Friday, June 04, 2004



Every day, right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh's show is broadcast for an hour to the troops in Iraq over taxpayer-funded Armed Forces Radio. The station does not carry a corresponding liberal point of view to counter Limbaugh's uber-conservative commentary. Said Sen. Tom Harkin: "This sends all the wrong signals to the troops...Rush Limbaugh has a point of view. I mean, a dedicated, right wing point of view. That's fine. That's fine. But you should balance it on the other side also. Especially when it's being funded by other people's money." The Defense Department claims it's Limbaugh's ratings, not his political point of view, which earned him a slot on AFR. However, Howard Stern, who also has millions of fans nationwide, is not carried on AFR. Asked why, the Defense Department claimed it's due to the content of Stern's show. Perhaps they weren't listening the day Limbaugh compared the abuse at Abu Ghraib to a fraternity prank, saying it was nothing more than soldiers letting off a little steam. MediaMatters has sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, asking him to correct this double standard and remove Rush Limbaugh from Armed Forces Radio.