Rush Limbaugh is
in trouble, and it remains to be seen how his career and reputation will
hold up after this current crisis has subsided. Whether or not Mr.
Limbaugh is able to conquer his personal demons and retain his role in the
overall conservative movement, it is interesting to note how the liberal
media has treated this story. A careful examination yields a bounty of clues
as to how the media in this country regard conservatism and the millions
who support such philosophy.
Network has been a consistent success story. Founded just over 15 years
ago, Limbaugh’s radio production has maintained a steady listening audience
of over 20 million, broadcast daily on some 600 radio stations throughout
the country. The sheer significance of this statistic is compounded
even further when one is reminded that Limbaugh’s program runs from noon
to 3 PM -- hardly a primetime spot in the average American workday.
It is not a stretch to call Limbaugh the most listened to man in America.
This includes news anchors, sports announcers, and musicians. No one
else holds such a large daily audience.
these overwhelming signs of a true mass following, the elite media have largely
ignored the Limbaugh phenomenon. He is not invited to commentate on
the major networks. There have been very few articles or news stories
about him over the past 15 years. Political analysts refuse to quote
him or even acknowledge his influence on the political makeup of this nation.
Limbaugh has been treated like a slight disturbance in the background of
political debate. Reality dictates that his influence is far more reaching
all changed when the drug story broke. Suddenly, Rush Limbaugh became
the scion of the conservative movement: its very core. Columnists simply
couldn’t wait to point out the hypocrisy of the Limbaugh movement and, by
extension, the conservative movement in general. Liberal journalists
now seem confident that they can dismiss Limbaugh as a master illusionist,
a hypocrite who wields his tricks over an audience of millions in order to
mislead them into accepting the conservative point-of-view. If Limbaugh
was seemingly a hypocrite about drugs, is it not safe to conclude that he
is a master hypocrite about all things political?
opportunism has a way of revealing the truth. Indeed, Rush has been
influential, and it is a shame that the press has only been able to admit
this during his personal downfall. What is more revealing, however,
is the outright insult to the millions who listen to Limbaugh. It is
now plain to see that Liberals honestly believe that at least 20 million
Americans are stupid and easily fooled by a master trickster. They
refuse to lend any credence to the conservative convictions of millions of
Americans, much less admit that conservatism is a viable philosophy by which
to approach government and society. They believe that it is all about
Limbaugh and not about substance. Now that Limbaugh has been discredited,
liberals are breathing a sigh of relief.
self-delusion will not serve to awaken liberals as to the plight that their
party has faced over the last decade. As long as Democrats refuse to
accept the true convictions of the majority of Americans, their grip on political
power will continue to dwindle. It is certainly not about Limbaugh.
Limbaugh’s millions of listeners used him as an outlet and guide for their
own thoughts and frustrations. As brilliant Rush Limbaugh is, there
will be always be others to take his place. Individuals define movements,
they do not create them.
Feulner is a recent graduate of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.
He is planning on pursuing Public Administration with a concentration in International Relations for his graduate studies.