Rush Limbaugh, RIP

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  1. Menelik

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    RIP Rush Limbaugh. He stood for the right for decades. He wasn't perfect but he stood true to the cause the best he could. May he rest in peace.
     
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    RIP Rush. Hard to know, in months we will be with out Rush and CF going forward. Times are a changing.
     
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    Limbaugh was an original and always stuck to his core principal beliefs. It's pretty amazing the sheer audience he had built on radio over the course of his career which was essentially a forgotten medium when compared to Broadcast TV, Cable TV, the initial iteration of the internet - Web 1.0 and all the way up through the current Web 2.0 with it's emphasis on social media. He remained relevant and held a large audience for 30 years - a great accomplishment.

    I was never a big conservative radio guy - when I had Satellite radio for awhile I would listen to Levin until I realized he (like most other "conservative" talk show hosts) was all about selling books and faking outrage to line his pockets. I give Limbaugh credit because he started the movement and remained loyal to his message and fan base. My favorite Rush memory was his take on McNabb and the NFL wanting there to be more successful black QBs - I appreciated that stance back then and agree with it to this day.

    RIP
     
  6. Flint

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    You knew it was coming but it’s still a shock. He was there every day on my lunch break for the last 30 years. While I didn’t always agree with him I knew he was on the same page as me. It’s really like losing a close friend.
     
  7. Don Wassall

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    Definitely a giant and the pioneer of developing a mass audience for conservative talk radio during an era when radio was seemingly becoming quaint and on the way to being eclipsed first by the internet and then social media, but Limbaugh more than held his own. I've been watching tributes to him on Fox News and someone, can't remember who just now, called him the Babe Ruth of talk radio. He then quickly caught himself and threw in Tiger Woods as well, at once illustrating the strength and weakness of conservatism as practiced in this country, but no question Limbaugh was the king at what he did, making the difficult seem easy and developing a huge loyal audience that always supported him.
     
  8. white is right

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    Haha, that's how I got into R(l)ush back in the early 90's as I had a delivery driver shift and was home by about 1PM and listened to the Broadcast in Excellence Network.

    At the time I was a soft core Antifa type who was gradually growing apart from the left wing movement(having a socialist government in power will do that) and found many truths he spoke even if he was bombastic in his approach.

    Really his shock political approach was what made his show must listen to radio for me back then. I switched jobs and stopped listening beyond internet clips or the odd afternoon.

    The only reason why I call him Lush was his stand on drugs was harsh until he was caught doctor shopping for pain meds.

    Does anybody know if he softened his stance on personal drug use after his personal problems were revealed?
     
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    Who cares, he was flawed like all of us, dumping on him now is pretty nasty. Maybe that antifa mentality never goes completely away. . .
     
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    I know this will sound like a lie but it is what is. I can't give you a certain number or percentage but you would not believe how many blacks listen to Rush in prison. They couldn't believe that little short fat man would talk about blacks in sports and politics and get away with it. They hated it when he pronounced the Rev. Jessie Jackson's name the way he did. The parody songs about Clinton would break everybody down. I don't know if he changed any black's minds about their beliefs but he taught me one thing follow the money and you will really know who is in charge. We couldn't catch his whole show but what I did hear brought a smile to my face. RIP Rush.
     
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    RIP. As a younger member, growing up. Common consensus amongst normies was that Limbaugh was some sort of racist monster. As I got older I realized the smear campaign msm had against guy's like Rush and David Duke.
     
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    Rush was a great broadcaster and a pretty good political commentator. He had just turned 70.
    I first heard his show in December, 1988. He is missed by many.
     
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    What a lot of people don’t realize about Rush, because all they get is the MSM smear campaign against him, is that the guy was really funny. Those parodies he did of liberal icons were hilarious and well deserved.

    if anyone was worthy of mocking its figures like Jesse Jackson, Ted Kennedy, Louis Ferrakhan, Al Sharpton, and who else had the guts to do it? SNL, late night TV? Mainstream comedians? Not a chance.
     
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    I remember reading this book in the mid-90's as a teenager. I can't say for sure how deep an impression it made, but I definitely remember that these were stark, gutsy, and brutal takes on some of topics du jour, and that I'd never heard anything like them before. I didn't agree with everything and probably still don't, but I felt like this book was some sort of forbidden fruit. Maybe the most important part was just that - learning that there was a guy out there saying things that couldn't or "shouldn't" be said... and that he was popular!

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    Flint is right about the audio parodies being funny. I never got into the radio show, but somehow it bled through into popular culture. Here's my all-time favorite about Barney Frank, which was a big hit with the boys in my office as the bottom fell out of the mortgage finance industy in 2008.

     
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    I was a big fan of Rush Limbaugh in the early 90’s. He was pure political entertainment and a true American original. He was the first and the best of a long line of conservative talk radio hosts. I still remember the liberals launched “Air America” radio network to compete with Limbaugh. It was an epic failure.
     
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    Rush's call screener "Snerdley" was on Hannity last night. He said Rush was one of the kindest and generous people he had ever known. It also hurt him when people called Rush a racist. He said Rush was not one bit racist.
     
