October 16th, 2007
01:29 PM ET
9 years ago

Reid's letter condemning Limbaugh fetches $50K on eBay

Reid's letter is a hot item on eBay.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It may turn out to be the most valuable letter Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ever sent.

The Nevada Democrat's correspondence-in-question was sent earlier this month to Clear Channel CEO Mark Mays, officially calling on him to condemn popular conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh's controversial 'phony soldiers' remark. Clear Channel syndicates Limbaugh's show.

Mays refused to condemn the remarks and Limbaugh recently placed Reid's letter on eBay, pledging to match whatever it fetched and donate it all to The Marine Corps – Law Enforcement Foundation.

As of Tuesday morning, the top bid for the letter was over $50,000. The bidding ends Friday.

"I'm going to match the dollar figure, and I have suggested that Sen. Reid and the 40 other Democrats who signed the smear letter … also match the donation," Limbaugh said on his show Monday.

Limbaugh's original remark came on a September 26 program as he and a caller were discussing critics of the Iraq war.

"What's really funny is, they [Iraq war critics] never talk to real soldiers," the caller said. "They like to pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and talk to the media."

Limbaugh responded, "The phony soldiers."

After the liberal media watchdog group MediaMatters.org and several Democrats quickly condemned the remark, Limbaugh said he was "taken out of context," and added he was referring to one soldier specifically - Jesse MacBeth, a war critic who falsely claimed to be an Iraq veteran.

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soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. An AFB, NM

    Thats really encouraging that both sides manage to use the people that protect their rights in such a despicable way. Even the donation is used to make a political statement thus nullifying it as a good dead on behalf of soldiers.

    October 16, 2007 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  2. David, Hilo HI

    To underscore what Kevin from Newark said: By comparison, what Limbaugh 'pledged' is the equivalent of $88 for someone earning $50k a year.

    My, my, my. How impressive.

    October 16, 2007 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  3. Rick, kancity, mo

    His comment was taken out of context.

    That aside, at least the 46K raised helps offset my tax dollars wasted on a piece of paper that legislates nothing. Stop wasting our time and tax dollers making feel-good fuzzy votes that don't do anything.

    What a waste.

    October 16, 2007 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  4. ThirstyJon, Adelaide, SA, Australia

    Well. I am not a Rush Limbaugh fan but on this one I say "Go Rush!"


    October 16, 2007 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  5. Doc Crabtree, El Gorah, Sinai, Arab Republic of Egypt

    I think this is great! Rush slammed a man (if you can call him that) who not only falsely claimed to have been a soldier serving in Iraq but who also spewed lies about war crimes he and his "buddies" committed there ("hanging bodies from the rafters of mosques..." Puh-LEAZE!). Then Media Matters takes it out of context to smear Rush and all the Democrats pile on, thinking they have a chance to get even with Rush.

    When did these people ever condemn MoveOn.org for their ACTUAL smears of the military? Or Cindy Sheehan? Or even Zawahiri, for that matter? The fact of the matter is the Dems consider every war atrocity story to be legit, no matter how little credibility the source has.

    NOW these folks want to be pro-military?! It gives me a warm and fuzzy.

    Now that these democrats are all pro-military maybe they'll put their money where their mouths are... but I doubt it. They won't give one dime to this or any other military charity.

    October 16, 2007 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  6. Daniel, Wilmington, DE.

    Rush you need to have a serious bowl movement. Because you are full of it. You should also get a tattoo of Anne Coulter fighting the devil or something like that. hey, got any pain pills?

    October 16, 2007 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  7. PFC Ritchie

    For a man that got out of service for a boil on his behind, limpbaugh sure talks tough. Put your boots where your mouth is. Chickenhawk Republicans wrapped in the flag-at home.

    October 16, 2007 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  8. Rich, Dallas TX

    Limbaugh exposes the attempt to abridge his 1st amendment rights, raises more than 100K for families of fallen troops (50K now on eBay plus his matching contribution), and all his opposition can do is call him names.

    He he.

    October 16, 2007 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  9. Joan, Panora, IA

    Rush is a true patriot, having supported the military througout the years.

    This crop of liberal Democrats in Congress is doing everything they can to undermine our war against radical Islam. They are clearly on the side of the enemy.

    These traitors are so blinded by their zeal to gain power that they do not even know when they are putting themselves, our lives and our way of life at risk.

    Go, Rush, go. Rush is a man who puts his money where his mouth is. We're waiting to see how much money Democrats contribute to this worthy cause.

    October 16, 2007 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  10. Jimmy Carter, Plains Georgia

    This will be half a million by the time bids are closed. That would be one million to the military or 1 1/2 million if Ried and 40 Senators donate. That would be just over $12,000 per Senator. That would be the least they could do after such obvious slander. But they won't, they would rather pull of stunts to put our troops in harms way. Make up stuff for the MSM to report verbatim with no correction to the lie. Only deep on an obscure web page does CNN report this correctly.

    October 16, 2007 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  11. Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL

    When the Iranian leader visited New York last month, proponents of his speech at Columbia University screamed and squealed of his "Freedom of Speech".

    Now those same people (mostly leftists / liberals) are NOT willing to extend that same "Freedom of Speech" to their own countrymen, such as Hannity, Limbaugh, O'Reilly, and Coulter.

    For decades, Americans had very few options for their news (i.e., Cronkite and then Rather at CBS, Jennings at ABC, and Brokaw at NBC), and all 3 networks carried ultra liberals.

    Evidently liberals do not like losing their captive audiences since viewers now have alternate news sources such as Fox News and Conservative talk radio.

    So much for advocating "Freedom of Speech". The hypocrisy of the left is staggering.

