Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - November 6, 2007

Rush was talking about one soldier

Once again, The Herald has shown that it cannot be trusted to report the truth. Recently, under "In Brief," it stated: "After Rush Limbaugh referred to Iraq war veterans as 'phony soldiers' ..."

The truth is that Limbaugh was referring to Jesse Macbeth, a liberal Democrat poster boy who had lied about his military service, was kicked out of Army boot camp after 44 days and tried to defraud the government with phony health claims. He was tried and sentenced to five months in prison and three years' probation. He is the phony soldier to whom Limbaugh was referring.

If The Herald is representative of McClatchy newspapers, is it any wonder that the chain continues to report declines in revenue?

Jim Wheeler

Rock Hill

Quotes weren't out of context

Jeff Fairfax's recent letter claims that Rush Limbaugh comments about the "phony soldiers" was taken out of context. The problem is that the only people taking these comments out of context are Rush and his fellow right wing dittoheads. The actual conversation went like this:

Limbaugh: "... it's not possible, intellectually, to follow these people."

Caller: "No, it's not, and what's really funny is, they never talk about the real soldiers. They like to pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and talk to the media."

Limbaugh: "The phony soldiers."

Caller: "The phony soldiers. If you talk to a real soldier, they are proud to serve.

A full one minute and 50 seconds went by before any reference was made to Jessie MacBeth -- one minute and 35 of which was removed from the transcript on the Limbaugh Web site.

To Limbaugh, Bush and any others who have partaken of the right-wing Kool-Aid, anyone who doesn't fall in lockstep with them is a "phony soldier," a "lib" or a member of the "Democrat" party (of course they could not possibly be democratic).

Kirk Chamberlin

Rock Hill