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94. Rush Limbaugh: The Right-Wing Personified
Rush Hudson Limbaugh is a conservative radio talk
host who has the most listened-to show in
United States. The audience for his national show
thought to exceed 15 million listeners per show.
is ultra-conservative, and is not shy about voicing
opinions on the air. This may be why
is so popular. Love him, or hate him,
does not pull punches with his commentary. His
subjects to attack are liberals, and what he
as liberal bias in mainstream media.
on January 12, 1951 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri
a family of professionals. His grandfather, father, and
were all attorneys, and his uncle served as
federal judge in his home state of Missouri.
began broadcasting at an early age. He was
average student, and attended college for less than
full year. His mother had aspired for Rush
get a college degree, but that was not
be. She once said of her son, "He
everything," and "he didn't seem interested in anything
Limbaugh made the right decision. Today, he
one of the highest paid journalists in the
. His road to fortune was not an easy
, though. He used to bounce from job to
mainly at small radio stations as a music
jockey. His first major break came in 1984
he was a radio talk show host in
, California. It was here that President Ronald Reagan
successful in his repeal of the Fairness Doctrine.
doctrine required media outlets to give air-time to
viewpoints whenever the station made a controversial claim.
this doctrine out of the way, Limbaugh was
to say whatever he wanted to, and not
to give equal time to anyone. He took
advantage of this ruling. His audience consists of
large segment of American society, especially the right-wing,
, Christian coalition.