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    The daily hour AFRTS broadcasts Rush Limbaugh has been criticized as right wing "propaganda" beamed to a segment of the population whose votes were decisive in the 2000 elections. Boehlert notes that Limbaugh's show was added to the network only after conservative lawmakers and pundits raised a fuss: "In 1993, then Rep. Robert Dornan, R-Calif., along with 69 other Republican House members, sent a letter to President Clinton's first secretary of defense, Les Aspin, demanding that both Limbaugh's radio show and his syndicated television show (on which Limbaugh compared preteen Chelsea Clinton to a dog) be broadcast to the military." AFRTS responded: "The Rush Limbaugh Show makes no pretense that his show is balanced. If AFRTS scheduled a program of personal commentary without balancing it with another viewpoint, we would be open to broad criticism that we are supporting a particular point of view." But after just a few days of "conservative media and Republicans [crying] censorship," Limbaugh was assured his show would air on AFRTS. [4]

    In a May 26, 2004, press release, Media Matters for America announced that Media Matters President and CEO David Brock had "sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld requesting that Secretary Rumsfeld consider removing radio host Rush Limbaugh from the American Forces Radio and Television Service (formerly known as Armed Forces Radio). Limbaugh, whose program is broadcast for one hour per day to U.S. troops overseas, has spent the past four weeks condoning and trivializing the abuse, torture, rape and possible murder of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. guards at the Abu Ghraib prison--gross misconduct that Rumsfeld has described as 'fundamentally un-American'."

    MMFA has posted an online petition which visitors to its web site may sign and send "urging Secretary Rumsfeld to remove Limbaugh's show from the network."

    If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library? Lily Tomlin

    by msmacgyver on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 07:47:56 AM PDT

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