Rush Limbaugh dies at age 70. This is why he was so important

Rush Limbaugh, the conservative media icon who for decades used his perch as the king of talk-radio to shape the politics of both the Republican Party and nation, died Wednesday after a battle with cancer. He was 70 years old.
Limbaugh's wife Kathryn made the announcement on his radio show Wednesday.
"As so many of you know, losing a loved one is terribly difficult, even more so when that loved one is larger than life," she said. "Rush will forever be the greatest of all time."
Limbaugh announced in February 2020 that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Limbaugh continued to host his show while undergoing treatment, and he told listeners that he remained hopeful he would defeat the disease.
A pioneer of AM talk-radio, Limbaugh for 32 years hosted "The Rush Limbaugh Show," a nationally-syndicated program with millions of loyal listeners that transfigured him into a partisan force and polarizing figure in American politics. In many ways, his radio show was like the big bang of the conservative media universe. "TheRush Limbaugh Show" helped popularize the political talk-radio format and usher in a generation of conservative infotainment.
Using his sizable platform, Limbaugh advanced conservative ideas, though he often waded into conspiratorial waters and generated controversy for hateful commentary on gender and race. During the course of his career, Limbaugh started a number of fires with his commentary.

Limbaugh offered a conditional apology after he accused actor Michael J. Fox of exaggerating his Parkinson's disease and apologized when he a insulted law school student Sandra Fluke. He relentlessly attacked President Barack Obama, going as far as to fan the flames of birtherism, the discredited idea that Obama was born outside the United States and therefore not eligible to be President. And, in the last few years, he peddled "deep state" conspiracy theories, providing cover for President Donald Trump, who he counted as a friend.
More recently, Limbaugh appeared to approve of some forms of political violence in the immediate aftermath of the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol. He also drew backlash at the outset of the pandemic when he dismissed the coronavirus as the "common cold" and contended that it was being "weaponized" by members of the mainstream press to bludgeon Trump and harm his re-election chances. The missive was classic Limbaugh, who built a career on expressing strong distrust of the established press order and referred to himself as "America's Anchorman."
Despite his penchant for pushing conspiracy theories and peddling misinformation that benefited Trump and the other political figures he supported over the years, Limbaugh acknowledged the weight of his words in a 2008 interview with The New York Times.
"I take the responsibility that comes with my show very seriously," Limbaugh told the newspaper. "I want to persuade people with ideas. I don't walk around thinking about my power. But in my heart and soul, I know I have become the intellectual engine of the conservative movement."
'No one had heard anything like it before'
Rush Hudson Limbaugh III was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to Rush Hudson Limbaugh Jr. and Mildred Carolyn Limbaugh. His father, Limbaugh Jr., was a prominent Republican activist. Limbaugh's younger brother, David Limbaugh, is a lawyer and conservative commentator.
From a young age, Limbaugh was interested in a career in radio. When he was 16 years old Limbaugh enrolled in a summer course on radio engineering and earned a broadcaster's license. He soon landed a job in local radio. Limbaugh's father demanded he attend college, but Limbaugh had little interest.
"My father expected me to be a professional man," Limbaugh told The Times. "The problem was, I hated school. I hated being told what to do. In the Boy Scouts I never got a single merit badge. In school my grades were terrible. I just didn't want to be there. I just wanted to be on the radio."
Limbaugh eventually attended Southeast Missouri State University for a year before dropping out. He struggled to find a stable career in radio, working at various stations, including as a top-40 DJ. Limbaugh also struggled in his personal life, having divorced two women in a span of 10 years.
Things changed when he moved to Sacramento, California, to work at KFBK-AM in 1984. From there, Limbaugh developed "The Rush Limbaugh Show." He struck success, doing well in the ratings and earning the attention of Ed McLaughlin, the former head of ABC Radio. In 1988, when Limbaugh's show became nationally syndicated, he moved to New York to broadcast from WABC.

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100+ comentarios:

Super Duper
Super Duper:
May he receive the same compassion and empathy that he's always shown others.
mikep6979
mikep6979:
When was the last time someone's death caused so many so much joy? If you want to be mourned, live decently.
LeoDahVee
LeoDahVee:
Comment section gonna be interesting
Georgia Williams
Georgia Williams:
Much Love to Michael J. Fox ❤🙏
melanie
melanie:
I hear the state of Texas is holding a candlelight vigil in his honour
EVELYN PUA
EVELYN PUA:
A legacy who symbolize division, why CNN like this . How about CNN REPORTING ?
RJ Yeezy
RJ Yeezy:
Did he seriously die on "Ash Wednesday"?? Oh, the irony.
Jeremy Imes
Jeremy Imes:
I hope people truly focus on my failures and low points after I die. I hope my worst moments and all the bad things I’ve ever said are the most remembered things about me.
Gospelfan Man
Gospelfan Man:
"Welcome, my son ..."

