Rush Limbaugh, the right-wing radio megastar of his right-wing, his divisive style of humor and protest also re-established American conservatism, denigrated Democrats, environmentalists, "feminazis" (his time) and other freedoms in the run-up to Donald J. Trump's death at his home in Palm Beach, Fla. He was 70 years old.
His wife, Kathryn, has announced the first demise of Mr Limbaugh's radio station, which has taken decades of his band of more than 15 million listeners. "I know I'm not the Limbaugh who listened to me today," he said, before adding that he died that morning from lung cancer.
Mr Limbaugh presented a diagnosis of advanced lung cancer last February. A day later, Mr. Trump presented him with the President’s Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest position, during a University speech.
Since emerging in the 1980s as one of the first broadcasters to manage the national political system, Mr. Limbaugh transformed a former lying radio station into a perpetual right-wing attacking machine, his voice being a common feature of daily life - from home to work and travel - to millions of dedicated listeners.
He became one of the most influential people in the American media, promoting mistrust, grievances, and hatred for the rights of Americans who disagreed with his views, and pushed baseless claims and toxic rumors long before Twitter and Reddit became sources of such information. In politics, he was not only Mr. Trump's ally but also a forerunner, combining media reputation, food wing tactics and high-profile appearances to form a large fan base and attack the truth and facts. Theories were based on lies from Barack Obama's birthplace - the president "will still have to prove his citizenship," and lied in 2009 - to say Mr Obama's 2009 health care bill would empower "death cases" and "strengthen" people. American elders. After last year's election, he exacerbated Mr. Trump's baseless allegations of voter fraud; on President Biden's Opening Day, one of his last broadcasts, he stressed to the audience that the new administration had not "officially won it."
In 1995, in the days following the Oklahoma City bombings, President Bill Clinton criticized the "promoters of paranoia" on a radio talk show - speeches that were widely seen as directed at Mr Limbaugh.
The great popularity of Mr. Limbaugh had a profound impact on the state of the world's media. Several right-wing speakers came from local radio stations to mimic his divisive comments. “There is no talk radio as we know it except Rush Limbaugh; it's just not there, ”said Sean Hannity, known as Fox News and a talking radio star, in honor of Mr. Limbaugh on Wednesday. "I would argue, in many ways there is no Fox News or any of these cable networks under consideration."
In the Limbaugh dictionary, advocates of the homeless were “sympathetic fascists,” women who defended abortions were “feminazis,” and environmentalists “were wackos for tree-making.” He falsely called global warming and brutally mocked Michael J. Fox, who imitated the tremors that characterized Parkinson’s disease.
When hundreds of thousands of Americans died of AIDS, Mr. Limbaugh performed a regular episode called "AIDS Updates," in which he joked about the deaths of gay men in Dionne Warwick's recording of the song "I'll Never Love This Way Again." . ”He later expressed regret over the section, but continued to talk about homosexual people years ago; in 2020, she rejected Pete Buttigieg's presidential bid that the American people would be opposed by "a gay man kissing her husband on stage."
In 2012, Mr. Limbaugh killed Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law student, as a "bully" and a "prostitute" after she testified at a conference in support of Obama's administration's demand that health insurance programs include contraceptives for women.
“If we're going to pay for contraceptives and then pay for you to have sex, we want something about it; we want you to upload the videos online so that we can all watch them, ”said Mr Limbaugh. After being sued by President Obama and conference leaders and companies pulled advertising at his show, Mr. Limbaugh released an unusual mea culpa, relying on one of his most common reasons: that his comments were intended for goodwill.
“My choice of words was not a priority,” he said, “and in an effort to amuse me, I created nationalism. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for choosing obscene words. ”
"We hear so many angry and angry voices in America today their single goal seems to be to try to keep other people as crazy as possible and we are all traumatized and upset," Mr Clinton said.
In the Limboff Lexicon, advocates for the homeless were "compassionate fascists", women who defended abortion rights were "feminists", "environmentalists" were tree-hugging vacos. He called global warming a hoax and mocked the cruelty of Michael J. Fox, who imitated the shock and characterized the actor's Parkinson's disease. While hundreds of thousands of Americans were dying of AIDS, Mr. Limboho ran a regular section called "AIDS Updates." He mocked the death of gay men by playing a recording of Dwivedi's song "I'll never love like this again." He later apologized for the segment, but continued to make homophobic remarks over the years; in 2020, he called for Pete Battingig's bid for the presidency. Denied that the American would be chased away by "a gay man kissing her husband's footsteps".
In 2012, Mr. Limboff called Sandra Fluk, a law student at Gettown University, a "slut" and a "prostitute," while congressional hearings endorsed the Obama administration's need for health insurance plans to cover contraception for women.
