Rush Limbaugh: Fascist or Mentally Ill?

Rush LimbaughOr both?  Paul Rosenberg writes at Al Jazeera English:

Rush Limbaugh’s recent meltdown – his three-day sex-crazed rant/attack against Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke, whose congressional testimony made no mention of her own sex life — has a rich and strange collection of backstories to it, none of which include the sort of follow-on this story has had, complete with pseudo-apologies and the subsequent, ongoing loss of sponsors, which might even conceivably damage or imperil his career.

Of those backstories, his own shady past as a pill-popping sex tourist is only the most lurid, not the most instructive. That only goes to underscore what’s already self-evident: that Limbaugh’s diatribes are heavily implicated in what psychologists call “projection” and the rest of know as “the pot calling the kettle black”. Much more instructive, to get things headed in a more fruitful direction, is Limbaugh’s long history of similar sorts of vindictive, name-calling attacks.  Media Matters has provided several illustrative lists, such as  “Rush Limbaugh’s Decades Of Sexism And Misogyny“, “The 20 Worst Racial Attacks Limbaugh’s Advertisers Have Sponsored“,  “Ten Of Limbaugh’s Worst Advertiser-Sponsored Attacks On The Poor” , “Limbaugh’s Advertisers Sponsored These Ten Attacks On Unions” – and a more all-purpose list — “15 Of The Worst Comments Limbaugh’s Advertisers Have Sponsored Since 2004“.  These collections served to illustrate how continually Limbaugh resorts to similarly themed name-calling, thus reinforcing the point Media Matters made early on, that Limbaugh hadn’t just used a couple of “poorly chosen words” to describe Fluke, he had engaged in three days of prolonged haranguing including 46 separate attacks

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47 Comments on "Rush Limbaugh: Fascist or Mentally Ill?"

  1. Hadrian999 | Mar 13, 2012 at 4:43 pm |

    i don’t think it’s either, he is a salesman selling a product. He knows what his listeners want and he gives it to them. he tells them they are right and that they are special and that the rest of the world is jealous of how special they are, he uses all this to attain wealth and power. the man was a college failure who loved radio who turned into a radio failure til he found the right gimmick to use.

    • Anarchy Pony | Mar 13, 2012 at 5:09 pm |


    • mannyfurious | Mar 13, 2012 at 5:14 pm |

      I agree. I’ve actually heard from a couple of people that he’s a pretty nice, rational guy in real life. If you read some of the comments posted in those various links, it’s pretty obvious that he plays a caricature. It doesn’t make him any less of a dick or any less dangerous–in fact, if anything it makes him more scummy, because he spouts a bunch of shit he doesn’t actually believe just so he can make a lot of money. 

      •  That would make him the typical charming psychopath. Basically willing to tell any lie regardless of consequences to feed his own ego and lusts.
        You want to know who the real sick shit heads are, look at the people paying him and making money off him, they are the ones who really should be fired.

    • Adamsshadow | Mar 13, 2012 at 5:45 pm |

      Exactly – he is selling a brand, and the brand is himself.  I see most other media pundits and politicians, conservative or liberal, as doing the exact same thing.  Limbaugh is just good at knowing his audience and playing off their fears and dysfunction at just the right time and with just enough of a veneer of cogent argument. This time it backfired on him, is all.

    • Disinfo_censors_dissent | Mar 13, 2012 at 11:08 pm |

       >He knows what his listeners want and he gives it to them.

      Exactly. It’s just like when Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a “cunt” and Maher  lost his sponsors and caught all that flack from feminists in the media.

      Oh, wait, that didn’t happen. Feminists and the political left gave Maher a pass for calling Srah Palin a cunt and sold “Sarah Palin is  a Cunt” t-shirts.

      Nothing to see here, citizen. No double-standards. Move along.

      • Hadrian999 | Mar 13, 2012 at 11:15 pm |

         what you said didn’t refute my point at all, keep playing the victim if you want though

    • Eric_D_Read | Mar 14, 2012 at 12:01 am |

      Exactly. And the fact that that formula works again and again across all political persuasions says more about humans than any half-baked sociological theory ever could, unfortunately.

  2. Eric_D_Read | Mar 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm |

    Rush Limbaugh: Ruthless Opportunist is more accurate. 

    It’s odd though. I go to a state university about a half-hour outside NYC. Their communications department sends interns to all different media outlets, including Rush’s show. While I’ve heard all sorts of intern horror stories about different places (apparently Rachel Ray is the worst), everyone who has interned with Rush said he’s a nice, extremely generous guy towards his interns.

