Rush Limbaugh in the NYT

Because Zev Chafets wrote it, I was reasonably sure the profile of Rush in the NYT Magazine would not be a hit piece, and I was right.  Read it and enjoy getting a little closer to the great El Rushbo.  By the way, I particularly liked this little bit from the article, which puts in their place those who sneer at Rush’s Dittoheads:

Limbaugh’s audience is often underestimated by critics who don’t listen to the show (only 3 percent of his audience identity themselves as “liberal,” according to the nonpartisan Pew Research Center for the People and the Press). Recently, Pew reported that, on a series of “news knowledge questions,” Limbaugh’s “Dittoheads” — the defiantly self-mocking term for his faithful, supposedly brainwashed, audience — scored higher than NPR listeners. The study found that “readers of newsmagazines, political magazines and business magazines, listeners of Rush Limbaugh and NPR and viewers of the Daily Show and C-SPAN are also much more likely than the average person to have a college degree.”

It’s no wonder that the Democrats are desperate to destroy talk radio.

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  • Oldflyer

    That study will surely create some angst among the higher intellects.

    But, don’t you know that there was some serious heartburn among the “elite” when the news of Rush’s new contract was made public?

    When Rush announced a commercial break by announcing an “obscene profit” timeout, we really didn’t know the half of it.

    Wish I could fly his airplane for him.

    Off topic: many years ago a (black) pilot friend of mine turned down a job to fly for Bill Cosby. Just too hectic of a schedule, he said.

  • suek

    I enjoy Rush…just wish he didn’t have so much commercial time. I have about 20 minutes drive each morning – it’s either Prager or Rush. At the moment, it’s Prager…not so much time spent on commercials. They’re different, though..Rush is a kick…I get real laughs from him, as well as stuff to consider. Prager can be humorous, but he’s much more thoughtful and philosophical, not so political. Not that he doesn’t address the political, but it’s an outgrowth of the philosophical… Rush enjoys the political more as a competitive sport.

  • Bookworm

    I admire Rush, but I’m definitely a Prager junkie.

  • Zhombre

    Rush is King. He runs circles around his opponents. Selling on ebay that Harry Reid letter requesting Clear Channel to censure Rush for on-air statements, and donating the proceeds to military charity. Rush will run rings around either President McCain or President Obama over the next 4 years (or, God forbid, 8 years). My hunch is that Rush will retire when his recent contract expires in 8 years. He will be 65 at that time. And any great entertainer knows you leave the stage while your audience still wants more.

  • Deana

    I am a huge Rush fan and am always happy when I get a chance to hear him. He makes me laugh and think. But what I really love is his indomitable spirit and how unashamed he is about his success.

    Congratulations to him!