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March 5, 2012 | By David Horsey
George Will, one of the last lions of the right wing whose conservatism is a philosophy rather than a pathology, has heaped scorn on Republican leaders for their cowardly obeisance to Rush Limbaugh. Sunday morning on ABC's "This Week," Will said straight out that "Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh. " Last week, Limbaugh infamously characterized Sandra Fluke, a 30-year-old Georgetown University law student, as a "slut" and a "prostitute" who should provide the world with videos of herself having sex because she supports birth control coverage in employee insurance plans.
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OPINION
March 23, 2014
Re "Pulling a story out of thin air," Opinion, March 20 Meghan Daum's column on media coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 raised one point, and somewhat surprisingly so: At the beginning of her column, she noted Rush Limbaugh's complaint about newscasters who "don't know beans about even why an airplane flies" but offer speculation on the vaguest of premises. I agree. It's sort of like radio show hosts with little or no formal education offering in-depth, "intellectual" political analyses on Supreme Court opinions, election demographics, foreign policy and more.
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NATIONAL
March 5, 2012 | By David Horsey
Rush Limbaugh's lame apology to Sandra Fluke does not even come close to getting him off the hook. He needs to apologize to America for pushing political discourse to the level of drunk good ol' boys shouting crude epithets in a topless bar.  In case you missed it, a few days ago Limbaugh went after Fluke for supporting the inclusion of contraceptives in employee health plans. The 30-year-old Georgetown University law student jumped into the controversy over a new Obama administration rule requiring even institutions run by religious organizations to provide insurance coverage for birth control.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
It's early days, but losing Rush Limbaugh to another Clear Channel station didn't seem to hurt ratings for KFI-AM (640) in January.  Numbers released Tuesday by Nielsen Audio showed little change in KFI's numbers in the first month after Clear Channel moved the conservative talk show host to KEIB-AM (1150), formerly FOR THE RECORD: Radio ratings: An article in the Feb. 19 Calendar section about January ratings for KFI-AM (640) said ratings had not been affected in the first month since Rush Limbaugh's program moved to another station.
NEWS
April 10, 2012 | By Morgan Little
Rush Limbaugh will be leaving a prominent conservative radio station in Philadelphia in exchange for Michael Smerconish, a man seen by many as a more moderate conservative. The station, WPHT, is in one of the largest radio markets in the country, and is the third station to lose or drop the conservative radio personality since the firestorm of controversy regarding comments made by Limbaugh toward Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke. CBS Radio, which owns WPHT, released a brief statement on the lineup change.
NATIONAL
January 12, 2012 | By David Horsey
Rush Limbaugh is freaked out by Mitt Romney giving backhanded praise to President Obama for saving the American auto industry. This week, in an interview on CBS, Romney defended himself against critics of his work at Bain Capital by equating what he did as a corporate restructuring specialist with Obama's temporary takeover of General Motors and Chrysler in 2009. “In the general election,” Romney said, “I'll be pointing out that the president took the reins at General Motors and Chrysler - closed factories, closed dealerships, laid off thousands and thousands of workers - he did it to try to save the business.” Limbaugh has gotten his voluminous knickers in a twist because Romney is essentially acknowledging that what Obama did was a good thing.
NATIONAL
March 26, 2012 | By David Horsey
As a new season of "Mad Men" begins, it is interesting and a bit unsettling to realize that the era of Don Draper is equidistant in time between the era of "Downton Abbey " and the present day. Looked at another way, Franklin Roosevelt's second election in 1936 was exactly as close to the current year of the series storyline, 1966, as Bill Clinton's second election in 1996. It may be a shock to baby boomers for whom the 1960s do not feel that far away, but it really was a long time ago. In Republican politics, however, it seems no time has passed.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
It's early days, but losing Rush Limbaugh to another Clear Channel station didn't seem to hurt ratings for KFI-AM (640) in January.  Numbers released Tuesday by Nielsen Audio showed little change in KFI's numbers in the first month after Clear Channel moved the conservative talk show host to KEIB-AM (1150), formerly FOR THE RECORD: Radio ratings: An article in the Feb. 19 Calendar section about January ratings for KFI-AM (640) said ratings had not been affected in the first month since Rush Limbaugh's program moved to another station.
NATIONAL
December 17, 2013 | By David Horsey
Rush Limbaugh is freaked out by Pope Francis' sharp critique of capitalism and consumerism. Rush says it sounds like “pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope.”  Well, let us consider the pope's words: “Vast multitudes are still living in conditions of great material and moral poverty. The collapse of the communist system in so many countries certainly removes an obstacle to facing these problems in an appropriate and realistic way, but it is not enough to bring about their solution.
