Rush Limbaugh Suffering from Advanced Lung Cancer

Discussion in 'Politics' started by JoeNation, Feb 3, 2020.

  1. JoeNation

    JoeNation FOX Lies, GOP buys!

  2. Mopar Dude

    Mopar Dude Active Member

    I used to listen to Rush back during the Clinton years. Now mind you, I did vote for Clinton at the time. I found it entertaining to listen to his running commentary about Bill & Monica. The man has a commanding grasp on communication that I admired. However, in my mind Mr. Limbaugh is an entertainer. It's been some time since I tuned him in though. He has to be in his 70's I would think. I remember he used to talk about his "formerly nicotine stained fingers". All of us that grew up in those times knew the hazards of smoking. I wish the best for the man.
  3. JoeNation

    JoeNation FOX Lies, GOP buys!

    I wouldn't call him an entertainer, he was more of a provocateur and he honestly didn't care who he had to hurt to make money. He seemed to really, really hate women. Especially smart women. I don't believe that there was anything that was too far out there for him to say and he said things to intentionally make people angry. I'm sure his listeners found that entertaining. Whether it be Right or Left shock-jocks, I think that petty divisive attacks on broad demographic categories demonizing and mocking women, the poor, the disabled, or any other group, reserves a special place in hell for people like that. All for money, lot and lots of money.
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  4. SmalltownMN

    SmalltownMN Member

    You know, I don't think I ever heard a full episode of his. He turned me off the first time I heard him, kind of like Howard Stern.
  5. JoeNation

    JoeNation FOX Lies, GOP buys!

    They both suck. Saying stupid things for money.
  6. JoeNation

    JoeNation FOX Lies, GOP buys!

    Wow! Trump is going to give Limbaugh the medal of freedom. OMG! You do that and you own everything Limbaugh ever said. A boneheaded move again.
  7. CoinBlazer

    CoinBlazer de omnibus dubitandum

    Has anyone here considered the extensive charity work that is attributed to Mr. Limbaugh?
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  8. Mopar Dude

    Mopar Dude Active Member

    Thing is, it isn't in my nature to kick a man when he is down. Whether you agreed with him or not, he was a trailblazer in his chosen field. He was confrontational yet had an uncanny ability to communicate. And I would express the same for anybody on the left that was facing a diagnosis this dire.
  9. JohnHamilton

    JohnHamilton Active Member

    And I suppose that Steven Colbert, Michael Moore and Kathy Griffin, holding a severed head of the president are any better.
  10. JoeNation

    JoeNation FOX Lies, GOP buys!

    [​IMG]Commentary Published in the Utica, NY Observer Dispatch February 17, 2019

    Rush Limbaugh does not get enough credit for there is no one more responsible for the great political chasm that now divides our nation. It is a chasm that we may not be able to bridge for decades, if ever.

    Limbaugh, a college dropout, is an extremely charismatic and convincing speaker. On first impression he could very well be a neighbor that you have chatted with over your back fence. At the height of his influence, his voice was blaring out from AM radios in every dusty corner, and his fans were even suggesting that he run for president.

    His limited education serves him well as he is able to make ideological pronouncements without regard for the many nuances surrounding complex subjects. He is adept at giving life to the doubts, fears, mistrust, and anger that many without voice harbor about US social and political institutions. People had never heard anyone as persuasive as Limbaugh and they bought into his commentary as the gospel truth.

    In 1987 during the Reagan administration, the Fairness Doctrine was revoked by the FCC Commission. This swung the doors wide open for anyone to exploit the media to say what they pleased, even if only a half-truth or an outright lie. Limbaugh espouses conservative principles, but he goes much further, implying that liberals are not just wrong, but enemies of the state.

    His radio program is a call-in format, but it is all about his performance. Callers are vetted to assure that their points will pave the way for another Limbaugh diatribe. Since he was freed from the Fairness Doctrine, he is able to cherry-pick news items only supporting his views. If a Democrat had saved a child from a raging river, it would be explained as a political trick, but if a Republican made a similar rescue, he would be lionized as an example of conservative heroism.

    Besides those dastardly liberals, there are numerous other fear-invoking themes that Limbaugh relies on. One is that any Government program intended to provide opportunity for all citizens is surely a path to communist-style socialism. Another brands traditional network programming as leftist. In this fabricated world, Walter Cronkite, once called the most trusted man in television, was a dangerous liberal. But perhaps the most destructive to the spirit of the nation is his implication that the US Government is an entity threatening individual freedom rather than a framework for Democracy.

    Sadly, Limbaugh’s biggest fans are those who benefit most from the Government services that he attacks so vehemently.

    Limbaugh made a discovery that ultimately drove a wedge deep into American society. It is that inventing enemies and giving voice to people’s worst instincts is highly profitable. Because of this a whole army of Limbaugh copycats materialized to claim a piece of the action: Beck, Hannity, Ingrahm, and O’Reilly, to name just a few. Complicit in this was a concurrent rise of media conglomerates such as Sinclair Broadcast Group, Town Square media, and iHeart Communications which had purchased broadcast stations throughout the nation.

    Gone was community-oriented programming, now replaced by canned programming and voices from distant cities. Not to be left out of these ill-gained profits, these media giants used their holdings to push the extreme conservative narrative to markets throughout the nation. These ventures did not go unnoticed by Rupert Murdoch, an Australian publisher who had made millions selling newspapers emphasizing crime, sex, and scandal. In 1996 he launched FOX News, a television venue for the far right political messages then dominating talk radio.

    Limbaugh’s ultimate legacy is perhaps the election of Donald J. Trump. In Trump we have an individual who carries forth Limbaugh-style rhetoric from the most visible pulpit in the world, not reconciling but deepening the divisiveness in our nation. In Trump’s world, understanding and truth don’t even bear consideration.
  11. JoeNation

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