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There may not be another right wing nut job who’s as proficient at lying as Limbaugh was but we should be able to [finally] see that it’s even more important for Congress to pass a new updated version of the Fairness Doctrine that addresses the internet’s new brand of lying media as well.
After 35 years of unbridled lies and misinformation since Reagan killed the Fairness Doctrine we can see the damage done to the American psyche and the proof lies with the “election” of DJT.
It's amazing how someone like Rush who professed to be such an American did so much to divide and destroy our country. Rush and his ilk are the modern snake oil salesmen. Sadly there are many who will believe this rhetoric because they lack the skill or desire to seek out the facts and apply critical thinking. I'm glad that finally these right wing lunatic outlets are starting to suffer in the ratings. Biden and his agenda remain hugely popular. It's surprising to many how progressive Biden has become but it highlights how the majority of Americans want change in this country. Give the people what they want and they will follow, regardless of party affiliation. It's just too bad the press appears to be late to the dance as usual.
One of the things that made Limbaugh so obnoxious was the fact that he was clearly intelligent enough to know he was gaslighting his audience. The local Rush imitators - like the guy in Cleveland - were generally dopes who merely repeated whatever claptrap Limbaugh was selling. Hannity is also a dope, but he is a skilled polemicist, and Tucker Carlson is the smart rich kid who loves working a con. No one with an ounce of sense thinks guys like Limbaugh or Carlson believe the crap they sell. This would be amusing if not for the harm that comes from broadcast grifters spewing nonsense 7 days a week.
Growing up in Pittsburgh during the late 60s/early 70s I remember a third rate jackass named "Jeff Christie" who was a real self centered prick. However he went too far and got fired.
And that fool's real name--Rush Limbaugh...
Eric, you're about five years younger than me and I just want to tell you it's finally here. "It" being America being forced to grow up. To confront itself. Did you ever think Congress would form a committee to look into African-American reparations? Did you ever think the "blue shield" would ever be questioned, criticized and forced to change? Did you ever think a Committee chair would tell a committee member to "respect the Chair and shut your mouth?" Hell, we might even get meaningful gun control reform if we continue along at the brisk pace of a massacre a week. We're on the verge of transformation and by 2040, it's all over but the crying for Fox-loving, right wing nut jobs. I do not know if I'm going to live another 20 years but while I'm alive, I'm enjoying this. I want you to enjoy this, too. Bring Jay Rosen along for the ride. This is our time. Let's have a party.
He's akin to Howard Stern. People can try to imitate him but they can never be him.
I wish this mattered but if you listen to Joe Rogan, Ben Shapiro and all of the other right wing hacks on YouTube you soon realized it does not. Having a Limbaugh on AM radio (which seems slated to die altogether) has been replaced by having a whole host of hacks on Youtube. Millions of primarily young primarily male people listen to this garbage all day long. It’s disheartening.
There may not be another Rush - but how do we get rid of Fox? With Tucker Carlson becoming the star of the network, we’re dealing with someone who can weaponized video.
By expanding broadband into under served areas formally marginalized listeners will have more from which to choose. Those who’s only access is a Sinclair station can’t be blamed for a skewed outlook.
An updated Fairness Doctrine would certainly go a long way in preventing another Rush Limbaugh from emerging, as well as reigning in another Donald Trump/Russian troll disinformation campaign on social media and Fox, but I also think it’s simple demographics. Conservative ideology is dwindling, especially with younger demographics, and there isn’t an audience for them to get, at least not on the level that Rush captured. And that is only going to get worse for them. Conservative media is so far removed from the mainstream popular priorities they’re officially a fringe group at this point. Let Tucker Carlson run for President. He’ll lose, despite their voter suppression efforts. There are simply too many of us.
I hope you write a book about the press’ colossal failure in reporting on Trump. Highlight his unrequited love Haberman. Didn’t John Donne write any man’s death diminishes me, but maybe without Limbaugh the people who listened to him can step back and gain some perspective?
As video killed the radio star, podcasts killed the talk radio star.
Last year there was a widely circulated story of a young(er) person exclaiming over Apple Music that it was "so cool to think that millions of people were listening to the same music at the same moment,” so there is a chance radio might make a comeback, but for now, think to yourself the last time you heard the same song being played from cars stuck in traffic.
It’s been a while.
Thank goodness Limbaugh was one of a kind. I wonder if the Fairness Doctrine were still in place if it might have altered the trajectory of the success and influence of the right wing blow hards of today; the election of the former guy, etc. etc. Wishful thinking I know. (Can’t remember why it was done away with).
Rush was a God!
A Goddamn crime. Kind of like Ronald Reagan, but less charming. And Ronnie wasn't all that charming.
I'm not thinking about it too hard at the moment, but I cannot recall anyone that did more to harm our politics than that mean motherf... Shut your mouth.
Truly, for so many years he vomited lies and crap to so many people. He was disgusting then. In death, where everyone fell over themselves to say how great he was, it was like watching Nixon's funeral all over again. Shameful.
I'll bet Trump would have made him a Court pick, given the chance.
I did not like that man.
Before limbaugh there was bob Grant. Bob Grant didn't have the national syndicated show RL did but was often on 50,000 watt clear channel stations in new York and philadelphia and could be heard for miles beyond his host city. Limbaugh cites him as an *inspiration*.
The media's fawning coverage of Limbaugh ("satirist") is why I refer to them as "Mainslime Media". They brought hate talk to the mainstream. They deserve condemnation for that.