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Limbaugh turns smear letter into charitable gold

October 25th, 2007

Rush Limbaugh is at it again. This time, his controversy has earned a whopping $2.1 million. He was publicly chastised for his remarks and even has members of the United States Congress quite angry, according to The Associated Press.

Limbaugh is on the hot seat for allegedly referring to soldiers who are against the war in Iraq as “phony.”

Limbaugh, however, has defended himself telling media his comments have been taken out of context, according to The AP.

Limbaugh said he was only referring to one soldier, Jesse Macbeth, who served time in prison for lying about his military service.

Democrats responded with harsh criticism, drafting a letter on October 2, and sending it to Clear Channel Communications Inc., seeking public repudiation, not to mention an apology. The letter was signed by a total of 41 senators, including presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid commented in a statement on the floor of the U.S. Senate, “And what’s worse – Limbaugh’s show is broadcast on Armed Forces Radio. Rush Limbaugh owes the men and women of our Armed Forces an apology.”

In a Fox News interview last week, Limbaugh commented that the letter was “the greatest example of Congress singling out a private citizen for abuse and censorship.”

Richard Hendrickson, communications professor at John Carroll University said, “The First Amendment assures free speech by wise men and fools, and we may assume the audience is bright enough to tell the difference. While I often disagree with most of what Rush Limbaugh has to say and the way he says it, I would always defend his right to say it.”

Limbaugh said in a recent broadcast, “Over the last 20 years, I’ve been called a chicken hawk. I have been accused of being blindly supportive of the military. Now, all of a sudden, I hate the military.”

The winning bid on eBay came from a foundation defending free speech for every citizen, the Eugene B. Casey Foundation, which has given money to the Salvation Army and several other large organizations.

The Foundation, based out of Maryland, lists assets of over 294 million dollars. The letter is said to be the most expensive item ever sold on eBay for charity, according to The AP.

“Everyone knows that Rush Limbaugh and I don’t agree on everything in life and maybe that is kind of an understatement,” Senator Reid said. “I strongly believe when we can put our differences aside, even Harry Reid and Rush Limbaugh, we should do that and try to accomplish good things for the American people.”