Rush Limbaugh, who has died aged 70, was the most popular talk radio host in the United States and liked to boast that his rabble-rousing fire-and-brimstone tirades made him the most dangerous man in America.
His listeners tuned in for a non-stop torrent of outrage on topics of the hour, a megawatt rant of offensiveness seasoned with Limbaugh’s often coarse humour. When he opened the phone lines, callers to the show (known as “ditto-heads”) would add to the dangerous air of unpredictability, railing against “feminazis” and “the arts and croissants crowd”, their contributions often provoking Limbaugh’s reckless bravado, and goading him into saying the unsayable – particularly on such sensitive and politically-correct areas of debate as race, immigration controls, the war on terror, religion, women and global warming, which Limbaugh scorned as “a 100 per cent, full-fledged undeniable hoax”.
Limbaugh, provocative broadcaster who dominated America’s
conservative airwaves – obituary
Limbaugh, provocative US radio host, dies aged 70