The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

06 June 2006

Rush Limbaugh, 'Luke Fitzpatrick'

LUKE WHO?

Mystery Caller May Have Tricked Limbaugh





Ever- determined to bring down their longtime nemesis, liberal opponents have a nasty habit of slamming Rush Limbaugh even after he's admitted to a mistake.

Coming clean on his prescription painkiller addiction, for example, didn't inspire supportive gestures from hate- filled "progressives". Instead, he was ridiculed by the very people who ordinarily preach tolerance for such conditions.

Now, after Limbaugh has admitted to taking a call from an apparent phony, he's being attacked for hoping the person might yet turn out to be legitimate. That's been utilized as fresh fodder for the lefty critics over at David Brock's Media Matters site:


Limbaugh admitted to airing call from phony liberal-bashing Lt. Col. in Iraq but continued to hold out hope officer was real

Summary: On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh admitted he had aired a phone call from a purported Air Force officer in Iraq who the military says "[d]oes not exist." The apparently phony officer, who Limbaugh said identified himself as "Lieutenant Colonel Luke Fitzpatrick" of the "336th Tactical Air Wing," delivered what Limbaugh described as a "profound" and "mov[ing]" message. But despite acknowledging that Pentagon officials and the Air Force told him they have no record of a "Luke Fitzpatrick" or a "336th Tactical Air Wing," Limbaugh nonetheless continued to float the possibility that the caller was in fact an officer in Iraq.

On the June 2 edition of his nationally syndicated radio program, Rush Limbaugh admitted that, two days earlier, he had aired a phone call from a purported Air Force officer in Iraq who the military says "[d]oes not exist." The apparently phony officer, who Limbaugh said identified himself as "Lieutenant Colonel Luke Fitzpatrick" of the "336th Tactical Air Wing" at "Tallil Air Force Base" in Iraq, delivered what Limbaugh described as a "profound" and "mov[ing]" message -- among other things, the caller stated that Limbaugh and fellow conservative Sean Hannity are the "only two" radio hosts who "are allowed to get broadcasts across" to the troops in his unit and declared that former President Bill Clinton "castrated" the military.


But Limbaugh's theory that the officer, if real, may have been forced to use a different name for on- air purposes does seem plausible. Or, he could very well have been a complete phony.

Either way, is this really a scandal?


In talk radio, even with experienced producers and a seasoned host, dishonest callers with unknown intentions are to be expected. With an internal BS detector as the only weapon at a talker's disposal, especially skilled liars are bound to slip through the cracks.

Over what really should be a non- issue, why is the left so worked up? Most likely, it's because they see a rare opportunity to discredit a positive assessment of what's going on in Iraq.

NEW: the UN's Kofi Annan blames Rush Limbaugh for undermining its efforts!

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6 Comments:

  • "Coming clean on his prescription painkiller addiction, for example, didn't inspire supportive gestures from hate- filled "progressives". Instead, he was ridiculed by the very people who ordinarily preach tolerance for such conditions."

    It was Rush who said that all dopers should go to jail. It was Rush who said that Jerry Garcia was just another doper.

    Why be tolerant toward such an asshole hypocrit?

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 07 June, 2006 00:14  

  • Jerry Garcia was a doper, that was the point, sheesh. News Flash Cheech and Chong were talking about smoking pot.
    Anyway everyone always claims Rush said such and such. It doesn't mean much because it's only what they think Rush would say, based on their own bias. Tonight Phil Hendrie replayed some audio from Alan Colmes where a caller to Alan made up a story based around some of Phil's characters. I bet there are loads of phony callers to radio shows of all leanings everyday.

    By Blogger Lonewatchman, at 07 June, 2006 00:34  

  • Dick, if you can't tell the difference in smoking pot for fun and taking pain killers for pain, then you're hopeless.
    -=Mike

    By Blogger MikeinSC, at 07 June, 2006 02:33  

  • Not to get personal in my life, but I have to take pills myself--Zoloft--for deailng with anxiety and living as a mild autistic.

    My mom has more serious health problems--so she has a WHOLE lot more pills to take--sinus conditions, cholesterol, high blood pressure.

    In terms of pot, it should NEVER, EVER be used for medicinal means--pot is pot no matter what it is.

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 07 June, 2006 06:36  

  • What was Patrick Kennedy excuse again? Abien/ Alcohol and sleeping pills is a sickness that deserves treatment. Getting hooked on highly addictive painkillers is bad and should be punished. Ok Dick I get it it now. One you agree with, and that the sole difference aint it.

    By Blogger Seriouslyunserious, at 07 June, 2006 22:12  

  • Mental Illness, booze, and perscription sleeping pills is a bad mix. Shawn Matthews of Korea Life Blog and China Life Blog committed suicide in China.

    I think Dick is the biggest Hypocrite. His standards fluctuate due to his need to attack anything to the right of Josef Stalin.

    By Blogger PCD, at 07 June, 2006 22:19  

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