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The cynical part of me wonders if a better person could have had such influence over so many people.
To answer that question imagine the local nightly news. How are violent, ugly stories received vs. how are sweet, feel-good stories received?

No one wants to participate in a Kumbaya session when they could be getting enraged by something.
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I remember the day I learned who he was. It was 1992, and I was working at a place where we all listened to radio/music throughout the work day. One guy asked me if I listened to Rush. I said "Yes, but I prefer their earlier stuff".

That was the first time I ever heard of there being another Rush on the radio.
That is all I'll say about him.
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The architect of so much of Americaís ignorance and hate. Other than Trump, and probably Murdoch, thereís no one person more responsible for the coarsening of debate these last 30 years. I could say more but Iíll be a lot more civil than he ever was.
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Well. That happened.

As others have said, it's too bad he couldn't have used his talent (and he was talented) for something positive. Beyond that, I have nothing to say.
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I still don't know what ESPN was thinking when they added him to the MNF crew. How anyone thought that was a good idea is beyond me. Looking on You Tube I can't find a single clip of those few games he did.
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I still don't know what ESPN was thinking when they added him to the MNF crew. How anyone thought that was a good idea is beyond me. Looking on You Tube I can't find a single clip of those few games he did.
He was very popular with a large audience of white male listeners, so that was the Venn diagram with NFL. Also, he was controversial, and they thought people (love him or hate him) would tune in to see what he said.
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Thank you cancer!
Old 02-17-21, 01:13 PM
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He was a horrible person and the world is certainly not worse off by his passing.

Old 02-17-21, 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by The Antipodean View Post
The architect of so much of Americaís ignorance and hate. Other than Trump, and probably Murdoch, thereís no one person more responsible for the coarsening of debate these last 30 years.
Hannity has done his best to top him. Sadly, he's done a very good job of keeping up at the very least.

Rush started off as a genial, good natured host with a smartass sense of humor. He progressively got angrier and more bitter as time went on, and his statements more outlandish, and his playing with the facts became faster and looser.
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I'm not going to comment on Limbaugh himself, but I'm glad that he lived long enough to see Trump defeated.
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Are we allowed in this subforum to say we are glad someone is dead, because they consistently made the world a worse place?

Asking for a friend.
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I listened to Rush for a couple of years in the mid-90s. He was cheerful. He made conservative thinking funny and approachable. He was very good at mockery, which is a prime tool of political commentators. He took calls from people who disagreed with him and he'd have a mini debate. After a while I got tired of how he adjusted the facts to suit his argument and I stopped listening.

Imagine my surprise when I heard his show again in 2016. He was a venomous serpent that kept biting and biting. He was a ball of barely suppressed rage. I was astonished that millions of people were listening to that for fifteen hours a week. I would as soon stick my head in acid.

Rush Limbaugh is one of the big winners of my lifetime. He moved the politics of our country from Bill Clinton being considered a centrist to Trump being elected. Not all important people are good guys. I think that he's as an important a historical figure as Harriet Beecher Stowe or Martin Luther King.
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Originally Posted by Nick Danger View Post
I listened to Rush for a couple of years in the mid-90s. He was cheerful. He made conservative thinking funny and approachable. He was very good at mockery, which is a prime tool of political commentators. He took calls from people who disagreed with him and he'd have a mini debate. After a while I got tired of how he adjusted the facts to suit his argument and I stopped listening.

Imagine my surprise when I heard his show again in 2016. He was a venomous serpent that kept biting and biting. He was a ball of barely suppressed rage. I was astonished that millions of people were listening to that for fifteen hours a week. I would as soon stick my head in acid.
Yeah, he was still fun and funny in the mid 90's, but a little more anger and bitterness was just starting to creep in.

Due to a change in my work hours I couldn't listen to him for a couple years, and when I started listening again around 1999 or 2000 he was already different. His hearing problem and divorce from Marta seemed to change his personality. That undercurrent of bitterness and anger was becoming a massive undertow. By 2003 or so I couldn't listen to his show for more than 5 minutes before I turned it off. I didn't want to listen to his show with any regularity (so I didn't), but every now and then I'd tune in to hear what he had to say on a specific subject - and I was constantly surprised by how far to the right he had gone, and how angry he was.

