He's the dean of open-mouth radio, widely loved by American nativists, xenophobes, racists, misogynists and garden-variety bigots and just as widely deplored by everyone else.
Rush Limbaugh, whose signature prop was a big fat stogie, told his audience today that he has advanced-stage lung cancer.
Along with Bill Cosby, Limbaugh has even graced the cover of Cigar Afficionado.
I don't wish him ill but, then again, he's taken care of that himself.
On his radio show, news about the homeless has often been preceded with the Clarence "Frogman" Henry song "Ain't Got No Home." For a time, Dionne Warwick's song, "I Know I'll Never Love This Way Again" preceded reports about people with HIV/AIDS. These later became "condom updates" preceded by Fifth Dimension's song, "Up, Up and Away". For two weeks in 1989, on his Sacramento radio show, Limbaugh performed "caller abortions" where he would end a call suddenly to the sounds of a vacuum cleaner and a scream. He would then deny that he had "hung up" on the caller, which he had promised not to do. Limbaugh claims that he used this gag to illustrate "the tragedy of abortion" as well as to highlight the question of whether abortion constitutes murder. During the Clinton administration, while filming his television program, Limbaugh referred to media coverage of Socks, the Clintons' cat. He then stated, "But did you know there is also a White House dog?" and a picture of Chelsea Clinton was shown.
Rush Limbaugh, 69.