Talk Radio Censorship Campaign, Henry Waxman, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin
Libs Expand Talk Radio Censorship Target List
Not content to limit their anti- talk radio campaign to Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly, the George Soros- funded left has expanded its target list to include additional hosts it finds objectionable.
Now, according to the American Spectator, syndicated stars Sean Hannity and Mark Levin have also been placed on the hit list. Both were added at the urging of Rep Henry Waxman, the ultra- partisan Democrat representing Santa Monica and Los Angeles, reports the Spectator.
In addition, the Media Matters- sponsored anti- Rush effort has morphed into a new public pressure campaign. More on that below.
Interestingly, rather than simply rely on Media Matters and other lefty smear sites for guidance, Waxman has taken the crusade further, ordering his own staff to spend time investigating Hannity and Levin, as well as talk titan Rush Limbaugh:
The Democrat Party senior leadership is feeling a Rush. Rush Limbaugh, that is. Late last week, DNC Chair Howard Dean, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, his deputy, Sen. Dick Durbin and Senatorial Committee chair, Sen. Chuck Schumer, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi all signed off in some form or another direct mail fundraising plans that will feature Limbaugh for their national party.
"'Don't let Limbaugh smear true patriotism,' that's the theme," says a DNC staffer. "We're not going to let Limbaugh determine what soldiers can talk and what soldiers can not."
Bad grammar and ill-informed opinions aside, the DNC hopes to raise millions of dollars of Limbaugh. "If we can't silence him, we should at least make some money to make his life more miserable in a Democratic-controlled Washington in 2008," says a Senate Democrat leadership aide.
Others on the Democrat side are pushing ahead with other plans. Rep. Henry Waxman has asked his investigative staff to begin compiling reports on Limbaugh, and fellow radio hosts Sean Hannity and Mark Levin based on transcripts from their shows, and to call in Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin to discuss the so-called "Fairness Doctrine."
"Limbaugh isn't the only one who needs to be made uncomfortable about what he says on the radio," says a House leadership source. "We don't have as big a megaphone as these guys, but this all political, and we'll do what we can to gain the advantage. If we can take them off their game for a while, it will help our folks out there on the campaign trail."
Meanwhile, Media Matters has expanded its sleazy anti- Rush Limbaugh crusade into a new public pressure campaign designed to get the highly- rated talker removed from individual affiliates. From their site:
Contact Your Local Rush Limbaugh Radio Station Today
Apparently, it wasn't enough for Rush Limbaugh to call American service members who advocate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq "phony soldiers." Two days later, on September 28, while defending his remarks during the portion of his program broadcast on American Forces Network to our men and women in uniform around the world, Limbaugh went a step further and named decorated Marine Vietnam veteran and Congressman John P. Murtha (D-PA) one of the "phony soldiers."
Then, on October 2, Limbaugh went beyond the pale and assailed VoteVets.org for running an ad featuring Brian McGough, an Afghanistan and Iraq war veteran who received the Purple Heart and was severely injured by an IED in Iraq. Limbaugh called the ad "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 in a TV ad to walk into as many people as he can walk into" -- actually comparing McGough to a suicide bomber!
It's time to take action. Use this online directory of Limbaugh's radio affiliates -- contact your local station directly and let them know what you think of his despicable comments.
Attention Rush supporters: it might be a good time to let your local station know how much you enjoy hearing his show, before these people succeed in purging talk radio of anyone they don't like.
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ISN'T Media Matters rather like the Media Research Center?
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