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Media Matters Misrepresents Limbaugh on Phony Soldiers

October 4, 2007

The Left appears to be anxious to find a sacrificial lamb to counter their gaffe in attacking General David Petraeus as “General Betray Us.” While Democratic leaders did not widely criticize MoveOn.org for this affront to a dedicated soldier’s character, clearly they were embarrassed.

Enter Media Matters, an organization that “monitors” right-wing talk in a supposed effort to bring responsibility to the media.

On September 26, 2007, Rush Limbaugh mentioned “phony soldiers” who criticize the war in Iraq. It was in connection with a conversation with radio listeners. And according to the transcript, the caller opines about the media: “What’s really funny is, they never talk to real soldiers. They like to pull these soldiers out that come up out of the blue and talk to the media.” Rush responds, “The phony soldiers.”

So who was Rush referring to when he made the reference to “phony soldiers”? Later on in the show, Rush gave an example of a phony soldier who reported atrocities in Iraq, though it later was discovered that the fellow was never in Iraq. And there are several other examples of phony soldiers providing information against the U.S. military.

But in the end, Media Matters’s claim that “Limbaugh boldly stated that any troops who call for a withdrawal of troops in Iraq are ‘phony soldiers'” is 100% off base. It’s false. Shame on Media Matters for attempting to “clear the air waves” by misrepresenting the words and opinions of those with whom it disagrees.