Smerconish takes on Rush Limbaugh's legacy


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    CNN's Michael Smerconish looks at the complicated legacy of late talk radio host Rush Limbaugh. Smerconish points out Limbaugh was a gifted showman but unfortunately enabled those with microphones to supplant traditional political leadership.
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    1. Jerry Van-Hees

      Giving racist Limbaugh praise because he just croaked. This nerd is a tool and a contributer to media malpractice. Thanks to his feeble rambling I just recalled why I stopped watching cnn. c. Piece of network garbage owned by a garbage corporation dictating what their hosts should discuss instead of talking about essential issues like reinstating the fairness doctrine. "Whats that you say" thats my whole point. Google it, than everything I just explained makes more sense.

    2. BigSnipp

      Hitler also had an amazing hold over his audience.

    3. mike ater

      What a revengeful person you are. Just because you weren,t in his position. and now your a third rate broadcaster.

    4. Elvis TCB PELL

      Rush is racist rush have dirt mark bullying mocking people and a racist

    5. Coyote 50

      Interesting how Smerconish doesn't mention Rush's horrible racist and sexist attacks on various people and the hate that he spewed in general. How he was in the pocket of the rich. What does it say about his audience that they lapped all that putrid stuff up? He may have been an entertainer, but he was above all else a hate monger.

    6. Zina Dog

      Now the devil has some competition in hell,look out devil this pos is more evil than u will ever b

    7. Roman Temniuk

      Rush was a man who gave voice to our side. He was a man, something you wouldn't understand.

    8. Ra N

      I wouldn't broadcast this garbage!

    9. Ra N

      What legacy? Trash?

    10. J. P.

      Justice has a long arce... 2 steps forward 1 step back..

    11. Learner Breadlove

      Yeah yeah whatever. Burn in hell, Rush.

    12. Enrico Pallazzo

      The legacy of a deluded drug addict who lacks morals and empathy? Does everyone get a legacy these days? Lol

    13. Anthony Clay

      Hey Smerconish, you couldn’t carry Rush’s jock strap! You are a bum compared to Rush!

    14. walker hall

      Let rush lumbaugh alone he's dead let him stay there. He's looking up at us and see the terrible thing he said over the years so let him keep looking up at us.

      1. walker hall

        Lets hope he stays there

      2. Ginger P

        Rush is not looking up at anyone. He is too busy receiving his comeuppance in the ninth circle of hell (Dante’s Inferno).

    15. 408knw

      "Smerconish?" A word from some obscure language meaning "never heard of 'im?"

    16. Peter L

      Michael has an egg-shaped head.

    17. Drayonis

      Just be racist is what they wanted

    18. AgentX

      I hope Rush is enjoying his $ 600 million. I can smell the barbecue from down under.

      1. Brad Thompson

        Lol he can now enjoy all the cigar smoking he wants

    19. Todd Schneck

      Limbaugh goes down! Trump goes down!

    20. AFR383

      The brainwashing of my dad

    21. Kozmic Zian

      . . . glad that pain in the ass is no longer polarizing Americans w/ his lies and dis-information.

    22. Pendejo

      Yes, absolutely. Trump didn’t happen overnight. This has been an effort by many political operatives over the last 50 years. Starting with Roger Stone in the early 70’s. They have been gerrymandering, stealing, organizing, feeding money to right-wing radio and tv since the 70’s. To culminate in this moment.

    23. Major Frost

      that letter was obviously the work of an illiterate.

    24. baler johnson

      Real news hasn't existed for a long time . I always considered Rush as news entertainment like Hannity and all the many people take this crap seriously to the point that these self proclaimed " patriots" have totally divided the the country ..but they make good money doing it .

    25. Nate Stakely

      Mike who? said what about the GREAT RUSH LIMBAUGH? Oh Mike is a russian KGB agent? Ok gottcha.

    26. What's Up In Space?

      Rush Limbaugh was one of the worst, most destructive, salivatingky evil people your country ever produced.

