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A Phony Controversy

Normally, I don’t rush to the defense of talk radio hosts when they are attacked by media personalities. And, in this case, I’m not really “rushing” to the defense, because this controversy has been brewing for a few days. But, this particular attack by left-wing media personalities and politicians is so bluntly dishonest and unfounded that something has to be said.

While I’m a big fan of talk radio (Neal Boortz especially), I’m not a die hard fan of Rush Limbaugh. I don’t know what it is. I’ll catch his show when I have time. But, I’m not a regular listener.

However, the latest attack campaign against him is an absolute sham. If you haven’t heard about it, allow me to give you a little background.

Media Matters, the left-wing doppelganger of NewsBusters, posted on their website last week a harsh critique of something Limbaugh said. Here is what Media Matters had to say:

During the September 26 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh called service members who advocate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq "phony soldiers."…

LIMBAUGH: There's a lot more than that that they don't understand. They can't even -- if -- the next guy that calls here, I'm gonna ask him: Why should we pull -- what is the imperative for pulling out? What's in it for the United States to pull out? They can't -- I don't think they have an answer for that other than, "Well, we just gotta bring the troops home."

CALLER 2: Yeah, and, you know what --

LIMBAUGH: "Save the -- keep the troops safe" or whatever. I -- it's not possible, intellectually, to follow these people.

CALLER 2: No, it's not, and what's really funny is, they never talk to real soldiers. They like to pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and talk to the media.

LIMBAUGH: The phony soldiers.

CALLER 2: The phony soldiers. If you talk to a real soldier, they are proud to serve. They want to be over in Iraq. They understand their sacrifice, and they're willing to sacrifice for their country.

LIMBAUGH: They joined to be in Iraq. They joined --

CALLER 2: A lot of them -- the new kids, yeah.

LIMBAUGH: Well, you know where you're going these days, the last four years, if you signed up. The odds are you're going there or Afghanistan or somewhere.

CALLER 2: Exactly, sir.

There you have it. Media Matters even went so far to post an actual transcript of Rush’s show. So, the accusation MUST be true! You see it right there. Rush believes that any soldier who supports immediate US withdrawal is nothing more than a “phony soldier.”

The mainstream media saw this emerging controversy as fresh meat. MSNBC promoted this story on several of its programs, as did CNN. This controversy has even made its way to the floors of the Senate and the House of Representatives. I guess there must really be something to this story.

Well…not exactly. The media and Congressional Democrats have presented the story exactly the way Media Matters did. Unfortunately for them, their fictional narrative has no basis in reality.

Media Matters did indeed provide a transcript of the exchange…a partial transcript. They conveniently ceased cutting and pasting immediately before the CONTEXT of the conversation was revealed. Here is how the actual transcript went:

CALLER 2: No, it's not, and what's really funny is, they never talk to real soldiers. They like to pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and talk to the media.

LIMBAUGH: The phony soldiers.

CALLER 2: The phony soldiers. If you talk to a real soldier, they are proud to serve. They want to be over in Iraq. They understand their sacrifice, and they're willing to sacrifice for their country.

LIMBAUGH: They joined to be in Iraq. They joined --

CALLER 2: A lot of them -- the new kids, yeah.

LIMBAUGH: Well, you know where you're going these days, the last four years, if you signed up. The odds are you're going there or Afghanistan or somewhere.

CALLER 2: Exactly, sir. My other comment, my original comment, was a retort to Jill about the fact we didn't find any weapons of mass destruction. Actually, we have found weapons of mass destruction in chemical agents that terrorists have been using against us for a while now. I've done two tours in Iraq, I just got back in June, and there are many instances of insurgents not knowing what they're using in their IEDs. They're using mustard artillery rounds, VX artillery rounds in their IEDs. Because they didn't know what they were using, they didn't do it right, and so it didn't really hurt anybody. But those munitions are over there. It's a huge desert. If they bury it somewhere, we're never going to find it.

RUSH: Well, that's a moot point for me right now.

CALLER 2: Right.

RUSH: The weapons of mass destruction. We gotta get beyond that. We're there. We all know they were there, and Mahmoud even admitted it in one of his speeches here talking about Saddam using the poison mustard gas or whatever it is on his own people. But that's moot. What's more important is all this is taking place now in the midst of the surge working, and all of these anti-war Democrats are getting even more hell-bent on pulling out of there, which means that success on the part of you and your colleagues over there is a great threat to them. It's frustrating and maddening, and why they must be kept in the minority. I want to thank you, Mike, for calling. I appreciate it very much.

Here is a Morning Update that we did recently, talking about fake soldiers. This is a story of who the left props up as heroes. They have their celebrities and one of them was Army Ranger Jesse Macbeth. Now, he was a "corporal." I say in quotes. Twenty-three years old. What made Jesse Macbeth a hero to the anti-war crowd wasn't his Purple Heart; it wasn't his being affiliated with post-traumatic stress disorder from tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. No. What made Jesse Macbeth, Army Ranger, a hero to the left was his courage, in their view, off the battlefield, without regard to consequences. He told the world the abuses he had witnessed in Iraq, American soldiers killing unarmed civilians, hundreds of men, women, even children. In one gruesome account, translated into Arabic and spread widely across the Internet, Army Ranger Jesse Macbeth describes the horrors this way: "We would burn their bodies. We would hang their bodies from the rafters in the mosque." Now, recently, Jesse Macbeth, poster boy for the anti-war left, had his day in court. And you know what? He was sentenced to five months in jail and three years probation for falsifying a Department of Veterans Affairs claim and his Army discharge record. He was in the Army. Jesse Macbeth was in the Army, folks, briefly. Forty-four days before he washed out of boot camp. Jesse Macbeth isn't an Army Ranger, never was. He isn't a corporal, never was. He never won the Purple Heart, and he was never in combat to witness the horrors he claimed to have seen. You probably haven't even heard about this. And, if you have, you haven't heard much about it. This doesn't fit the narrative and the template in the Drive-By Media and the Democrat Party as to who is a genuine war hero. Don't look for any retractions, by the way. Not from the anti-war left, the anti-military Drive-By Media, or the Arabic websites that spread Jesse Macbeth's lies about our troops, because the truth for the left is fiction that serves their purpose. They have to lie about such atrocities because they can't find any that fit the template of the way they see the US military. In other words, for the American anti-war left, the greatest inconvenience they face is the truth.

This is the FULL CONTEXT of the “phony soldiers” remark. It was in regards to individuals like Jesse Macbeth, Micah Wright, and Amorita Randall. These individuals claimed to be American military veterans and told gruesome tales of war crimes and atrocities committed by U.S. troops. Their stories and their personal biographies turned out to be complete fabrications. They were, in fact, anti-war zealots looking for the spotlight and their 15 minutes of fame.

That is why Limbaugh referred to them as “phony soldiers.” In the context of his discussion he mentioned Jesse Macbeth by name simply because this was the most recent story.
He mentioned Jesse Macbeth BY NAME in the context of this discussion. But, did you see that portion in the Media Matters “transcript?” Of course not.

Interestingly enough, Media Matters helped to prove Rush’s ultimate point of the whole “phony soldiers” discussion. Look at Rush’s last quote in the transcript:

“In other words, for the American anti-war left, the greatest inconvenience they face is the truth.”

I’d say that just about sums up this controversy.

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