DOD Justifies Rush Limbaugh on American Forces Network as “Opinion”


Carl Levin, Democratic Senator and Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, is calling on the American Forces Network (AFN) to pull the hate.

Levin told CNN, “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.” The Department of Defense’s press secretary justified keeping Rush on the air by saying they like programming to reflect a “wide range of opinions.”

So, the DOD thinks Rush calling a private female citizen a “slut” and a “prostitute” is an acceptable “opinion” among a wide range of opinions. They think this is perfectly acceptable family radio.  The AFN plays “popular American” shows for, just to name a few, the DOD, Navy ships, domestic troops, and US government civilians and their families stationed at bases overseas.

What would be on the other end of that spectrum for balance?  The DOD balances Rush out with Ed Schultz and Alan Colmes. Alan Colmes is hardly a hate-monger. We all know the formerly right wing Ed has gone too far and in fact had to apologize for calling Laura Ingraham one of the names Rush Limbaugh bandies about against private citizens with apparent impunity. But can you picture Ed singing Rush’s  “Barack, the Magic Negro, doo doo do doo”?

Nothing like a little racism and misogyny to bring the troops together.  Time for a little refresher for anyone tempted to draw a false equivalency. Courtesy of Media Matters:

On the Chinese President’s speech: Hu Jintao was just going, “Ching cha. Ching chang cho chow. Cha Chow. Ching Cho. Chi ba ba ba. Kwo kwa kwa kee. Cha ga ga. Ching chee chay. Ching zha bo ba. Chang cha. Chang cho chi che.  Cha dee. Ooooh chee bada ba. Jee jee cho ba.” Nobody was translating, but that’s the closest I can get.

After Obama was inaugurated: The days of them [minorities] not having any power are over, and they are angry. And they want to use their power as a means of retribution.

Against Native Americans: “Holocaust?” Ninety million Indians? Only four million left? They all have casinos — what’s to complain about?

Against people of mixed ethnicity: Hey, Barack Obama has picked up another endorsement: Halfrican American actress Halle Berry. “As a Halfrican American, I am honored to have Ms. Berry’s support, as well as the support of other Halfrican Americans,” Obama said. He didn’t say it, but — anyway, there are those out there — greetings.

On Obama: When Clarence Thomas said uppity black thinks for himself means he’s off the reservation, so to speak.

The poor are targets: Do you know any low-income people who want to get a better job? … Do they even want to work?

Gosh, the DOD must be so proud to be filing our troops with such uplifting, all-American ethnocentricity.

Here are the companies who don’t agree with the Department of Defense about Rush Limbaugh’s misogyny being covered under “opinion“:

AccuQuote Life Insurance, Allstate Insurance, AOL, Aquarium of the Pacific, Bare Escentuals, Bethesda Sedation Dentistry, Bonobos, Capital One, Carbonite, Cascades Dental, Citrix, Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, Constant Contact, Cunningham Security, Freedom Debt Relief, Geico, Girl Scouts, Goodwill Industries, Hadeed Carpet, JCPenney, Legal Zoom, Matrix Direct, Netflix, Norway Savings Bank, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Philadelphia Orchestra, PolyCom, Portland Ovations, ProFlowers, Quicken Loans, Regal Assets, Reputation Rhino, RSVP Discount Beverage, Sears, Sensa, Service Magic, Sleep Train, Sleep Number, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Tax Resolution, Thompson Creek Windows and Vitacost.

Naturally, Levin doesn’t want Congress to tell the DOD what to do, he’d like the DOD to act as if they had some sort of standards all on their own. Levin told CNN, “I’d love to see them drop it but I don’t think I’d legislate it.”

It’s so liberal of Carl Levin to want to protect freedom of speech and decline to legislate Rush out of business. And it’s so quintessentially Big Conservative Government for the Right to use taxpayer money to push their radical agenda of blatant hatred and disrespect down the throats of our troops in the name of “opinion.” The DOD seems to forget who’s fighting these wars; among our troops are women, poor people, African Americans, and plenty of other minority classes whom Rush demeans. What would be the other end of the “wide range of opinion” Rush represents?

Perhaps that’s the problem. There is no left equivalent to Rush Limbaugh because there really isn’t a real left in America. Conservatives will scream that NPR is the equivalent, but here in the rational world, we all know that’s not true. NPR is simply too fact-laden for the Right, and that alone is their objection; NPR is not steeped in unsubstantiated opinion.  Perhaps the DOD needs to give 3 hours a day to a radical socialist who can whisper sweet nothings about socialized medicine and 6 hour work days into their government sponsored microphone. Maybe someone like an Occupier.

Of course, said socialist would be anti-hate and anti-war; being a real pro-lifer and that wouldn’t go over so well, now would it. We can’t have the troops getting ideas. And one thing they’re never going get from Rush Limbaugh is ideas.

Whereas the  British Forces Broadcasting Service is separate from the Ministry of Defense, here in the USA we like to keep the media tied directly to the agenda of powers that be. The Department of Defense likes to feed the troops fear laden propaganda about the “other” courtesy of Rush Limbaugh.  How un-American of them. Is the DOD going to use three hours a day to let an angry member of the 99% lash out at hate-filled crackers hopped up on Viagra and Oxy, languishing in government-paved gold palaces long after they dodged the draft?

