Happy 60th birthday to the man who helped birth modern right-wing talk radio in the late '80s, and made the world safe for the dozens of like-minded and ratings-hungry guys who would follow in his footsteps, stomping on the face of liberal AM radio forever, or at least consistently beating them in the ratings.
Even if you hate Rush for all his bold-faced hypocrisy and glaring foul-ups, he is the grandaddy of the modern conservative movement, coming on the heels of Reagan fixing the Fairness Doctrine to his liking in the '80s. Rush has been on the forefront of it all, writing books and having his own syndicated television show, while Glenn Beck was just an FM morning zoo crew stud, Bill O'Reilly was freaking the fuck out about teleprompters on tabloid TV and Mark Levin was working dinner theaters in Vegas as a Groucho Marx impersonator.
You can catch Rush during the midday slot on 740 AM KTRH, the main course of the station's almost 24-hour right-wing buffet with Beck, Levin, Sean Hannity and Michael Berry.
Lately Rush has been coming under fire for claiming on his daily radio show that the Democratic Party is in support of Jared Loughner, the Arizona man who killed six people and shot 14 others during an appearance by Arizona Democratic representative Gabrielle Giffords. He claims they are trying to make Loughner a victim in the event, a product of his harsh environment, and not the villain. Rush stands resolute in his words, obviously.
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