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    Yes that’s exactly right! “The Banking Queen” who else had the cajonies to make fun of a gay icon? Today they played a couple songs on his show, “The Philanderer” about Ted Kennedy. Hilarious! One of my favorite’s was Obama The Magical Negro!! Good stuff.
     
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    I was surprised and delighted to see Andrew Anglin of 'Daily Stormer' get a few features on Unz dom com. Anglin is a 'stylistic' writer for sure, and his style will turn off many. Personally, I've been reading his site daily (heh) for the last five years and believe he's both a brilliant writer and a representaional perspective. I mention that only because his is a voice I value, and also, I believe many others value. His eulogy to Rush is now hosted on Unz. It's different than any media attack piece because it's critical from the right.

    Obituary for Rush Limbaugh

    I echo this completely, minus the tidbit.

    There is more at the link, and it is critical of ol' Rush. Lots of video links too for old episodes from the 90's, which I'd recommend just for nostalgia's sake. I'm not intending to start a non-"football" debate here. Never feel sorry for a man who owns his own plane!
     
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    I read that. It was needlessly cruel to a man that was a bulwark against liberal bias, filled with personal insults (fat, addict), completely focused on his early years, ignoring his change of view on many subjects, and obsessed with the JQ as is the authors habit.

    Basically the same take as the liberal media minus the joo stuff.

    I also hate it when an atheist condemns a Christian to a hell they don’t believe in as some sort of cosmic justice they don’t believe exists.

    TL;DR I didn’t think much of the article.
     
  20. Don Wassall

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    From that same article:

    "People aren’t really aware now, but in the Bill Clinton years, Limbaugh was basically a proto Alex Jones. He would talk about the New World Order conspiracy to build a global government, freemasonry, and communism being a Jewish conspiracy. He would mix that with the standard pre-William Buckley type conservative views on race and sex."

    No he didn't, that's why "people aren't really aware now." You only have to be in your 40s to remember Limbaugh from the beginning, and the Clinton years only ended 20 years ago. Those early years were the only time I listened to Limbaugh, and I never heard him mention any of that even a single time. His mention of a "Jewish lobby" to a NYC interviewer may have been the only time he ever did, and did so in a mostly innocuous fashion. One or two exceptions doesn't mean those topics were regularly talked about or anything close to it. He did generically mention the New World Order, but just about all conservatives did after Bush Sr. proclaimed it in an infamous 1990 speech. But freemasonry and "communism being a Jewish conspiracy" -- no way.

    Limbaugh was always criticized from the right for scrupulously not talking about such issues. He always knew the boundaries of "respectability," which is why he was making $35 million-plus a year. If he had been discussing those topics he would have been "canceled" even back then, and if not then certainly later or at the very least constantly vilified for it the way David Duke's all but official full name is "former KKK leader David Duke" 40 years on from his involvement in that organization. The totalitarians observe no statute of limitations when it comes to speech crimes, which is why everyone from past generations going back to the Founding Fathers is under attack. That piece is fake news and besides is poorly written. . .

     
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    Well, I appreciate you both taking the time to read it and refuting it.
     
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    Wise response Phall. You don't **** with Don Wassall.

    He'll cut you to pieces.
     
  23. sport historian

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    If Rush Limbaugh had ever said what some Caste Football posters wanted him to say he would have been kicked off the air immediately. Rush went about as far as he could go and still keep his job. In 2016, Rush favorably read a Samuel Francis essay, as prefiguring the Trump campaign. He probably saw the reality of things a few years before his death.

    I didn't listen to Limbaugh much the last 15 years. When I did, I noted Limbaugh's love for the NFL, a real super fan. Limbaugh even tried to get on the Monday Night Football announcing crew. I think he had a brief gig on ESPN commenting on the NFL. I think he wanted this more than anything. When on ESPN, Limbaugh said something about Donovan McNabb being "overrated because he is a black quarterback." That one hit the fan. Limbaugh was quickly fired from ESPN. Truth was no defense.

    Some years later, Limbaugh tried to buy an interest in the then-St. Louis Rams. The cries went up, "Racist." As far as I know, Rush Limbaugh continued his worship of the NFL, even though it was in no way reciprocated.
     
  24. Flint

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    I'm not trying to be a big Rush booster, but your take is similar to others I have read, that is: quite outdated. Limbaugh has not been a football fan for a couple of years. He frequently talked about how the sport had lost him in it's attempt to become more "woke". This last couple of years were the stake in the heart for many, including Rush. The same anger at the NFL for it's embrace of Crapernick and the BLM movement that got the league "canceled" by members here at CF was similar for Rush. In some of his last broadcasts he mentioned he wasn't even sure who was in the playoff's as he wasn't following that closely. He had dropped his DWF-dom for the Steelers almost completely. Amazing considering the run the Steelers had this year. If my favorite team had that kind of run it would be hard to tune out.

    It seems opinions on Rush got frozen in the era he was listened to. He was on for 30 years and changed over that time as we all have.
     
  25. sport historian

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    Yes, I had seen indications Rush had left behind his NFL worship. He really had it when I listened to him. Around 1998-99, a caller got through who said massive immigration would ruin the country. Rush replied somewhat scornfully with standard Wall Street Journal boilerplate, "Immigration is good. It boosts the economy." In his last years he did change.
     

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