  3. mole_face | Mar 13, 2012 at 5:06 pm |

    “Haven’t we had about enough of this cigar smoking shit in this country?
    When is this going to end? When is this shit going to go away? When are
    these fat, arrogant, overpaid, overfed, over privileged, overindulged
    white collar business criminal asshole cocksuckers gonna put out their
    cigars and move on to their next abomination? White pussy businessmen
    sucking on a big brown dick! That’s all it is, that’s all it ever was, a
    big brown dick. Sigmund Freud said sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
    Oh yeah, well, sometimes it’s a big brown dick! With
    a fat, arrogant, white collar business criminal asshole sucking on the
    wet end of it. But, hey, the news is not all bad for me, you want to
    know the good part? Cancer of the mouth! Good, fuck ’em, it makes me
    happy, it’s an attractive disease, goes great with a CELL PHONE! So,
    light up, suspender man, and suck that smoke deep into your empty suit
    and blow it out your ass, you fuckin’ cocksucker!”

    – George Carlin, RIP

    •  Freud said sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, because he smoked cigars.

    • penisreduction | Mar 21, 2012 at 7:27 pm |

       I cant help but relish the irony- Rush Limbaugh sucking Barack Obama’s ‘big brown dick’……but I am sure that that is WAY over your head, Fuzzgun……….a bit of friendly advice- envy & jealousy does not become you!……doesnt match your shoes OR your belt

  4. I keep wondering if he came up with the career-ending crazy on his own or if he was told to throw himself under the bus. If he was told, who and why would be instructive.

  5. Mamagriff50 | Mar 13, 2012 at 5:19 pm |

    Sometimes you feel like a nut………..Sometimes you don’t.         He’s mostly a nut.

  6. I think if he infuriates the liberals- then he’s a Patriot.

    • Jin The Ninja | Mar 13, 2012 at 5:38 pm |

       what is a “Patriot” exactly?

      • Hadrian999 | Mar 13, 2012 at 5:40 pm |

         patriotism is the virtue of the vicious
          -Oscar Wilde

      • Mr Willow | Mar 13, 2012 at 7:31 pm |

        Patriot n.

        One to whom the interests of a part seem superior to those of the whole. The dupe of the statesman and the tool of conquerors.

        Patriotism n.

        Combustible rubbish read to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name. 

        In Dr. Johnson’s famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last resort of a scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer I beg to submit that it is the first. 

        –Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

    • That makes no sense at all – you must be a conservative. 

    • Yeah, policies based solely on spite for half your fellow citizens are what make a country strong.

  7. Mysophobe | Mar 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm |

    I firmly believe that if there was more money in communist talk radio, Limbaugh would be doing that instead.  He’s like a mirror, reflecting back at his target audience what they see in themselves.  My dad, a long time ditto-head, pretty much admitted this to me over the holidays, “Limbaugh doesn’t tell me what to think, he simply says the things I’ve been thinking for years.” He doesn’t promote a lack of character among conservatives, rather he reveals it by following neocon lines of reasoning to their logical ends as his listeners nod along.  In a bizarre way he does the world a great service by bringing this ugly extreme philosophy out into the light of day.  He emboldens his listeners to assault anyone who’ll listen with their own opinions, allowing rational folks to identify and avoid them.  Sure, he creates some temporary insanity among the easily mislead, but mostly it is and always has been a closed echo chamber containing the 20% whose minds will never change.  

  8. Aram Jahn | Mar 13, 2012 at 6:22 pm |

    When he first came on the air, in LA in the late 1980s, I heard this guy and actually assumed it was Steve Allen doing a radio bit, satirizing fascist blowhards. Then I found out this POS meant what he said. He’s been an absolute drain on civil discourse in Unistat. I hate the guy and hope he dies soon. There’s nothing good about anything this guy does. He’s a fat fascist hypocrite…and has millions of mouth-breathing book-hating lumpenprole brownshirts in his thrall. Fuck his noise. And fuck him. Die soon, Rush. Die.

  9. DeepCough | Mar 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm |

    Rush Limbaugh, like his alleged female counter part Ann Coulter, is a media whore. If you put him in front of a computer, he’d be a token conservative troll on a “liberal” chatroom or message forum.

    • Anarchy Pony | Mar 13, 2012 at 8:53 pm |

      I like The Boondocks take on Ann.

    • Disinfo_censors_dissent | Mar 13, 2012 at 11:15 pm |

      It’s ironic how you put “liberal” in quotes, because modern “liberals” are not liberal. They’re Progressives-cum-Marxists.

      Liberal has the same root as libertarian. In the early 1900s progressives stole the term “liberal” from the true liberals.

      • Anarchy Pony | Mar 14, 2012 at 12:51 am |

        And what you think is libertarian is rightist libertarian, which appropriated that term from the original libertarian which is synonymous with anarchist. Right libertarianism is not anarchist at all, it is exclusive and has it’s entire conception of freedom tied to private property rights, and promotes capitalism and hierarchy which anarchism is diametrically opposed to.

        • MadHierophant | Mar 14, 2012 at 2:56 am |

          So really there’s only two people in this world then: Those who would perpetuate the status quo for real or preceived opportunities for social and fiscal advancement…and the rest of us that don’t really give a fuck about any of that and just want to be left alone.  

