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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  1. Kelly, Southborough, MA

    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.

    Why does CNN continue to publish this transparent lie? If you read the entire transcript, not just Rush's deceptively condensed version, you'll see that he was calling all anti-war soldiers phony, not just Jesse MacBeth, whose name didn't even come up for over a minute after Rush said, "The phony soldiers."

    There's no one more phony than Rush.

    October 16, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. aaron, minneapolis, mn

    Limbaugh uses the term "phony soldiers" and then later says he was talking about ONE specific soldier named Jesse MacBeth. Why didn't he say "phony soldier"? That would put it in context if that's what he truely meant. And apparently the Marine Corps are filled with phony soldiers since they have already stated they want an exit from the war leaving only the Army in Iraq. And all the Generals that have spoken out against the war.

    October 16, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Mark, Timonium, MD

    Harry Reid is another pathetic member of Congress who is unable to lead in any meaningful way or even outmaneuver a blowhard like Limbaugh.

    October 16, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |


    October 16, 2007 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. Joey, Louisville, KY

    If I am to understand this correctly, Rush is fixing his PR problem by throwing money at it?

    October 16, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Sick of them, Tired, Texas

    Cowards? Bush and Cheney are the biggest chicken you know what in America. Bush chopped up military record. His father should be ashamed. Cheney- 5 deferrments. Never in the history of this country. Cowards, Liars, hate mongers. They are why the whole world hates this country.

    October 16, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. Michael, Atlanta, GA

    Go Rush Go.

    I love how CNN still smears his comments in the last paragraph here. It was so easy to just read the transcript and you see the truth.

    October 16, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Henry, Montgomery Village MD

    Harry Reid has the right to complain to anyone he likes, this is America. People also have the right not to like that he complained. Again this is America.

    No one seems to address the fact that the letter was sent to Clear Channel's CEO. It was not sent to Rush so how is it that Rush sells a letter that was not addressed or meant for him on Ebay?

    Basically it comes down to this. You do something that I find offensive in the performance of your job. I complain to your employer. Your employer gives you the letter. You get upset and retaliate.

    In any other setting it would be highly inappropriate to pass on these kind of complaints.

    October 16, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Harvey, Tampa, FL

    It amazes me that in order to have an opinion on anything anymore, you:

    1) must have served in the military
    2) can't possibly have had any links to medication for whatever condition you have.

    Everyone who posted on this topic that criticized Rush has obviously served in the miltary, and has never needed a prescription (or a "fix") for an ailment....interesting.

    October 16, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Nathan, Ames, IA

    Ironic, that in the same posting where Rush refers to Congress "demonizing a private citizen", he also refers to himself as "America's Anchorman, Rush Limbaugh, also known as: America's Truth Detector; the Doctor of Democracy; the Most Dangerous Man in America; the All-Knowing, All-Sensing, All-Everything Maha Rushie..."
    Limbaugh is not, by any means, a private citizen. His remarks aren't hard to misconstrue, seeing as how he didn't at all mention that the "phony soldiers" remark was only meant to refer to one person (wouldn't that have been soldier, then?) If what you say is unclear, it's not the faut of others for misinterpreting it.
    Personally, I find it incredibly discouraging that a man three times divorced, twice investigated for drug crimes in the past five years, and who constantly distorts and exaggerates in his reports can claim to be any kind of "moral voice" for America.

    October 16, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. Dave, Norwalk CT

    How can the libs and democrats be so stupid as to suggest that Rush is calling our vets phony? They show their ignorance and anti-Americanism on a daily basis, they embolden our enemies and are just as big of a threat to our nation internally as terrorists are externally.

    October 16, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Mark, Salisbury, NC

    Typical of the "Dems" to take everything out of context and use it for their own political gain, isn't it?

    October 16, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. James, Ohio

    My suggestion...Boycott the radio sation Big Boy works for. Better yet boycott the advertisers, the almighty dollar hurts. By the way IMUS is coming back in December to ABC, let's boycott their advertisers too!!!

    October 16, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Martin, Burlington, ON

    Regardless of your opinion of Rush Limbaugh...

    Does it not bother anyone that Senator Reid and 40 other Democrat Senators used valuable Senate time (and your tax dollars) for political grandstanding?

    They are responsible for upholding the constitution yet do not wish to protect Limbaugh's freedom of speech.

