Whether or not your life is improving because of a robust economy is of no interest to the people reporting on it today. The only interest the story the economy presents is, “Does it hurt Bush or does it help him?” If it helps him, they’re going to keep it secret. And that’s what they’re doing. Same thing with the rest of this stuff. You know, this is an election year, and the prism of news from the partisan elite media being looked at via the election of John Kerry, or I should say the inauguration of John Kerry.
Jack in Egg Harbor, New Jersey. Hello. You’re on the EIB Network.
CALLER: Hey, Rush.
CALLER: Dittos from down south in Jersey.
RUSH: Yes. Thank you.
CALLER: Real quick, retired captain and Navy captain, spent a lot of time in Turkey, especially. I say we not only should not get you off of NPR [sic], we should add — and I’ve written to them about this — we should add you for — Armed Forces Network — add you for the full three hours. That’s all the guys can listen to. The previous caller, she’s right. It’s a bunch of crap is what they feed you on Armed Forces Network, it’s all liberal. I’ve listened to V.O.A., that’s even worse. I listen to the radio quite often on my high frequency radio. Well, that’s about all I had to say.
RUSH: You were career Navy, did you say, in Turkey and Germany?
CALLER: Yeah. I spent 27 years in the Navy as a helicopter pilot, started out in Vietnam and had a great career. Slick Willie got in; I couldn’t serve the commander-in-chief anymore, so I took an early retirement, got out in 27 years 1995.
RUSH: But while you were in you spent a lot of time listening to the Armed Forces Radio Network?
RUSH: So you know what you’re talking about. Well, it is. There’s a lot of liberal stuff, that’s fine with me. Note that nobody on the right is trying to get anything taken off of Armed Forces Radio. And the vast majority of what’s on Armed Forces Radio is, he’s right. I’ve now gotten interested in it. I’ve taken a look at what’s there, but this is, I don’t know… well, here, I’ve got the story. I hadn’t intended to delve into this so quickly today. Thanks, Jack, for the call, I appreciate it and the support out there. “Liberal groups that want to bounce Rush Limbaugh’s radio show off Armed Forces Radio have found a Senate ally, Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat, Iowa, has announced yesterday that he has successfully amended the fiscal year 2005 defense authorization bill, adding a provision that calls on Armed Forces Radio and TV service to provide political balance in its public affairs programming.”
I am the political balance. Now, notice the first line, “Liberal groups that want to bounce Rush Limbaugh’s show off Armed Forces have found a Senate ally.” Now, Harkin’s amendment does not specifically say get rid of my show. He’s not going to go that far, because then he would be wide open to charges of censorship. In fact, what Harkin will probably say publicly, no, no, no, I have no problem with Limbaugh, we just need balance. Well, these liberal groups, which are just appendages, middle-finger appendages of the Democrat Party, have written letters to Rumsfeld demanding my show be taken off. That’s what started all this. I mean, it’s an election year, folks, and I’ve got to be taken out just like the president has to be taken out, apparently. And so they send these letters, and of course Rumsfeld doesn’t respond, so they go get a Senate ally, Tom Harkin, and Harkin proposes this amendment. The amendment just says balance.
Notice these guys don’t say, we want a show like Limbaugh’s on armed Forces, we want Limbaugh off, and there’s their ally is Harkin. So this amendment calls for balance, but you can arrive at balance any number of ways and I’m just here to tell you that the ultimate objective of this attempt at balance on Armed Forces Radio is to get my program taken off. That’s what the people who got this all started are seeking to make happen. Harkin is quoted as saying that Armed Forces Radio is funded by taxpayers of all political persuasions, and therefore it should make a greater effort to provide balanced presentation of political viewpoints on its airwaves to American service members around the world. Well, again, we’re going to find this Byron York piece that describes in detail what is on Armed Forces Radio, and you will realize what an absolute absurdity this amendment is.