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Rush Limbaugh deserves mega-thanks for empowering regular people and giving them a voice

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There was a time when many Americans, and many political conservatives in particular, felt they had no voice in the national dialogue. Television’s major networks dominated the discussion from their headquarters in Washington and New York.

But when Rush Limbaugh came on the scene in 1988, he changed all that.

Limbaugh’s groundbreaking, syndicated radio program demonstrated — long before the advent of social media — that it was possible to raise an alternative voice to the mainstream news, a voice independent of TV conglomerates and gatekeepers. What’s more, Limbaugh’s soaring ratings proved there exists an audience hungry for thought, opinion and discussion that goes beyond the popular culture narrative.

Limbaugh was thus a pioneer, not just for talk radio, but for the First Amendment and the voice of the common man. Even though many disagree with Limbaugh’s politics, we all owe him a debt of gratitude for blowing the doors off a new channel of discussion and opening the dialogue to everyone.



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