Skip to comments.Late-Period Limbaugh
Posted on 07/06/2008 3:27:51 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
At one time, Limbaugh did his program from a Midtown Manhattan skyscraper he dubbed, with tongue-in-cheek grandiosity, the Excellence in Broadcasting Building. These days, he mostly broadcasts out of a studio in Palm Beach, Fla., which he calls the Southern Command, and describes on the air as a heavily fortified bunker.
In fact, Limbaughs show emanates from a nondescript office building on a boulevard lined with tall palms. There isnt even a security guard in the lobby. The elevator opens directly onto a pristine anteroom furnished in corporate glass and leather. An American flag stands in the corner. Only a small, framed picture of Limbaugh, bearing the caption Americas Anchorman, reveals that this is the headquarters of one of the countrys most admired and reviled figures.
The anteroom was empty when I stepped off the elevator one afternoon in mid-February. Limbaugh receives very few visitors at work, and no journalists from the hated mainstream media. When I was buzzed into the control room, I was met by Bo Snerdly a very large man in a Huey Newton beret who glared at me. Are you the guy whos here to do the hit job on us? he demanded in a deep voice.
Absolutely, I said.
Snerdly, whose real name is James Golden, held my eyes for a long moment before bursting into emphatic laughter.
Its just that we arent used to seeing reporters here, said a woman named Dawn. She is a stenographer whom Limbaugh hired in 2001, after he went deaf. These days he has a cochlear implant that enables him to hear callers, but Dawn sends him real-time transcripts of on-air conversations, just in case.
The media doesnt know about this place, she said. They dont know where we are.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
By the late period NY Times
Thank goodness for Rush. Without him, there would have been no Hannity, Levin, or any of the others. They owe it all to him. The man is a giant in his industry, and truly a voice of reason that stands above the left wing loons in the mainstream media.
Yep, and then some.
Read the article and the Slimes made a monumental effort not to slime Rush much.
Remember reading his first book, a good read but haven’t heard much in recent years.
He does seem to spend quite a bit of time in self-promotion. Apparently, he’s very good at it because he just signed a deal that’s off the charts.
Good for him. I salute his success.
Rush is quickly becoming ‘America’s media’. They better not piss him off. I hope/wish Rush would start a network for truth.
‘...there isn’t even a security guard in the lobby...’
Why the hell is that in there?! Geez-leweez!
paging deranged nut, paging deranged nut...
Ignore my last post. I just read he went deaf in 2001. Wow! Either time is flying or I’m getting older.
that fotograph is what I would call a hit shot.
Bloack/white enhanced so that his sunspots stand put, evil eyes, yadayadayada....
I know what you mean ...But Bo Snerdley seems the type you wouldn’t want to mess with. You can bet security was there.
They might not have slimed Rush much, but what they did do is (a) identify where he broadcasts from, (b) make it clear that there is no real security, and (c) identify the only real concern for someone trying to “hit” the place, namely that Snerdley is a big guy.
This wasn’t a slime piece. It was a scouting report for a hit or terrorist attack.
Rush, if you lurk here, upgrade your security NOW. Or better yet, last week if possible. Seriously. (Or if some lurker or poster knows Rush, PLEASE pass this suggestion on to him.)
Does anyone know El Rushbo’s approximate net worth?
I think we should have a big Rush the Billionaire party when he hits 10 digits.
God Bless Him!
Sums up the article. Thank you for posting.
Don’t think for a moment Rush doen’t have security.
Real security wouldn’t be talked about.
Rush is smart enough to be very safe.
“Real security wouldnt be talked about.”
Good point. Although real security has two parts: The very visible part that acts as a deterrent, and the invisible part that has the teeth. JMHO, of course. Sounds like Rush is lacking the former. I pray that he has the latter.
“Rush is smart enough to be very safe.”
Since when is Imus on the right?
Imus has no ideology. He only supports Imus.
Did you notice that subtle effort, that “There isnt even a security guard in the lobby”, none-too-subtly implying that if some kook wanted to disrupt or attack Limbaugh, it would be...easy (hint, hint).
That being said, I wonder if Limbaugh himself, and maybe some of his staff, have CC permits?
That would be an interesting headline.
"There isnt even a security guard in the lobby."
You raise an interesting point. But I find it hard to believe with the public record of Rush’s wealth, that he does not have security.
And based on his residence and vehicles, one would expect there to be more than adequate security around the clock.
One of the conditions for such an article would be not to mention it. That’s speculation on my part.
Basically, without Elrushbo, we would have very little conservative talk or word out there. His success got the others to try and give it a shot. Without TALK RADIO, Conservatives HAVE NO VOICE in the media, none.
It was well worth reading the whole thing. Thanks for posting the link.
Rush is an American original. Even the NYT had to give him his due.
I find that very weird.
I truly believe that
There at least a half a dozen
Have you seen them?
He’s hooked on the fragrance of Gardenia-scented candles.
He talked about it on his show because he knew it was coming out in the article.
I guess everyone has a right to some idiosyncracy that others don’t “get”.
In most cases others wouldn’t even know such details unless someone wanted to tell on themselves.
Yep - and all at the top of the piece...
No one sees them they are like ninjas
I think the strength of his personality and his genuine congeniality might have surprised the reporter some. They may hate his political leanings, but how can you hate a man that is just so much fun to be around?
I find that very weird.
I have a family member - 6 foot 4 - black belt - retired police chief - who's the same way - - has a very sensitive sense of smell. His wife seems to always have a scented candle burning somewhere. After a while it seems normal...
Dear Rush -
If you lurk here on FR, the nagging is about to begin!
BEEF UP THE SECURITY!
Then, secondly, if you sit in a room with a scented candle burning for as little as 45 minutes, enough VOC’s are emitted by a candle burning for 45 minutes in an average room to make a child sick. - I know, I sound like Al Gore, but if you are getting headaches and don’t know why, here’s a clue.
Nanny Nag Twinkie
It isn't the candle part that I find weird. It's the staff lighting them to "greet" him every day that I find weird. I thought he was a manly man. Now we find he likes to be pampered.
What a great portrait. Reminds me a little of Skrebneski's work...
All in all, a fair, informative article.
Rush, if you lurk here, upgrade your security NOW.
That was my first thought.
Set him up for a kill, or a kidnapping.
I think it's fair to say both are true!
Great post .... I really enjoyed the read and what a great picture of the “great one”
The man has a cat and smokes cigars. A few candles couldn’t hurt, LOL.
Rush has enough money to hire a battalion of operators from Blackwater. I doubt someone with his profile would go unguarded.
Rush has made no secret of liking “the good life”. Doesn’t surprise me that he has somebody do a lot of stuff for him. Whatever...
If I had his money I’d have a house full of servants, too, and would be proud of it.
I listened to an NPR interview of the writer yesterday. The NPR guy was livid that Limbaugh had been portrayed so positively.
After reading the entire piece, I actually found it to be pretty fair and informative. While I still don’t like the “hit scouting report” aspect discussed above, I no longer think that was intentional by the writer.
BTW, someone above asked if Rush was a billionaire. The article mentions that Rush “toys with the idea of buying an N.F.L. franchise.” If true, that means he’s almost certainly in the billionaire range, if not well within it. N.F.L. franchises, even down-on-their-heels ones, don’t come cheap!
Late Period Limbaugh
Is Rush pregnant? I had better read the whole thing.