Headline RoundupFebruary 17th, 2021

Rush Limbaugh Dead at 70

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Rush Limbaugh, the controversial conservative talk radio host, died Wednesday at the age of 70. Limbaugh was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in January 2020, and he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from former President Donald Trump in April 2020. His death was announced by his wife on “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” the AM radio show Limbaugh started in 1988. Coverage of Limbaugh’s death varied widely across the spectrum, describing him as “influential,” “controversial” and “a pillar of right-wing media.” Coverage in right-rated outlets was generally positive, describing him and his career as “legendary” and “iconic,” and focusing on how he changed the political media landscape by giving social conservatives a prominent media voice. Coverage in left-rated outlets was generally critical of Limbaugh, often focusing on criticisms of his purportedly partisan attacks, characterizing him as malicious or divisive, and describing some of his remarks as “sexist, homophobic and racist." Some coverage from left-rated sources also focused on his relationship with Trump and his role in Trump's 2016 election victory.

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