    October 16, 2007 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  12. Tom W - Dedham, Mass

    You go ahead and start that boycott there Tony and the rest of the country will continue to "boycott" leftist, communist and liberal TV stations, radio stations and newspapers.

    Pretty much everyone else.

    I am not a huge fan of Rush at all, but I do know that he has supported over the airwaves and with his own money the armed forces for over 20 years, so this donation is not a stunt, but part of a "pattern" of putting his money where his big mouth is.

    Let's see if that stalwart of communism, Harry Reid will be a good sport and match the offer?

    Nah, he's to busy playing politics and basking in the glow of his Congress with it's lowest rating ever.

    I'll save you guys the trouble, Bush sucks, I know.

    October 16, 2007 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  13. Ray, Columbus, OH

    Making a donation to the Marine Corps Law Enforcement does not make Rush's "phony soldiers" comment any more legitimate. Challenging Democrats to do the same is mere posturing.

    To Rush: if you really care about our country, please donate some of your millions/billions toward the cost of the Iraq War, which you conservatives have gotten us into.

    To CNN: please don't digify Rush's histrionics with all this publicity. There are plenty of items on ebay going for high prices and nobody cares.

    October 16, 2007 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  14. Daniel Briggs Chino Hills Ca

    Why the misleading heading? It is Rush Limbaugh that is turning the lemon of Mr. Reid into lemonaid. Would it hurt you so bad to tell it like it is just one time.

    October 16, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  15. therealist

    What a pitiful 110th Congress we have elected. THE WORST IN AMERICAN HISTORY!

    October 16, 2007 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  16. Tom Brown, Corning NY

    I find vastly amusing that those of you that do bash Rush and other radio talk shows, mostly conservative ones, have never listened to an entire program. I don't mean 20 minutes here or there, I mean one entire program. So essentially, most of your comments come from ignorance and the refusal to look outside your blinders. Yes, Rush and others do make mistakes, they are human, BUT they usually speak from facts that can be easily checked, IF YOU CARE to find their opinion on the facts presented. Before you throw rocks, check your facts. And yes I am a conservative, and I find it ironic that most liberals, especially media, will only take a SLIM portion of the facts to suit their opinion, ignoring the rest of the facts that bash thier opinion. The highly edited comments of retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez is a perfect example for those of YOU willing to read his entire speech.

    October 16, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  17. John Lawton, Lockport NY

    If any of you liberal voters would simply take the time to read the transcript or listen to the record of exactly what Rush said in the context of the topic discussed, with an open mind, it would be clear to you what he said.

    It's clear to me that the dems have no real issues to embrace in this election so they are forced to sway public opinion through smear tactics.

    And what's with this investigation thing. Last I heard this was America and private citizens were free to express their opinions no matter who may disagree with them or misconstrue them.

    October 16, 2007 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  18. J.Crobuzon

    Limbaugh's a phony commentator.

    October 16, 2007 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  19. Johnnie Woodard

    Mr. Rush Limbaugh is the worst thing that has every happened to this country – anyone supporting this radio station or Mr. Limbaugh are really missing the boat – I am sure if Mr. Limbaugh reads this I will be the brunt of his discussion.

    October 16, 2007 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  20. mariella

    Donate some money or go to rehab – that's how you make up for ignorance these days. What a country!

    October 16, 2007 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  21. Wesley Smith, Midwest City, OK

    It's obvious from some of these comments that many of you have not bothered to learn EXACTLY what it was that Rush said. He was condemning those who claim to have been soldiers but were not what they claimed – specifically Jesse Macbeth. This toad claimed to have watched and participated in numerous atrocities while in Iraq. The only problem was he spent a total of 44 days in boot camp, was never any of what he claimed to be, and was never in Iraq.

    Like him or hate him, take the time to learn what Rush has done for the military over the years and what was actually said in this case and then try to justify vilifying him for this incident. If you have any integrity, you won't be able to.

    October 16, 2007 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  22. tadd vanyo new brighton, MN

    Perhaps of the DEMs can raise some money from the China government, via Mr. Hsu, they will match the donations.
    Otherwise forget it, they are too busy slapping our allies like Turkey in the face. "Cowboy Diplomacy" anyone?

    October 16, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  23. John C Marietta, GA

    I would agree that Rush says he supports the troop all the time and I don't feel that he was trying to target the troops alone here, he hates everyone that disagrees with anything he says. They can be soldiers, war heros, teachers, scientists,children, actors, or even clergy, he hates all Americans that are not ditto heads. There is more hatred towards Americans coming out of clear channel than Al Jazeer, or Bin Ladin's video club. The troops where just the target this time. This also speak volumes on Clear channel and thier agenda and creates more fodder when we finally get around to the arguements that hate mongers like Rush need to be removed from any decent broadcasts.

    Rush and clear channel treated his exposure as a joke, adding insult to injury, why on earth should anyone else join in the rediculous publicity stunt?

    October 16, 2007 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  24. bob, nashville

    Rush, you are as phoney as they come. As you sit there jiggling in your chair waiting for one of your employees to spoon-feed you more diatribe for your eternal petulant ranting, the truely objective people ignore you. For all the others you inflict, please just die. thanks

    October 16, 2007 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  25. Will, Stillwater, OK

    To the "ditto-heads" who support Rush: many of us (who are associated with the military and object to Rush's impugning those of us who oppose this idiotic war) have read transcripts of what Rush said. Rush brought up Jesse MacBeth's name after the fact is like me calling you conservatives genocidal Fascists and then saying I'm just referring to Mussolini, not you. Wake up and smell your own hypocrisy. It's not only insulting good soldiers but stinking the world up.

    October 16, 2007 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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