Yesterday, Senator Harry Reid called for his fellow Senators to sign a letter addressed to the CEO of Clear Channel demanding a condemnation of remarks Rush Limbaugh did not make on his talk radio show, which Clear Channel broadcasts. Clear Channel CEO Mark Mays’ response:
“While I certainly do not agree with all views that are voiced on our stations, I will not condemn our talent for exercising their right to voice them,” Mays wrote.
He took a respectful tone, saying he regretted that Reid and others might have been offended by Limbaugh. But ultimately, Mays wrote, he didn’t believe Limbaugh’s statements were “intended to personally indict combat soldiers simply because they didn’t share his own beliefs regarding the war in Iraq.”
The full letter can be read here.
Here are the Senate Democrats who signed off on the letter condeming Rush. Included were Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama, who couldn’t manage to find time to vote for or against the Defense Department appropriations yesterday.
The latest on the Rush controversy:
—- General Wesley Clark, and other far left Democrats, wants Rush taken off of Armed Forces Radio. I don’t see that happening, and envision at a military mutiny of sorts if anybody attempted it.
—- Anti-war veterans from lefty “VoteVets.org” (who are discussed here) are stepping up their attacks on Rush with a new attack ad implying that Rush would never make such a comment to the faces of anti-war veterans. Gateway Pundit details one of the anti-war vets involved in VoteVets.org who made some false claims of his own regarding an injury he claimed to have gotten on the battlefield – but didn’t.
—- Also at Gateway Pundit is a post about Senator John Kerry’s condemnation of Rush’s remarks, and speculation on why the term “phony soldier” hits a nerve with Kerry.