Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh poses with a bust in his likeness during a secretive ceremony inducting him into the Hall of Famous Missourians on Monday, May 14, 2012, in the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. Credit: AP
The Daily Kos, a left-wing blog, published an article Thursday claiming radio host Rush Limbaugh has contributed to the "military's rape epidemic."
"In the aftermath of Rush Limbaugh's savage, graphic attack on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, public outrage at his on-air misogyny was at an all-time high," the article begins.
For those who don't recall, the "savage, graphic attack" was calling Ms. Fluke a "slut," among other things, after she spearheaded the movement for taxpayer subsidized birth control. (Click here for Limbaugh's complete remarks).
The article, written by "ProgLegs," soon gets to the crux of the demand: Rush Limbaugh needs to be yanked from the Armed Forces Network, a radio station that broadcasts to troops around the world.
Via the Daily Kos:
The DoD response incorrectly assumes that the Rush Limbaugh Show is harmless and that the views expressed therein are simply political opinions which have no negative impact. Of course if a show espousing white supremacy or one advocating overthrow of the government were airing on Armed Forces Radio Network, the Pentagon wouldn't be able to pull the plug fast enough. Those shows would be deemed dangerous to our men and women in uniform.
Our new Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, needs to understand that the Rush Limbaugh Show is just as dangerous. Through regular misogynistic content, remarks which trivialize sexual assault, and even jokes about rape, this program encourages sexual misconduct and contributes to a growing rape epidemic in our military which must be confronted aggressively. This content is not political talk. It's like throwing gasoline on a fire for a United States military already prone to rape and coverups.
Tim Graham at Newsbusters countered: "How does 'Proglegs' feel about voting for accused rapists for president, like Bill Clinton? Does having a lecherous commander-in-chief who has sex with powerless interns encourage a 'rape culture'?"
ProgLegs continues to highlight statements they find offensive, like "Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society" and "I love the women's movement — especially when walking behind it," before issuing another call to get Limbaugh taken off the air for our troops.
"The Department of Defense needs to make the first step in the right direction by removing the inflammatory Rush Limbaugh Show from Armed Forces Radio Network," the article reads. "Decent folks who believe in tolerance and equality are no longer powerless against Limbaugh's efforts to spread intolerance on the radio..."
A list of anti-Rush Limbaugh social media groups and this photo end the article:
(Photo via the Daily Kos)