Rush Limbaugh on Page One of the New York Times and Washington Post

Page one headline in the New York Times:

Rush Limbaugh 1951-2021
Agitator Who Made Talk Radio
A Right-Wing Attack Machine

Page one headline in the Washington Post:

Rush Limbaugh 1951-2021
Polarizing icon of conservative radio

The Times lede:

Rush Limbaugh, the right-wing radio megastar whose slashing, divisive style of mockery and grievance reshaped American conservatism, denigrating Democrats, environmentalists, “feminazis” (his term) and other liberals while presaging the rise of Donald J. Trump, died on Wednesday at his home in Palm Beach, Fla. He was 70.

The Post lede:

Rush Limbaugh, who deployed comic bombast and relentless bashing of liberals, feminists and environmentalists to become the nation’s most popular radio talk-show host and lead the Republican Party into a politics of anger and obstruction, died Feb. 17 at 70.

The AP lede:

Rush Limbaugh called himself a truth detector, doctor of democracy, lover of mankind, all-around good guy and harmless fuzz ball, titles his legions of followers embraced as he boomed from their radios in a daily ritual. To those who hated him, the names he conjured were often unfit for print.

The opening of the Limbaugh obit in the conservative Washington Examiner:

Renowned conservative radio talk show host and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Rush Limbaugh has died of complications stemming from lung cancer at the age of 70. The iconic broadcaster, who talked politics three hours a day, five days a week from his “golden” EIB microphone for 32 years, announced that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer in early 2020, although he sounded hopeful he would beat the disease.

While liberal media personalities have begun to celebrate his death in a most ghoulish way, conservatives took to social media to mourn the loss of the broadcast giant and celebrate his influential life. . . .

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