- God
felix acosta
felix acosta:
gee..I have also seen cnn..give it to hunter biden, as it does to to the republican party..
haven't you seen it too?
Vander Legion
Vander Legion:
Hey guys looks like Catherine's finally free
dulvab
dulvab:
The only good thing he did becoming another public restroom for all of us humans with more than 2 braincells
savagegod13
savagegod13:
Funny how he was right about Donavan McNabb 🤣 dude was shit!
A Disciple
A Disciple:
Everyone dies, the most important thing is how you lived.
Batman
Batman:
Brian Stelter is the weirdest choice for rush Limbaugh‘s obituary.
Flyerman777
Flyerman777:
That was respectful CNN, very nice
Hilltop Gang
Hilltop Gang:
Smoking on that RUSH pack⛽⛽💨💨💨😁
Bruce Jane
Bruce Jane:
Why is Boss Hogg on cnn?
Empress Zaire
Empress Zaire:
Damn, during black history month 😉
Michael Wherly
Michael Wherly:
Steady on, CNN! you'll end up canonising the guy.
Barnaby Wylde
Barnaby Wylde:
Gotta listen to a Kool and The Gang song now.
Luner Lee
Luner Lee:
The definition of projection:
Blaming others for your own problems. Such as DIVISION
Nicky 35
Nicky 35:
Lol, little Brian Stelter couldn't help but do a last, I got'ya...
Aaron Lee
Aaron Lee:
Fox News has turned off the comments on their YouTube page. That says a lot
Kirby Jefferson
Kirby Jefferson:
It is written there is power in the tongue your words can and are supposed to promote thought but what kinds of thought positive or negative good or bad love or hate peace or war life or death?
sneaky bidder
sneaky bidder:
Watch out Mitch
HiPoint1095Carbine
HiPoint1095Carbine:
At least we still have Birch Barlow.
Ki Po
Ki Po:
Rush Limbaugh has assumed room temperature.
Izzzy009
Izzzy009:
Fox News has their comment section turned off!!! Lol 😂 🤦
r mac
r mac:
Stelter has so much make up on its ridiculous!
AMY HEART
AMY HEART:
So what did you guys have for dinner?
Boris Sheen
Boris Sheen:
he was evil. no sadness here.
Mike Jones
Mike Jones:
I didnt hate Rush, I hated his views on various subjects. Its always sad at the end of any life. I will let the Lord judge him just as he will Judge me. May God bless his family.
Barry Frank
Barry Frank:
I will cry no tears for such a evil man. Glad he's gone. He's in satan's hands now. All you Republicans are next
Rychy St. Vincent
Rychy St. Vincent:
Why has Fox turned off comments for lots of their coverage of Rush Limbaugh?
Alice Ramirez
Alice Ramirez:
Closer and closer to men kind comes their reckoning; yet they do not heed and don't turn away🤷
Brandon Helm
Brandon Helm:
From what he calls the “biased liberal media”...... Brian Stelter acting like that’s a false statement🙄
Derrick Rhame
Derrick Rhame:
This ripped my heart out when i heard
MIKE BARAN
MIKE BARAN:
When I See Brian, All I Hear Is Mark Dice...
Rowdy J chill
Rowdy J chill:
So my mom got me another dog! What should I name her?
Richard Arsulowicz
Richard Arsulowicz:
Tim Dillon needs to take his seat
Millenial Gamer
Millenial Gamer:
I honestly found about this man through Family Guy.
Nuzah Dieudonne
Nuzah Dieudonne:
Go well sir
aוτimgamr
aוτimgamr:
Fox News was wise to turn the comments off on their video
MR. Meeseeks
MR. Meeseeks:
"Fabulous obitiuary" 🖕 u Stelter
Laura Župčić
Laura Župčić:
To people in the comments, what about: 'When they go low, we go high?'
Juan Rodriguez
Juan Rodriguez:
karma 🤐
***FISHING*** Texas
***FISHING*** Texas:
1 Peter 2:16. There are limits on freedom....Sin is sin. Evil is evil. ....we all need GRACE.
boaty msboatface
boaty msboatface:
How many out there saw their Dad or Granddad’s personality change because of Rush?
Max Well
Max Well:
How about all the Rush fans that read this go give $5 to Tunnels to Towers in Rush's name.
Jack Denners
Jack Denners:
cut to 5:29 and look how many times this man blinks
Patrick R
Patrick R:
Vile carcass get to your oblivion
Pranom Keith
Pranom Keith:
Now he got freedom forever! Tiny 🎻 soon 🔜 🎺 Trumpet will playing freedom following Rush Rush 🤣 loomba
Adam C.
Adam C.:
He reminded me of Archie Bunker.
Black and Gold
Black and Gold:
So, how's he doing?
William Johnson
William Johnson:
People expect others to respect him and not say shit about him. Yet he was gleeful when rbg died. Also he had a whole segment on an "aids" body count. As chtistipher hitchens said about Jerry Falwell "if you gave him an enema, he'd be buried in a matchbox." I believe the same applies.
Khemus 4
Khemus 4:
R.I.P 🗣rest in piss you racist!
J B
J B:
The father of Outrage Radio for profit. We are where we are today because of RL.
Jasper Etale
Jasper Etale:
Sorry that man died long time ago mentally. For long he has been living among the living dead.
Achdujeh
Achdujeh:
Fair still respectful obituary on an conservative moderator by a liberal channel.
The Wolf
The Wolf:
A sad way to be mentioned n remembered by , " division "
148.g fOrLifE!
148.g fOrLifE!:
If your voice has resonance, you might consider a profession that involves public speaking. Rush can also be “the shizzle,” which is the best or most popular thing.
vskingkong
vskingkong:
How is Lou Dobbs and Bill O'reilly feeling today?
Lovégo Libertas
Lovégo Libertas:
Michael J Fox is cool...wait, who was this about?
I.J. Dragonfly
I.J. Dragonfly:
His obituary should be accompanied by disco music.
Digital Paula
Digital Paula:
Rest in glow, El Rushbo 🌅✝️
Tony Chen
Tony Chen:
i wish i was that rich for doing nothing
Dobe Mom
Dobe Mom:
Hey maybe Marjorie Taylor-Greene can apply for his job since she's got all that free time now.
Hustlehardhitler mrantiracism
Hustlehardhitler mrantiracism:
This rush pack is fire ! Got me feeling like pill popping conservative!!! Best weed ever...
d. kiovo
d. kiovo:
There was no one like him.
w Scott caywood
w Scott caywood:
The pumpkin head is gone. 🎉😂
dirac bracket
dirac bracket:
Limbaugh in Limbo...
richard wilmot Ph.D
richard wilmot Ph.D:
Rush Limbaugh, the conservative media icon & opiate addict...
Aperture Images
Aperture Images:
Flush twice!
Disciple Will
Disciple Will:
Brian Stelter was wearing to much lip stick!
allen larson
allen larson:
Went to the big shady pharmacy in the sky....err earth’s core I mean
Captain America
Captain America:
Limbaugh was a really nice guy . . . as long as you agreed with him. Bye, bye, RINO sensationalist, next up, Moscow Mitch.
Roy Gutierrez
Roy Gutierrez:
You have to give compassion to get it. Adolf was praised when he died by some Germans not all. Most of the world was glad he was gone. This is the same thing. While some Americans are still praising him most of the world is glad he is gone.
Erik Knudson
Erik Knudson:
it describes division, in your mind Ltards.......
CJ O'Murph
CJ O'Murph:
Brian Stelter makes sense for a change. He rightly albeit grudgingly recognized Rush's awesome talent.
Frederick Drenning
Frederick Drenning:
good ridence
X X
X X:
A reminder that when Jerry Garcia died, Rush Limbaugh called him "just another dead doper.

