(CNN) - Sen. Carl Levin, the powerful chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said Wednesday he would like the Armed Forces Network to drop the controversial Rush Limbaugh program from its service that provides radio and television shows to U.S. service members around the world.
"I would hope the people that run it see just how offensive this is and drop it on their own volition," Levin told CNN in an exclusive interview in the Capitol.
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Levin's comments come in the wake of a widening uproar over Limbaugh's characterization of a young female law student as a "slut" and a "prostitute" for advocating insurance coverage of contraceptives.
The Pentagon said Monday the Defense Department currently has no plans to stop broadcasting the show. DOD's policy is to broadcast shows that "reflect a wide range" of opinion, said Pentagon press secretary George Little.
Levin, a generally liberal Democrat from Michigan whose top spot on Armed Services makes him very influential inside the Pentagon, said he would "love" to see the program dropped, but he doesn't think it should be up to Congress to pass a law to make it happen.
"I think that is probably an issue that should be left to the folks that run that network," he said. "In other words, I'd love to see them drop it but I don't think I'd legislate it."
The liberal leaning advocacy group Vote Vets and other progressive voices in the blogosphere have called for the AFN to drop Limbaugh's program.
Levin said he was "delighted" so many advertisers had pulled their commercials from the program.
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YAY! Thank you Sen. Levin!!
Armed Forces Radio needs not be the platform for a non-inclusionary misogynist!
That sorry draft-dodging chicken-hawk should never been allowed on the Armed Services Network in the first place.
Rush better run... there seems to be no hiding places
What was rush doing on there in the first place?
Limbaugh's bile shouldn't be tolerated on any of the public airwaves.
I'd like to see the Pentagon drop the show – no way my tax dollars ought to be used to support a show like this.
Wait – Armed Forces Radio broadcasts Limbaugh TO BEGIN WITH? What the hell?!
Levin can put this where the sun doesn't shine. Our soldiers LOVE Rush Limbaugh. Rush apologized. Has Bill Maher
EVER apologized for the things he has said about women? What will Barack OBama tell his daughters about why he never returned Bill Maher's campaign contributions?
I take issue with having my tax dollars support programing that is slanderous and calls for internet porn. These are not American values and should not be a part of Armed Forces radio.
Good idea! This ignorant, dishonest, vulgar and hateful man has used the bully pulpit long enough.
What a joke-
Dropping Limbaugh's show is not a question of free speech or presenting a variety of opinions but doing the right thing when an entertaiiner behaves in a boorish and vulgar manner. Limbaugh is a bad entertainer with a track record of inflammatory outbursts. He is not a legitimate commentator of current social or political events.
I agree with that. I am a TAX PAYER! I want none of my 2200.00 in taxes to pay for this man to spout such hate on a station that my family pays for. There is no reason for this man to continue on AFR paid for with my dime. He can spout all he wants on "Free Market" radio. I just don't purchase from his advertisers.
A Mom in Florida.
Oh Senator, don't do anything rash over Rush. The more he speaks his mind, the more people get turned off of the neocon, holier-than-everyone platform. Same with the candidates. Same with Boehner, Ryan, Cantor and old man Mitch.
The more they reveal their true feelings- whether wishing for us to fail, focusing solely on the white house or stifling any sensible legislation that would actually help real Americans- the more we can expose to their agenda to those still undecided.
Most of us have been doing our homework since 08 and know the deal. I am determined to reverse the scourge thrust upon us in 2010 by giving the President a true Congress that knows how to help and making the GOP/TP a footnote.
Does not matter. womnen in the armed forces won t be tuning into him. why would they at this point?
I heartily support this move. What a great way to save some tax dollars! I'd like to know exactly how much the USG pays for advertising on that show. Any way to find out?
Interesting that the AFN has given Limbaugh air time being the draft dodger that he was. But then again most big republicans were draft dodgers: Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld.
Rush should have been on the streets a long time ago. Whats this obsession with ugly that a lot of americans have. I guess this is the reason that a lot of major newspapers are going out of business and the tabloids are doing great business.
I'd like to know how the troops feel about listening to Limbaugh spewing insults and lies about their Commander in Chief. Does it encourage them to fight harder or make them wonder why they are risking their necks?
Do we really need Limbaugh giving them second thoughts about their leader, country, and mission?
I'm no Rush fan by any means, but how about relying on the tried and true basis of deciding what programs are maintained or dropped.... audience numbers. If there is not an audience, then there is no need for the show. If there is, then let it be and provide an alternative view.
I think any show that spreads this kind of negativity, leaving no room for a civil debate on matters, should NOT belong to public radio or TV.
Levin just wants to be a fascist and allow no airing of views that do not match his own. It is his words that are offensive, not Rush's.
Sen. Carl Levin needs to shut up.
Of course Limbaugh should be dropped from the Armed Forces Networks. Why should female service personnel be subjected to the constant barrage of viscous attacks by a chauvinistic "chicken-hawk" blowhard? This is not the first time Rush has disrespected women.
I concur! I would like to see AFN drop Limbaugh's show as well and replaced with someone else that is relative to the listeners views. It would be unfair to those that have forgiven, and have more tolerance for Rush's tirades and other slip ups. Ultimately, responsibility falls on any network that chooses to air Rush Limbaugh's EIB show. if anything, the show should be suspended for two weeks minimum to show that we all have a share in civility. That seems to be the middle ground for all of this discourse.