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Story last updated at 5:27 PM on Wednesday, March 28, 2012

There's a rush to judgment in Limbaugh controversy

Point of View

By DAVE BECKER

We have carried the Rush Limbaugh Show on KPEN FM and KGTL AM for 18 years. While recent comments made by Rush about Sandra Fluke were crass and inappropriate, Rush has apologized for them, unlike left wing talkers such as NBC's Ed Schultz or HBO's Bill Maher, who make no apologies. Many on the political left continue to denigrate, lambast and mock conservative women like Sarah Palin, Michele Bachman, Michele Malkin, Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham while the main stream media, Media Matters and MoveOn.org folks all sit by in silence. This "hate speech" by the liberal left is deemed "OK" as long as it is targeted at conservatives, Christians and Republicans ... especially female.

It is now reported that Media Matters and MoveOn launched an assault on Rush Limbaugh advertisers and the 600+ plus radio affiliates that carry the show. Media Matters Online Strategy Director Angelo Carusone actually created the campaign in 2009, but kept it inactive until the Sandra Fluke controversy boiled over and presented the perfect opportunity to unleash the fake protest on unsuspecting advertisers.

Carusone depicts his campaign as a response to the Fluke controversy, but it seems obvious from the time line that Media Matters played a large role in creating the controversy. According to the New York Times, the dormant "Stop Rush" Twitter account run by Carusone snapped to life on Wednesday, Feb. 29, the day Rush made his now-infamous comments. Media Matters also appears to be the first media outlet that reported on Limbaugh's remarks, with Think Progress picking up on the story a few hours later and the Huffington Post following up that evening.

This is a really useful case study of how the left coordinates a full-blown media uproar. Democrats in Congress don't typically rush out to respond to every insult from conservative radio talk show hosts. But Rep. Nancy Pelosi managed to round up six other female congressional Democrats to release a joint statement condemning Limbaugh's comments within hours of the broadcast.

According to Carusone, he began reaching out to Rush's advertisers the next day to put the boycott campaign into action. Two days after Limbaugh's comments, a Friday, President Obama put in a call to Sandra Fluke, which continued to fan the flames of the controversy and kept it going through the weekend.

Here in Homer, MoveOn.org and SignOn.org in concert with Media Matters have launched a petition drive to take Rush Limbaugh off KGTL Radio. Left wing liberal activists that started the petitions have been contacting our advertisers to persuade them that they are a "grass-roots" group offended by Rush, and that it is high time for Rush to be silenced.

Here is the truth. While MoveOn and Media Matters are "Twitter bombing" national advertisers, our local advertisers are standing firm against the onslaught of the local petitioners. The fake local outrage is merely an attempt to silence a conservative voice that speaks truth to the issues of our day. Rush says he is "almost, always right ... 99.7% of the time." Obviously, what he did was deplorable, putting him on the other side of the 0.3 percent of the time when he is wrong.

Our radio stations broadcast coverage area serves election Districts 12, 33, 34, 35 and 36. The latest state of Alaska Election statistics show that registered Republicans outnumber registered Democrats by a 3-to-1 margin. The phone calls we have been getting in response to the MoveOn / SignOn Petition backed by Media Matters and funded by more than $1 million from leftist financier George Soros have been overwhelmingly in favor of keeping Rush on the air.

The editorial in the Homer News last week — "We Need to Defend each Other's Rights" — was correct.

Freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment is under attack today by the left and the Democrat Party. You can find Democrat talking points any time, day or night on ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, NPR, local public radio, AP News, N.Y. Times, LA Times, USA Today and Anchorage Daily News.

When a conservative hears something he doesn't like, he changes the channel. When a liberal hears something he doesn't like, he demands that the channel be silenced. If you seek a conservative point of view then listen to our radio stations which pledge to continue to carry Rush Limbaugh, Alaska Voices for Freedom and SRN News. We will not be intimidated or willingly silenced by the attacks of the political left. The future of our country hangs in the balance, especially this election year, where your voice and informed vote are more important than ever for the future of our great country.

Dave Becker founded Peninsula Communications Inc. in 1978 and started Homer's first commercial broadcast radio stations in 1979, KWAVE-FM and KGTL 620 AM in 1980. Since then, PCI added two more FM stations in Kenai-Soldotna, KPEN-FM and KBAY-FM. Programming from the three FM stations also is carried on 25 additional FM translator stations in Kodiak, Homer, Seward, Kenai, Soldotna and Delta Junction / Fort Greely. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering and an FCC First Class license. He and his wife, Eileen, raised their family in Homer and have lived in Homer for 39 years.

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