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Rush Limbaugh on Armed Forces Radio makes absolutely no sense. So how can we stop this?

I promised to diary every week until he was gone or until somebody more qualified took over in which case I will continue doing what I can until it happens.

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I have written 2 diaries;

As I said before things have changed so it's more possible to do this now because;

1) Rush is loosing his advertisers in commercial radio (an effort lead in DailyKos by ProgLegs)

2) We have a Republican SECDEF which makes it more sellable when the CiC makes the final decision.

Every week I learn more about the whole thing and I try to improve the strategy.

New findings;

Political talk radio took off when in 1987 when the Fairness Doctrine was terminated thanks to Ronald Reagan.  The Fairness Doctrine has become one more of the battlegrounds between Dems and Repubs since then. The repeal changed the landscape of politics to a degree that few could have predicted.  

Rush Limbaugh got started right away.  I have a confession to make, I did call Rush's show, broadcast in Sacramento only, in 1987, it had to to with guns and on air that time we agreed.  So I am making amends in a certain way.

By 1993 he was on Armed Forces Radio.  Someone in the DoD obviously supported the introduction of politics in AFR. I will continue researching this genesis.

After the Sandra Fluke atrocity by Rush in 2010 many tried to rid AFR of him but failed.  A petition was signed by almost 30,000 people but it failed.  In the official rejection, Bryan Whitman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, said;

AFN is charged with providing current information and entertainment programming to our Department of Defense audiences overseas, similar to what they could see and hear via the media in the United States. AFN acquires top-rated radio programs, as measured by audience ratings in the United States, and delivers them via satellite to our soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen stationed worldwide in 177 countries.

So what are these ratings of talk radio that they consider?  According to State of Media;

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So in a way, AFR is being fair by including some progressive talk show hosts like Ed Schultz, Jim Hightower and even Alan Colmes.

I can understand why most of you believe that Rush will be on AFR until he retires as indicated by your votes in the poll in my last diary.  After all Rush IS the "conscience" of the Republican base.  Heck, Republican insiders are mentioning him together Sean Hannity and Mark Levin to moderate the the 2016 primary debates given CNN's "liberal" bias.

To all this we need to add the fact that given that the Republican party will never accept the reintroduction of the Fairness Doctrine and servicepeople in uniform and veterans are more Republican than Democrat.

Even the CATO Institute is sounding an alarm from a different perspective;

America is still laboring under the idea that the uniformed military is apolitical. It isn’t. Not only is the military increasingly politicized, it only expresses open political views on one side of the debate over America’s wars. Given the military’s influence on public opinion, that’s an unhealthy situation.
So the road we need to travel is uncharted and difficult.  As I detailed in my previous diary, people at all levels have tried to get rid AFR of Rush since 2003. But as I said above things are changing.

One thing in our favor is Rush himself.  He keeps pissing people off.  None other than the very influential Oprah Winfrey recently.

So what IS the plan?

The plan is to do what we can.

1) Work together to coordinate all the efforts of people and organizations that have tried this before. susans has voluteered to create a list of all of them that we can use to work from.

2) Get "visibility" for our effort at the right time to get our voices heard nationwide.  I have an idea to accomplish this that I am researching and I will cover in future diaries.

On the other hand, I will probably have to travel overseas for a few weeks starting next week so I apologize if I cant keep the diaries going but I will try.

Let's keep the fight and let me know if you want to join our small but dedicated group.


The Fairness Doctrine must be reinstated

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  •  This is a tough mountain to climb, Shockwave. (11+ / 0-)

    All the more reason to do it.
    Count me in.

  •  it has long been my contention that Rush on (8+ / 0-)

    AFN represents a clear and present threat to active service members.  My assumption is based on the following assumptions:
    Our military is stationed in many regions throughout the world and AFN broadcasts to them so the broadcasts are widely available to many residents of many countries.

