Another Phony Story From The Left


First we had the left turn a statement from Bill O’Reilly that was obviously anti-racist into a racist comment:

Then we had the left try to twist a statement from Bush about the Mandelas being dead in Iraq to mean literally that Nelson Mandela was dead.

Who is the lefts new victim in their ongoing attempt to smear conservatives?

Rush Limbaugh.

Here is how the lefties are twisting the statement:

Democrats and their allies acted with unusual efficiency yesterday to condemn Rush Limbaugh, who smeared U.S. troops who support a withdrawal policy in Iraq, calling them “phony soldiers.” The next question is seeing which traditional media outlets picked up on the story.

Now we have right wing radio propagandist Rush Limbaugh suggest that any US soldier in Iraq who believes the war was a mistake is a “phony soldier,” and thus someone who should be held in contempt, their views completely discounted.

During the September 26 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh called service members who advocate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq "phony soldiers."

Yesterday, right wing radio host Rush Limbaugh callously referred to American service members who favor withdrawing from Iraq as “phony soldiers.”

Rush Limbaugh, on his show said that those troops who come home and want to get America out of the middle of the religious civil war in Iraq are "phony soldiers."

Here is EXACTLY what he said:

RUSH:  There’s a lot more than that that they don’t understand.  The next guy that calls here I’m going to ask them, "What is the imperative of pulling out?  What’s in it for the United States to pull out?"  I don’t think they have an answer for that other than, "When’s he going to bring the troops home? Keep the troops safe," whatever. 

CALLER:  Yeah.

RUSH:  It’s not possible intellectually to follow these people.

CALLER:  No, it’s not.  And what’s really funny is they never talk to real soldiers.  They pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and spout to the media.

RUSH:  The phony soldiers.

CALLER:  Phony soldiers.  If you talk to any real soldier and they’re proud to serve, they want to be over in Iraq, they understand their sacrifice and they’re willing to sacrifice for the country.

RUSH:  They joined to be in Iraq.

CALLER:  A lot of people.

RUSH:  You know where you’re going these days, the last four years, if you sign up.  The odds are you’re going there or Afghanistan, or somewhere.

Listen to the WHOLE exchange for yourself: (some people can’t see the flash player so I’ve included a download link to download the .mp3 )

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He was quite obviously talking about the the Jesse MacBeth’s who pop out of nowhere to spout anti-war rhetoric.  He even went into a short monologue shortly after that call about the phony soldier:

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.  Twenty-three years old.  What made Jesse Macbeth a hero to the anti-war crowd wasn’t his Purple Heart; it wasn’t his being affiliated with post-traumatic stress disorder from tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.  No. What made Jesse Macbeth, Army Ranger, a hero to the left was his courage, in their view, off the battlefield, without regard to consequences.  He told the world the abuses he had witnessed in Iraq, American soldiers killing unarmed civilians, hundreds of men, women, even children.  In one gruesome account, translated into Arabic and spread widely across the Internet, Army Ranger Jesse Macbeth describes the horrors this way:  "We would burn their bodies.  We would hang their bodies from the rafters in the mosque."

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.  Forty-four 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. Don’t look for any retractions, by the way.  Not from the anti-war left, the anti-military Drive-By Media, or the Arabic websites that spread Jesse Macbeth’s lies about our troops, because the truth for the left is fiction that serves their purpose.  They have to lie about such atrocities because they can’t find any that fit the template of the way they see the US military. In other words, for the American anti-war left, the greatest inconvenience they face is the truth.

But as they did for O’Reilly and Bush, they will twist any words they can to make it appear as if conservatives are heartless thugs out to bomb and kill innocent people, all to make a buck, or racists, or ignorant, or in this last case, to degenerate the real heroes of this great country.  The soldiers know the truth, and it isn’t being uttered by the leftists.


Media Matters, the lefty site that attacks only conservatives and was attacking Rush today has an update where they allege that Rush was lying when he said he was only talking about the Jesse MacBeths.  They base this on the fact that during the call prior to the one all the hoopla is being made about he says he doesn’t believe the caller ever served in the military:

Limbaugh’s assertion that he was talking only about MacBeth is further undermined by the fact that in a conversation immediately before the one in which Limbaugh referred to "phony soldiers," he appeared to question whether a caller who had advocated withdrawing from Iraq had actually been a soldier, as he had claimed.

