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 similar to the Time cowl—danced round this truth in the identical “have the cake and eat it too” trend. 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 approach of describing his strategy to speak radio. The Wall Road Journal wrote that he “rode a wave of nationwide polarization.” Practically each obituary notes that he was “influential.”

These are the sorts of issues you can say about so many individuals in politics: generic appellations that would depart somebody unfamiliar with Limbaugh’s oeuvre confused as to why this on the spot bellowing of eulogy is even essential to memorialize a person who merely possessed these unusual 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 cast 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 trip 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 Day by 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 change into the first Director of National Intelligence […]

Negroponte started his diplomatic profession in 1960 and served in South Vietnam earlier than turning 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 government 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 gives “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 towards Honduran leftists. In keeping with DELETED, throughout the interval ELACH operated (1980-1984), ELACH’s operations included surveillance, kidnappings, interrogation underneath duress, and execution of prisoners who had been Honduran revolutionaries.”