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Late-Period Limbaugh
New York Times Magazine ^ | 7/6/2008 | ZEV CHAFETS

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, Limbaugh’s show emanates from a nondescript office building on a boulevard lined with tall palms. There isn’t 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 “America’s Anchorman,” reveals that this is the headquarters of one of the country’s 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 who’s 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.

“It’s just that we aren’t 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 doesn’t know about this place,” she said. “They don’t know where we are.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: limbaugh; newyorktimes; nyt; rush; rushlimbaugh; talkradio; zevchafets
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1 posted on 07/06/2008 3:27:51 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman

By the late period NY Times


2 posted on 07/06/2008 3:29:05 PM PDT by buck jarret
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To: bruinbirdman

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.


3 posted on 07/06/2008 3:30:37 PM PDT by Astronaut
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To: Astronaut

Yep, and then some.


4 posted on 07/06/2008 3:34:25 PM PDT by gourmand
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To: bruinbirdman

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.


5 posted on 07/06/2008 3:36:19 PM PDT by romanesq
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To: bruinbirdman

Rush is quickly becoming ‘America’s media’. They better not piss him off. I hope/wish Rush would start a network for truth.


6 posted on 07/06/2008 3:39:37 PM PDT by devane617 (we are so screwed)
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To: bruinbirdman

‘...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...


7 posted on 07/06/2008 3:39:51 PM PDT by Natchez Hawk (So sue me.)
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To: bruinbirdman
She is a stenographer whom Limbaugh hired in 2001, after he went deaf.

Didn't he go deaf only three or four years ago?
8 posted on 07/06/2008 3:40:20 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: bruinbirdman; All

Ignore my last post. I just read he went deaf in 2001. Wow! Either time is flying or I’m getting older.


9 posted on 07/06/2008 3:44:48 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: Man50D
Didn't he go deaf only three or four years ago?

Nope. 2001.

10 posted on 07/06/2008 3:45:16 PM PDT by xjcsa (Has anyone seen my cornballer?)
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To: bruinbirdman

that fotograph is what I would call a hit shot.

Bloack/white enhanced so that his sunspots stand put, evil eyes, yadayadayada....


11 posted on 07/06/2008 3:46:51 PM PDT by squarebarb
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To: Natchez Hawk

I know what you mean ...But Bo Snerdley seems the type you wouldn’t want to mess with. You can bet security was there.


12 posted on 07/06/2008 3:46:55 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: romanesq

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.)


13 posted on 07/06/2008 3:48:30 PM PDT by piytar
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To: bruinbirdman

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!


14 posted on 07/06/2008 3:49:10 PM PDT by rottndog (Globull Warming "Science" = garbage in, gospel out.)
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To: bruinbirdman
"...But he’s the most dangerous guy we have to deal with on the right, including O’Reilly and Imus. They come at you with an ax. He uses a razor.” -- Al Sharpton

Sums up the article. Thank you for posting.

15 posted on 07/06/2008 3:50:46 PM PDT by Publius (Another Republican for Obama -- NOT!!)
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To: piytar

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.


16 posted on 07/06/2008 3:50:52 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (OVERPRODUCTION......... one of the top five worries for American farmers.)
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To: squarebarb

17 posted on 07/06/2008 3:51:20 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Balding_Eagle

“Real security wouldn’t 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.”

Very true...


18 posted on 07/06/2008 3:58:05 PM PDT by piytar
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To: Publius

Since when is Imus on the right?

Imus has no ideology. He only supports Imus.


19 posted on 07/06/2008 4:01:15 PM PDT by SlapHappyPappy
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To: bruinbirdman

Did you notice that subtle effort, that “There isn’t 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.


20 posted on 07/06/2008 4:08:00 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Jim Robinson; John Robinson; kristinn; All
ARTICLE SNIPPET:

"There isn’t even a security guard in the lobby."

21 posted on 07/06/2008 4:12:26 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: piytar

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.


22 posted on 07/06/2008 4:12:33 PM PDT by romanesq
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To: Astronaut
Thank goodness for Rush. Without him, there would have been no Hannity, Levin, or any of the others.

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.

23 posted on 07/06/2008 4:15:18 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (Congress in session, the White House occupied - Your freedom, liberty and rights are in jeopardy.)
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To: bruinbirdman

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.


24 posted on 07/06/2008 4:15:47 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Alaska has the oil. The Senate has the dipsticks.)
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To: Jet Jaguar; backhoe; piasa

Ping:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2041584/posts?page=21#21


25 posted on 07/06/2008 4:15:48 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: bruinbirdman
A fastidious man, Limbaugh has a keen eye for domestic detail. His staff lights fragrant candles throughout the house to greet his arrival from work each day.

