Rush Limbaugh has been promoted in the 15 years since Al Franken published Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot (Delacorte, 1996). (Come to think of it, so has Franken.) The dean of right-wing talk radio is now, John K. Wilson contends, guilty of crimes against society, truth and reason, making him, as the title of Wilson’s book has it, The Most Dangerous Man in America (Thomas Dunne). According to the book, here are 10 reasons why:
Limbaugh hates education for good reason—he dropped out of college after earning a D in communication. His instructor told him, “You need some data to support your assertions.”
Though he rails against it, Limbaugh once collected welfare. He later blamed it on the first of his four wives: “My wife made me go and file for unemployment.”
Rush Limbaugh got his break in radio as a fill-in for Morton Downey Jr., who “had been fired for telling a joke about ‘chinks’ and refusing to apologize.”
Limbaugh made the world safe for Glenn Beck, even though Beck, back before he swallowed the Kool-Aid, opined that Limbaugh was dangerously divisive. He also made the world safe for Sarah Palin, whom John McCain introduced as his running mate in order to placate the Limbaugh Right.
Limbaugh protests that he’s not in the elite, but earns “more than $15,000 every minute he’s on the air.”
Limbaugh blamed his failed bid to buy an NFL franchise on “reverse racism.” In reality, the tight-knit circle of NFL owners blocked him, worrying that his well-documented racism would attract too much negative publicity.
Additionally, Limbaugh once said, “The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons.”
And then there’s this: Limbaugh has called President Barack Obama “a Chicago street thug,” “a half-minority” and “the little black man-child.” He adds that Obama, an honor student, “probably didn’t get outta Harvard without affirmative action.”
Limbaugh routinely characterizes feminists as “femi-Nazis” and has remarked, “Feminism was established so that unattractive women could have easier access to the mainstream of society.”
Limbaugh won’t go away. He bellows, “I’m not retiring until every American agrees with me.” He also says that he talks to God every day—so why should he listen to anyone else’s opinions?
Pub info:The Most Dangerous Man in America: Rush Limbaugh's Assault on Reason
John K. Wilson
Thomas Dunne / March 1, 2011 / 9780312612146 / $25.99