Talk Radio provocateur Rush Limbaugh dies at 70
Mr. Trump repaid Mr. Limbaugh’s loyalty in an impromptu call Wednesday to Fox News, praising him as “a great gentleman” who “really got it.” The former president was part of a parade of Republican luminaries who paid tributes, a sign that Mr Limbaugh’s inflammatory story had done little to dampen his appeal with Tories. Former President George W. Bush also spoke, calling Mr. Limbaugh a “friend” who “expressed his opinion as the voice of millions of Americans.”
Unlike Howard Stern, Don Imus and other big names in shock radio, Mr. Limbaugh had no sidekicks on the air, although he did have conversations with someone’s unknown voice. which he called “Bo Snerdly”. He also didn’t have any writers, scripts, or sketches, just notes and newspaper clippings that he scanned daily.
Alone with his multitudes in his studio, he would joke, rant, tweet and engage in songs, mimics or hoots as “The Rush Limbaugh Show” broadcast over 650 stations from Premiere Radio Networks, a subsidiary of iHeartMedia ( formerly Clear Channel communication). In his alternate universe on air, he was “El Rushbo” and “America’s Anchorman” in the “Southern Command” bunker of an “Excellence in Broadcasting” network.
To the loyal Dittoheads, his defiant followers, he was an indomitable patriot, an icon of wit and wisdom. Its political influence, they said, lay in the reactions it elicited – avalanches of calls, emails and rage on websites, numerous headlines and the occasional praise or anger from the White House and Capitol Hill.
To detractors, he was a moralizing charlatan, America’s most dangerous man, a label he co-opted. And some critics have insisted that he had no real political power, only an intimidating and self-glorifying presence that influenced an aging, ultra-right fringe whose numbers, while impressive, were not considered important enough to affect the outcome of national elections.
Married four times and divorced three times childless, Mr Limbaugh lived on his Palm Beach estate surrounded by oriental rugs, chandeliers and a two-story mahogany-paneled bookcase with leather-bound collections. He had half a dozen cars, one costing $ 450,000, and a $ 54 million Gulfstream G550 jet. He was known to drop $ 5,000 in tips at restaurants.