Ditto Rush, Ditto.
Ahmad Ridzwan
Ahmad Ridzwan:
Those windmills got to Rush.
Rest in pieces ol' buddy
badgrand
badgrand:
Hack!
HateDisease
HateDisease:
hahahahahaha. if rush limbaugh was so pro life why is he dead??
J J
J J:
Rot in you know where
JRInTroy
JRInTroy:
A very bad man has died.
Oscar Emboaba
Oscar Emboaba:
Oh wow....I really don't care 😂😂😂😂😂
H Canales
H Canales:
🤗🤗🤗
Cai MacCoinnich
Cai MacCoinnich:
HAHAHAHAHAHA
Kofe Lee
Kofe Lee:
God bless him an his family he believed in God ...see you soon ...
DJ Kool Khris
DJ Kool Khris:
I have $1,000 that says his last words were the election was rigged 🤔
perf b
perf b:
Yea, this too have I seen and it is a vanity of vanities: how the wicked prosper and the righteous are punished.
Jason Castro
Jason Castro:
🙌🙌🙌🙌
Tabitha
Tabitha:
No need to guess where he is now.
Sean Slidders
Sean Slidders:
the USA is a bettet place without him. .
Worm
Worm:
Remember when he said that smoking wouldn't cause him lung cancer.
d t
d t:
Thank you, next
Jyrki Seppälä
Jyrki Seppälä:
He was weird, crazy clown - the big problem was that some people took his talks seriously and he had power.
Beggin for Bluegrass
Beggin for Bluegrass:
When you have a show for 30 years every day for three hours a day you are bound to say some stupid shit.