The life of Rush Limbaugh: How a loud-mouthed conservative Sacramento disk jockey transformed politics and the media
- Rush Limbaugh has been one of the most popular conservative radio hosts in America for decades.
- In the 1990s, he became a political force, helping Republicans take the majority in the House of Representatives in 1994.
- He's also despised by many people for mocking and attacking women, liberals, and people of other races.
- In February, Limbaugh announced he had lung cancer. Shortly afterward, President Donald Trump awarded him the Medal of Freedom during his State of the Union address.
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Rush Limbaugh may be the most incendiary radio host in America.
Born into a line of conservative lawyers, Limbaugh hated school and saw radio as his future.
At first, his radio career was tumultuous. He was fired more than once as he discovered what could and couldn't be said on air.
He first commanded a national audience at 37. In the 1990s, he became a political force. Every week, he spoke to millions of Americans. In 1994, he was credited for Republicans taking the majority in the House of Representatives, after campaigning vigorously on air.
According to Vanity Fair, Limbaugh's position with conservatives is comparable to Oprah's position with women - they both wield "concentrated and extraordinary power."
But while Republicans have backed him and listened to him, he's despised by many liberals for mocking and attacking minorities.
In February, Limbaugh announced he had advanced lung cancer. In the same month, President Donald Trump awarded Limbaugh the Medal of Freedom, during his State of the Union address.
Here's his life so far.