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Old 02-17-21, 03:17 PM
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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.
I only had AM radio in my first car from mid-80s into the mid-90s. During my long drives, Rush always seemed to be on, and I enjoyed listening to his discussions back then. But as you mention, once Clinton got elected, the policy discussion seemed to be more negative hot takes and lot more personal attacks, so I tuned out and stopped following, but he was groundbreaking at the time for sure.
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Originally Posted by B5Erik View Post
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.
I wouldn't doubt that, but I also think outrage was good for business/ratings. That's what it's all about in media anyway, right?
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Anyone remember when 30 years ago he used to have a segment called AIDS update, in which he mocked people who were dying of the disease? Yeah, he was that bad.
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I wouldn't doubt that, but I also think outrage was good for business/ratings. That's what it's all about in media anyway, right?

He found a niche. Conservative Radio makes tons more money than liberal radio
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Interesting article about how the loss of the Fairness Doctrine and the rise of Rush got us to where we are today.

Limbaugh knew that. In some ways, he invented the format in which hosts talks nonstop for hours. They pick fights with listeners and stake out political positions.

That change that followed the repeal of the fairness doctrine not only gave voice to Rush Limbaugh, but Limbaugh’s success gave rise to others and provided encouragement for Fox News’ 1996 launch with Republican strategist Roger Ailes at the helm. Fox News launched with President Bill Clinton in its sights as a perfect target to relentlessly attack.

It would be incorrect to say the repeal of the fairness doctrine created Fox News, since Fox News is a cable company and cable TV content would not have fallen under FCC rules the way that over-the-air stations were. But Limbaugh’s talk radio work created an audience and appetite for what Fox News would generate.

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It is kind of nice to see people saying that Rush was entertaining pre-Clinton.

I began listening to talk radio in the early '90s (driving home late at night/early in the morning from my now-wife's house) and I recall him being of the first things that I started listening to.

I recall him getting nutty during the Clinton administration and I didn't listen much longer. Looking back, I have recently been questioning myself: "Did I enjoy and buy into this crap?" It is good to know that it is my memory that is bad and that there was a point when he was entertaining, not nutty.

On a side note ... Cape Girardeau, MO is usually where I stop for gas and food when travelling between Illinois and Mississippi. I often travel down the road named for him and wonder how long that name would remain. If they haven't changed it by now, I doubt they will.
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Originally Posted by B5Erik View Post
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.
I think you're misremembering the timeline. Limbaugh didn't become syndicated until 1988, and rose to prominence in 1991 by ridiculing peace activists as the Gulf War was ramping up. Clinton was, of course, elected in 1992 -- nearly 30 years ago, and just 4 years into Limbaugh being a national personality. His hearing problems started in 2001 and his divorce from Marta wasn't until 2004; by then, he had spent well over a decade spewing hatred toward Democrats in general and Clinton in particular. There was never a "soft" side to Limbaugh toward liberals or the left, at least not that he shared with his audience. His on-air persona was always full of hate toward those on the left.
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Anyone remember when 30 years ago he used to have a segment called AIDS update, in which he mocked people who were dying of the disease? Yeah, he was that bad.
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What was the Rush? Huge weight lifted from the world.
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It's days like this that I wish there really was a hell.
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Today, the world mourns the loss of a great humanitarian of towering rectitude and incomparable decency... Oops, my keyboard was stuck on Antipode setting.

It is instructive to note that cancers sometimes kill other cancers.
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I think you're misremembering the timeline. Limbaugh didn't become syndicated until 1988, and rose to prominence in 1991 by ridiculing peace activists as the Gulf War was ramping up. Clinton was, of course, elected in 1992 -- nearly 30 years ago, and just 4 years into Limbaugh being a national personality. His hearing problems started in 2001 and his divorce from Marta wasn't until 2004; by then, he had spent well over a decade spewing hatred toward Democrats in general and Clinton in particular. There was never a "soft" side to Limbaugh toward liberals or the left, at least not that he shared with his audience. His on-air persona was always full of hate toward those on the left.
I did misremember when he had his hearing go bad on him, and I remembered the divorce being around the same time.

But, as I noted, he really changed noticeably after Clinton got elected. Prior to that he was much friendlier, a genial, good natured host.

OF COURSE ha made fun of the left - just like people on the left make fun of people on the right. But it wasn't from a place of hate or bitterness the way it would be later.

And, yeah, I started listening to him in '88, right after his show was first syndicated. The thing I remember most about those days is he would put liberals at the front of the line and give them more time than anyone else. He loved having a good debate with them. He wasn't mean spirited or insulting during those debates, either. He genuinely wanted to win them over to his side.

His humor during that early time was excellent, too.
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He did not have kind words for Cobain when he died.

I wonder if the Steelers will mention his passing with a quote since he was a fan

I don't think there will be anybody that could probably match his success or influence on AM Radio since that might be a dying format.

Maybe Imus but he is dead too.
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On a related topic - I took a massive shit today.
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On a related topic - I took a massive shit today.
Reincarnation is real!
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I seldom listened to him when he first hit the air. But I will not speak ill of him , even though I was not a fan


RIP

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Jerry was actually in rehab when he died.
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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.

Some idiots thought he was right when he criticized McNabb and his argument made no sense.

I saw on the news in 2007 he thought watching a NFL game was like the bloods vs the Crips with no weapons.
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The architect of so much of America’s ignorance and hate. Other than Trump, and probably Murdoch, there’s no one person more responsible for the coarsening of debate these last 30 years.
Alex Jones?
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Alex Jones?
Rush was way, way more popular than Alex Jones, who was always considered a fringe nut job. Back in the day, Rush was considered a right-wing Howard Stern and the comparison was fair. They were probably two of the very best daily radio talk show hosts ever, and both said terrible regrettable things for shock value. But only Rush was truly an awful person.
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Originally Posted by Decker View Post
Rush was way, way more popular than Alex Jones, who was always considered a fringe nut job. Back in the day, Rush was considered a right-wing Howard Stern and the comparison was fair. They were probably two of the very best daily radio talk show hosts ever, and both said terrible regrettable things for shock value. But only Rush was truly an awful person.

I remember the Time magazine cover:



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Jerry was actually in rehab when he died.
Ironically, we could refer to Limbaugh as “just another dead doper and a dirt bag” and we’d be pretty accurate.

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