On Tuesday, when radio icon Rush Limbaugh passed away at the age of 70 from lung cancer, there was almost a sinking feeling when you read the obituaries. What grudges, anecdotes and villainies would be attributed to one of the most popular talk show hosts in radio history?
The Washington Post’s obit, written by Marc Fisher, managed to sink beneath my Mariana Trench-low expectations. There were the usual gripes, mind you, and much more time was meted out to settling scores than to assessing Limbaugh’s influence on the conservative movement. Beyond that, however, some genuinely bizarre qualms you wouldn’t necessarily expect made it there.
Limbaugh, in his youth, was a “chubby boy who lacked close friends” — a curious thing to pick at, given the amount of the write-up given over to making him look like a verbal bully.
In one paragraph, Fisher tacitly accuses him of peddling populist nationalism