    27. Paul Godin

      So happy to hear the great news.

    28. Daniel Pellegrini

      He will be judged for his hateful rhetoric by a higher authority above. As so will many of our so called leaders in Congress.

      1. Brian Berry

        Who will judge you for your stupidity? Itemize the hateful rhetoric right now right here sir.

    29. Immauel Santana

      F, F, F, RUSH Limbaugh the KLAN MAN 👨 is gone GOOD

    30. Geulah הוא מגיע

      Yes Rush Limbaugh gave life to Unapologetic Irrational reasoning for being a racist

    31. Jeff Moore

      Smerconish is a freaking clown. This guy is a total joke. Hilarious!

    32. Larry Sims

      Lush Bimbo: 'I'm a covert white supremacist and there's a lot of you who think like me and you're mad as hell! Now let's go make me rich.'

      1. Dee Pattison

        That quote fits Trump perfectly.

    33. Erlpen2016

      The fact that one has millions of followers doesn’t take away the hate in the message....rush was a mean spirited man who traded on hate....the world is a better place without him....

    34. Make Elections Honest Again

      Rush Limbaugh once when running into a certain Democrat politician at a charity event, remarked to her how amazed he was that she had six kids. Well, she answered, 'I really love my husband'. Rush responded, 'I love my cigars too but I take them out of my mouth once in a while.'

    35. vaultbull706

      The funny thing is that many people have never even heard of Smerconish, but everyone knew Rush

    36. vaultbull706

      Funny thing is very few people, even among those who watch CNN, even know who Smerconish is

    37. vaultbull706

      Pro-war Dems orgasming over Biden dropping bombs on Syria

    38. vaultbull706

      Pro-war Dems are celebrating as Biden drops bombs on Syria

    39. vaultbull706

      Democrats love war. Never forget.

    40. Jack Parker

      I still unfortunately remember Rush Limbaugh giving Barack Obama analysis and accolades.. but pointing out repeatedly.... Just using the words.... "you know".. explained he's just perfect for the job .he's got all the best qualifications ..don't really see anything wrong with him.... Except ...."you know"... I don't know how that got out of his mouth and on the air.

    41. Lloyd Christmas

      Shorter version of this: Rush Limbaugh was a charismatic lying scumbag junkie who valued his salary & bonuses over the well being of America & her democracy. Yup, that’s about it.

      1. Brad Thompson

        Well said 👏

    42. MRO MYM

      Finali he is gone racist individual and drugatic bad for america

    43. Mellz World

      Rush was a piece of 💩

    44. Catherine MacAskill

      I would never wish harm to anyone. But his value as a right wing, mysoginistic and racist force gave him quite a following. He obviously filled a void for his own kind. May he get the peace in the next world that he obviously never found in this one.

    45. Mitchell Young

      This guy broke with the GOP in 2008? The Obama-McCain election?

    46. Blue Pegasus

      This p.o.s. is in hell giving the Nazi salute to his idol Adolf Hitler.

    47. eric brown

      The Drive by media is what Rush called you, I can see he was correct

    48. Homeboy Sir

      I guess it ‘s Rush who invented cheap politics then- and handed the former President the Torch.

    49. Calvin Royal

      Would love to hear Christopher Hitchens. ."eulogize" Rush..

    50. Liquid Eternity

      I love how the people who want to bring up Rush's racism ignore the racism from BLM.

      1. Liquid Eternity

        @Joan Fregapane They have equal rights. Name one right black people lack, but everyone else has.

      2. Brad Thompson

        @Joan Fregapane it's classic conservative tactics instead of addressing the issue at hand, they divert the issue altogether and point out other people's issues only in this case its completely baseless because he can't even bring up 5 racist things BLM has said or done but we most certainly can with Rush Limbaugh

      3. Joan Fregapane

        Because there basically isn’t any on the part of BLM. Demand for Equal treatment is a basic human right, it isn’t a call for special rights.