    If you have had the opportunity to listen to Limbaugh's comments in their entirety, it would be clear that the content of Reid's letter is inconsistent with the words that Limbaugh actually said.

    Reid should stick to what he does best-making huge profits from shady land deals.

    October 16, 2007 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. Art Mauck

    I won't believe Rush will donate the money until I see the Marines holding a receipt for the money.

    BTW – I wonder if Rush knows that the Marines have asked to be removed from Iraq and to be sent to Afghanistan – where the REAL war on terror is being fought?

    October 16, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. George, TX

    Once again we see the liberal left not being able to answer with any thing but personal attacks when they are presented with the facts. When will one of you stand up and refute what Rush had to say instead of attacking him because he happens to disagree with you. No wonder this country is so screwed up. Nobody is willing to take the time and get the truth. We have all become mindless followers of what we are told. Stand up and think for yourself. Quit voting based on a party and start discovering the real issues and where people really stand. Vote for the person who will really do what they say and not say what you want to hear and then do something totally different. It's not about Democrat or Republican. It's about America and what's best for our country. I am so sick of this my party is better than your party crap. I want one politician to stand up and do what's right for the country, whether that is popular or not. What's right is not always popular and what's popular is not always right.

    October 16, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Brad, Stockton, CA

    Get real, if you don't like what Hannity, O'Reilly, Coulter and Limbaugh say, then don't listen, don't watch, don't buy their books and don't support their advertisers. I have done my part by locking Fox out of my satellite selections.

    October 16, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Chris Haynes, Winston-Salem, NC

    Quick! Somebody get this man an oxycotin! I can see it now, "Limbaugh's prescription for sale on eBay." Keep blindly following folks, keep following.

    October 16, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. r cass; overland park, ks

    Why is anyone surprised at Reid and his fellow "signers" of the document in question? Their motives are clear and their methods are as devious as you'd expect from people whose capacity to THINK is minimal and goes mostly unused. Egg is upon face!!

    October 16, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Mike, Ben Lomond, Ca

    Harry Reid is a true hero and patriot. Thank you Senator Reid.

    October 16, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. Dave, Atlanta, GA

    I'll say two things.

    1. I think Rush Lumbaugh is an idiot.
    2. I also think his statement was probably taken out of context by Harry Reid for political purposes.

    October 16, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Jake, Dallas, TX

    So I was wondering does this auction include a free bottle of OxyContin?

    This is truly a pathetic publicity stunt.

    Charity baby, charity!

    October 16, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. John, Waukesha, WI

    Let's see if the Dem's will belly up to the donation bar and put their money where their mouth is. They sure talk a lot, usually smear and degredation, now we will see how much they support our soldiers.

    October 16, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. K - Prince George, VA

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

    Posted By Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL'

    I agree... I always find it amusing that "freedom of speech" is valid only when it's a something that a liberal wants us to know – never when it's something they don't believe.

    Regardless, this is crazy! Who cares what Harry Reid thinks of Rush Limbaugh. Harry Reid is some old dude working in DC. Rush Limbaugh is a windbag. Personally, I would align myself more toward Rush's way of thinking, but I'm not exactly bosom buddies with either of them. I fail to understand why everyone goes so loopy over these articles. We've got the left-wing name-callers, the right-wing hoohahs. I don't get it. Y'all get so fired up you forget how to spell. Or else you're so woefully uneducated that you just don't know how to spell.

    Then there are those of you who lambast CNN for reporting on these articles. Guess what?!? You don't have to read the article if you don't think it's news. You don't even have to view CNN.com if you don't think they offer news.

    Now go get your blood pressure medicine, or your Xanax, or a nice cup of Chamomile tea (or a shot of tequila), and get over yourselves.

    October 16, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. Jason, East Peoria, IL

    Ah, so illinformed are many of you people posting messages about this story. You and your posts are proof that the mainstream left-leaning media is doing their job by putting out information that is not factual. The fact is, if you guys would actually listen to the show and go to his website and listen the to the clip you would realize that Rush is telling the truth. But instead, you spend only a minute or two reading this story probably from your cubicle at work or college dormitory and instead of checking the facts, you give a knee-jerk reaction about something you know nothing about.

    Congratulations, you now look as foolish as the 41 senators who signed this letter!

    October 16, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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