Rush Limbaugh

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Rush Limbaugh : biography

January 12, 1951 –

As a result of his television program, Limbaugh became known for wearing distinctive neckties. In response to viewer interest, Limbaugh launched a series of ties designed primarily by his then-wife Marta. Sales of the ties reached over US$5 million in their initial sales year, but were later discontinued.

In January 2010, Chicago’s Second City announced a new production, Rush Limbaugh: The Musical, a musical parody-pastiche following in the footsteps of 2009’s successful run of Rod Blagojevich Superstar, which has been written and developed by the same creative team.

On January 30, 2010, Limbaugh was a judge for the 2010 Miss America pageant in Las Vegas. In early 2011, Limbaugh was the subject of the third season of Golf Channel’s The Haney Project, in which instructor Hank Haney coached him in eight episodes.

Controversies

Armed Forces Radio

On May 26, 2004, an article in the left-leaning publication Salon.com criticized the presence of the Rush Limbaugh Show on American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS). The article opposed the AFRTS carrying the first hour of Limbaugh’s show. Melvin Russell, director of AFRTS, defended Limbaugh’s presence, by pointing to Limbaugh’s high ratings in the US; in addition, AFRTS produced a ballot of radio and television shows asking troops worldwide, "Who do you want that we don’t at present carry?" The Rush Limbaugh Show was not listed on the ballot, but won the vote as a write-in by the troops. A later poll by Lund Media Research found that a majority of soldiers preferred that talk show programs be replaced by hip hop and rap stations.

Michael J. Fox

In October 2006 Limbaugh said Michael J. Fox, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, had exaggerated the effects of his affliction in political TV ad advocating for funding of stem cell research. Limbaugh said that Fox in the ad had been "shameless" in "moving all around and shaking", and Fox had not taken "his medication or he’s acting, one of the two". Fox said "the irony of it is I was too medicated", adding that there was no way to predict how his symptoms would manifest. Limbaugh said he would apologize to Fox "bigley and hugely…if I am wrong in characterizing his behavior on this commercial as an act". In 2012 Fox said Limbaugh in 2006 had acted on "bullying instincts" when "he said I faked it. I didn’t fake it", and said Limbaugh’s goal was to have him marginalized and shut down for his Stem Cell stance.

Phony soldiers

Media Matters’ reported radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh in 2007 saying that Iraq war veterans opposed to the war as "the phony soldiers." Limbaugh later said that he was speaking of Jesse MacBeth, a soldier who falsely claimed to have been decorated for valor but, in fact, had never seen combat. Limbaugh said Media Matters was trying to smear him with out of context and selectively edited comments. After Limbaugh published what he said was the entire transcript of phony soldiers discussion, Media Matters said that over a minute and 30 seconds of the transcript was omitted without "notation or ellipsis to indicate that there is, in fact, a break in the transcript." Limbaugh said during the minute and a half gap Media Matters had pointed out, he was waiting for relevant ABC news copy on the topic, and the transcript and audio edits were “for space and relevance reasons, not to hide anything.”

Sandra Fluke controversy

The Rush Limbaugh–Sandra Fluke controversy (IPA:) began on February 29, 2012, when Rush Limbaugh’s remarks about contraceptive mandates included mention of Georgetown University Law Center student Sandra Fluke as a "slut" and "prostitute". Limbaugh was commenting on Fluke’s speech the previous week to House Democrats in support of mandating insurance coverage for contraceptives. Despite disapproval from major political figures, Limbaugh made numerous similar statements over the next two days, leading to the loss of 45 to "more than 100" local and national sponsors and Limbaugh’s apology on his show for some of his comments. Fluke rejected the apology as dubious and inadequate.