And so the most powerful voice on the American Right has died and with him an era and broadcasting propaganda legacy beyond almost anyone else since Leni Riefenstahl.
Limbaugh’s early radio career was filled with sacking after sacking as his controversial and bellicose style clashed repeatedly with station managers and producers.
Limbaugh’s success was entirely due to Ronald Reagan rolling back the Fairness Doctrine in American Media which removed the requirement of editorial commentary presented with opposing views.
In such an unregulated free market, Limbaugh’s acerbic grievance drenched rantings took off like Covid at a Florida Honkey Tonk all you can eat buffalo wings n ribs biker buffet and swingers shack.
His pro war, race baiting, tough on crime, climate denying, free market loving, Trump worshipping, homophobic commentary was the very intellectual spinal cord of the entire Conservative movement and with the largest radio audience ever he shaped the debate, especially when that debate was divisive.
His talent as a broadcaster and his skilful manipulation of the most petty of human insecurities made him a King to an empire of thought that made everyone who listened an ultracrepidarian.
As the free market media baby of Ronald Reagan’s neoliberal fantasy, Rush Limbaugh caused more to convert to a rapacious and venal American Capitalism than any other single person.
He didn’t tell the truth, he told A truth and for many it became the only truth.
Thank Jesus he’s now silent.
Thoughts & Prayers.
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