    51. Brian Wimberly

      Satan has a new toilet!!!

    52. Grateful Fredly

      This spoon would not be employed if not for limbaughs ground breaking show.

      1. Turey Taino

        @Grateful Fredly I think he can be both.

      2. Grateful Fredly

        @Turey Taino Rush hateful? Con man

      3. Turey Taino

        There was nothing ground breaking about Rush's show. He was following in the footsteps of Father Coughling. An equally hateful guy.

    53. Bill Soderholm

      I saw zero entertainment value in him at all. I never got it at all.

    54. Bill Soderholm

      Sickening to see the reverence people have for this piggish shock jock. Why not the same for Don Imus? Howard Stern?

    55. Rousosr GL1800

      We are conservatives because we vote biblically. We support Godly principles. You democrats vote the way you do because you support anti-God sinful practices, hence you are a godless party. So Rush Limbaugh has nothing to do with the way I vote, God's word and good ole fashion decency is why I vote Conservative.

    56. Eli Smith

      Rush was cruel and a racist. Bet he didn’t talk his way into heaven

      1. Brad Thompson

        @Ivan O please do and tell me if you find any offensive rhetoric because if you can't I can point some out to you

      2. Ivan O

        @Brad Thompson Ok maybe I just didn’t hear those or interpreted them differently. I’ll have a look today.

      3. Brad Thompson

        @Ivan O it is true when it comes straight from the horses mouth how can he deny any of it when there are clips of him saying this type of stuff literally! lol don't tell me there's a conspiracy and thats not actually Rush but some left wing nut job who looks like Rush and is trying to make him look bad lol look it's obvious that you love Rush and you agree with 90% of what he says and thats ok just don't pretend like he was a saint and never said anything offensive

      4. Ivan O

        @Brad Thompson Right whatever is on your beloved internet must be true because the people controlling information flow have your best interest in mind. Ok if you say so.

      5. Brad Thompson

        @Ivan O didn't have to listen to his show to know what he was and what he stood for you see there's this thing called the "internet" and "youtube" and there are many clips out there with Rush's rhetoric for anyone to listen to. The simple fact that you can't even acknowledge any of the inflammatory things he has said lets me know everything I need to know about you Have yourself a lovely day!

    57. Flash Gordon

      Smerconish would not make a pimple on Limbaughs ass

    58. Patricio Da Silva

      I really like you, Michael, but sometimes I think you are just too damn nice! But, that's a good thing the world needs more of.

    59. Patricio Da Silva

      Well, I'm going to thank Rush Limbaugh, but for a different reason. Yes, he paved the way, and in his audience, the left behind, the hard working blokes that think leftist governments have been riding on their backs to let lazy people live of the teat of the government handouts, and all these folks found their champion, Donald Trump, con man extraordinaire, a rich guy so rich even God is impressed, and man, America got the full virus. Well, we got it, and now America knows what the disease is all about, and we've been thoroughly inoculated, and the Republican party has been destroyed into two solid camps, the sensible, moderate, well established, educated, old guard republicans, and the brash, young, uncompromising, in your face, loud mouth, racist and misogynist, jew hating gay hating gun fetishing morons in whom Trump is their champion. They have always been there, afraid to take off their hoods, well, Trump, gave them the courage to come out,, get on social media, and let everyone know who they are, not to mention a number of whom will soon be incarcerated and thrown under the bus by their dear leader. who pardoned ony his cronies but not those who really believed in him, attacked the capitol for him. Little did they know their 'champion only wanted their money and adulation, and not much else. I mean, really, a billionaire from seedy side of NYC is your champion? Excuse me, but y'all have taken stoopid to new heights. But, thanks Rush, for giving us Trump, and America is now inoculated against Trump, he's out of the picture, and guys like him will never come to power, ever again and the GOP is now a shit show. Now, we can get back to normal. You might not like it, but it's a much calmer sea, having to compromise with a larger sector of America you don't like, nor do they particularly like you. But get this, and get it good, there are more of us than there are of you. Got that? Good. Now, can we just get along?

