Rush Limbaugh : biography
His family has many lawyers, including his grandfather, father and brother David. His uncle, Stephen N. Limbaugh, Sr. is a federal judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. His cousin, Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr., is currently a judge in the same court, appointed by George W. Bush. Rush Limbaugh, Sr., Limbaugh’s grandfather was a Missouri prosecutor, judge, special commissioner, member of the Missouri House of Representatives from 1930 until 1932, and longtime president of the Missouri Historical Society.St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The loudest limb on the family tree, radio’s Rush Limbaugh is the ‘big mouth’; branch of a solid old Cape Girardeau family. September 27, 1992. The Federal Courthouse in Cape Girardeau is named for Limbaugh’s grandfather, Rush Limbaugh, Sr..
Limbaugh began his career in radio as a teenager in 1967 in his hometown of Cape Girardeau, using the name Rusty Sharpe. Limbaugh graduated from Cape Girardeau, Missouri Central High School, in 1969; where he played football. Because of his parents’ desire to see him attend college, he enrolled in Southeast Missouri State University but left the school after two semesters and one summer. According to his mother, "he flunked everything", and "he just didn’t seem interested in anything except radio.""Rush is Always Right." USA Weekend, 24 – January 26, 1992, p. 7
Limbaugh’s biographer states that a large part of his life has been dedicated to gaining his father’s respect and approval.
Claims of inaccuracy
Some groups and individuals have criticized Limbaugh’s accuracy. The July–August 1994 issue of Extra!, a publication of the progressive group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), alleges 50 different inaccuracies and distortions in Limbaugh’s commentary. Extra!, July–August 1994The Way Things Aren’t: Rush Limbaugh’s Reign of Error : Over 100 Outrageously False and Foolish Statements from America’s Most Powerful Radio and TV commentator, Rendall, Steve; Naureckas, Jim; and Cohen, Jeff; W.W. Norton and Company, 1995 Others have since joined FAIR in questioning Limbaugh’s facts. Comedian Al Franken, who later became a Senator, wrote a satirical book (Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations) in which he accused Limbaugh of distorting facts to serve his own political biases.Franken, Al, Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations, Delacorte Press, 1996
Limbaugh has been criticized for inaccuracies by the Environmental Defense Fund. A defense fund report authored by Princeton University endowed geoscience professor Michael Oppenheimer and professor of biology David Wilcove lists 14 significant scientific facts that, the authors allege, Limbaugh misrepresented in his book The Way Things Ought to Be. The authors conclude that "Rush Limbaugh … allows his political bias to distort the truth about a whole range of important scientific issues."
On October 14, 2011, Limbaugh questioned the U.S. military initiative against one of the most wanted men in the world Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), based on the assumption that they were Christians. "They are fighting the Muslims in Sudan. And Obama has sent troops, United States troops to remove them from the battlefield, which means kill them." Upon learning about the accusations leveled against Kony, which included kidnapping whole schools of young children for use as child soldiers, Limbaugh stated that he would research the group. The show’s written transcript on his website was not changed.
Awards and recognition
In 1992, Ronald Reagan sent Limbaugh a letter in which he thanked him "for all you’re doing to promote Republican and conservative principles … [and] you have become the Number One voice for conservatism in our Country."Bowman, James (August 1, 2003). . National Review.Suddath, Claire (March 4, 2009). . Time magazine.