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NO mention, zip, zero, zilch, of Rush Limbaugh "phony soldiers" remark

Reported by Chrish - September 28, 2007 -

I normally refrain from using extreme modifiers like "never" or "always" because we don't monitor FOX 24/7 and they have a habit of covering their butts on unflattering news, "blipping" rather than "dripping" the item via the newsticker or a bottom-of-the-hour "headline" mention. But in two hours of FOX and Friends this morning I didn't hear one word about Rush Limbaugh's insult to soldiers who speak out againt the war in Iraq. The documentarians at the media watchdog site Media Matters for America, led by former Republican hatchet-man David Brock (who scares the living crap out of Bill O'Reilly) reports Limbaugh's comments, in full and with audio (as usual, professionals that they are):

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." He made the comment while discussing with a caller a conversation he had with a previous caller, "Mike from Chicago," who said he "used to be military," and "believe[s] that we should pull out of Iraq." Limbaugh told the second caller, whom he identified as "Mike, this one from Olympia, Washington," that "[t]here's a lot" that people who favor U.S. withdrawal "don't understand" and that when asked why the United States should pull out, their only answer is, " 'Well, we just gotta bring the troops home.' ... 'Save the -- keeps the troops safe' or whatever," adding, "[I]t's not possible, intellectually, to follow these people." "Mike" from Olympia replied, "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 interjected, "The phony soldiers." The caller, who had earlier said, "I am a serving American military, in the Army," agreed, replying, "The phony soldiers."

(The first Mike, it should be noted, self-identified as a Republican who has listened to Rush for years. Limbaugh insisted that he wasn't, couldn't be, because of his opinion that we need to pull our troops out of Iraq, and eventually cut him off.)

Now, where is the outrage from FOX? Where is the defense of a former soldier who is maligned by a radio commentator? Where are the "support the troops" flagwavers? Why isn't Michelle Malkin outraged about this, but has her panties in a bunch over the Folsom Street ad "attacking" Christianity? Currently a search of FOXNews.com results in "Your search - rush limbaugh phony soldiers - did not match any documents. "


These are rhetorical questions. FOX is mum because a.) Limbaugh is a far-right "conservative" who echos their sentiments and White House talking points, b.) the caller pricks a hole in the entire us vs. them meme FOX helps to perpetuate and c.) they're hypocrites. Their faux outrage over the MoveOn.org ad is fully exposed by this blatant ignoring of Limbaugh's broad slap at all soldiers who hold different political and policy views than he (and FOX).

A week ago on the same show, same two hours, there were NINE mentions of the Senate vote to condemn the MoveOn ad, starting the ball rolling for a day full of drip, drip, drip anti-MoveOn propaganda.

If anyone doubts the bias and agenda at FOX News anymore, sorry, they're just fools.