Conservative radio host, hypocrite and homophobic gasbag Rush Limbaugh has died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 70 years old.
Limbaugh made a career through a mixture of incendiary, ultra-Right Wing rhetoric. He launched his radio career in 1971 as a somewhat innocuous DJ in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. Over the next decade, he toiled in various DJ and radio host positions around the nation until the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine in 1984. Removal of the regulation allowed radio stations to express a political viewpoint without also expressing opposing views. In other words, it afforded Limbaugh the opportunity to spew ultra-conservative beliefs without any kind of balance.
Limbaugh’s often hateful rhetoric earned him a reputation as one of the biggest names in radio, and one of the nastiest. He came under fire for charges of racism after mocking African American callers, politicians and community leaders such as Jesse Jackson, and also charged that African Americans hate the United States and are systematically trained to not be productive members of society. Limbaugh also claimed that an increasing Latino population would lead to the collapse of American democracy through too much diversity. Over the years Limbaugh also argued against the concept of sexual consent and popularized the term “feminazi” to denigrate assertive women.
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On the subject of LGBTQ issues, Limbaugh took a predictably homophobic stance, defending the inaction of President Ronald Reagan during the AIDS epidemic, arguing that Reagan protected the heterosexual population. He also attacked the rights of gay Americans to live and love openly, and opposed same-sex marriage. He also criticized hate crime laws. Most recently, he attacked Pete Buttigieg–then a Democratic Presidential candidate–claiming that he could never with the Presidency because he was gay.
Charming, isn’t it?
Limbaugh’s career flowered throughout the 1980s and ’90s, until well-publicized struggles with drugs and health took a toll on his professional life. He was arrested in 2006 in Palm Beach County, Florida over charges of prescription fraud. He also admitted to having an addiction to opioid painkillers. His battles with addiction are also ironic, given his long advocation of mandatory-minimum sentences for drug offenses.
In later years, Limbaugh also began to spread unfounded conspiracy theories about Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, George Soros, climate change and Black Lives Matter, among many others. In 2019, media watchdog group Politifact found that a staggering 84% of Limbaugh’s statements were demonstrably false. In his final year, Limbaugh also charged that COVID-19 was nothing more than “the common cold,” and blamed gay people for the nationwide lockdown.
Rush Limbaugh died February 17, just over a year after getting diagnosed with lung cancer. As a heavy smoker, Limbaugh had also publicly questioned the link between smoking and cancer.
Regardless of personal opinions of Rush Limbaugh’s politics, we can all agree: the world is better off without one more toxic gasbag polluting the air.
Pity it didn’t happen sooner.
No, no, no. Not sooner. If he had died when the Dumpster was in office, this horrible man would have been given a State funeral at Dump’s insistence, just like he was given the Medal of Honor. No, he has left us at the right time.
He’s keeping the donald’s seat warm in hell. Good riddance bitch.
May he find the reward his words and actions in life provide him.
To quote Christopher Hitchens on the death of Jerry Fallwell:
If he hadn’t been so full of sh!t they could have buried him in a matchbox.
May he burn in eternal hell
One must always speak good of the dead….he’s dead, GOOD!!!
He mocked John McCain’s death, he said Michael J. Fox was lying about his Parkinsons, he was racist, sexist, etc.
Good riddance. The world is a better place because he’s not in it.
Not proud of my feelings right now, I can’t help it #Schadenfreude
The first blow-hard to turn Conservative views into Hate Speech. Along with Newt Gingrich, set the course of the GOP into becoming the party of Hate and White Nationalism it is today. The consummate liar, bigot, and homophobe of talk radio and blogosphere.
His epitaph is that he won’t even be a footnote in Conservative Politics or Radio Talk-Show history.
He was a giant shitstain. I dont care about anything he ever said the thing that angers me is that trump gave him that medal that no longer will mean anything good
Ah yes, one of Trump’s advisors, who flunked out of college after two semester, not unlike a Sean Hannity. He’ll be sorely missed by his illiterate supporters and watchers of FOX, “FOOLS ONLY NEWS”. One less voice for Trump’s “Shit Show”.
To quote Melanie’s jacket, “I really don’t care…do you?” May he rot in hell.
Honey, throw out the trash!
Good riddance to bad rubbish. Now he can join the other sewer rats in the sewer where they live. My apologies to sewer rats, however, because unlike what Limbaugh did, they don’t set out to hurt people and he was really lower than they are.
Thoughts and prayers, mother f*cker!
Tots & Pears
Ding dong the witch is dead.
As i recall Rush Limbaugh had a local T.V. show in Los Angeles at about the same time as “All in the Family.” was a hit on CBS. I watched the show several times I believe thinking this was a comedian doing a take off on Joe Pine and Wally George and cashing in on the popularity of outrageous Archie Bunker. Anyone who took his show seriously was an idiot. His show was not anymore ridicules than those on liberal channels including CNN and MSNBC. They are all modern versions of Joe Pine and Wally George with updated twists. In fact if you watch MSNBC, they feature the same guests over and over again just like Wally George and instead of throwing the guest out as Wally did when they disagree, MSNBC just cuts them off abruptly.
Rush is dead, his comedy show has come to an end. If you took his routine seriously, you are a bigger clown than him.
Quite a few people took it quite seriously, including presidents like George W. Bush and Don the Con, and millions of their followers. You’re trashing all of them, you know.
The shows on CNN MSNBC and the other “liberal channels” did not spread lies as frequently, willfully or unapologetically as Rush did. This has been noted regularly through the years, but clearly you don’t understand how to use your brain. Or you are being as disingenuous as Rush was.
The popularity of Archie Bunker was based on the fact that he was good hearted, despite his ignorance. Rush was in no way good hearted, he was mean and an intentional hate monger. So there is no basis at all for your comparison.
And many (probably you as well) took him seriously, nobody thought of his show as either comedy or satire. Get real, get a brain.
What is the matter with all you ppl? This homophobe ignorant blowhard had feelings too! May he rot in hell where he belongs, alongside the great Donald Chump, hopefully he will be next very soon. And pls take Mike Pence. I wish it would’ve happened to Pence Jan 6 but I’m patient
The real Bruce
I recently watched a wonderful movie, “Between Two Worlds”. Rush will never get to “the Launch”. He’ll go to the other place. Along with DT. Good film too.
I hope he burns in hell
Remember when Jerry Falwell died? Same thing (goodbye moral majority). Hopefully, this is another political death knell against us.
HORRIBLE CREEP. I HATED HIM. THE MORON WANTED PEOPLE LIKE US DEAD……. A TRUE NAZI TRASH LOSER.
ROT IN HELL.
Ha Ha…there is a God and you’re receiving judgement!!!
MF’n loser!!!!…Donnie you’re next!
what a great bday present!
Burn in Hell Rush.
Why was Rush Limbaugh, who came from a prominent family, had every opportunity under the sun, ended up a multimillionaire with national fame, even got a slap on a wrist from criminal behavior that put others behind bars for years, etc., so full of hate? So full of anger and fear? So cruel and vicious and eager to spread lies and mistruths and disinformation? So contemptuous of Black people and women and LGBTQ people and immigrants? Why? Maybe now that he’s meeting his maker he’ll have to answer for who he was and what he did.
I think a lot of it was an act though he eventually came to believe his own lies. Everyone should see the old movie “A Face In The Crowd.” It is Limbaugh.
I’m mourning the fact he didn’t get to live longer in excruciating pain and misery.
I know that we’re not supposed to speak ill of the dead… But in this case, I’m willing to make an exception. What a shame that he squandered his platform and his innate charisma, by promoting such a cruel and spite-filled ideology.
I’m sad that he can’t die over and over and over again.
I’ve heard the stock of OxyContin just dropped down to “Junky” level.
He took so much hate with him. The world is so much better without him.
If you listen to Fox, you would think we just lost FDR. No Meghan, the lack of conservatives in the media does not explain or make ok all the hate and ignorance Rush dumped on the airwaves. America is so much better than all the crap the GOP has normalized. The Limbaugh family could have auctioned off the right to pull the plug on him.
We’re talking big bucks…
Finally! I was counting the days. This lowlife peace of sh-t. Vile to the core. Good riddance. Looking forward to more of his ilk biting the dust.
nothing of value was lost.
Rush is done! Dead! Six feet under. I hope he doesn’t poison the worms.
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