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After 24 years, Limbaugh's influence continues to grow
Los Angles Times ^

Posted on 08/06/2012 10:13:19 AM PDT by matt04

Rush Limbaugh celebrated 24 years on his national radio talk show Wednesday, and that date is as good as any to benchmark when the country began its journey into a deeply polarized political climate. Limbaugh -- universally called Rush by friends and critics alike -- almost single-handedly started a narrative that recast Americans into conservative heroes or liberal villains, patriotic saviors or mainstream media dupes.

He was helped by the 1987 demise of the Fairness Doctrine, the longstanding regulation that required broadcasters to present both sides of a issue in roughly equal measure. He was perfectly poised to take advantage. A fervent audience quickly congealed around him and became the largest in talk show history. Some listen for three hours a day, alternately outraged by his latest discoveries of Democratic malfeasance or entertained by his often politically incorrect humor.

As in the last presidential election, he seems lukewarm about the presumptive Republican nominee. In 2008, he ridiculed John McCain as a moderate until McCain got the nomination and took on Barack Obama. This year, he warned against nominating another moderate. But Mitt Romney has nothing to worry about. Rush is all about exposing, bashing and unraveling the Democrats, especially Obama. He will be Romney's hatchet until election day, urging his audience to take on liberalism in all its forms and disguises.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: influence; laslimes; limbaugh; rushlimbaugh; talkradio

1 posted on 08/06/2012 10:13:21 AM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

“as good as any to benchmark when the country began its journey into a deeply polarized political climate.”

In other words when the liberal media began to lose their monopoly on the news. Bwahahahahaha.


2 posted on 08/06/2012 10:16:31 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Parley Baer

Yes, until 1987, the other side could not make its views known.


3 posted on 08/06/2012 10:31:13 AM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: matt04

Speaking of ‘fairness’ - doctrine or not - I wonder what percentage of political stories written by the LA Times favor democrats? Half? LOL - they are such hypocrites...


4 posted on 08/06/2012 10:33:33 AM PDT by GOPJ (...you can't reason somebody out of a position reason didn't get them in to... Freeper Uriah_lost)
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To: RobbyS

I remember radio before 1987.

When I first heard Rush on the radio, it was as show someone had suddenly flooded the earth with oxygen. It didn’t seem real. I could not believe what I was hearing - and I was overjoyed.

Thank you, President Reagan!


5 posted on 08/06/2012 10:33:54 AM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: matt04
He was helped by the 1987 demise of the Fairness Doctrine, the longstanding regulation that required broadcasters to present both sides of a issue in roughly equal measure.

Correction: "He was helped by the 1987 demise of the Fairness Doctrine, the longstanding regulation that required broadcasters to present the leftist side only, or be thrown off the air.

6 posted on 08/06/2012 10:42:17 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: matt04

The famous Missourian was never going to amount to anything when he was fired by the Kansas City Royals in the mid- 1980’s. He and George Brett were buddies and Rush made sure George got home at night. Rush went out to be a sucess and the Royals have been horible since they fired Rush. Maybe Rush needs to buy the Royals from David Glass.


7 posted on 08/06/2012 10:46:38 AM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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To: matt04

I measure Rush’s success by how many retards scream that he’s losing ratings and that he’s just entertainment. The louder those voices get each year, the more powerful he’s becoming.


8 posted on 08/06/2012 10:51:28 AM PDT by arderkrag (ABOs are Romneybot trolls. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
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To: ncfool

Rush has never forgotten how Brett befriended him when he was a minor functionary for the Royals. I recall Rush telling the whole story on a broadcast 15 or 20 years ago.


9 posted on 08/06/2012 10:51:48 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: matt04

As Rush says, Rush is showprep for the lamestream media. He and his topics are always the subject of their gossip.


10 posted on 08/06/2012 11:00:20 AM PDT by CodeToad (History says our end is near.)
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To: matt04

Why did you omit the name of the author?


11 posted on 08/06/2012 11:15:38 AM PDT by Misterioso (They tried to get me to hate white people, but someone would always come along and spoil it. - Monk)
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To: Misterioso

Just a guess, but it could be an unattributed editorial.


12 posted on 08/06/2012 11:26:43 AM PDT by rwa265 ("This is My Beloved Son, Listen to Him.")
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To: matt04
That ‘golden bull’ of Wall Street is NOT going to save our Constitutional Republic, Romney's or Rush's wealth notwithstanding. Rush has become part of the GOP-e and only those with basic toilet training accomplishments will learn squat from his yack for $$$$$$!!!!
13 posted on 08/06/2012 11:36:11 AM PDT by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: Persevero

As Rush has rightly explained it, millions of Americans suddenly their own opinions coming over the airways. Hither too, they had thought themselves oddballs. Now they found that tens of millions of others thought the same. It is like walls went down, and one felt himself in the company of like-minded friends, not a sect, but a multitude.