Some more twisting of facts once again.  Rush states over and over and over again during the call that he doesn’t believe the guy is a REPUBLICAN.  No where does he say he didn’t believe he ever served.  Here is the audio of this call:

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And the transcript:

RUSH:  I have explained this so many times. I can’t believe that you actually listen to this program a lot, because you’ve heard me say what I’m going to say to you.  War is never "plottable" on a piece of paper or on a map.  It never goes exactly as anybody thinks it’s going to go because nobody can predict the future, for one thing.

CALLER:  That’s true.

RUSH:  Thank you.  So what’s happening now is that the very enemy that blew us up on 9/11 is facing us in Iraq.  We can’t cave in defeat and run out of there and say, "Hey guess what, we won, we got Saddam."  We are going to be setting ourselves up for future disasters.  We will never be able to have any other nation trust us as an ally when we have to go in there again.  If we pull out of there before we take care of this, Mike, we’re just going to have to do it sometime later at greater cost.

CALLER:  Are we ever going to take care of it, though?  How long do you think we’re going to have to be there to take care of it? 

RUSH:  Mike, you can’t possibly be a Republican.

CALLER:  I am.

RUSH:  You can’t be Republican. 

CALLER:  Oh, I am definitely Republican.

RUSH:  You sound just like a Democrat.

CALLER:  No, but seriously, Rush, how long do we have to stay there?

RUSH:  As long as it takes.

CALLER:  How long?

RUSH:  As long as it takes.  It is very serious.  This is the United States of America at war with Islamofascists.  Just like your job, you do everything you have to do, whatever it takes to get it done, if you take it seriously.

CALLER:  So then you say we need to stay there forever?

RUSH:  No, Bill — (Laughing) or Mike.  I’m sorry.  I’m confusing you with the guy from Texas.

CALLER:  I used to be military, okay, and I am a Republican.

RUSH:  Yeah.

CALLER:  And I do listen to you, but —

RUSH:  Right, I know.  And I, by the way, used to walk on the moon.

CALLER:  How long do we have to stay there?

RUSH:  You’re not listening to what I say.  You can’t possibly be a Republican.  I’m answering every question; it’s not what you want to hear, and so it’s not even penetrating your little wall of armor you’ve got built up.  I said we stay to get the job done, as long as it takes.  I didn’t say forever.  Nothing takes forever.  That’s not possible, Bill.  Mike.  Whatever.  Nobody lives forever, no situation lasts forever, everything ends.  We determine how do we want it to end, in our favor or in our defeat?  With people like you in charge, who want to put a timeline on everything — do you ever get anything done in your life?  Or do you say, "Well, I wanted to have this done by now, and it’s not, so screw it"?  You don’t live your life that way.  Well, hell, you might, I don’t know.  But the limitations that you want to impose here are senseless, and they, frankly, portray no evidence that you are a Republican.  

Cut n’ dried there.  But not to the biased lefties at Media Matters who pile on even more when they print that their contention is bolstered by the fact that Rush aired an edited audio of the "phony soldiers" caller today:

Rush Limbaugh claimed that he had not been talking "about the anti-war movement generally," but rather "about one soldier … Jesse MacBeth." Limbaugh further asserted that "Media Matters had the transcript, but they selectively choose what they want to make their point." To support this claim, Limbaugh purported to air the "entire" segment in question from the September 26 broadcast of his show. In fact, the clip he then aired had been edited. Excised from the clip was a full 1 minute and 35 seconds of the 1 minute and 50 second discussion that occurred between Limbaugh’s original "phony soldiers" comment and his reference to MacBeth

Of course they fail to note that the excised portion had nothing to do with the soldiers, or the fake soldiers.  It had to do with WMD, as you can see from the whole transcript here or listen to in the audio above.  The transcript, the audio, and Rush’s long history of supporting the troops is evidence enough that he was indeed talking about the phony soldiers.  Those on the anti-war left who pretend to be war heroes to legitimize themselves.

All Media Matters is doing here is putting up smoke screens and illusions to try and bring down Rush based on lies and innuendos.

It won’t work.  The soldiers know who supports them, and they damn sure know who doesn’t. 

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Curt: You would think that people who swear “Bush lied” would be very careful to preserve their own veracity.

But apparently, those dubbed with “absolute moral authority” as Maureen Dowd of the NY Times dubbed Mother Sheehan and the anti-war left feel that any lie that serves their cause is justified.

“Absolute moral authority” corrupts absolutely.

