Wednesday Night time Owls: Rush Limbaugh sparked firestorm of loud-mouthed, racist, misogynist imitators

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Obituaries of Limbaugh, who died on Wednesday on the age of 70 of lung most cancers, have—very like the Time cowl—danced round this truth in the identical “have the cake and eat it too” style. Limbaugh’s politics have been sanded down in these tellings, which label him as merely “controversial” or “polarizing.” The New York Instances described him as “relentlessly provocative,” a very weaselly method of describing his strategy to speak radio. The Wall Avenue Journal wrote that he “rode a wave of nationwide polarization.” Almost each obituary notes that he was “influential.”

These are the sorts of issues you possibly can say about so many individuals in politics: generic appellations that would depart somebody unfamiliar with Limbaugh’s oeuvre confused as to why this instantaneous bellowing of eulogy is even essential to memorialize a person who merely possessed these abnormal qualities. What earns Limbaugh this particular peal of immortalization is the qualities that these obituary writers know full effectively however have assiduously buffed into nothingness of their drafts: that Limbaugh’s politics had been solid in a crucible of hatred and cruelty; that his racism and extraordinary misogyny are the one standout contributions he made to the world.

Limbaugh was undoubtedly influential. However he didn’t journey a “wave of nationwide polarization,” he was the supply of its tidal pull, directing it with a bullhorn for many years. […]

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On this date at Each day Kos in 2005—Controversial Negroponte Nominated to Be First Director of Nationwide Intelligence:

The present U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte, has been nominated to turn into the first Director of National Intelligence […]

Negroponte started his diplomatic profession in 1960 and served in South Vietnam earlier than changing into an aide to Henry Kissinger throughout negotiations in Paris with North Vietnam. From 1981 to 1985, he was U.S. ambassador to Honduras, the place he helped perform the Reagan administration’s efforts, utilizing the Contra rebels, to oust the Sandinista authorities in Nicaragua. He additionally served as ambassador to Mexico and the Philippines. After leaving the diplomatic service in 1997, Negroponte labored as a senior govt with the McGraw-Hill publishing firm. In 2001, Bush appointed him as ambassador to the United Nations, a put up he held till he was named ambassador to Iraq final 12 months. A 1960 graduate of Yale College, the London-born son of a Greek transport magnate speaks 5 languages.

Billmon offers “context”:

“The DNI [National Directorate of Investigation] maintained a secret unit – the Honduran Anti-Communist Liberation Military (ELACH), a rightist paramilitary group which performed operations in opposition to Honduran leftists. In accordance with DELETED, in the course of the interval ELACH operated (1980-1984), ELACH’s operations included surveillance, kidnappings, interrogation beneath duress, and execution of prisoners who had been Honduran revolutionaries.”