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I won't shed any tears.

 

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In a way isn't this worse?

"Oh, in real life he doesn't believe a thing he says on air"

I find that to be pretty disingenuous from both sides

Lying just to make a buck and broadcasting hate to people who absolutely believe every thing he says on air
I'm not overly religious but I hope Limbaugh asked for forgiveness on his death bed. If I remember my catechism, the type of lying he did, lying for money, is the worst kind of sin....the go straight to hell kind of sin. When you leave the world worst than what you found it, you deserve what you get. If he asked for forgiveness, then he'll get a golden mic that fortunately, us mere mortals will never have to hear again.
 

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https://people.com/politics/remembering-elton-john-unexpected-bond-with-rush-limbaugh/


"John, for his part, has talked about his unexpected relationship with Limbaugh in the years since.
In a 2012 interview with USA Today, he said Limbaugh "sends me the loveliest emails. What I get from Rush privately and what I get from Rush publicly are two different things. I'm just trying to break him down."
According to USA Today, John believed then that Limbaugh, with whom he had bonded over music, wasn't really against gay marriage.
As John told The New York Times in 2014: "I've been sober for 24 years now, and one of the best lessons it taught me is to listen. When it comes to people like Rush Limbaugh, or people who might enrage you sometimes, dialogue is the only way. You have to reach out."



I found this article interesting. I am not a Rush follower so I had no idea he was even married but I found this article kind of endearing. A lesson to be shared by all.
Limbaugh may have been a closeted, self hating gay man. Some years ago, he was arrested at an airport on his return from the Caribbean (don't remember the place) for having in his possession Viagra without a prescription. He was with a group of men, and referred to the trip as "having fun with the boys".

Sounds like he had a crush on Elton John.
 

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I know it is horrible, but I wished ill upon Rush. There are very few people that I would ever wish ill upon, regardless of how hateful they are, but Rush wasn't just hateful. He was the root of much of the hatred in this country and promoted conspiracies that led to the near toppling of our democracy. The world is a better place today. Good riddance!
 

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Thinking it over, nobody gloated about Mr. Rodgers death, and nobody is counting down the days until Betty White’s death. It’s almost like the energy that you put out is the energy that you get back.
 
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Thinking it over, nobody gloated about Mr. Rodgers death, and nobody counted down Betty White’s death. It’s almost like the energy that you put out is the energy that you get back.
Betty White's still alive. She and Keith Richards will stand as the last two living beings at the end times, destined to do battle for the title of Master of the Universe. There can be only one.
 

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Man there are days, good days and then there are days like today. Just giddy.

someone might wanna think about a bailout for the OxyContin and Thai male tourism industries. It’s their Black Wednesday.
 

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of course he did
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On Wednesday, conservative talk radio provocateur Rush Limbaugh died of lung cancer at age 70. At the end of his life, Limbaugh was one of former President Donald Trump’s staunchest supporters, and Trump rewarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2020.

Trump called into Fox News to eulogize his friend – one of the first times we’ve heard his voice since he left the White House – and of course made it about himself, which Jimmy Kimmel found funny. On Wednesday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the host played a clip from Trump’s Fox News call, when the twice impeached commander-in-chief took a long digression from what he was supposed to be talking about to remind everyone that he won the election, by a lot.

“Rush thought we won – and so do I, by the way,” Trump said, once again making his false claim of election fraud. He continued to gripe about how the election was stolen from him for several more seconds, playing his greatest rhetorical hits like “a lot of people are saying” and “they feel that way very strongly.” Eventually, he claimed there would have been riots if what happened to him happened to a Democratic candidate.

“Anyway, who died again?” Kimmel cracked. “There’s no ‘I’ in ‘eulogy,’ Don.”...................

Jimmy Kimmel dunks on Trump’s self-serving Rush Limbaugh tribute - GoldDerby
 

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I have no feelings one way or another about his death, but I was ecstatic when he went off the air, about 30 years too late.
 

