It was inevitable and unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t also atrocious.
Rush Limbaugh, love him or not, was an American icon. Not only did he push the bounds of talk radio into the stratosphere, but he epitomized the First Amendment in the most public way possible. He took plenty of heat for that, and with him no longer on this planet, you would think that there would be a bit of reprieve in the anti-Rush facets of society.
But no. Instead of celebrating a man’s achievements, they went with getting in their final jabs.
“Rush Limbaugh, who deployed comic bombast and relentless bashing of liberals, feminists and environmentalists to become the nation’s most popular radio talk-show host and lead the Republican Party into a politics of anger and obstruction, died Feb. 17 at 70,” the Post began.
“Rush Limbaugh, the relentlessly provocative voice of conservative America who dominated talk radio for more than three decades with shooting-gallery attacks on liberals, Democrats, feminists, environmentalists and other moving targets, died on Wednesday,” the Times similarly wrote.
Additionally, the Times bashed Limbaugh on its homepage, writing that he “pushed talk radio to the right with misogynistic and racist language and conspiracy theories.”
And that’s not all…
NBC News wrote, “The Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree outraged critics with his long history of sexist, homophobic and racist remarks” and accused Limbaugh of “inflaming the partisan divide.”
The Associated Press wrote in its obituary, “Unflinchingly conservative, wildly partisan, bombastically self-promoting and larger than life, Limbaugh galvanized listeners for more than 30 years with his talent for sarcastic, insult-laced commentary.”
Limbaugh’s death came after a year long battle with an aggressive form of lung cancer.
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