush.
    UnusualSuspect
    +3
    And you know what Limbaugh said today, March 5, about all of the companies deserting his radio program?

    "That's a business decision and it's theirs alone to make. They've decided they don't want you or your business anymore."

    He doesn't even have the guts to admit that the advertisers are leaving the show because of his poor behavior, and not the audience's, and lets the audience think it's their fault!

    Can you believe that jerk?
  • lee Unusual... 2012/03/05 22:14:27
    lee
    +4
    blame the victim is all they know how to do.
  • mich52 Unusual... 2012/03/05 23:27:13
  • bigfoot 2012/03/05 22:12:18
    Yes, our brave soldiers should not be forced to deal with Rush.
    bigfoot
    +4
    I never understood how he managed to get on AFR to begin with.Rush is the Propaganda Minister for and Republican Leader of the Treasonous RWNJs.there is absolutely No Defense for Deliberately Lying to the Troops of the United States Military.they are owed the unvarnished truth.Liberal or Conservative.NOT! RWNJ Hate Speech.he is free to excercise his freedom of speech to those RWNJs who wish to listen to his attacks on Women and those without a microphone to defend themselves..however,those of us who vehemently disagree with him and those he represents,will boycott his sponsors,Vote against his supporters,such as those in the Missouri Legislature,until the HATERS are destroyed.any Apology by Rush to Ms,Fluke and his adversaries is Worthless,Empty and Unacceptable.the Right Wing,Religious Right no longer if they ever did have any credability. the challenges faced by our country are too important and critical to waste time and energy on the RWNJs.if the RWNJs persist,intelligent people will continue into the future ,while the NutJobs continue into the past.
  • lee bigfoot 2012/03/05 22:15:17
    lee
    +2
    that is exacly WHY he got there... but that decsion was in error and needs to be corrected.
  • kmay bigfoot 2012/03/06 14:25:16
    kmay
    How about these Liberals???

    LIBERAL JOURNALIST POINTS OUT DOIUBLE STANDARD - GOOD FOR HER!

    Did you know there is a war on women?

    Yes, it’s true. Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Bill Maher, Matt Taibbi, and Ed Schultz have been waging it for years with their misogynist outbursts. There have been boycotts by people on the left who are outraged that these guys still have jobs. Oh, wait. Sorry, that never happened.
    Boycotts are reserved for people on the right like Rush Limbaugh, who finally apologized Saturday for calling a 30-year-old Georgetown Law student, Sandra Fluke, a “slut” after she testified before congress about contraception. Limbaugh’s apology was likely extracted to stop the departure of any more advertisers, who were rightly under pressure from liberal groups outraged by the comments.
    More@
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/...
  • bigfoot kmay 2012/03/06 21:02:02 (edited)
    bigfoot
    sorry I don't understand your point.no one has ever said "Men" Conservative or Liberal had Ideal behavior towards women.in 2012 Liberal men are making a strong effort to understand and support Womens Rights in all areas of Society.Conservatives are making an inordinate effort to deprive women of their current Rights and return womens Rights to the dark ages.
  • luvguins 2012/03/05 22:10:57
    Yes, our brave soldiers should not be forced to deal with Rush.
    luvguins
    +7
    These female vets or soldiers should not have to listen to this crap from a miscreant like Rush. It decreases morale and could subject them to more sexism or even rapes by the males in service than they have experienced.
  • lee luvguins 2012/03/05 22:16:38
    lee
    +3
    that's another good point.

    how can we expect attitudes to be corrected when this is playing in the background.
  • bigfoot luvguins 2012/03/06 00:19:03
    bigfoot
    +1
    L...Rush deserves no Mercy.no more Talk.Rush makes millions from Hate Speech.his Ill gotten gains need to be Taken From Him.Liberals,if you don't have the Guts to destroy him,he will destroy you.your choice.
  • GOP Poison 2012/03/05 21:54:08
    Undecided
    GOP Poison
    +5
    Timothy McVeigh said that the first time he ever heard of Rush Limbaugh was while he was in the army and he listened to him EVERY day until he bombed the federal building in Oklahoma City. Do you right wingers on here ever wonder just how different your thinking is from what McVeighs was?
  • Sinpac GOP Poison 2012/03/06 03:15:43 (edited)
    Sinpac
    +1
    Close very Close! Borderline French Guiana Syndrome. No you guys put down the Kool-aid!
  • Sinpac 2012/03/05 21:51:02
    Undecided
    Sinpac
    Well what I have been saying all a long is the taxpayers pay for ASR and it should be non-bias
  • Ron 2012/03/05 21:47:35
    Yes, our brave soldiers should not be forced to deal with Rush.
    Ron
    +3
    The troops shouldn't be brainwashed with Limbaugh's hatred, it is not good for moral to have the President criticized for everything.

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