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The title of this is a little over-the-top, but...

For all of the talk from the Tea-crazies about President Obama being anti-free speech, um... Here's the Obama Administration helping to keep Rush Limbaugh on the air.

A petition to pull Rush Limbaugh from the lineup of the Armed Forces Network (AFN) received an Obama adminstration response over the weekend, but one that likely disappointed opponents of the conservative radio host.

The petition -- organized amid a debate over birth control coverage during which Limbaugh repeatedly called law student Sandra Fluke a "slut" -- said that Limbaugh's "abusive, divisive, insulting language," should not be aired on the government-run TV and radio network, which provides programming to American troops overseas. "We have a moral objection to our tax dollars being used for such a purpose," the petitioners wrote. "You should move immediately to cancel any further broadcast through government facilities of his venom."

(Article from HuffPost)

I listen to Rush for about 3 minutes about once per month (that's all I can take), but I sacrifice that much for the sake of "understanding the other side." That said, I'd like to get Rush off of the airwaves, but I prefer a "free market" solution, such as refusing to buy products from the companies that advertise during his shows. That's a true free market approach, although often cited by some idiots (Palin, Beck, et al) as being "censorship."

I'm happy about this non-action, because had the administration intervened in any way to push for the removal of Rush, that interaction would have been in violation of the 1st Amendment.

FYI, Armed Forces Radio is a part of the AFRTS (, which produces some original content, but also uses some syndicated commercial programming. So, there are still "free market" (and common sense) ways to get Rush off of the airwaves...

Get Rid of Rush:

- Don't buy products from the companies that support him, and let them know why.

- Tell the local radio station that airs his show that you won't listen to any of their programming, and that you are telling their advertisers the same thing.

- Do listen for a few minutes, once a week or month, just so you can find out who the advertisers are.

- Let your elected representatives know that, Republican or Dem... red, blue or yellow (or crazy purple), that you don't want them to follow his orders.

(These are my own tips, as generic as they are.)

In other "FOX Nuz,": Hey Glenn Beck, where are those FEMA concentration camps?

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  •  Well (4+ / 0-)

    Rush Limbaugh is a blithering idiot and he makes Republicans look like blithering idiots too.  Of course they aren't going to ask for him to be removed.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 06:45:59 PM PDT

  •  I agree wholeheartedly (1+ / 0-)
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    It's not up to us to dictate what armed forces listen to. If they want Rush, hey their big boys and girls.

    There are two types of republicans, the rich and the stupid. The rich ones strive to keep the stupid ones stupid and the stupid ones strive to keep the rich ones rich.

    by frankzappatista on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 10:02:52 PM PDT

  •  Jesus Christ the Victimhood is crushing me! (3+ / 0-)
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    ItsaMathJoke, snapples, Translator
    I'm happy about this non-action, because had the administration intervened in any way to push for the removal of Rush, that interaction would have been in violation of the 1st Amendment.
    I'm sorry that's horseshit.  Rush is not required to be broadcast on government-funded airwaves.  I'm sure Obama is avoiding looking overtly political but don't fucking think for one mother-fucking minute that keeping Rush on armed forces radio is a defense of the fucking first fucking amendment, because as I recall, he has the right to speak whenever and wherever he wants.  He does not have the right to be broadcast on MY DIME whenever or wherever he wants.

    So please, delete that grotesquely incorrect statement from your diary posthaste.  It is flat-fucking garbage.

    •  Oh cram your 'victimhood' (1+ / 0-)
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      Who has the right to "speak whenever and wherever they want?" You? No. Not in a courtroom. Me? No, not if I'm yelling "kill somebody."

      The reason I posted the link to the Wiki for Armed Forces Radio is because they run as kind of a hybrid of NPR and the postal service. They are gov't funded, but they don't accept advertising. The ad's played during Rush don't air during AFR broadcasts. They are non-revenue generating, but like the postal service, the are supposed to "act like a business," and are semi-autonomous.

      They pull in syndicated radio programs, for often zero cost, to rebroadcast. Their own audience polling determines what that continue, and what they discontinue.

      So Slippytoad- are you saying that you should have editorial control over what members of the armed forces apparently want to listen to? That you will only contribute tax dollars to those things you approve of? Because that sounds tea-party-ish to me.

      I never said that Rush had "a right to broadcast" on armed forces radio, I just said that the administration doesn't have the right to use political reasons to bar him.

      You really have no clue about the 1st amendment either, apparently.

    •  Who gets to decide, then? (1+ / 0-)
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      Correct- Rush doesn't have the right to be broadcast on govt airwaves, but once he is on them (for whatever reason he was added), the govt can't take action to remove him just because the current administration, you, me or anybody in particular, doesn't like what he's saying.

      If, somehow, a semi-liberal comedy tv show (Saturday Night Live) were played on Armed Forces TV (for the last 25 years, which it has been), and a Republican administration forced it off... that would be just as wrong.

      Pulling funding for an entire educational or media program, such as CPB, NPR, PBS (which is barbaric, to me), is actually different, although disagreeable. They are pulling the whole plug- not pulling selective programming.

      Once again, slippy- figure out what the First Amendment actually says and means.

  •  Don't Give The Ahole Ammo..... (1+ / 0-)
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    If the WH had removed Blunder Bus from the airwaves, the wingers would have started frothing at the mouth nonstop 24/7, every single frigging minute.

    We have an election to win.  Rush is looking all fat & flabby again.  He's probably one step away from either another cardiac event or diabetic shock.  

    I write him all the time encouraging him to get his fat self in for a blood sugar check.  I'm an RN, & I can spot a slob when I see one.  

  •  For God's Sake, people (1+ / 0-)
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    If even people who think they are liberal or independent don't understand the 1st Amendment, then wtf? You can't just argue "my side is right."

    Spend 1 hour on it. Start with Wikipedia, then go to the Cornell archives, then go to Caselaw, then at least one or two others. Read it. Maybe you can figure it out.

    •  I should get to bed. (0+ / 0-)

      Warmest regards,


      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 11:41:49 PM PDT

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