      • DeepCough | Mar 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm |

        I put “liberal” in quotes because conservative cunts like you brand anything you just plain don’t like as “liberal.” And if you wanna be technical, today’s “conservatives” are actually “ardent statist communitarians.”

  10. C) Both A and B.

  11. Rush is a useful idiot. His fans can’t help but gush about whatever latest lie he’s told, which is useful for finding out who the morons are. It usually isn’t that hard to identify the ass backwards racists who make up his base, though.

  12. Disinfo_censors_dissent | Mar 13, 2012 at 11:11 pm |

    Mentally ill? Perhaps. 

    But the Fascists believed that government should dictate to business, cap salaries, enforce a minimum wage, that collective good took precedence over individual profit, etc, so Limbaugh’s certainly not a fascist.

    • Jin The Ninja | Mar 13, 2012 at 11:34 pm |

      actually fascism is the collusion of government and corporations. so all of those things you listed are not fascist, rather regulatory. and in fact for your comment above about “liberals” and “libertarians”- libertarians borrowed the term from libertarian-socialists, and bastardised the whole part about ‘free from oppression from state AND capital” into something about markets and the state. fun fact.

      • Hadrian999 | Mar 13, 2012 at 11:54 pm |

         what do you expect right wingers today actually believe fascism and socialism are one in the same

    • Anarchy Pony | Mar 14, 2012 at 1:02 am | Fascism is extreme nationalism. It is not opposed to business and corporate profit so long as they serve the nation state, but they violently oppose unionization and workers rights.
      Fascism could be described as a combination of the worst aspects of both the left and right.

  13. I would not be surprised to find out that the ABC and Premier Networks
    have been trying to get rid of him for a few years now (they need newer
    voices, and Rush is clogging up the key afternoon spot). Think of it;
    Oxycontin, going Deaf, Viagra in Puerto Rico – none of that stuck enough
    to get rid of him. Then the three day rant against Sandra Fluke…and THAT sticks.

    A lot of that happens to the right’s Politicians and Pastors. The old, high-flying,
    now-formerly-conservative guard has its weaknesses broadcasted to the world and is cleared from the stage; the newer, purer guard comes
    in further to the right and chomping at the bit. Now I can see it being done to a fat, old,
    gold-microphone owning, cigar-smoking (no penis, just an intentionally
    retro/”Politically Incorrect” symbol of success) Radio Talk Show Host.

    So…whom do they have to replace? Maybe no one – just see who arises and put THEM in that catbird seat.

  14. smooth_operator | Mar 14, 2012 at 4:51 am |

    Both. A mentally ill, fascist clown… on OxyCotin.

  15. Apathesis | Mar 14, 2012 at 7:24 am |

    He’s still a piece of shit.  Like Max Hardcore.

  16. “Rush Limbaugh: Fascist or Mentally Ill?”

    Can’t he be both?

  17. What I love about this latest kerfuffle is that the almighty “Market” (which the Wrongwingers worship like Mammon) has spoken.

    Yes, Rush is absolutely free to humiliate himself publicly by saying awful things and generally acting like a total tiny-dicked NOB.

    Just as “the Market” is free to react to his obscene, backwards, mindless prejudice drivel by fleeing from him like the plague he is. Thus, the well-deserved loss of 142 advertisers. Ayn Rand would be porud….

    The only reason why he’s still on the air is because the NeoCon machine has spent the last two decades buying up affiliates so they will have a platform to “launch the propaganda” from. Its going to be super-fun to watch them try to survive minus ad revenue.

    Every Liberal organization in the world should simply wait for their imminent collapse, then swoop in and start buying up stations. Then we might get actual fact-based commentary on the air. Some regions are absolutely starving for it.

  18. DistributedIntelligence | Mar 14, 2012 at 7:32 pm |

    If you need help trying to understand what Rush Limbaugh was to the factions behind our Great New Reich, try talking to older men who listened to his program.  Limbaugh was a bully shill who created a false duality using a media format that our elders were conditioned to readily accept  Limbaugh’s false red-blue, liberal-conservative paradigm prevented his followers from forming an accurate image of our society and kept them penned within the confines of the controlled political system.  By defining everything in terms of liberal or conservative, the listener was prevented from making an analysis that might reveal a more complete understanding of the powers at play in our society.  By assigning a moral judgment to political ideology, Limbaugh would profit by creating moral outrage against the “other” side, ensuring that no critical examination could take place.  By presenting a false analysis of events and news actors to his audience, he helps controls the American public’s awareness of the true causality of events, both in the USA and abroad.  By limiting the debate and controlling the conversations that take place with callers, the official propaganda is reinforced.  Limbaugh was highly prized by the media groups allied with the New Reich because the demographic of his listener base was middle class white men between the ages of 18 and 65.  This is the class most feared by the powers behind the New Reich, and much effort has gone into neutralizing this population’s ability to both understand and respond to internal threats presented to their native ideology.  Limbaugh’s brilliant propaganda performances won him many millions of dollars and great fame, but sadly this was won at the cost of great cynicism and a deep betrayal of the native population of the united States.

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