Rush has posted a You Tube video of the relevant section of today’s program where he repeats the audio from yesterday with a montage of the twisted media reports:

So far, the server load is so heavy that the page is not displaying but I did see the video at The Radio Equalizer with additional background material:

It’s clear by now that there is NO LIE too big for the left. They learned at the feet of their master who once told them “depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”

The left’s message of defeat and surrender is so discredited they are becoming naked propagators of falsehoods and deception.

The MoveOn ad was also attacked and taken out of context. The questionmark after betrayus and the text of the ad asked the general “to not betray us” by giving an inaccurate report.

The MoveOn “outrage” controversy was just as phony as this one is.

I pity some people (ex: Ed) who are too dangerous to be allowed on the street without an excort in a white coat carrying a butterfly net. One flew over the coo coo nest doesn’t mean they are lost. They are here in the brain of Ed, or he is one of the democrats that dropped out of kindergarden.

“A man with a degree from Yale, an MBA from Harvard and who can fly a F-102 jet fighter is called an idiot by millions of Americans. Imagine how educated and talented they must be.”, or not.

That explanation makes sense. Rush thinks that troops opposed to Bush’s war are holograms.

I can’t believe I didn’t realize that before he opened my eyes.

The left doesn’t know what truth is,every word that comes out of Hillery’s mouth is untrue.Hillery flip flops,Kerry lies and flip flops,but thats all right.The minute some one on the right speaks, the lying spin begins.What is so mind boggling is that the moonbats believe their own bull to be true. The twisted logic displayed by Ed.proves my point-case closed.

Did you see that Rush phonied up the version of the event when he put up his defense? In fact, the clip he aired omitted a full 1 minute and 35 seconds of discussion that occurred between Limbaugh’s original “phony soldiers” comment and his subsequent reference to MacBeth.

How retarded.

I’ve updated my post to answer Media Matters new silly attack.

Nice try, Other Ed, but noone’s buying. I don’t think you even read the ad

The bottom line is that the left is smarting over the fact that they had their collective butts handed to them by the Republicans in the affair. went way too far in their ad and sane liberals know it. They were very much embarrassed and upset that they’d lost a huge PR battle.

So they instructed Media Matters to find something, anything, that they could use against the right. If it hadn’t been this stuff about Rush it would have been someone else. They’re reaching and they know it. What a joke.

jpe: Do you really think that making insipid comments like the one above is going to convince anyone you have a two brain cells that function above a 4th grade level?

Are you even aware that Rush was referring to a “phony soldier” who flunked out of bootcamp, was not a corporal, was never in Iraq and was not a Ranger?

Or do you just lap up every lie you are told?

If the same liars who put this smear job up tell us “Bush lied” we can only assume Bush tells the truth.

Hi Scrapiron,

Where is that quote from? I’d like to use it, but not without a source πŸ™‚

Bush may not talk well sometimes, but the man is in no way a fool; unlike some fools who post here, right Other Ed?

Yeah, because John Murtha never served in the military. Because John Murtha flunked out of bootcamp. It’s obvious what exactly he was talking about. Note, that was scarcasm. However, despite Rush Limbaugh saying that he was only talking about soldiers who flunked out of bootcamp, then claimed that they were soldiers, he repediately calls other people phony soldiers.

The Exact Quote:
LIMBAUGH: You shouldn’t hold your breath because there’s no standard to hold me to, in the sense that you’re — I never said what you think I said, Congressman Pallone, Congresswoman [Jan] Schakowsky [D-IL], Sen. [John] Kerry [D-MA], or any of the rest of you in the drive-by media. I was talking about a genuine phony soldier. And by the way, Jesse MacBeth’s not the only one. How about this guy Scott Thomas who was writing fraudulent, phony things in The New Republic about atrocities he saw that never happened? How about Jack Murtha blanketly accepting the notion that Marines at Haditha engaged in wanton murder of innocent children and civilians? If anybody owes anybody an apology, the entire Democrat [sic] Party, from Hillary Clinton on down, owes the U.S. military an apology, they owe me an apology, and they owe the American people an apology.

So, He expands the group to include Scott Thomas, who was not someone who flunked out of boot camp, and actually went over there. It includes Rep. Jack Murtha, who served his country during the first Vietnam War, and wasn’t a “bootcamp dropout.”

Explain that one away…

It’s quite obvious that he included everybody who doesn’t step in behind the war, and it’s quite amusing to see conservatives try to back this guy, and revise history for him.

oh my god…what is a “phony X” but anyone that does not agree with me. Phony Christian. Phony Marxist. Phony soldier????? or a phony phony