Daily Kos Rants Rush Limbaugh Show 'Contributes to the Military's Rape Epidemic'

Over at the Daily Kos, they have identified one of the villains that's creating a "rape epidemic" in the military: it's the Rush Limbaugh show airing on the Armed Forces Network around the world. These leftists have tried to remove Rush from AFN in many ways, but this must be the lowest.

The article by "Proglegs" is titled "How Rush Limbaugh's Presence on Armed Forces Radio Contributes to the Military's Rape Epidemic." Somehow, the Limbaugh show is comparable to the advocacy of white supremacy and calls for the violent overthrow of our government:

Of course if a show espousing white supremacy or one advocating overthrow of the government were airing on Armed Forces Radio Network, the Pentagon wouldn't be able to pull the plug fast enough.  Those shows would be deemed dangerous to our men and women in uniform.Our new Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, needs to understand that the Rush Limbaugh Show is just as dangerous.

Through regular misogynistic content, remarks which trivialize sexual assault, and even jokes about rape, this program encourages sexual misconduct and contributes to a growing rape epidemic in our military which must be confronted aggressively.

This content is not political talk.  It's like throwing gasoline on a fire for a United States military already prone to rape and coverups.

The Defense Department has properly recognized that to remove the LImbaugh show in the Obama years would look very much like the censorship of anti-Obama content. For the Kosmonauts, this is the entire point. How is Limbaugh encouraging a "rape epidemic"?

According to the documentary film The Invisible War, which AFN declined to broadcast: "in units where sexual harassment is tolerated, incidents of rape triple".

The Rush Limbaugh Show not only exhibits tolerance for sexual harassment, it treats it as sport and encourages it.  In fact, Limbaugh used to have a sign posted on his office door that read, "Sexual harassment at this work station will not be reported. However, it will be graded!"

Like many leftists, "Proglegs" can't recognize the difference between sexual harassment charges -- whicn can result from something as harmless as complimenting someone's outfit, or an unwelcome compliment like telling a woman she's a hottie -- and violent rape. (How does "Proglegs" feel about voting for accused rapists for president, like Bill Clinton? Does having a lecherous commander-in-chief who has sex with powerless interns encourage a "rape culture"?)

The article then reprints a long transcript where Limbaugh discussed an incident where a woman had sex with a stranger that she thought was her boyfriend until she turned on lights. The boyfriend had left without sex because they had no condoms. Limbaugh then joked this assault was the fault of the Republicans:

And, see, this is where Republicans don't understand.  They have opposed condom distribution. They've opposed contraceptive giveaways.  If the Republicans had not stood in the way of condom distribution, condom machines in every apartment complex, this wouldn'ta happened.  You can trace this probably back to some thing that Bush refused to allow, because there was no condom.

"Proglegs" left out the part where Limbaugh suggested the rapist wasn't punished because some "bright lawyer" found a way to get him released:

A California law that nobody knew existed except a bright-eyed lawyer allows a convicted rapist to go free because the woman he raped wasn't married.  I'm not kidding you.  This is Channel 7, Eyeball News in Los Angeles:  "An obscure state law on rape has freed a convicted rapist from prison. The law is controversial because if the victim was married during the crime, the suspect would remain guilty. However, because the victim was not married at the time, the suspect was not guilty."

You think I'm making this up.  I am not making this up.  "The appellate judges admitted they did this reluctantly, but their hands were tied by a law many people didn't even know existed."

The article concluded: "Decent folks who believe in tolerance and equality are no longer powerless against Limbaugh's efforts to spread intolerance on the radio.  StopRush is making a major impact by convincing advertisers on this show to withdraw their ads--and with your help we can do even more.  Just a few emails, tweets, or Facebook messages a week to Limbaugh's advertisers can go a long way toward making hatred less profitable.  It is our collective voice that makes us strong."

This was the promotional graphic at the article's end. Free speech is not their strong suit:

Tim Graham
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