I have never understood why so many people are so afraid of bombastic talk show host Rush Limbaugh and his weird army of Ditto-heads. But the Belt Way conferred upon him the mantle of stardom as the oracle of the new Clinton-hating conservatism. Personally, I found him to be no more than a junior high school bully. I curiously tuned in one day in 1991 and heard Limbaugh start his show with the song “Another One Bites the Dust” – laughing as he talked about the AIDS death of Queens genius Freddie Mercury. I was secretly thrilled, therefore, watching Limbaugh fail on LIVE TV. It was his first show (see video below) and he decided to visit the overflow audience in another room. He made his way up to a sober looking black woman – who turned out to be the brilliant Dr. Sylvia Rhue from GLAAD and she just tore into him with such smart questions and comebacks – he had no retort. They went to commercial and when they came back, the audience was gone and Limbaugh was clearly embarrassed. They gave him some more TV tries with hand-picked audiences – but his dreams of being a TV star were dashed by a black lesbian from GLAAD! Rachel Maddow did a wonderful job pointing out what a buffoon Limbaugh is regarding contraception during the whole Sandra Fluke incident. But here Lawrence O’Donnell eviscerates Rush Limbaugh with such contempt, I wonder if Freddie Mercury isn’t somewhere smiling with sweet revenge.
The opening of Rush Limbaugh’s first TV show on Sept. 14, 1992: