Rush Limbaugh

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Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh (born January 12, 1951) is a conservative American radio talk show host. Limbaugh has risen to the top of the ratings heap as a reliably conservative voice in a media environment dominated by liberals. In the conflict with the current Democrat administration, Rush has become one of the de facto leaders of the Republican opposition.

Radio

Limbaugh hosts a radio show famed for its incisive criticism of the follies of liberalism and his cogent exposure of liberal propaganda and deceit. He is often at odds with liberal activist Al Franken[1]. He habitually refers to feminists who support abortion as feminazis and to his own self as having "talent on loan from God".

Limbaugh's style has been credited with "reviving AM radio in the United States, and is considered by many to have been a catalyst for the Republican Party's 1994 Congressional victories"[2]. Limbaugh's conservative talk show is nationally syndicated and averages over 16 million listeners weekly, making him the #1 Radio Talk Show Host in America. The Top Talk Radio Audiences Tallkers magazine online</ref> In July 2008, Rush announced "he has renewed his contract with Premiere Radio Networks and Clear Channel Radio, continuing syndication of his show 'many years into the future.'" [3]

Obama to Fail

Rush made national headlines when he was asked to write 400 words for a newspaper column about Obama's plans. He said he didn't need 400 words, he needs just four, "I hope he fails." The liberal mainstream media ran wild with the story, painting him and Republicans as obstructionists. In reality, Rush was saying if Obama is for socialistic policies and against Ronald Reagan capitalist policies, of course Rush can't support it.

Rush addressed CPAC and further discussed his stance that generated so much attention. [4]

"Did the Democrats want the war in Iraq to fail? Well, they certainly did. And they not only wanted the war in Iraq to fail, they proclaimed it a failure. ... The last thing they wanted was to win. They hoped George Bush failed. So where is it -- what is so strange about being honest and saying, I want Barack Obama to fail if his mission is to restructure and reform this country so that capitalism and individual liberty are not its foundation? Why would I want that to succeed?"

The Harry Reid Letter

On October 2, 2007, Senator Harry Reid, D-NV, wrote a letter to Mark P. Mays, President and CEO of Clear Channel Communications, who is Rush Limbaugh's chief patron. In it Senator Reid essentially demanded that Mr. Mays order Mr. Limbaugh to apologize for remarks he made concerning "phony soldiers."[5] A phony soldier is someone who is not a soldier at all but is pretending to be one, especially in a public forum. Such activity is unlawful, and the person whose activity prompted Mr. Limbaugh's remarks has since been convicted and punished.[6]

Mr. Limbaugh obtained that letter, apparently from Mr. Mays' office, and publicly exhibited it to an audience in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on October 11. The next day he placed the letter for sale at public auction at eBay.com.[7] Mrs. Betty Casey, trustee of the Eugene B. Casey Foundation and a notable philanthropist in her own right, won the auction and paid more than two million US dollars for the item. Mr. Limbaugh donated the entire proceeds to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation and included a matching contribution of his own.

Images of the text of the letter, and the signatures of the Senators, appear below:


Politics

Limbaugh endorsed Mitt Romney for the 2008 Presidential Election. [8] He was often critical of John McCain during the Republican primaries, but supported him in the general election.

Painkiller addiction

On October 6, 2003 Limbaugh told his audience he was addicted to OxyContin and other painkillers citing a failed back surgery as the cause of his pain and subsequent dependence. [9][10] Limbaugh underwent treatment for his addiction, and charges against him for alleged "doctor shopping" to procure prescription medications were dropped on the condition that he continue treatment for his addiction.[11]


Other Media Work

The Limbaugh Letter is a monthly publication that contains conservative articles and humor in Rush's style.

Limbaugh is involved in the conservative satire show "The 1/2 Hour News Hour" show on the Fox News Channel. [12]

Rush occasionally writes op-ed pieces for the Wall Street Journal.

Limbaugh briefly held a position as a commentator on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown pre-game show. He resigned from the show on October 2, 2006 after criticism of his statement that Philadelphia Eagles quaterback Donovan McNabb was overrated because the media wanted to see a black NFL quarterback succeed.[13]

Role as a Republican Leader

In the aftermath of the election of Barack Obama, Limbaugh took a leading role in criticizing the incoming administration, and the policy decisions that had taken place since the inauguration. Limbaugh's prominent role in speaking for conservative Republicans through nationwide broadcasts have led many in the Republican party to regard him as a de facto spokesman and leader of the conservative Republican movement in the absence of a dominant political leader. Limbaugh's positive reception as a keynote speaker at the 2009 CPAC conference reinforced this viewpoint.

In the aftermath of Limbaugh's keynote appearance at CPAC 2009, his role as the de facto leader of the GOP in 2009 was challenged by Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele, who instead characterized Limbaugh as an entertainer who does not speak on behalf of the GOP itself:

"Rush Limbaugh's whole thing is entertainment. Yes, it is incendiary. Yes, it is ugly."

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor has also made statements on news programs to distance Limbaugh's rhetoric from the GOP's actual policy approach to working with the Obama administration.[1]

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