I find that very weird.

26 posted on 07/06/2008 4:17:35 PM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!)
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To: Cindy
There isn’t even a security guard in the lobby.

I truly believe that

There at least a half a dozen

Titter

27 posted on 07/06/2008 4:19:04 PM PDT by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: al baby

Have you seen them?


28 posted on 07/06/2008 4:20:07 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Balding_Eagle
security, he looks like Tony Soprano in that picture...


29 posted on 07/06/2008 4:22:32 PM PDT by edzo4
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To: raybbr

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.


30 posted on 07/06/2008 4:25:50 PM PDT by txrangerette (Just say "no" to the Obama Cult.)
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To: piytar
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.

Yep - and all at the top of the piece...

31 posted on 07/06/2008 4:26:59 PM PDT by GOPJ (Hypocrisy doesn’t apply to liberals according to the MSM - FreeperProud2BeRight)
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To: Cindy

No one sees them they are like ninjas


32 posted on 07/06/2008 4:31:30 PM PDT by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: Albion Wilde

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?


33 posted on 07/06/2008 4:34:06 PM PDT by SkiKnee (It snows, therefore I ski.)
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To: raybbr
A fastidious man, Limbaugh has a keen eye for domestic detail. His staff lights fragrant candles throughout the house to greet his arrival from work each day.

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...

34 posted on 07/06/2008 4:38:01 PM PDT by GOPJ (Hypocrisy doesn’t apply to liberals according to the MSM - FreeperProud2BeRight)
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To: txrangerette

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


35 posted on 07/06/2008 4:44:34 PM PDT by Twinkie (TWO WRONGS DON'T MAKE A RIGHT !!!)
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To: txrangerette; GOPJ
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”.

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.

36 posted on 07/06/2008 4:45:16 PM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!)
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To: bruinbirdman

What a great portrait. Reminds me a little of Skrebneski's work...


37 posted on 07/06/2008 4:48:53 PM PDT by avenir
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To: bruinbirdman

All in all, a fair, informative article.


38 posted on 07/06/2008 4:50:36 PM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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To: bruinbirdman
It never fails to tickle me at how big a thorn Rush is in Liberal's craw. Keep it up, Rush! Keep it up!
39 posted on 07/06/2008 4:50:38 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: piytar

Rush, if you lurk here, upgrade your security NOW.

That was my first thought.

Set him up for a kill, or a kidnapping.


40 posted on 07/06/2008 4:58:08 PM PDT by Chickensoup (President of the Freeper Co-ed Naked Mud-wrestling Team!)
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To: Man50D
Ignore my last post. I just read he went deaf in 2001. Wow! Either time is flying or I’m getting older.

I think it's fair to say both are true!

41 posted on 07/06/2008 4:58:32 PM PDT by marlon
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To: bruinbirdman

Great post .... I really enjoyed the read and what a great picture of the “great one”


42 posted on 07/06/2008 5:13:41 PM PDT by Kimmers
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To: raybbr

The man has a cat and smokes cigars. A few candles couldn’t hurt, LOL.


43 posted on 07/06/2008 5:14:11 PM PDT by donna (We live in this fog of political correctness, where everything is perpetual deception.-John Hagee)
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To: bruinbirdman

Rush has enough money to hire a battalion of operators from Blackwater. I doubt someone with his profile would go unguarded.


44 posted on 07/06/2008 5:25:20 PM PDT by Nachoman (My guns and my ammo, they comfort me.)
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To: Astronaut
Uhhh ditto that for me, he has influenced everyone of us who have sat behind a mike.
45 posted on 07/06/2008 5:30:20 PM PDT by rodguy911 (Support The New media, Ticket the Drive-bys, --America-The land of the Free because of the Brave-)
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To: raybbr

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...


46 posted on 07/06/2008 5:30:33 PM PDT by txrangerette (Just say "no" to the Obama Cult.)
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To: txrangerette

If I had his money I’d have a house full of servants, too, and would be proud of it.


47 posted on 07/06/2008 5:40:27 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Fire mission!)
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To: romanesq
Read the article and the Slimes made a monumental effort not to slime Rush much.

I listened to an NPR interview of the writer yesterday. The NPR guy was livid that Limbaugh had been portrayed so positively.

48 posted on 07/06/2008 5:42:24 PM PDT by BfloGuy (It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect . . .)
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To: bruinbirdman

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!


49 posted on 07/06/2008 5:43:42 PM PDT by piytar
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To: bruinbirdman
I am about to read the article, but was worried about the title.

Late Period Limbaugh

Is Rush pregnant? I had better read the whole thing.

50 posted on 07/06/2008 5:44:19 PM PDT by Yaelle
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