By Jonathan Easley - 03/13/12 12:28 PM EDT
Supporters of Rush Limbaugh have initiated a counter-petition on the White House’s public petition website to keep the controversial conservative talk-radio host on the Armed Forces Network radio station, reports Military Times.
Limbaugh has been the target of a campaign by Democrats and liberal groups pushing advertisers to drop his show after he called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke, who testified in favor of the administration's contraception mandate, a “slut” and a “prostitute.”
Petitioners have one month to gather the 25,000 electronic signatures for an official White House response, and as of this writing, the anti-Limbaugh petition needed 631 more signatures by April 3 to reach the 25,000 threshold.
“He has regularly demeaned women,” the anti-Limbaugh petition claims. “His remarks this week were well beyond the pale of what should be broadcast to our military and their families, supported with our tax dollars. We have a moral objection to our tax dollars being used for such a purpose. You should move immediately to cancel any further broadcast through government facilities of his venom. There is no excuse for the U.S. government, in any capacity, giving this man an audience.”
The pro-Limbaugh counter-petition, which was only created on Sunday, presently has 455 of the 25,000 necessary signatures.
“Threatening to take Rush Limbaugh off AFN is a direct threat to free speech,” the petition reads. “There are plenty of liberal-progressive entertainers who make much worse and offensive comments, yet we don't hear the White House or any liberal screaming for them to be censored. We the signed demand Rush remain on AFN.”