      1. Brad Thompson

        @Patricio Da Silva I gotcha but still great analysis!

      2. Patricio Da Silva

        @Brad Thompson Nope, I'm a Bill Maher liberal. Not woke, not crazy.

      3. Brad Thompson

        I agree with about 90% of what you said you sound like a reasonable conservative I myself am an independent but overall great analysis!

    60. Wonderwall36

      Thank you for calling me a Ditto-head, Mr. Smerconish, hugely appreciated.

    61. Byron Rainer

      Just another bigot taking a dirt nap. 😂

    62. Nate Gerard Real Estate Team

      Cause: elimination of the fairness doctrine Effect: polarizing talk radio and cable news

    63. Richard Lionheart

      Godspeed Prince Rush. May flocks of angels guide your way home. Keep the humidor stocked and a seat open at the poker table. 🙏❤️🇺🇸

    64. Robert Forrester

      Such was Limbaugh's reach on mindless sycophants who wouldn't know a critical thought if it bit them in the place their balls were supposed to be.

    65. Edwin Wise

      Rush took the discourse from policy disputes to we just need to vilify and all hate the same people. Your touting his genius ? Does take much creativity to stir up a bunch of people or lie to them to stoke violence. We always knew who this guy was .The fact you hold him in such high esteem speaks volumes about who you are

    66. thinghammer

      I've never killed anyone, but I have read a few obituaries with satisfaction.

    67. Ben Yager

      God Blessed Rush...

    68. ham mic

      people charged for jan 6 ... need to sue civilly for been miss lead by these lying mother f..cks that need to pay for their actions ... they have money ... let them put there money where there mouth is ... where your ass is right now... civil court... don t take the fall alone

    69. Lauren Peck

      He helped us get through the Clinton years. He was a great man, funny and at times said things I did not like. But he was the voice for us. If you call CNN a fair, unbiased and uncruel station, you are nuts. RIP Rush.

    70. Victor Monreale

      I never kill anyone, but i read some obituaries with great satisfaction ( Mark Twain)

    71. Jon Bridge

      I do understand that this country has about 70 million hateful hearts hear the church evangelicals are also part of the stain of this country, they have not grasp what the lord Jesus Christ has been saying to them I hope he opened their eyes so they can have enough time to repent ..they have no love . Their God is trump not Jesus Christ but the Bible say that judgement will begin at the house of God first I hope the lord will open their eyes before time draws for eternity



    73. Lucy Goosey

      I’m NEVER happy when anyone dies. However I am NOT mourning this loss. He is and was a hateful person. So be it.


      ..The Rush Limbaugh Show "grew to be the most listened-to radio show in the USA, airing on 600 stations."IHeartRadio noted that at its peak, the show reached more than 43 million.The Rush Limbaugh Show "grew to be the most listened-to radio show in the USA, airing on 600 stations."IHeartRadio noted that at its peak, the show reached more than 43 million.

    75. Jon Bridge

      I’ve often wonder how these hateful men get to have a wife but I soon realized that their wife’s are just as hateful as the men they marry

    76. Warren Hastings

      So that tells you where a big chunk of white men heads are at. Nothing of substance just raw hate thats why the country is so far behind then you have your corp dems...OMG!!

    77. Chris Stitt

      Rush was a great American and patriot and a voice for ppl who had no voice. Ppl who go to work everyday and keep this economy moving in spite of liberal polices that hold us back.

    78. Byron Anderson

      Rush is not dead, this is "Fake News"! LOL

    79. Labowski2569

      Cancer didn't get Limbaugh, he was cancer.

    80. Claude Williams


    81. Patrick Sullivan

      drop the E when adding MENT

    82. JMP

      Caustic windbag dead. What took him so long?

