25 Years Of Rush Limbaugh – Reactions from around the Web
RUSH: Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the first day of the 26th year of the Excellence in Broadcasting Network, a network named after the talent and ability of the host. That comment dedicated to all 24- and 25-year-old women. The door just opened. I thought we’d already done everything. It’s the 25th anniversary of the Excellence in Broadcasting. August 1st of 1988 is when this program began on a national scale.
(Staff singing Happy Anniversary to Rush.)
Thank you all very much. Ah, that is a gorgeous looking macaroni cake. That is gorgeous. The whole staff is here. Well, the Florida contingent is here. We did the big blowout on the 20th anniversary. Five years is too soon to do another big blowout, but it’s still 25, and that’s silver, and it’s big, and it’s about 24 and a half years longer than the Drive-By Media forecast that it would last. And 25 years and nine months longer than the Democrat Party predicted or hoped that it would last. Let me hold the cake up. Somebody is gonna have to pick the thing up because I’m getting sticky fingers and the paper is gonna — I just want to show it on the Dittocam. There you go. There it is, the 25th anniversary cake, for those of you watching on the Dittocam. Take it away. I’ll start eating it, which would not be cool.
Rush Limbaugh’s eponymous national radio show celebrates 25 years in syndication this Thursday. Here are some of the major moments in the conservative pundit’s controversial career:
- 1988: Rush Limbaugh’s fledgling program receives initial grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
- 1990: Gushing, weeklong praise of the movie Ghost
- 1993: Enters a near nirvanic 19-day on-air trance in which he delivers a single uninterrupted rant against people on welfare wearing new clothes
- 2000–2008: Pretty much cool with everything government does
- 2004: Limbaugh’s third wife calls into the show to tell him she wants a divorce
- 2006: Apologizes for exaggerated impression of Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s condition with a practiced, spot-on imitation
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Rush Limbaugh’s most outrageous moments in 25 years on the radio — MSNBC
It was August 1, 1988. Ronald Reagan was about to finish his second term as president, Michael Dukakis had just become the Democratic nominee for president, the Republican National Convention was just a couple weeks away, and a 37-year-old named Rush Limbaugh premiered his nationally syndicated radio show on WABC in New York City.
Twenty five years later, he’s spent countless hours on the radio, inspiring his “Dittohead” followers and leaving more than a few liberals shaking their fists and rolling their eyes.
To celebrate his quarter century on the air, we rounded up 25 outrageous moments from the last twenty five years: the racist, the sexist, and the downright flabbergasting. Be sure to listen to “My City Was Gone” while reading for the full effect.
1. “Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?”
Comments made around 1990, exact date unknown (Source: FAIR)
2. “Socks is the White House cat. But did you know there is also a White House dog?”
Comments made while displaying a picture of Chelsea Clinton, then a 13-year-old, on his TV show in 1994. (Source: TIME)
3. ”Women should not be allowed on juries where the accused is a stud.”
A “truth” from his 1994 list of “Undeniable Truths” (Source: LectLaw.com)
4. “When a gay person turns his back on you, it is anything but an insult; it’s an invitation.”
Comments made on his radio program in the summer of 1994. (Source: The Most Dangerous Man in America: Rush Limbaugh’s Assault on Reason by John K. Wilson)
5. “Mrs. Clinton’s testicle lockbox.”
Although Limbaugh has been implying since the 1990′s that Hillary Clinton metaphorically castrates men, keeping the spoils in a “testicle lockbox,” he used the phrase again as recently as February 6, 2013 (Source: Media Matters)
6. ”Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society.”
7. ”The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn’t deserve. The defense carried this team.”
Comments made during Limbaugh’s short stint as a host on “Sunday NFL Countdown” in 2003 (Source: ESPN)
8. “I think it’s time to get rid of this whole National Basketball Association. Call it the TBA, the Thug Basketball Association, and stop calling them teams. Call ‘em gangs.”
Comments made on his radio program on December 8, 2004 in response to a brawl that had erupted at an Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons game on weeks earlier. (Source: Media Matters)
9. “Women still live longer than men because their lives are easier.”
Responding to a recent Census report on his radio program on March 1, 2005. (Source: Media Matters)
10. “He is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He’s moving all around and shaking and it’s purely an act. … This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn’t take his medication or he’s acting.”
Comments made on his radio program in October 2006 after Fox, who has Parkinson’s Disease, appeared in a series of ads for candidates who supported government-funded embryonic stem cell research. (Source: Washington Post)
Rush Limbaugh: Media to blame for biggest partisan divide since the Civil War | The Daily Caller
In a wide-ranging interview with Fox News’ Greta van Susteren on Tuesday night, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh said there is an alliance between President Obama’s White House and the mainstream news media.
“They agree with him,” Limbaugh said. “They’re him. They are — I think they’re all part of the elitist New York-Washington-Boston media academic corridor and they think they are Obama. They think same education, same school, same world view. But there’s also, I think — and I’ve been doing my radio show for 25 years. And it’s getting to the point now where things are starting to repeat. They’re hearing the same things over and over about the same issues. And you realize that not a whole lot really changes.”
“And the interesting thing to me about Obama and the media, I think, Greta, the explanation — the short answer to your question — is in 1988 you had CNN, the three networks and the newspapers and that was it,” he continued. “There was a media monopoly. My radio show starts in 1988.Even by 1995, I was still the only conservative voice other than some magazines, National Review and so forth. It wasn’t until ’96-’97 that Fox came along and other radio talk shows and the blogosphere and the Internet blossomed and so forth.”