OPINION
February 21, 1993
Radio and TV talk shows are a reminder that "There are only two types of people in the world; those who have something to say and cannot say it and those who have nothing to say and never stop doing so." JACK QUIRK Glendale
NATIONAL
December 17, 2013 | By David Horsey
Rush Limbaugh is freaked out by Pope Francis' sharp critique of capitalism and consumerism. Rush says it sounds like “pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope.”  Well, let us consider the pope's words: “Vast multitudes are still living in conditions of great material and moral poverty. The collapse of the communist system in so many countries certainly removes an obstacle to facing these problems in an appropriate and realistic way, but it is not enough to bring about their solution.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Rush Limbaugh's radio tirades will have a new home on Los Angeles airwaves next year. KFI-AM (640) is losing the conservative host's three-hour show, long a fixture on the station, to KTLK-AM (1150), which owner Clear Channel is hoping to pump up as an outlet exclusively dedicated to right-leaning chatter.   The company, which also owns KFI, will use Limbaugh's audience to anchor the new lineup for KTLK, which is being dubbed "The Patriot" and will also feature national shows by Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity.  PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Clear Channel is making similar changes in San Francisco, where Limbaugh will leave its KKSF-AM (910)
NEWS
August 20, 2013
Re “Dad, Rush Limbaugh and me,” Opinion, Aug. 18 The opinion piece makes a clear point that conservatives have known for a while: Liberals are closed-minded and will never compromise or even consider anyone else's beliefs but their own. The author's story made it clear that her father had to compromise by giving up the hats (and how silly was that?) but she never made any offer to consider his point of view. Why didn't she agree to sit with him on the porch sipping tea while giving the show a listen to see what it was her father liked about it so much?
OPINION
August 18, 2013 | By Madeline Janis
A few months ago, I helped my father pack up his apartment in San Diego in preparation for his move to an assisted living facility. He was ill and could no longer live alone, and I wanted him nearer to my home in Los Angeles. I doubt that such a task is ever easy, with both parent and child aware that the burden of caring has shifted from one generation to the next. But in our case, things were even more loaded because of our politics. He was a passionate and devoted fan of Rush Limbaugh.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
Anybody with half a brain should have known it was wrong to put an Obama mask on the face of a rodeo clown Saturday at the Missouri State Fair. It was wrong for the announcer, a local school superintendent, to rile up the crowd by saying, “We're gonna stomp Obama now.” And wrong for him to say, “As soon as their bull comes out, Obama don't you move. He's gonna getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha!” It was wrong for the crowd to go wild. Perry Beam, a 48-year-old musician who describes himself as an “old country boy,” was appalled by what he saw and blew the lid off this embarrassment by posting about it on Facebook.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2013 | By Scott Collins
The summer of bigotry debate rolls on, with Rush Limbaugh now attacking Rachel Jeantel and CNN for her analysis of the N-word Monday night. The conservative radio host ripped Jeantel and CNN for her sit-down with network host Piers Morgan. Jeantel was a friend of Trayvon Martin, the black teenager shot by watch volunteer George Zimmerman, and a controversial witness at Zimmerman's trial. She criticized the not-guilty verdict and also argued that the N-word - uttered with an "a" rather than an "r" at the end - could be used broadly to describe any male, not just a black one.  "I think I can now" say the word, Limbaugh sarcastically told his listeners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
I thought I might weigh in on Rush Limbaugh's overheated critique of Jeb Bush's accusation Friday that the GOP brand has become tarnished because the party is perceived as “reactionary.” Instead, I got distracted by Bush's accidental detour into reproductive terminology. On Friday, in his speech to conservatives at the Freedom and Faith Coalition's hopefully named “Road to Majority” in Washington, D.C., the former Florida governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate used the wrong word for the right idea.
OPINION
June 15, 2013
Re "A tale of two Obamas," Opinion, June 11 As Jonah Goldberg peeks out from inside his bubble and states that "most Democrats…[have] seen the last five years as a tale of tea-party-fueled madness and racism," he needs to be reminded that it's most Americans who have seen this. My perverse pleasure of occasionally listening to Rush Limbaugh is severely diluted when Goldberg's talking points are all but written versions of Limbaugh's sputterings. It's time for him to get past Benghazi and the IRS scandal and to deal with weightier issues, like the balance between freedom and security as it relates to the National Security Agency's surveillance of Americans - or else his column remains totally inside the bubble.
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