Ignited Politics From Coast To Coast…

Rush Lim­baugh, the con­ser­v­a­tive com­men­ta­tor whose fiery rhetoric forged a new land­scape for talk radio and inflamed the par­ti­san divide that came to char­ac­ter­ize polit­i­cal dis­course in the U.S., has died, accord­ing to an announce­ment on his radio show Wednesday.

He was 70 years old.

“He wasn’t the first to do that kind of right-wing ide­o­log­i­cal com­men­tary on the radio, but part of the appeal is also part of what used to get him in trou­ble, he would just go out there and say stuff no mat­ter how out­ra­geous it might be,” said Robert Thomp­son, direc­tor of the Bleier Cen­ter for Tele­vi­sion and Pop­u­lar Cul­ture at Syra­cuse University.

Thomp­son com­pared him to the rise of for­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, say­ing, “he would strip out the usu­al man­ners — and he would just say what he wanted.”


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