For a guy who won life's lottery he sure sounded like someone who had everything that mattered stolen from him. He never seemed to appreciate his position or good fortune.
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Originally Posted by JackoOnHisBacko View Post
I remember the day I learned who he was. It was 1992, and I was working at a place where we all listened to radio/music throughout the work day. One guy asked me if I listened to Rush. I said "Yes, but I prefer their earlier stuff".


I'm going to follow the "if you don't have anything nice to say..." path on this one.
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Be nice. Just like Rush was.





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Originally Posted by Nick Danger View Post
I listened to Rush for a couple of years in the mid-90s. He was cheerful. He made conservative thinking funny and approachable. He was very good at mockery, which is a prime tool of political commentators. He took calls from people who disagreed with him and he'd have a mini debate. After a while I got tired of how he adjusted the facts to suit his argument and I stopped listening.

Imagine my surprise when I heard his show again in 2016. He was a venomous serpent that kept biting and biting. He was a ball of barely suppressed rage. I was astonished that millions of people were listening to that for fifteen hours a week. I would as soon stick my head in acid.

Rush Limbaugh is one of the big winners of my lifetime. He moved the politics of our country from Bill Clinton being considered a centrist to Trump being elected. Not all important people are good guys. I think that he's as an important a historical figure as Harriet Beecher Stowe or Martin Luther King.
But not as important as Hitler or Stalin, certainly. I wonder where he would rank in comparison to Pol Pot?
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Amount I smiled today > amount I mourned today.
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Originally Posted by funkyryno View Post
Amount I smiled today > amount I mourned today.
I've actually been mourning the loss of the good Rush Limbaugh for over 20 years.

That guy died a long time ago. He was replaced by an angry asshole in the late 90's, body snatcher style.
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Originally Posted by B5Erik View Post
I've actually been mourning the loss of the good Rush Limbaugh for over 20 years.

That guy died a long time ago. He was replaced by an angry asshole in the late 90's, body snatcher style.
Iíve never listened to Rush but I assume the same thing happened to him that happens with many others of his type. He realized what made him popular with his base and just dove deeper and deeper into that pandering until he was completely lost in it. Seems like almost every Foxnews talking head has done the same thing.
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Iíve never listened to Rush but I assume the same thing happened to him that happens with many others of his type. He realized what made him popular with his base and just dove deeper and deeper into that pandering until he was completely lost in it. Seems like almost every Foxnews talking head has done the same thing.
Honestly, I think his hearing loss and then his divorce really changed him. His personality changed. It was noticeable. And his anger and frustration was taken out on the left.
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But not as important as Hitler or Stalin, certainly. I wonder where he would rank in comparison to Pol Pot?
It depends on how you construct "important". Pol Pot ranks high on the list of worst people alive during my lifetime. The number of people he murdered is small in comparison to Mao, but he killed a third of the people in his country. I rarely wish people dead, but I was happy for a week when Pol Pot died of "a heart attack" while under house arrest.

Nevertheless, Rush had a lot more effect on the culture of my country than Pol Pot.
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Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ View Post
Iíve never listened to Rush but I assume the same thing happened to him that happens with many others of his type. He realized what made him popular with his base and just dove deeper and deeper into that pandering until he was completely lost in it. Seems like almost every Foxnews talking head has done the same thing.
That's an accurate description of what happened to him. There are many who never liked him, but there are some who liked the Rush of old (20+ years ago). I don't know of any current fans who would've liked that Rush. They'd accuse him of being a socialist.
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Originally Posted by Dan View Post
Be nice. Just like Rush was.
I basically agree with this take :

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That's an accurate description of what happened to him. There are many who never liked him, but there are some who liked the Rush of old (20+ years ago). I don't know of any current fans who would've liked that Rush. They'd accuse him of being a socialist.
They'd be shocked at how soft and good natured he was. He was able to stick it to the left in a good natured way. His jokes were tongue in cheek. He was actually friendly and kind.

Until Clinton won, and then he started a slow shift which ramped up into high gear after his hearing went and had his divorce from Marta. Those events really changed him and the tone of this show.

But yeah, his current listeners would be shocked. They'd think he was too soft on the left and far too moderate.

Kind of a sad statement on the current state of politics in this country.

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