Lefty Bloggers and Tweeters Peddle False Rush Limbaugh Attack on Military 'Welfare Grunts' From 'Onion' Imitator

Beware leftist bloggers and tweeters who are dumb enough to link to this website: The Duffel Blog and its report "Rush Limbaugh Calls Troops ‘Welfare Queens, Moochers’." For the appearance of facticity, “Dick Scuttlebutt” reported “The comments came during Limbaugh’s second hour on Monday.” But on Monday, Limbaugh was "under the weather" and guest host Mark Steyn was on the air. Daily Kos was among the lefty blog sites that eagerly picked up this false nugget. The fact that there was no audio didn't discourage them.

The problem? The Duffel Blog calls itself "The military version of The Onion" and says it broke the story of President John Adams and his cocaine habit. The Duffel Blog "satire" claimed a retired Army master sergeant called the Limbaugh show and endorsed Obamacare, which allegedly caused Rush to denounce and demean the military for all the free stuff they get and their "years-long paid vacations to exotic foreign lands."

You see, Master Sergeant,” began Limbaugh, rubbing his hands together, “you have exposed yourself. I thank you for the call — and I thank you for your service, I really do — but you’ve exposed yourself. Of course you like the idea of the government putting a band-aid on every little boo-boo you get, wiping your nose for you, giving you free prescription Advil when you could buy it at the drug store like the taxpayer, so on and so forth. You like that idea because you’ve lived with that your whole life. You said you joined the Army at 18. My guess is that before that, before you enlisted, you were on welfare. When you joined, you were essentially on welfare, because whether or not you ever go to war, you get free medicine, free food, free place to sleep, even free clothes to wear to work every day. The taxpayer even gives you years-long paid vacations to exotic foreign lands. I’m not saying you’re not appreciative, but when you’re used to people giving you free ice cream for forty years, if you suddenly have to pay for your own ice cream, you’ll understandably be upset.

“You’ll also probably think, well—” and here Limbaugh inclined the intonation of his voice to imitate that of a child, “Mr. Limbaugh, if only everyone could have fwee ice cream, Mr. Limbaugh, then the world would be all sunshine and unicorns and happiness. The only problem,” continued Limbaugh, returning to his normal voice, “is that ice cream, folks, like health care, is not free. It is a product, created by a producer. And you have just as much a right to getting it for free as you have to getting ice cream for free. That is, you do not have a right to it for free. And if you believe otherwise, you are not a defender of the nation. You’re a welfare queen — or more appropriately, a welfare grunt.”

Mr. Limbaugh then launched into a tangent on what he called the “distressing trend” he’s noticed in younger servicemembers to be supporters of the President.

“It used to be, back when I was of age to serve, back in the Vietnam era, that soldiers were stout, upright, conservative young men. They were Southern. They voted Republican. Their wives stayed home and had babies and knew their place. Cooked dinner, had a highball waiting when the husband got home, so forth. But nowadays we have a new generation of young military youth — low-information voters raised on liberal propaganda like Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers and PBS, what have you. Get their news from the drive-by media. They learned welfare, mooching, kumbaya and hand-holding from those sources. They learned mooching from an early age, folks. And even in uniform, still moochers. Can’t change a leopard’s….well, in this case, you can change a leopard’s spots, folks. But he’s still a leopard. Still a moocher. A little Obama jihadist, ready to march out and drone-attack American citizens in Yemen or Pakistan.”

Fakey "Dick Scuttlebutt" even claimed Clear Channel Communications "distanced itself from Limbaugh’s comments." Daily Kos bought that, too. "Fiver" began: "Hmm, how well will Rush's latest stunt for attention, taunting military members as welfare dependent, go over with his base, let alone advertisers?"

Beware fake quotes. One gullible lefty tweeter carries this Twitter bio: ”Jaded observer of humanity blessed with an acid wit and a quick mind. As it has been said: Life is a banquet and most poor bastards are starving to death.” Another, “Palin Cellulite,” boasts: “Palinanity: noun, The worship of someone named Sarah Palin without any reason or proof of qualifications.”

Remember the fake Limbaugh quote where he wanted to give MLK assassin James Earl Ray a "posthumous Medal of Honor"?

[HT: Bill Mathis, Brian Maloney]

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis