From a House and Senate condemnation of MoveOn.org’s ad to a denouncement of Rush Limbaugh’s “phony soldier” comments.Ã‚Â The difference; MoveOn stood by its ad and back it up with research. Limbaugh scrubbed his transcript and edited the soundbyte.
But no condemnation of “entertainer” Rush Limbaugh.Ã‚Â Rush’s program is carried on Armed Forced Radio Network which last year refused to carry progressive talker Ed Schultz’s program.Ã‚Â
Here’s Harry Reid from the floor of the Senate:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Freedom of speech is one of our countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most cherished values. Nothing sets us further apart than the countries and regimes we oppose than our belief that everyoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s opinion matters, and everyone has the right to express it. That is why, when we hear things on the radio that are offensive, by and large, we tolerate them.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“But last week, Rush Limbaugh went way over the line Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and while we respect his right to say anything he likes, his unpatriotic comments cannot be ignored.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“During his show last Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh was engaged in one of his typical rants. This rant was unremarkable and indistinguishable from his usual drivel, which has been steadily losing listeners for years Ã¢â‚¬â€œ until he crossed that line by calling our men and women in uniform who oppose the war in Iraq Ã¢â‚¬Ëœphony soldiers.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ This comment was so beyond the pale of decency that it cannot be left alone. And yet, he followed it up with denials and an attack on Congressman Jack Murtha, a 37-year active member of the Marine Corps.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have been debating the Iraq war here in the Senate and throughout the country for not months, but years. There are good, patriotic Americans who favor the war Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and good, patriotic Americans who oppose President BushÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s handling of it. Neither party holds a patent on patriotism. I know all my Republican colleagues would agree with that.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Yet Rush Limbaugh took it upon himself to attack the courage and character of those fighting and dying for him and for all of us. Rush Limbaugh got himself a deferment from serving when he was a young man. He never served in uniform. He never saw in person the extreme difficulty of maintaining peace in a foreign country engaged in civil war. Ye he thinks that his opinion on the war is worth more than those who are on the front lines.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“And whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s worse Ã¢â‚¬â€œ LimbaughÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s show is broadcast on Armed Forces Radio, which means that thousands of troops overseas and veterans here at home were forced to hear this attack on their patriotism. Rush Limbaugh owes the men and women of our Armed Forces an apology.
Give em hell Harry!