Rush Limbaugh has called himself a truth detector, doctor of democracy, lover of mankind, all-good-man and harmless fudge ball, the title of his feet to his followers as he took off from his radio in a daily ritual.
Those who hated him, the names they parted, were often ineligible for print.
Such was the nature of Limborg, who died of lung cancer on Wednesday at the age of 70: hailed by followers as the voice of conservatives, the worst by critics as the extreme right-wing of American politics.
He was divisive until the very end, but this talk did little to diminish his importance as the dominant force of radio, as one of the most influential voices in Republican politics and an architect of the modern right wing.
Rudely conservative, wildly biased, bombastic self-promotion and larger than life, Limbaugh did it with his politically incorrect, sarcastic-commentary to galvanized listeners of the last quarter-century. He called himself an entertainer, but with the airing of a three-hour workday radio show on nearly 600 stations across America, and lobbied millions of viewers at his every word, Limba’s fare shaped the national political conversation. Which reflects the opinion of the average Republican. And party direction.
He offered the audience a blueprint for the audience for his intelligence, his sense of theatricality and a voice he created for the broadcast, which he saw as the grand scheme of opposition. And he did it with such unwavering confidence, his followers heard his words as sacred truth.
“I want to persuade people with ideas. I don’t wander about my power, ”he told author Zev Chaffets in his 2010 book, Rush Limbagh: An Army of One. “But in my heart and soul, I know that I have become the intellectual engine of the conservative movement.”
Limbaugh took the title of “America’s Most Dangerous Man” as an honor and called himself “America’s anchorman”. But his assessment of those who disagreed was not nearly so kind.
He called them Communists, Vakos, Feminazis, Fagots and Fundamentalists. And he will not spare any of them.
When actor Michael J. suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Fox appeared in a commercial for a Democrat, Limbaugh made fun of him and his jerks. When a Washington lawyer for the homeless committed suicide, he flashed jokes. After the AIDS epidemic spread in the 1980s, he made the dying a punchline.
For him, 12-year-old Chelsea Clinton was “a dog.”
Not only did he voice a pro-life stance when the subject was about reproductive rights, he suggested that Democratic ideology in Biblical times would lead to the abortion of Jesus Christ. When a woman accused Duke University lacrosse players of rape, she was fired as a “ho” and when a Georgetown University law student spoke in support of expanded contraceptive coverage, calling her a “slut” Was rejected.
When Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 despite all of Limborg’s warnings, he did not express regret, saying: “I hope he fails.” And with the ugly scenes of a mob revolt in the Capitol last month still fresh, he calls for an end to the violence, comparing rioters instead of American revolutionaries.
The next day of the rebellion, he said, “There are a lot of people who have said that any violence or aggression situation is unacceptable” to end the violence. “I’m glad that Sam Adams … Thomas Penn … the actual Tea Party people from Lexington and Concord … don’t feel that way.”
For all the controversies, he remained a GOP kingmaker.
His idol, Ronald Reagan, wrote a letter of appreciation, which Limbaugh proudly read on air in 1992: “You’ve become the number one voice for conservatism.” In 1994, Limbaugh was widely credited for the first Republican takeover of Congress in 40 years that the GOP made him an honorary member of the new class.
During the 2016 presidential elections, Limbau said he had a feeling that Trump would be the only candidate, and compared his candidate’s deep connection with his supporters. In return, Trump praised Limbaugh, and during last year’s state speech, awarded the broadcaster the nation’s highest civilian honor, the presidential medal.
As news of Limbaugh’s death spread, Trump took to the Fox News Channel to praise a man he considered “a legend” as a tribute to the American right-of-way.
“Super Nova of American Conservatism,” heralded Anne Coulter.
Limbaugh inspired the likes of Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly, and countless lesser-known people who set up conservative radio shows in their markets. He was also followed in pushing the limits of civic dialogue.
Blunt’s brand, the no-gray-area debate that Limbaugh popularized, ranged from cable TV to congress town hall meetings, to heated debate over health care to rallies of the Tea Party movement.
Martin Kaplan, a professor and expert at the University of Southern California, said, “What he did to bring a paranoia and really mean, dirty rhetoric and hyperpartnership into the mainstream is an expert at the intersection of politics and entertainment, a frequent Limbach critic . “The kind of protest and deformity that immediately became acceptable everywhere.”
Such criticism was echoed again and again throughout his lifetime, but Limborg seemed to gather only a growing list of branded enemies, issues on which the public was being fooled, And the mainstream media was lying.
He presented it to all his listeners, as he did in his first book, The Way Things Be to Be, aired in 1991, with heavy citations. In that single show, in a breath segment, he went homeless, AIDS patients, criticizing Christopher Columbus, aiding the Soviet Union, condoms in schools, animal rights advocates, multiculturalism, social security nets and prison.
Although he often remembered the Republican platform better and more entertainingly than the leader of any party, he was an incomplete spokesman. Limborg was a partial, cigar-smoking multi-billionaire who attracted his pervasiveness with his message, not plausibility.
