Perspectives on Rush Limbaugh Receiving Medal of Freedom

Headline Roundup February 12th, 2020

Media coverage was split politically after President Donald Trump awarded conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh with the Medal of Freedom at the State of the Union Address on February 4. Some left-rated voices argued his 'tirades' should disqualify him from receiving the medal, while right-rated outlets generally concentrated more on his influence on conservatism and radio.

Limbaugh recently announced that he was diagnosed with terminal cancer; the medal is the highest civilian honor in the U.S.

Perspectives on Rush Limbaugh Receiving Medal of Freedom

From the Left
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OPINION

Darth Vader, Rosanne Barr, Sammy Sosa, and Lil Nas X. Flo from the Progressive Insurance commercials, RuPaul, Spider-Man and Pete the Cat.

There it is: My list of people more deserving of the Presidential Medal of Freedom than Rush Limbaugh.

The most racist man on the radio was back on the air Wednesday, and in rare form, which isn’t all that noteworthy, except for the fact that the most racist man on the radio was back on the air and in rare form with a Presidential Medal of Freedom around...

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From the Center
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Last week was an eventful one for Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio kingpin who has dominated airwaves for years.

During his show last Monday, Limbaugh, 69, told listeners he has advanced lung cancer, a grim diagnosis. The next evening, Limbaugh cried on live TV as President Donald Trump used the State of the Union address to award the radio host the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

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From the Right
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Genius is often defined in myriad ways. One trusted criterion is the ability to do something extraordinary in a field where others could not — and doing something that perhaps will never be done again by anyone else.

By that measure, Rush Limbaugh certainly is the genius of talk radio, a genre in which he not merely excelled but that he also singlehandedly reinvented as something entirely different — and entirely more powerful and instrumental in American life — from what was imaginable pre-Limbaugh.

Even stranger still, his ascendance coincided...

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