Both Geraldo and Alan Colmes also mouthed the liberal talking point that Rush has deliberately kept this issue alive to increase his ratings and make more money. To the contrary, Rush has continued this discussion only to defend his honor and expose the nefariousness of his accusers, who are determined to discredit Rush and talk radio as a predicate to resurrecting the Fairness Doctrine.
This is a trumped-up scandal orchestrated by people who want to defame Rush because he is the single most effective voice in America promoting policies and values they find abhorrent, opposing their agenda and exposing their fraud and hypocrisy.
Rush's defense in this matter does not depend on establishing the insincerity and hypocrisy of his accusers. Note: I am not saying he misspoke and is seeking to excuse himself based on equal or worse infractions on their part. Indeed, had Rush impugned soldiers in the manner fraudulently alleged, it would be no excuse to interpose the Clintonian defense that his accusers had done the same. His defense is purely that he said nothing wrong and everything right. To expose truly "phony soldiers" is to uphold the honor of real soldiers.
Having said that, it is important separately to point out that many in the accusers' camp, like Senators Harry Reid and John Kerry and Congressman John Murtha, have unambiguously impugned, undermined or demoralized our soldiers. Many of them have propped up, celebrated and eagerly embraced those "phony soldiers," who, like Kerry and Murtha, have falsely accused our soldiers of atrocities. Many have refused to condemn the MoveOn.org ad characterizing our commanding officer in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, as a traitor. Now they willfully impute military-slandering words to a man who has no superior in championing our military. How much more obvious can they be in revealing their anti-military mindset?
If they were capable of exhibiting shame or contrition I'd demand an apology from all of them. But they're not sorry. They have perpetrated this phony scandal against my brother with actual malice. The ones behind the slander know they are lying; those merely echoing their words without bothering to investigate the facts are acting in reckless disregard for the truth.