Yesterday Media Matters caught Fox News, that well known Bastion of Bullshit, spreading Limbaugh's lie...
Purporting to "give you some background on this quickly," Fox News' Megyn Kelly said of Rush Limbaugh's comments characterizing service members who advocate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq as "phony soldiers": "Rush originally used this term 'phony soldiers' when he was talking about a guy named Jesse MacBeth." In fact, when Limbaugh first used the term on the September 26 show, he had not mentioned MacBeth, and did not mention MacBeth until 1 minute and 50 seconds after he used the phrase "phony soldiers."
It's almost two minutes later before Rush talks about MacBeth, and Rush lied -- he flat out lied -- to the American people and told them it was all one conversation that flowed directly from the "phony soldiers" remark into Jesse Macbeth. He told this lie and provided a heavily edited audio clip that eliminated the two minutes that transpired so that it would seem like a continuous flow.
Are conservatives incapable of telling the truth and admitting their mistakes?
Look at George Bush for the easy answer to that. Republicans have shown a propensity to lie and deny in a number of instances on a number of big issues -- ties between Saddam and bin-Laden -- "mission accomplished" -- the existence of global warming (then once they finally admitted global warming was real they lied about the causes) -- the existence of WMDs in Iraq -- the sectarian strife that lead to the Iraqi civil war -- and the lie that Iraqi oil was going to pay the way in Iraq -- they lie and deny, then deny and lie to cover up their mistakes.
It's time for Americans to knock down the bastions of bullshit like Rush Limbaugh and Fox News that lie to prop up the failures in the Republican Party. It's time to take our country in a new direction.
Haven't they lied to you enough? Isn't it time to put an end to the liars' reign?
Not to change the subject, but have you seen this light-hearted rant from "unconfirmed sources"? It's as over-the-top as Rush is. I wonder if he'll "get it"...
One of the worst thing that has happened to this country under the name of free speech, was to give a foul-mouthed psychopath named Rush Limbaugh a platform to vent his negative bigoted venom.
Eagerly absorbing the spewing of crap from this drug-addicted, ex-welfare recipient, who has lived the life of his black male stereotypes, is his following;... the lowest IQ's of the racists among us.
Just when I thought this cretin scraped the bottom of the barrel, last week he called troops that oppose the Iraq war, 'phony soldiers'... which even raised the eyebrows of some of his 'dittoheads'.
Partially quoting actor Tim Robbins.....
"A chill wind is blowing in this nation. Every day, the air waves are filled with warnings, veiled and unveiled threats, spewed invective and hatred. And the public, sit in mute opposition and fear."
Honest dissent is the basis of democracy and should never be stifled, but bigotry, hate, racism, sexism, and the blatant spewing of lies from the likes of Limbaugh, Coulter, O'Reilly, Hannity, Colmes, and others of their ilk is not dissent, it's hate..
It's clear that these wingnut cripto-Fascists have their work cut out for them if they're going to try to convince Americans that soldiers who fought in, and are now against the Iraq war, are 'phony soldiers.' Americans are no longer buying this crap. We as a people know that there's something seriously wrong with our system. And no amount of White House propaganda and Fox News disinformation will change that fact.
And while we're at it let's check in on today's New York Times...
Republicans used to be considered superior at drumming up a quick controversy over some actual or perceived Democratic outrage. But Democrats and sympathetic advocacy groups are catching up fast. And the political exchanges are being amplified by the reach and power of the Internet and the repetition of the 24-hour news cycle.
"Maybe Rush got away with smears like this in the past, but he's not going to on our watch," said Jon Soltz, an Iraq veteran and chairman of VoteVets.org, a group closely aligned with Congressional Democrats that is behind a new advertisement taking on Mr. Limbaugh. [See Larkin's post here - Lee]
The advertisement, to be pushed with a modest $60,000 buy, is scheduled to be broadcast Wednesday on national cable news channels, with a radio version in certain markets during Mr. Limbaugh's show. In it, a wounded veteran chastises Mr. Limbaugh. On Tuesday, Mr. Limbaugh compared the veteran to a suicide bomber, saying the advocacy group had strapped "lies to his belt, sending him out via the media in a TV ad to walk into as many people as he can walk into," according to a transcript distributed by Media Matters.
