Pentagon Says Military Will Still Air Limbaugh
March 05, 2012
Associated Press|by Lolita C. Baldor
WASHINGTON – A Pentagon spokesman says the military’s network will continue to air Rush Limbaugh’s radio program.
George Little says the American Forces Network offers a wide range of programming to reflect listeners’ interests and he is unaware of any plans to review that decision.
From Matt Osborne:
Rush Limbaugh’s blithering misogyny does not belong on the Armed Forces Radio Network. What was once an entertaining act has become disgusting tripe. As a veteran, I am appalled that Rush Limbaugh still appears on taxpayer-provided airwaves meant for American service members. His misogyny is contrary to good order and discipline in the ranks at a time that women are being admitted into combat arms units. So today’s project is to get people to sign this White House petition calling on Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to remove him from the lineup, and to whip up what support I can.
VoteVets weighed in today:
“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.
Well said. We’re not “oppressing” Rush Limbaugh. He’s free to speak, and so are we. AFN is free to make a choice in content. We’re free to tell them what we think. Rush Limbaugh has no one to blame for this except Rush Limbaugh. He used his free speech badly, and it wasn’t the first time.