Credit where it's due, this op/ed from Community Engagement Writer Derek Donovan calls out the former admitted opioid-addict broadcaster for some of his most callous remarks.
However, as we noted previously, given the Missouri GOP super-majority, debate over this culture war legacy mostly serves to distract from more important questions about a sketchy Show-Me economy, worsening roads throughout the state and a slipshod COVID recovery plan from Jeff City.
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Because when he delivered his “Homeless Updates” about the “urban outdoorsmen” on the streets, or his “AIDS Updates” (which he eventually abandoned, only to replace them with “Gay Updates”), Limbaugh was giving his audience explicit permission to laugh at powerless human beings. It wasn’t enough for the fabulously wealthy white entrepreneur to denounce public policy he thought was harmful. He had to demean his fellow Americans to make it funny, too.
His vision was the polar opposite of George W. Bush’s “compassionate conservatism.” And it’s not hard to draw a straight line from Limbaugh to the insult comic-cum-populist who made his way to the White House while loudly deriding women’s looks and lampooning the disabled.
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It isn't even remotely a question: Rush Limbaugh is the most influential Missourian on American politics since Harry Truman. The Cape Girardeau native, who died at 70 last week, hosted one of the most popular talk radio shows in history, reaching millions of listeners - often while they worked - three hours a day, five days a week, for more than 30 years.