The broadcaster has accused critics of distorting remarks he made last Wednesday when a caller said the news media liked to focus on antiwar views raised by soldiers. Mr. Limbaugh then said, to the caller's approval: "The phony soldiers."
After the liberal media watchdog organization Media Matters sounded the alarm about his comments, Mr. Limbaugh said on subsequent shows that he was talking about only one discredited man who claimed to be a wounded veteran. "I was not talking about antiwar, active duty troops," he insisted.
Yet analysts for Media Matters noted that Mr. Limbaugh's first reference to the discredited man came nearly two minutes after his plural reference to phony soldiers. That group and like-minded Democrats have refused to back off. More than 40 Democratic senators signed a letter sent Tuesday to the company that syndicates the radio show, asking that Mr. Limbaugh's remarks be repudiated.
I think it's high time to launch a boycott against Clear Channel, the syndicator of Limbaugh's show, but that's a topic for another day...
Meanwhile, the New York Observer observes:
Limbaugh's Cowardly Smear
The controversy over what Rush Limbaugh meant when he uttered the phrase "phony soldiers" last week isn't just another broadcast sideshow. As the political power of conservatism declines, the symbolic authority of figures such as Mr. Limbaugh is likewise shrinking. That is why he backs away from his own words, rips them from context by selectively editing his program's transcript and insists he didn't demean soldiers and veterans who dissent from the Bush White House war policy--as he and his fellow partisans have done so many times before.
This revealing episode began on Sept. 26 during a conversation between Mr. Limbaugh and "Mike," a caller who identified himself as an active-duty soldier and supporter of the Iraq war, who warned against the consequences of withdrawing U.S. troops as urged by a previous caller "because Iraq itself would collapse and we'd have to go right back over there within a year or so."
At that point the host interjected, "There's a lot more than that that they don't understand. They can't even--if--the next guy that calls here, I'm gonna ask him: Why should we pull--what is the imperative for pulling out? What's in it for the United States to pull out? They can't--I don't think they have an answer for that other than, 'Well, we just gotta bring the troops home. Save the--keep the troops safe,' or whatever. It's not possible, intellectually, to follow these people."
Replied Mike, "No, it's not, and what's really funny is, they never talk to real soldiers. They like to pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and talk to the media."
That was when Mr. Limbaugh said: "The phony soldiers."
Two days later, under heavy critical fire for using those words to describe critics of the war who have served in uniform, he claimed to be the victim of a "smear." He served up a neatly trimmed transcript of the Sept. 26 program, which cut more than a minute and a half of yakking to make it seem as if his "phony soldiers" reference was intended solely for an antiwar activist who had allegedly masqueraded as an Army Ranger after washing out of basic training. That falsified transcript has provided fodder for Mr. Limbaugh's defenders, a motley assortment of bloggers, Fox News personalities, and a Republican congressman from Georgia who has actually introduced a resolution commending the radio blowhard.
Not content with insulting the troops, the Limbaugh clones seem to think any soldier who examines the transcript will be too dumb to figure out how they have tampered with it. It is equally telling that both Mr. Limbaugh and his defenders change the original phrase "phony soldiers" and say "phony soldier" instead--because the plural belies his alibi and makes his nasty intention so plain.
Today he whines because Media Matters for America, the progressive watchdog group, caught and publicized his slur. But he cannot escape what the audio proves he said.
Only in a media environment where conservatives have long felt exempt from serious scrutiny would Mr. Limbaugh still feel free to mock the military service of those who disagree with him. He is, after all, a certified chickenhawk who cheered on the Vietnam War as it ground up tens of thousands of young Americans, but saw no reason why he should serve. His local draft board in Cape Girardeau, Mo., a town where his family enjoyed great political influence, granted him a 1-Y deferment after he dropped out of college and forfeited his student deferment.
More to come...
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