    83. mrzeegrr

      Rush was a punk-ass pill head. a Useless human. Glad he's gone.

    84. Raymond Ford

      What made Rush resonate? It was the downward spiral of our education system. Reading and critical thinking skills are at an all time low and now those poorly educated are in politics

    85. Joseph A. Marchese

      Trash...that's all ! TRASH

    86. AQ M

      The minuscule number of views and upvotes on CNN videos is hilarious..

    87. Pete Urbann

      Michael Smerconish used the same kind of divisive speech on His 1210 Philadelphia talk show back in the day. Birds of a feather.

    88. reliablebow

      Say bye bye.... Bye Bye.... whew, glad he finally left the building. What a gaslighter. Someone here said that he probably went into his office(Lair?) after a show, waited 5 minutes, then laughed uncontrollably.’s a gas🤣 The Grand Munipulator...Godspeed.

    89. James Turner

      There hasn’t been this much joy in Munchkin Land since the house fell on the witch. Good riddance to bad garbage.

      1. 408knw

        Rush's words continue to ring - the truth he told moment-to-moment will be right there for generations. And you?

    90. Brian

      So it wasn't Russia Russia Russia that helped trump it was Rush Rush Rush. How can we get the metal trump gave him taken back? For what reason(s) did he really receive it?

    91. J. E. Klopfer

      Limbaugh's legacy is "the spreader of HATE !"

    92. Space Lemur

      The first time I ever heard his sneering voice and mean content, I was completely put off. I was stunned that my parents, who were formerly compasionate towards all, fell sway to him and became so bigoted. He ruined many families with his nastiness. Good riddance.

    93. Kevin Sysyn

      Its will forever confound me that Limbaugh and Trump, the two greatest darlings of 40 million Christians never invoked the lord or scripture but were openly sinful, immoral, downright evil disturbed people.

    94. Kevin Sysyn

      He wasn't complicated at all. Like a bellowing drunk he never said anything meaningful. He was loud and aggressive. But he was devoid of intelligence, humanity with no human personality or a single saving grace. An empty person.... a lot like Trump.

    95. Michael Brown

      Looking at the comments and tweets celebrating Rush's death, particularly on non-Fox sites, shows how one sided cancel culture is. Imagine if those same comments where made for the death of someone on the far left, say Herman Cain. Those people would have their comments and tweets documented to be shown on the Today show to have their lives canceled and for Craig Melvin to shame whites in general for, then promptly deleted. I remember Melvin verbally bullying Biden in an interview on his 'obligation' to nominate a black woman vice president and would he commit to it on the air. That really narrowed the field. Eventually Biden caved to coerced tokenism over actual merit in all his appointments. I wonder what Rush would have said to that.

    96. Jeanne Oxley

      This bobble head was a saint to some people I knew. They would listen to him ramble all day while working. I couldn't talk any sense into these people. He's worse than Q.

    97. Richard Lee

      That obesed chum was an adorable doll................. ..... .... .... ...... ..... .... .. . . . .. . . . . . .. ..... like Chucky. LMAO

    98. Bill J

      Rush was anti-woman pro racist anti-gay Anti-compassion and empathy for the middle and lower class. He was a real douche bag. He’s not in heaven yet, he’s in purgatory. I’m sure eventually he will get to heaven but he’s has to plead his case.

    99. Al B.

      If hell exist I hope he flew 1st class getting there and may the thermostat be set on extra high. He never apologized for anything he said or did even in the end. He accepted an award that a person with decency and regrets would've never taken after all the negativity that he brought to the world. Screw him......yeah, I said it!

    100. BuffaloSoldier

      What made Rush so effective was his intolerance to anything other than white; he spoke to the klansman, the proud boys the alt right, the Aryan nation, the white nationalist, and the white evangelical church...he spoke in a language that white folks understand, and love...hate.

      1. Kevin Sysyn

        Correct...he spoke their mind.