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I saw a poignant remembrance of Rush’s legacy on Twitter. A young woman said she had never heard of him, but in middle school after stating an opinion about something or other, she was mockingly called a “feminazi” by a middle school boy. She didn’t even know what that referred to or what he could possibly have meant.

That’s Rush’s legacy in my mind. He made the world a meaner, crueler place. It is what it is, and now I’ve broken my promise to myself to not speak of him. I just couldn’t get that story out of my mind.
 

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Rush Limbaugh was my first exposure to politics as a sport. Prior to that, it was just something on the news that I vaguely listened to when my parents had on, and it was always sort of dry and boring - at least to a pre-teen. Then my dad started having him on the radio (him and later Neal Boortz), and I'd listen along like any other good southern Christian conservative. He was amazingly talented and charismatic. And he made politics seem like a sport. I was not aware of anyone else who was like that at the time.

I think Limbaugh played a large part in where we are as a country today. Either he created the demand for continuous combative political commentary, or he filled the already existing demand -- but I am not aware of any other media outlet or personality that had his kind of reach in the early 90's that was multiple hours a day of political combat.

Like all humans, he was probably complex in his overall views and feelings and so on... but publicly he built his brand on making fun of people and being angry, and that will be his legacy.
 

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Matt Gertz made a good thread on Twitter. He noticed that Rush’s defenders never seemed to put any actual quotes from his radio programs in their tributes. Just quotes from the CPAC speech, or some quotes from other interviews he gave. They are avoiding his true essence, IMO.

I saw another tweet that said that people who criticized him just didn’t understand how funny he was. Insult comics only really work, IMO, when they are insulting the elite and powerful. Punching down is just cowardly. Rush was a coward and a bully, he always, always punched down. That he was so celebrated is an indictment of America, really. So we can remember who he really was, here is a list of quotes from his show.

 

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https://people.com/politics/remembering-elton-john-unexpected-bond-with-rush-limbaugh/


"John, for his part, has talked about his unexpected relationship with Limbaugh in the years since.
In a 2012 interview with USA Today, he said Limbaugh "sends me the loveliest emails. What I get from Rush privately and what I get from Rush publicly are two different things. I'm just trying to break him down."
According to USA Today, John believed then that Limbaugh, with whom he had bonded over music, wasn't really against gay marriage.
As John told The New York Times in 2014: "I've been sober for 24 years now, and one of the best lessons it taught me is to listen. When it comes to people like Rush Limbaugh, or people who might enrage you sometimes, dialogue is the only way. You have to reach out."



I found this article interesting. I am not a Rush follower so I had no idea he was even married but I found this article kind of endearing. A lesson to be shared by all.
This would not surprise me but it raises a concern of a different kind. I am sure many political pundits have a private persona and a public persona that is more a 'character' they play. What's dangerous is the people watching/listening to these 'characters' are not making any kind of distinction. I'm sure Hannity doesn't believe half the stuff he says but it makes him money. Rush was the same. His claim to fame is starting to talk on AM radio when nothing was there but static and country music stations. Over the years he went from pithy to a downright mean-streak.

What does surprise me is that more civilized and intellectual conservative commentators are praising Rush because, at best, he was yellow journalism and political 'info-tainment.'

Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night (movie is equally good, btw) summed up the problem with such people: "We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."
 
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This would not surprise me but it raises a concern of a different kind. I am sure many political pundits have a private persona and a public persona that is more a 'character' they play. What's dangerous is the people watching/listening to these 'characters' are not making any kind of distinction. I'm sure Hannity doesn't believe half the stuff he says but it makes him money. Rush was the same. His claim to fame is starting to talk on AM radio when nothing was there but static and country music stations. Over the years he went from pithy to a downright mean-streak.

What does surprise me is that more civilized and intellectual conservative commentators are praising Rush because, at best, he was yellow journalism and political 'info-tainment.'

Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night (movie is equally good, btw) summed up the problem with such people: "We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."
No, no, no...Hannity believes every last word he says. So much so that he wouldn't admit a lie if it slapped him in the face.
 

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