Rush Limbaugh has been on the radio for longer than I have been alive and during that time he has said some shocking things but rarely have they caused the type of outrage we are currently seeing. The firestorm over his remarks about Georgetown student Sandra Fluke launched a nationwide boycott styled after the one that brought down Glenn Beck. Removing Beck from Fox News was a different situation, though, as his ratings were already in decline and he was quarreling with station management. Limbaugh is a completely different situation: he is the godfather of conservative talk radio and has the largest audience of any broadcaster in the country. Limbaugh has much deeper roots in the conservative movement than Beck, too, simply because he has been around far longer. Remember, the campaign that brought down Beck only removed him from Fox News Channel he still has a national radio show with over 8.50 million listeners.
What Limbaugh said was deplorable, particularly because it was aimed at a private citizen, but it remains to be seen if this comment will be what brings him and his 600-something station empire crashing down
I host a show on WRKO 680 AM on Saturdays from 1-3pm and fill in occasionally during the week. WRKO was once a Limbaugh affiliate. I'm a contributor to WGBH 89.7 FM, too.
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