    Many of the residents of those countries which can receive AFN broadcasts speak English to some degree.

    For the residents of those countries, Rush is the face of America.  It seems to me that listening to Rush as the voice of America would radicalize many of those residents if they thought Rush represents the average American

  •  Is there a way to "partner" with Flush Rush? (3+ / 0-)

    They seem well-organized and experienced, and it seems like they would support this effort. Perhaps even share some of their communications infrastructure rather than re-inventing the wheel.

    The idea that he is "conservative" is absurd on its face. He is a  comedian-entertainer-hate-monger, a twist on columnists who have made their livings with emotional language throughout the history of journalism. Certainly, we don't need as an international voice for America ever.

    Just a thought about Flush Rush. Power in numbers and all.

    Thanks for keeping up the good fight, Shockwave.

    "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

    by cotterperson on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 08:58:02 PM PDT

  •  Good presentation! (1+ / 0-)
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    Looking forward to taking on this challenge!

    As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all.

    by SanFernandoValleyMom on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 12:00:27 AM PDT

  •  Rush is a threat to good order and discipline and (1+ / 0-)
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    unit cohesion.

    His racist and sexist rants sow discord and hate in the ranks. Anyone repeating his bullshit drivel could be up for non-judicial punishment in the very least.

    The racism and sexism and bigotry that Rush pushes is way beyond mere politics--it's just pure hate.

    If Rush were simply only political, he would be more interested in discussing actual policy as opposed to mindless name calling spew that we normally hear from him.

    Imagine being a woman or someone who isn't white walking into a shop and hearing this word-vomit staining the air. Would that make you trust the people in that shop? Or would you look at them and think--"Great, so this is how the wind blows in here."

    Gentlemen, congratulations. You're everything we've come to expect from years of government training (Zed, MIB).

    by GreenMother on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 06:06:54 AM PDT

  •  racism, sexism, lying us into 'wars' like iraq (2+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave, a2nite

    he's got a long record along those lines

    the racism and sexism shouldn't be acceptable for AFR but does appeal to, or is easily acceptable to some troops, as it is for many RW radio listeners.

    helping sell the lies that got thousands of troops killed and maimed could be another negative that rush and sean could be saddled with.

    and if i wanted to drum up a war one way to drum would be to pay some callers to those shows - maybe a reward would bring out some whistleblowers.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 06:30:57 AM PDT

  •  When I was in the Army and if I walked into my (1+ / 0-)
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    Company's day room and some redneck yahoo was blasting a radio with Limbaugh going off on a racist rant yelling "blame the N***ers",  there would be an instant FIGHT! This hypothetical example should be indicative of  Limbaugh's entertainment value for the troops!

    On another aspect of this topic, the Democrats are also to blame for the continuing corruption of OUR airwaves by the right wing racist demagogues. Just before Senator Byron Dorgan (D -South Dakota) resigned, I sadly witnessed (and watched via CSPAN TV) Senator Dorgan's engagement in an actual ONE MAN fight for legislation that he had introduced to replace the largely defunct Fairness Doctrine. Senator Dorgan's bill would have restored fair use of the public airwaves to the American people and was a bill that every Democrat could support - every Democrat except those Democrats in the U.S. Senate. NOT ONE DEMOCRAT was PRESENT in the Senate chamber to support Dorgan's talking filibuster on behalf of the passage of his bill.  

    Senator Dorgan talked for hours, but at the end of the day without support from the Democrat caucus and no effective mass media coverage, nothing but failure and total exhaustion awaited as the final outcome, Dorgan finally gave up. It is important to note that since Dorgan waged his brave fight to regain the public airwaves from the right wing demagogues no other such bill has been introduced in the Senate. One additional note - when this event happened in the Senate the most celebrated  liberal "lion" senator Ted Kennedy was still a political force in the Senate, and in good health at the time. However Kennedy was also a no-show in the Senate chamber for Dorgan's filibuster.

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