Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Limbaugh's World

Brent Bozell has written a review of the Limbaugh "phony soldiers" comment, and it's about what you would expect. Long on ideology, short on logic. He does make this comment, which has been common from right wing commentators on this situation.
Before reviewing the facts of the case, one has to shake his head in disbelief that anyone would accuse Limbaugh of an anti-military bias. A day doesn't go by when he isn't praising our military on his radio program.
The question isn't Rush's love of the troops; it's his acceptance of the existence of liberal troops. Liberals who fight to defend this country alongside conservatives. Rush Limbaugh, and most conservatives presumably, aren't keen on highlighting this contingent of troops, because they don't fit the narrative of Conservatives as loving their country, Liberals as hating it. Hell it wasn't a month ago that Limbaugh had "I hate the USA" (as sung by Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Al Gore, Ted Kennedy, Al Sharpton and others) in heavy rotation.

He also repeats one of the bizarre allegations by Rush - when he said Phoney Soldiers he was talking about Jessee McBeth and a bunch of people in Washington guilty of defrauding the veterans administration by claiming to be veterans. That, of course, doesn't fit the context at all. The callers point which Rush backed up with his "phony soldiers" comment, was that the media goes after anti-war Soldiers and ignores pro-war soldiers. In that context complaining about phony soldiers whose motives are financial makes less than no sense.

At any rate, the issue seems to have largely died down; hopefully this will be my last post on the subject.

No comments: