“Rush Limbaugh has a freedom of speech and can say what he wants, but in light of his horribly misogynistic comments, American Forces Radio should no longer give him a platform. Our entire military depends on troops respecting each other – women and men. There simply can be no place on military airwaves for sentiments that would undermine that respect. When many of our female troops use birth control, for Limbaugh to say they are “sluts” and “prostitutes” is beyond the pale. It isn’t just disrespectful to our women serving our country, but it’s language that goes against everything that makes our military work. Again, we swore to uphold our Constitution, including the freedom of speech, and would not take that away from anyone – even Limbaugh. But that does not mean AFN should broadcast him. In fact, it shouldn’t.”
– A group of female veterans have released a statement today through Vote Vets (a progressive coalition of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans) calling for AFN to drop Rush Limbaugh’s show in light of his repulsive statements about Sandra Fluke and women using contraception. AFN is owned and operated by the Pentagon, and according to spokesman George Little, currently has no intention of dropping Limbaugh.
Of course the Pentagon would have no problem with Limbaugh calling a young woman a slut. It’s not like the DoD doesn’t have its own internal problems with how women are treated in the military. It’s interesting though, that Rush’s listenership is everywhere because he’s so popular, right? It’s actually radio’s dirty little secret that Limbaugh’s show was given away for free (and still is) on many small and medium stations. That’s why he’s everywhere.
“Rush’s audience is a myth. He is a paper tiger. Do some people listen to him? Of course. Is it anywhere near the hype? Not remotely. Talk radio is a dying business. I wouldn’t be surprised if his daily listeners didn’t even reach a million. I wouldn’t be surprised if we have more online viewers on The Young Turks (which are100 percent Google verifiable) than he has radio listeners. Rush is a sad, old man that a couple of other sad, old men listen to. His days are numbered. Rush, it definitely wasn’t nice knowing you. Tick tock, tick tock.”