He came with a personal life, which kept him in the headlines again and again. In 2003, Limbaugh admitted painkiller addiction and entered rehabilitation. Authorities allegedly opened an investigation about “doctor shopping”, in which he said he received 2,000 pills from four doctors in a six-month period, but he eventually reached an agreement with prosecutors who dismissed the single charge Given.
They divorced three times, from marriage in 1977 to Roxy Maxine McNeely, Michelle Sixta in 1983 and Marta FitzGerald in 1994. He married his fourth wife, Katherine Rogers, at a grand wedding in 2010. They did not have any child.
Limbaugh was often accused of bigotry and bigotry through his comments and sketches such as “Barack the Magic Negro”, a song featured on his show stating that Obama “makes whites feel good” and That the politician is “Black”, but not authentically. Similar race-ridden comments turned Limborg’s 2009 bid to become one of the owners of the St. Louis Ram.
However, through this, his message remained crystal clear.
The key to their monologue was the continuity of mainstream media outlets, even their power exceeded many of them. He offered a version of news that was easy to digest, in which his stand was true and correct, and all the others were lies about destroying the country. They together illustrated the stories of what to do to broaden leftist conspiracies.
For Limbo, his opponents relied on half-truths, prejudice and outright lies, the same others who say he had a magic formula. In his second-best-selling book, “Look, I Told You,” he assessed the political debate generated by the mainstream press by stating that his critics were actually Limbo’s own way of doing things.
“Lies have become facts,” he wrote. “Lies are facts.”
Rush Hudson Limbaugh III was born on January 12, 1951 in Cape Girardeo, Mo., to former Mildred Armstrong and Rush Limborg Jr., who flew fighter planes in World War II and practiced law at home. Rusty, as Chhota Limbagh was known, was bubbly and shy, with little interest in school, but from a young age, was fond of broadcasting.
He would turn down the volume during the St. Louis Cardinals game, offer to play by play, and give ongoing commentary during the evening news. By high school, he was already working in radio.
Limbaugh worked for radio jobs from southeastern Missouri State University from his hometown of McKeesport, Pa., Pittsburgh, and then Kansas City, Mo. Originating from, he was known as Rusty Sharp and then Jeff Christie, mostly spinning. Top 40 hits and splashes of his wit and conservatism. But he never got the following he was craving.
He admitted that he was often driven by a desire to be liked, even though his pulpit attracted hatred as love. “One of the early reasons for radio that I was interested in was that I thought it would make me popular. I wanted to be seen and liked, ”he wrote.
He quit on radio for several years beginning in 1979, taking a front-office job with the Kansas City Royals, but eventually broadcasting back to Kansas City and then to Sacramento, California.
It was in California, in the early 1980s, where Limbaugh actually made a hit and attracted an audience, the broadcast was shown dripping with sarcasm, full of his signature bravado, and railing against liberals. The stage name was gone. Rush Limbaugh was in the air, and what is publicly known to millions was essentially born.
Limbaugh began a national broadcast of his show in 1988 with the WABC in New York, which was gaining ground in markets across the country. All this commentary about his grandeur quickly gained traction, but Limboghe was disbanded by his reception in New York. He believed the move would be welcomed by the likes of Peter Jennings, Tom Broca and Dan Rather. He was wrong.
“I came to New York,” he wrote, “and I immediately became a zero, a zero.”
In the 1990s he had a late-night television show that did not have notable ratings due to fear of his divisive message, but lacked advertising. The emotional commotion he could create when Pat Sajak filled in as host of the show in 1990, when audience members called him a Nazi and repeatedly shouted interrupted the broadcast.
Eventually, Limbaugh moved his radio show to Palm Beach, Florida, where he bought a large estate. He told The New York Times in 2008 that his eight-year contract with Premier Radio Networks would be worth $ 38 million annually in addition to a nine-digit signing bonus. By 2012, the premiere estimated that 20 million people listened to its broadcasts each week. Radio ratings authority Arbitron said it could not verify that figure, but there is no question that no one came close to its reach or its impact.
“When Rush wants to talk to America, all he has to do is grab his microphone. Beck wrote in a 2009 article for Time’s magazine,” The rest of us could have ever imagined Attracts more listeners. “” He’s just on another level. “
Polls consistently found Limbaugh to be the voice of the Republican Party. His followers, whom he called “ditto-heads”, were unbreakable in their enthusiasm, even when they were attacked by opponents or faced with personal obstacles of their own.
For all the criticism he received for his message, he succeeded in large part to the certainty with which he delivered it, never questioning what he considered to be the undisputed truth.
“Do you ever get up in the middle of the night and just think to yourself, ‘I’m just full of hot gas?” “He was asked by David Letterman in a 1993 appearance on the letter show.
“I am a servant of humanity,” he replied. “I am in constant search for truth. I am really sitting back and think that I am fortunate to have the opportunity to tell people what is really happening. ”