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RUSH: We have Joe Scarborough of MSNBC, John Roberts of CNN, Willie Geist of MSNBC, somebody else on MSNBC, and Norah O’Donnell all talking — you know, this poor guy, Brian McGough of VoteVets.org, he’s running around saying that I called him a suicide bomber yesterday on this program. And, of course, he says it, there’s no questioning it, and here’s the montage of the Drive-Bys reacting to it. Sit tight, Dawn. Dawn’s about to explode in there. She came in today, ‘I am never going to watch or listen to Geraldo again after last night, and Alan Colmes.’ Just chill. Everything’s under control here. It’s going our way. Here’s the montage.

SCARBOROUGH: We’re going to hear for the next five days how Rush Limbaugh called this guy a suicide bomber.

ROBERTS: Rush called this guy a suicide bomber

GEIST: He used a metaphor to say he was like a suicide bomber.

OLBERMANN: Comparing that soldier to a suicide bomber.

O’DONNELL: Essentially comparing him to a suicide bomber.

RUSH: All right, anybody care what I actually said about this? Would you like to hear what I actually said? This was Tuesday on the program, and I was talking about the ad that they are running.

RUSH ARCHIVE: You know, this is such a blatant use of a valiant combat veteran, lying to him about what I said, then strapping those lies to his belt, sending him out via the media and a TV ad to walk into as many people as he can walk into. This man will always be a hero to this country with everyone. Whoever pumped him full of these lies about what I said and embarrassed him with this ad has betrayed him. They’re not hurting me. They’re betraying this soldier. Now, unless he actually believes what he’s saying, in which case it’s just so unfortunate and sad when the truth of what I said is right out there to be learned.

RUSH: I called him a hero. The other reference is the Drive-By Media runs in, blows things up, creates all these messes, and then heads on down the road to create another one. So I called him a suicide bomber. You see how this works? I didn’t call anybody who legitimately serves a phony soldier. I didn’t call this guy a suicide bomber. It’s out there that I called him a suicide bomber. Here’s McGough. He was on MSNBC last night talking about the fact that I called him a suicide bomber.

MCGOUGH: The reaction is disgust, how someone can sit in that chair and say that I am a car bomber — or, excuse me, a suicide bomber is disgusting. I’ve seen the after-effects of suicide bomb. I’ve had friends that were hurt in suicide bombs. It makes me mad down to a place where I can’t even think to describe. It’s just repugnant.

RUSH: It’s not just repugnant, it’s very sad. Brian, let me try this again. Mr. McGough, I admire you for your service. I admire anyone and everyone who volunteers to serve in the United States military in this country, always have. I’m grateful to you for your service. And that, Brian, is an unqualified thank you, whether or not you support the war or the surge, President Bush, or not. But, Brian, there are phony soldiers. You aren’t one, Brian McGough is not a phony soldier and I never called you a phony soldier. Jesse MacBeth, and there are lots of Jesse MacBeths — and, by the way, he was born in 1984, and do you know what his name was when he was born? Jesse Al-Zaid. Jesse Al-Zaid was his real name. He changed his name to MacBeth sometime after he was born. A lot of phony soldiers out there. The latest report of the latest phony soldier comes from Philadelphia and New Jersey media. The Democrat mayor of Atlantic City has been lying about his Vietnam service record. Now he’s AWOL, nobody knows where he is.

There are lots of phony soldiers out there, Brian, but I never called you one, not calling you one now, never would call you one. But people that talk about fake Purple Hearts and that lie about people like you, Brian, these are people telling people that you hang innocent Iraqi citizens from the rafts of mosques. I’m defending people like you, Brian McGough. You’re being filled with a bunch of hate-inspired lies about me. Your anger about this is understandable, but it’s misdirected. I never implied, never said that you, Brian McGough, or any of your group, were phonies. A political hit squad called Media Matters did that. Your beef is with them, not me.

Now, there’s something I can do, and I’m in the process of doing it. It’s the least I can do. Your organization is choosing to raise money, using my name, and I’m happy about that. It’s the least I can do for you guys. If you need to raise money, and my name raises money for a lot of people, you go right ahead because, Brian, it’s going to come back to me. Here’s how it works. You keep using your money that I raise for you to run ads on radio. If you buy time on my affiliates — and it’s smart to do, that’s going to reach you the largest audience — we use your money to make money for my station. So it’s a win-win here, Brian. I’m happy to raise money for you, and I’m happy when you give it back to me.

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