“If we pay for your contraception and pay you to have sex this way, we ask for something for it; We want you to post videos online so we can all watch. Mr. Limbo said. After being condemned by President Obama and by congressional leaders and companies pulling advertising from his show, Mr. Limbo issued a rare Maya hypothesis based on his more general excuse: that his comment was made for good entertainment.
He said, "The words of my choice were not the best, and I made a national noise in an attempt to be funny. I sincerely apologize to Mrs. Fluke for the insulting word choices.
Mr. Limboe introduced himself as the Blue-Collar America Tribune, though his program made him very rich. He collected 85 85 million a year and lived in a 24,000-square-foot mansion in Palm Beach. (He sold his Manhattan apartment on Fifth Avenue in 2010.)
Yet, despite his enormous following in grassroots Republican politics, he was often shown a kind of attitude by the established Rs. That ended in 2015 with Mr. Trump’s ouster, a lemon devotee who tasted the radio host’s bombest and demagoguang style on the campaign trail and quickly took over the reins of a crowded Republican constituency for the presidency.
After Mr. Trump’s shocking victory, Mr. Limbo rumbled in the air about his new ally at the White House. He praised the president's efforts to reduce Muslim immigration, reduce taxes, promote American jobs, repeal Obamacare, increase military spending and abolish environmental protection. Mr. Limboff has an explanation for opposing Trump's agenda in the 2016 U.S. election and allegations of Russian interference.
"The attack is coming from the shadow of a deep state, where former Obama employees have lived in the intelligence community." "They're lying about things, hoping for them and the Obama-shadow government to finally get rid of Trump."
Last year, the Kovid-19 epidemic ravaged the nation, with Mr. Limbo at one point comparing the coronavirus to a common cold, pushing dangerous lies. And in October, as election day approached and Mr. Trump himself recovered from the virus, the president joined Mr. Limbo in the air for a two-hour "virtual rally," largely devoted to his grievances.
"We love you," Mr. Limbo assured Mr. Trump on behalf of his audience.
Last month, Mr. Limboff sought to reduce Mr. Trump's influence over his supporters, who attacked the United States Capitol, saying Democrats "are lying about their role in the Jan. 6 uprising, or whatever you want to say." Prior to the siege, he had claimed conspiracy theories about electoral fraud, and in December told listeners that Mr Biden "could not win this thing fairly and accurately" and was talking with the idea that the nation was "prone to instability". ”
Mr. Trump paid Mr. Limbo's offspring in an immediate call to Fox News on Wednesday, praising him as "a great gentleman" who "really got it." The former president was one of a parade of Republican luminaires who paid tribute, signaling little to diminish his appeal by conservatives in Mr. Limboho's provocative history. Former President George W. Bush Bush also weighed in, calling Mr. Limboff a "friend" who "considered a voice for millions of Americans."
Unlike Howard Stern, Don Emus, and other big names in shock radio, Mr. Limboff had no side-by-side sidekicks, although he communicated with a voiceless voice that he called Bo. Neither did they have authors, scripts or profiles, just notes and newspaper clippings that they took care of every day.
annoyed - avalanches of phone calls, emails and website anger, too many articles and compliments or anger from White House and Capitol Hill.
To the opposition he was a holy bully, the most dangerous man in America, the label he chose. And some critics assert that he had no real political power, only the horrible, arrogant presence of the aging, ultraright whose name, while impressive, could be considered sufficient to influence the outcome of the national election.
Married four times and divorced three times without children, Mr Limbaugh lived in his Palm Beach estate surrounded by Mpumalanga carpets, cakes and a two-story mahogany library with leather-bound collections. He owned 12 cars, one worth $ 450,000, and a $ 54 million Gulfstream G550 aircraft. He was known for throwing $ 5,000 tips at restaurants.
Mr. Limbaugh himself was easily caricature: overweight for the rest of his life, sometimes weighing 300 pounds [300 kg], smoking cigarettes with irrational teeth and cunning eyes. He moved with astonishing kindness as he showed how a naturalist carefully escapes the forest. But his voice was his brass ring - a striker, a quick stake, he broke the powerful speech of a dolphin or falsetto to cry out to expose those who were doing good with his creative, hurtful vocabulary.
Painkillers and hearing loss
The spiritual battle of Mr. Limbaugh, with its rules of engagement, began with a negotiation program in Sacramento in 1984 and was nationalally assembled in 1988. For more than 20 years it was the most popular show of its kind on the radio, helping to revitalize the national anemic band AM and became the backbone of a commercial television market, best-selling books, profitable talk tours and a huge internet presence.
