Update: Who's calling who a phony? Huh, moveon.org?
Update 10/5/2007: There are many "phony soldiers" that the government is investigating.
Why would Rush Limbaugh say that all soldiers who are against the war are "phony soldiers"? They're not. Rush knows it. I don't know why he would say that. But I don't have to try to figure out why, because HE DIDN'T SAY THAT.
Media Matters has this to say about itself on its website:
Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.At least they openly admit that they're only working at "correcting conservative misinformation". They're pretty diligent at "monitoring" what the conservatives are saying, but they suck at "analyzing" it and "correcting" it.
Media Matters went "ape poop" over something that Rush Limbaugh supposedly said (but didn't). You have to admit, they can really cover their own tracks (of hating General Petraeus and those who serve with distinction) if they can get mud like this to stick.
It became so important to Congress that they actually took up official business on the subject.
Democratic Sens. Harry Reid (Nev.) and John Kerry (Mass.) have denounced Limbaugh, and Rep. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) introduced a resolution in Congress, "Honoring all Americans serving in the Armed Forces of the United States and condemning the attack by broadcaster Rush Limbaugh on the integrity and professionalism of some of those Americans."What a charade! Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would be proud. Wait a second...he IS proud.
Here's what actually happened:
On his Sept. 26 show, where the controversy started, Limbaugh spoke with a caller and referred to "the phony soldiers." After the call finished, Limbaugh told his audience: "Here is a Morning Update that we did recently, talking about fake soldiers. This is a story of who the left props up as heroes. They have their celebrities and one of them was Army Ranger Jesse MacBeth. Now, he was a 'corporal,' I say in quotes. Now, recently, Jesse Macbeth, poster boy for the anti-war left, had his day in court. And you know what? He was sentenced to five months in jail and three years probation for falsifying a Department of Veterans Affairs claim and his Army discharge record. He was in the Army. Jesse Macbeth was in the Army, folks -- briefly -- 44 days before he washed out of boot camp. Jesse Macbeth isn't an Army Ranger, never was. He isn't a corporal, never was. He never won the Purple Heart, and he was never in combat to witness the horrors he claimed to have seen. You probably haven't even heard about this. And, if you have, you haven't heard much about it. This doesn't fit the narrative and the template in the Drive-By Media and the Democrat Party as to who is a genuine war hero...."Media Matters knows it. The part of their web site description that they're really good at?
Update: Investor's Business Daily correctly points out that those doing the most damage to America are those calling General Petraeus a phony. (Anti-American Americans: This is where you get out your pom-poms!!!) Interestingly, Media Matters thought BowelMovement.org's recent campaign against Petraeus was a jolly good show!!! Class, let's see if we can focus on the real issue here. Media Matters thinks Petraeus is a phony, but deflects that by claiming Rush said something about American troops that he never said.
In the first annual Phonyrama, the score stands at Media Matters 2, Rush Limbaugh 0.
Update 10/5/2007: CNSNews reports that the government is looking into the cases of 60 different "phony soldiers".