WASHINGTON - Advertisers have been bailing on conservative talk radio king Rush Limbaugh since his caustic comments about a female student, and now a progressive veterans group is taking aim, urging the Pentagon to kick Limbaugh off American Forces Network airwaves.
In a statement circulated by the Democratic-leaning veterans political group VoteVets.org, four female veterans argue he has no place on military airwaves.
“Rush Limbaugh has a freedom of speech and can say what he wants, but in light of his horribly misogynistic comments, American Forces Radio should no longer give him a platform,” said the statement, attributed to Iraq veterans Miranda Norman, Kayla Williams, Robin Eckstein and Katherine Scheirman. “Our entire military depends on troops respecting each other - women and men.”
Limbaugh drew fire after saying a student who advocated free contraception before Congress, along with women like her, are “sluts” and “prostitutes” who want “to be paid for having sex.”
Limbaugh has since apologized, but advertisers including AOL, QuickenLoans and Citrix have jumped ship.
Pentagon press secretary George Little said Monday that AFN strives to present a “diverse” lineup of programs and that he knew of no review under way that could lead to Limbaugh’s banishment. The Pentagon pays nothing to air The Rush Limbaugh Show, he added.
Other radio programs on the AFN schedule include The Bob and Tom Show, various NPR news programs, the Huckabee Report and Little Steven’s Underground Garage.