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The Legacy of Rush Limbaugh

The Legacy of Rush Limbaugh

Update: 2021-02-2218
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The conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh died last week. He was 70.

For decades, he broadcast mistrust and grievance into the homes of millions. Mr. Limbaugh helped create an entire ecosystem of right-wing media and changed the course of American conservatism.

Today, we look back on Rush Limbaugh’s career and how he came to have an outsize influence on Republican politics.

Guest: Jim Rutenberg, a writer at large for The New York Times and The Times Magazine. 

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Background reading: 

  • With a following of many millions and a a divisive, derisive style of mockery and grievance, Rush Limbaugh was a force in reshaping American conservatism. Read his obituary here.
  • Weaponizing conspiracy theories and bigotry long before Donald Trump’s ascent, the radio giant helped usher in the political style that came to dominate the Republican Party.  

For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily. Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday. 

Comments (6)

James Jone

Never like the guy and he was a silly man. Plus,his intentions were not good for American people. But,people love to hate,hate is America. Not by all,but by many.

Mar 31st
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Somnambulist_23

limbaugh/GQP strategy is to; dehumanize, insult, lie, and pander to human indecency. America and public discourse has been cheapened, that's his legacy

Feb 23rd
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snosaer

the internet donated over a million dollars to Planned Parenthood in rush limbaugh memorial and you can donate too! the last thing his legacy will give 🙏🙏

Feb 22nd
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Ariel Frank

I learned a lot from this episode. Thank you!

Feb 22nd
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