Where Will Rush Limbaugh’s 15 Million Listeners Go Now?
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So who now takes the place of Rush Limbaugh as the media ringmaster of the right? The answer, most likely, is nobody.
That is not because Mr. Limbaugh, who died on Wednesday at 70, was uniquely talented among conservative broadcasters, although his popularity and influence on American politics surely rank him in the highest tier.
Mr. Limbaugh almost single-handedly created a right-wing mass-media universe — with its kneejerk hatred of Democrats, mocking nicknames and own-the-libs glee — that allowed him to imprint his grievances and goals on the national debate. About 15 million people a week tuned in for his daily three-hour program.
But Mr. Limbaugh’s monopoly on outrage was fractured by a thousand rivals.
Fox News, which Sean Hannity acknowledged on Wednesday would likely not exist without Mr. Limbaugh paving the way, became hugely influential in mainstream Republican politics. Younger MAGA devotees are more likely to download popular podcasts from Ben Shapiro and Dan Bongino than try to catch Mr. Limbaugh’s live broadcasts on a radio at lunch break. Once the enfant terrible of conservatives, El Rushbo sometimes sounded tame when compared with conspiracy sites like Gateway Pundit and Infowars, which engaged in harder-edged rhetoric, to the delight of Donald J. Trump and his fans.
February 21, 2021 at 7:21 PM #405446
February 21, 2021 at 8:06 PM #405460SatanParticipant
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…and that’s the fantasy that some on the right wing have of the recently unemployed Cheeto himself taking over Mush’s radio show.
Please… like that Orange Imbecile would actually WORK three hours a day??
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable". - John F. Kennedy
February 21, 2021 at 10:07 PM #405480
February 21, 2021 at 11:42 PM #405540Ohio BarbarianModerator
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Yeah, I know. Amplitude Modulation. I haven’t listened to AM radio since I installed an FM converter in my Pontiac in 1974.
It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs
You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton
February 21, 2021 at 11:13 PM #4055133fingerbrownParticipant
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Might as well go to NPR as far as I’m concerned.
All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.
February 22, 2021 at 1:59 PM #405589
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