14 posted on 08/06/2012 12:28:36 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: Just mythoughts
You sound like a liberal. I don’t always agree with Limbaugh, and yes, he is soft on his wealthy friends, but it helps that they know that people who generally think like him are not nuts. Today he shared an article by Charles Murray --whom we should adopt as our guru--in which it is said that man. many capitalists are made to feel ashamed of the system that has made them wealthy. They are made to feel that liberalism is the humane point of view, and that while they themselves have earned their wealth, many others are cheats and thieves. So they except themselves from the pack and support the liberal side.

IMHO, however, it is also those who realize that by getting as close to possible to government that they can save their own hides. I call this the Krupp approach, the way that the industrialists who sided with Hitler protected and enriched themselves. Many capitalists, on left and right, are corporatists. Corporatism is a form of collectivism, like Fascism and Nazism.

15 posted on 08/06/2012 12:40:44 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: RobbyS
You sound like a liberal. I don’t always agree with Limbaugh, and yes, he is soft on his wealthy friends, but it helps that they know that people who generally think like him are not nuts. Today he shared an article by Charles Murray --whom we should adopt as our guru--in which it is said that man. many capitalists are made to feel ashamed of the system that has made them wealthy. They are made to feel that liberalism is the humane point of view, and that while they themselves have earned their wealth, many others are cheats and thieves. So they except themselves from the pack and support the liberal side. IMHO, however, it is also those who realize that by getting as close to possible to government that they can save their own hides. I call this the Krupp approach, the way that the industrialists who sided with Hitler protected and enriched themselves. Many capitalists, on left and right, are corporatists. Corporatism is a form of collectivism, like Fascism and Nazism.

YOU sound like the linguine spine moderates. Rush has made is money HOW???? YACKING.... I lost all respect for him on bloody Thursday when he let his hirelings do his homework and decapitated NEWT in the Florida primary. SCREW Rush he is NOT going to take a dime of his vast wealth that he obsesses about when his flesh returns to the dust and his soul returns to the Maker that sent it. Conservatism is NOT just the worship of the 'golden bull' of Wall Street. And when Rush went limp on so many things, but in particular the influx of perversion because some of them are the best at what they do he caved to what you just accused me of being.

16 posted on 08/06/2012 12:51:53 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: Cicero

In the corrupt liberal media, there are 2 sides to any story. Liberal viewpoint and far left viewpoint.


17 posted on 08/06/2012 12:55:46 PM PDT by Newtoidaho (Fight organized crime. Vote out all incumbent Democrats!)
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To: RobbyS
You sound like a liberal. I don’t always agree with Limbaugh, and yes, he is soft on his wealthy friends, but it helps that they know that people who generally think like him are not nuts. Today he shared an article by Charles Murray --whom we should adopt as our guru--in which it is said that man. many capitalists are made to feel ashamed of the system that has made them wealthy. They are made to feel that liberalism is the humane point of view, and that while they themselves have earned their wealth, many others are cheats and thieves. So they except themselves from the pack and support the liberal side. IMHO, however, it is also those who realize that by getting as close to possible to government that they can save their own hides. I call this the Krupp approach, the way that the industrialists who sided with Hitler protected and enriched themselves. Many capitalists, on left and right, are corporatists. Corporatism is a form of collectivism, like Fascism and Nazism.

YOU sound like the linguine spine moderates. Rush has made is money HOW???? YACKING.... I lost all respect for him on bloody Thursday when he let his hirelings do his homework and decapitated NEWT in the Florida primary. SCREW Rush he is NOT going to take a dime of his vast wealth that he obsesses about when his flesh returns to the dust and his soul returns to the Maker that sent it. Conservatism is NOT just the worship of the 'golden bull' of Wall Street. And when Rush went limp on so many things, but in particular the influx of perversion because some of them are the best at what they do he caved to what you just accused me of being.

18 posted on 08/06/2012 12:56:10 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: Persevero

***When I first heard Rush on the radio***

When I first heard that Rush was going to get a radio talk show, I thought....”Why would they give some guy who sells football tickets a talk show?” or whatever he did with football.


19 posted on 08/06/2012 1:13:51 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Tyrannies demand immense sacrifices of their people to produce trifles.-Marquis de Custine)
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To: matt04

***He was helped by the 1987 demise of the Fairness Doctrine.***

I remember the “fairness doctrine”. It did nothing but allow anti-gun rants while all pro-gunners were made to look like fools.


20 posted on 08/06/2012 1:16:52 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Tyrannies demand immense sacrifices of their people to produce trifles.-Marquis de Custine)
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To: Cicero
Correction: "He was helped by the 1987 demise of the Fairness Doctrine, the longstanding regulation that required broadcasters to present the leftist side only, or be thrown off the air.

