Carl Levin Wants Armed Forces Radio to Drop Rush Limbaugh
Michigan Democrat Carl Levin, chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, thinks Armed Forces Radio should stop carrying The Rush Limbaugh Show.
The Hill (“Armed Forces Chairman Levin wants Limbaugh dropped from military radio“):
The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Wednesday that he would “love” to see controversial conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh dropped from the Armed Forces Network.
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) called Limbaugh’s show “offensive” and told CNN he has been “delighted” to see advertisers drop the program in the wake of outrage over Limbaugh calling a Georgetown University law student a “slut” and a “prostitute.” Sandra Fluke, the student, had testified for House Democrats in favor of the White House’s contraception coverage mandate.
Several Democrats, along with many liberal groups, have called for Limbaugh’s sponsors to leave him and for Clear Channel Communications to drop his show.
“I would hope the people that run it see just how offensive this is and drop it on their own volition,” Levin told CNN. “I think that is probably an issue that should be left to the folks that run that network. … In other words, I’d love to see them drop it, but I don’t think I’d legislate it.”
While I agree that Limbaugh’s conduct in the Fluke matter was disgusting and offensive, denying American service members and their families living overseas the right to decide for themselves whether to listen to the most popular talk radio program in the country goes too far. And, certainly, the fact that Limbaugh’s show targets Levin and other Democrats makes the suggestion seem rather self-serving.