But as the millennium turned, Mr. Limbaugh faced problems that threatened his empire. In 2001 he admitted that he had almost become deaf - he said, due to a self-inflicted disease. He continued his show, using powerful hearing aids, but not enough. He finally solved his problem with cochlear implants, which provide an electronic sound system. And she learned to read lips.
After years of addiction to pain pills, she was indicted in Florida in 2006 for "buying a doctor" on a prescription. He pleaded not guilty to the charge and paid a fine for the investigation. He entered an Arizona rehab special of celebrities and returned to the airwaves six weeks later, openly telling his audience about his addiction, treatment, and legal status.
By 2008 Mr Limbaugh had returned to the top of the national election. He launched Operation Chaos, urging his supporters to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton in the primaries to fight the Democratic wars, and the belief that Senator John McCain could easily defeat Mr Obama in the national election. He was wrong about that, but he sought credit for disturbing the Democrats.
Mr. Trump and Mr. Limbaugh at a political meeting in Cape Girardeau, Mo., in 2018.
Mr. Trump and Mr. Limbaugh at a political meeting in Cape Girardeau, Mo., in 2018.Credits ... Doug Mills / The New York Times
Rush Hudson Limbaugh III was born on January 12, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., the eldest of Rush Jr. and Mildred (Armstrong) Limbaugh's two sons. His father was a pilot in World War II, a lawyer and an activist for the Republic. His grandfather was President Dwight D. Eisenhower in India. My uncle and cousin became government judges.
As a young man, Rush was a violent, violent man who did not like school and longed to be loved in vain. He loved radio and did broadcast baseball games. During the rebellious 1960's, she did not love one another. At the age of 16, he was taking a summer course in radio engineering and, with a radio license, got a disc jockey job after school at a local radio station.
After graduating from Cape Central High School in 1969, he enrolled in his parents' persistence at Southeast Missouri State University but missed most of his studies, including speaking and dancing, and quit after two invitations.
In 1971, he became a disc jockey for WIXZ-AM in McKeesport, Pa., And in 1973 for KQV in Pittsburgh, using the name Jeff Christie. For several years he worked in music stations before settling in Kansas City, Mo., where in 1979 he became the promoter director of the Kansas City Royals baseball team.
Her first marriage, in 1977 with Roxy Maxine McNeely, a Kansas City radio station secretary, ended in divorce in 1980. He married Michelle Sixta, manager of the Kansas City Royals, in 1983; they divorced in 1990. Her 1994 marriage to Marta Fitzgerald, an aerobics coach, also ended in divorce, in 2004. He married Kathryn Rogers, who organized the team, in 2010.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Limbaugh is survived by his younger brother, David, a lawyer and writer.
Mr. Limbaugh re-tried radio in 1984. His rudeness angered his Kansas City employers but he drew KFBK’s attention to Sacramento, where Morton Downey Jr. they had just been expelled from the country for racism. Mr Limbaugh has taken his place and will soon develop his own ad-lib style - but which was set by the ethics of the Communications Commission.
The doctrine, which required channels to provide free airtime to respond to dissenting views by broadcasters, was abolished in 1987, and Mr. Limbaugh said he was released. He moved to New York City in 1988 and, in collaboration with Edward F. McLaughlin, former president of the ABC radio network, began his nationwide program on ABC radio stations.
From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Limbaugh hosted a half-hour television program, which mimicked his radio program and was integrated into hundreds of channels.
Uncomfortable in New York's political and media circles, based on city and state tax research, he moved to Palm Beach in 1997 but retained his Manhattan apartment until he sold it for $ 11 million in 2010. National Review, with political activists Karl Rove and Supreme Court judges Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.
Mr. Limbaugh has raised millions of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual telephones and fundraising campaigns to fund the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, which offers scholarships for Marines children and law enforcement officials killed on the job.
He wrote “The Way Things Ought to Be” (1992, and John Fund), “See, I Told You So” (1993, and Joseph Farah) and five children's books with a colonial-era actor, Rush Revere.
Mr. Limbaugh has been featured in stories and books, including Paul D. Colford's book "The Rush Limbaugh Story: Talent on Loan from God, an Unauthorized Biography" (1993), and "Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One" (2010), by Zev Chafets. He had won five awards at the National Association of Broadcasters ’Marconi Radio Award and was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1993.
And fame was something he was proud of, even if he confessed it in more style.
"Hello, talk enthusiasts are crossing the taxed plain," he began in one of his deviations from the box, an American flag hanging in the corner.
"This is Rush Limbaugh, the most dangerous man in America, with the largest hypothalamus in North America, who works for humanity by simply opening my mouth, designed for my wing at the American Broadcasting Museum, doing everything I can without any flaws, making this show and part of my brain tied behind I have done right, because I have a gift from God. ”