I don't recall that there were any shows presenting just the leftist side, because, then as now, nobody listened to shows that presented the leftist side. AM radio was drifting toward doom, nothing but drive-time happi-talk and oldies stations that nobody listened to. It's true that the demise of the Fairness Doctrine made Rush possible, but it was thought to be a safe move because there was no audience, that was proven, so they thought guys like Rush would gasp and collapse and vanish even if they were allowed to spew their anti-Left drivel.
21 posted on 08/06/2012 2:06:45 PM PDT by Colinsky
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To: matt04
It was always my opinion that the polarization began with Bill Clinton's strategy of triangulation. Triangulation was designed to pit one group against another so that Clinton could take the middle position.

Nobody should be surprised that after 8 years of splitting the country into two groups, Clinton ended up with a divided nation.

-PJ

22 posted on 08/06/2012 2:19:51 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too ( It doesn't come naturally when you're not natural born.)
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To: matt04

If we all just believe everything the leftwing media says, then we won’t be polarized.

Wow! Why didn’t WE think of that???


23 posted on 08/06/2012 3:16:48 PM PDT by samtheman (Obama. Mugabe. Chavez. (Obamugavez))
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To: Just mythoughts

I amend my statement: you sound like a true believer. But no ideology under the sun deserves total obedience, and I do not look at Limbaugh as a prophetic voice. Limbaugh has got rich because he met the needs of millions of people, Ditto someone like Paul Harvey. Ole Paul shilled for ethanol. As I grew up in the oil fields, I knew that was a scam, a way for farmers to get top dollar for their crops. That does not diminish my fondness for Harvey.


24 posted on 08/06/2012 4:27:24 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: rwa265

Why do we need to guess? The author is clearly shown. His name is Roger Smith. Why can’t we all just follow the rules?? (Paraphrasing Rodney King.)


25 posted on 08/06/2012 4:34:25 PM PDT by Misterioso (They tried to get me to hate white people, but someone would always come along and spoil it. - Monk)
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To: matt04
What Mr. Smith doesn't realize is that before Rush filled the airwaves, W.F. Buckley was about the only conservative voice people were aware of. And his program on PBS "Firing Line" was probably only seen by a tiny percentage of the country. Rush, and the people who followed him, reach a far larger audience. Plus, Rush is far more of a showman than Buckley. I doubt Buckley paid any attention to the showbiz aspect of his program.

But the thing is, which Smith is obviously unaware of, conservatives were waiting for a Limbaugh to come along and give voice to their thoughts and feelings. Libs don't understand that. They think Rush tricked or conned his audience into believing in conservatism. The opposite, of course, is true. Rush said/says excellently what average conservatives feel. He'll never be forgiven by the libs for that. Not that he cares what they think.

26 posted on 08/06/2012 4:37:26 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
When I first heard that Rush was going to get a radio talk show, I thought....”Why would they give some guy who sells football tickets a talk show?” or whatever he did with football.

Total BS.

27 posted on 08/06/2012 4:37:41 PM PDT by Misterioso (They tried to get me to hate white people, but someone would always come along and spoil it. - Monk)
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To: matt04

I sent Mr. Smith a very polite e-mail correcting most of his egregious errors and filling him in on the history of politics as presented to the American public in the last thirty years.


28 posted on 08/06/2012 4:45:35 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Misterioso

You are correct, I shouldn’t have guessed. I didn’t go to the link because my computer at work has been locking up when I click on links.


29 posted on 08/06/2012 4:52:37 PM PDT by rwa265 ("This is My Beloved Son, Listen to Him.")
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To: matt04
the country began its journey into a deeply polarized political climate

Ever heard of President Nixon?

30 posted on 08/06/2012 5:00:58 PM PDT by donna ("...gay couples raising kids. That's the American way..." -Mitt Romney, 2007)
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To: Just mythoughts

Man, you’ve got to do something about that bitterness. It’s killing you.


31 posted on 08/06/2012 5:04:40 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: Balding_Eagle
Man, you’ve got to do something about that bitterness. It’s killing you.

I am NOT a man. I suppose to the causal reader my comments sound bitter. IF there be a bitterness, it would be with myself for spending so much of my time and back when I had the money, on Rush. I believe his pampered lifestyle has clouded his judgment. I was not impressed with the 'slut' comment, especially after Rush embraced Elton Jon because he only wants to be around people who are the best at what they do.

There is a modern day lesson about that parable of the 'rich' man observing Lazarus in the bosom of Abraham praying for somebody to warn his relatives. 'RICH' Romney is NOT going to 'save' this nation from its cultural rot that permeates our society from the top down.

32 posted on 08/06/2012 7:43:19 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: matt04
I look forward to listening to Rush again...

...after the election.

33 posted on 08/06/2012 7:57:25 PM PDT by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific)
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