I suppose you can email them and let them know what you think about all of this at, but mind your language.  One of our guest writers, M.S. Bellows, had his email rejected for using Limbaugh’s own language. Too vile for the DOD, but perfect for the families of our troops.



16 Replies to “DOD Justifies Rush Limbaugh on American Forces Network as “Opinion””

  1. I just wonder how many of the leadership making the decision to keep Limbaugh on the air are dominionist steeplejackers (we know the military has a big problem with that).

    BTW… NPR may be the most accurate mainstream reporting, but even they don’t get it right all the time… and the errors do lend to a more conservative bias.

    I’ve compared the reporting by the different sources on the Jena Six situation, and the most accurate was derided as “COMMUNIST!” – a website set up to defend them. I compared what was reported to court documents, signed statements, testimony, and other official documents – all more easily acquired by the press than by an ordinary citizen.

  2. This is the response I received from AFN on Saturday…”The American Forces Network does not censor content and we do not seek to protect our overseas Department of Defense audience from hearing views with which they may disagree. Our mission is to offer program choices, which includes both the one-hour versions and three-hour version of various popular political talk shows.”

    My response…”Mr. Fredrickson, While choice is certainly a wonderful goal, program choices that call women “sluts” and “prostitutes” and state that women who receive health services should provide video of sexual encounters is a good choice for our military? I can think of many other choices that would also be ‘popular’ and be just as degrading to females. Given the recent reports of rape and assault against women in the military, it seems that such choices might get a second look, especially when our military is fighting in countries where women aren’t valued.”

  3. Walkaway, yes I think your right! And where did those soldiers who had nazi signs and burned Korans get the idea from?
    The military should be apolitical. Our military should not be provoking christian vs other religions.

  4. Welcome back! We went into serious withdrawals. Whoever did this to you are cowards. Afraid of independent news that tells the truth.

    Limp balls needs to go. How do the women serving this country feel about being called sluts for being on birth control? DOD knows the rates of rape in the military but they let this degenerate on the air.

  5. Material not “seditious” in a civilian context is considered so when it is (a) broadcast to military personnel, and (b) is likely to lead them to mutiny against lawful authority, especially by (c) disrespecting the Commander in Chief. Yet our armed forces are being bombarded with Fox poop exactly like that. Levin had better be willing to legislate about stuff like that.

  6. I had to laugh when a site that promotes extramarital affairs has offered to buy any advertising they can from limpdick. Soon enough, the porn industry will be looking for limbdick advertising slots. Yup, there is the conservative “family values” program for you. I can’t blame the sleaze promoters from wanting to advertise on his show. They know who their customers are.

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    Closed Fairness Doctrine that has allowed Mush Dimbaugh types on our public airwaves
    Closed Revenue Sharing
    Since 1980, initiated our involvement in 10 foreign conflicts
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    Modernization of Commodities Market—from Investment to Casino Derivative Of America
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  8. And we wonder why the armed forces have such a problem with rape and violence against women. Hate can only be fought with the unwavering resolve of non-violent resistance–in other words, protests at every possible turn of events. There are more women in this country than men–let’s help them make themselves obsolete. See “Conservative Men: Choosing to be Irrelevant” at

  9. I have absolutely no problem with conservative or liberal talk show hosts that stick to facts, talk about issues, use humor that is not hurtful, and disagree with my views sometimes vehemently. That’s what Rush was 20 years ago. There is no place for the vitriol and fact-mangling that he spews forth daily. I’m sure the AFN and DOD can find conservative talk show hosts that don’t engage in hate speech to put on the air.

  10. I stopped listening to Rush around 1990… after I caught him continuously misrepresenting the issues that I knew about (he’s always lied through his teeth – and when he DID tell the truth, it was to promote a lie). I also began to realize that he was being serious (even though he claimed otherwise – it’s called the Bigot’s escape clause: “I was just joking”) about his calling for a “poor” tax – on the poor to make them work harder so they could get into a more favorable tax bracket.

    His humor was ALWAYS vicious, he lied all along (there goes those facts), he loved to attack callers who disagreed with him, and his racist bigotry has always been there to see.

    I remember him getting censored a few times even back then… although I do grant he has gotten worse over the years.

    It’s about time for him to retire… and NOT be replaced.

  11. My liberal hard earned tax dollars funding right wing
    ,misogynist propaganda for our military . very sad indeed!

  12. If I have ever had bloodyminded fantasies about rubberhosing some grossly indecent person with a hose filled with lead shot, it’s a tossup between this guy and O’Keefe (Breitbart is dead) (No, I didn’t)

  13. Good God — if the DOJ thinks Limbaugh is only excercising his 1st Amendment rights, then why do we have libel/slander laws? Susan Fluke was not a celebrity, but a private citizen testifying before Congress. She was not even testifying for contraception to avoid pregnancy, but her need to use contraception to mitigate other physical problems helped by their use. To say she is a slut and “wants to have all of the sex she wants” with impunity is Libelous and not in truth a proven fact. What is wrong with the DOJ?

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