Rush Limbaugh joins Twitter
March 15th, 2012
09:42 PM ET
2 years ago

Rush Limbaugh joins Twitter

(CNN) – Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio host who launched a firestorm earlier this month by calling a law student derogatory terms, joined Twitter Thursday.

Tweeting at the handle @Limbaugh, the host began his foray into the social networking site by sending out links to articles criticizing the liberal group Media Matters.

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“Good story by @jeff_poor @DailyCaller. He gets it right, @mmfa wrong as usual. Read and Retweet.” The message linked to an article at the conservative website The Daily Caller.

On his radio program Thursday, Limbaugh explained his decision to start using his Twitter account.

“I've decided to actually activate it now and use it for strategic purposes since it has become such an effective means of informing people outside the bounds of this program,” Limbaugh explained.

He said the “retweet” function, which allows users to post another person’s message with one click, had the potential for “saturating the ‘Twitterverse.’”

One thing he won’t divulge on Twitter, however, are his meals.

“I'm not gonna be hanging on Twitter fifteen hours a day and tweeting, ‘I just had breakfast! I hope you have a wonderful day! Bye! Here's a picture of me eating some corn flakes!’ None of that stuff. You don't need to be worrying about that. No, it's just things I want people to see.”

As of Thursday evening, Limbaugh had amassed over 100,000 followers on the site.

Earlier this month Limbaugh generated a swirl of controversy after calling a law student who testified at a Democratic hearing on Capitol Hill a "slut" and a "prostitute." He later apologized to the student, but some of his advertisers and stations airing his program were quick to drop their support.


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  1. Mike D

    The major difference between Limbaugh and Maher is Limbaugh slandered an innocent person. Palin is exactly what Maher said she is.

    March 16, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Michael

    Pleaser set up a Twitter site on the moon so rush & newt can go there forever and broadcast to the aliens.

    March 16, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. John

    Rush Limbaugh is not an entertainer. Let's stop that lie. If he was just an" entertainer" the republilcans would call him out when he crossed the line but they won't because they are afraid of him. He's the spokesperson for the Republican Party. He's paid millions of dollars a year by Clear Channel to spread hatred of everyone that is not a far right conservative. Women, minorities, independents, Democrats. He divides us as Americans. I have let every advitiser on his show know I will no longer do business with them.

    March 16, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. roscoe

    If you're paying attention to Limbaugh, you're a big part of what's wrong with America today.

    March 16, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Stop panicking!

    Rush jam his astounding revelations about the satanic, godless liberals into 140 characters? Yeah. Right. That'll happen. Rush can't say "Good Morning" to someone in 140 characters. For those of you advocating boycotting Rush's advertisers, just Google "Rush Limbaugh Advertisers" and similar phrases. The full list is easily found.

    March 16, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. callmecrazy

    He is just trying to drum up new listeners after loosing so many sponsors last week.

    March 16, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. kj

    I'm surprised it took him this long. Twitter is a propagandist's dream come true. Now his drone followers don't even have to type his words out. They can just retweet his endles lies.

    March 16, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. iTALIAN NONNO

    Limbaugh is a parasite,.. he's making money and getting rich by spreading hate, lies, and dividing the country, by pitting Americans against Americans.

    March 16, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. Norm Nelson

    It's amazing how many people follow Rush, his audience is huge, so he makes money. The only way to get rid of
    this guy is to sue Clear Channel to get him off the radio, not easy. If the sponsors end their support that might
    be the end of him, but neither Maher or Limbaugh contribute any value to American discourse, they are both
    fringey jerks with no class and an ignorant view of the world. Don't listen and dont watch

    March 16, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. JIMRYTOWN

    Just when ya thot social networks couldn't get much worse along comes @limbaugh.

    March 16, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Why is that lefitsts always wnat to silence people they don't agree with? Is the communist in you that wants to control ALL means of communication so that you can con people into thinking only YOUR way works?

    BWAHAHAHA!!!! Talk about living in the PAST! You old Bolsheviks have had your day and you're history. You'll never be able to con the world like you did last century. Your ways and ideas are rotting on the garbage pile of yesteryear.

    March 16, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. Ann

    Rush will likely get a huge following because there are alot of misfits like himself out there in this world. These misfits have few options in the miaistream media to air their hate and venom so naturally they gravitate to folks like Rush to do the talking for them. Also Rush is hoping to affect an even wider audience than the lemings who tune in to his program everyday. What he clearly has not learned from time when he tried to become part owner of a football team, is that main stream society is made up of the different groups that he loves to hate and they want nothing to do with the negativity that he brings to the public discourse each day. People just want to live and don't want to deal with the burden of a Rush Limbaugh and by the way this is exactly why we have seen where Sarah Palin and Glen Beck have had their 15 minutes of fame come to an end – all of these folks are just too much.

    March 16, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. BobInIrvine

    Rush puts the "twit" in twitter.

    March 16, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    John wrote:

    Rush Limbaugh is not an entertainer. Let's stop that lie. If he was just an" entertainer" the republilcans would call him out when he crossed the line but they won't because they are afraid of him. He's the spokesperson for the Republican Party. .....
    -------------–
    Limbaugh is technically an entertainer. If not, then he would be in violation of several political advertising laws. [ Yeah, I know that's ridiculous. But, so are superPACs. Same difference. ] I agree that he is the unofficial spokesman for the right wing. But, Limbaugh always admonishes his listeners that he is a conservative, not a Republican. [ yeah, I know, it's that superPAC thing again. ]

    Most liberal activists that I have heard refer to Limbaugh as a comedian, which is how his show actually began. Rush had a field day with Jimmy Carter and his brother Billy. His audience grew and the rest is history. Republicans did not call him out then, and they would not call him out today, or anyone for that matter, if he were a merely a comedian.

    March 16, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Dantealexander

    "Limbaugh joins twitter"??? Cool.... let me Know when he joins the human race

    March 16, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "If you're paying attention to Limbaugh, you're a big part of what's wrong with America today."

    Indeed. And that applies to the "news" media itself more than any single individual. Limbaugh thanks you for his free advertising, CNN. No really. He loves you and the spotlight you shine on him and the false importance it gives him. Perhaps you should advertise CNN on his show as well and help him weather the storm.

    March 16, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. Observer

    Hooray for everyone! This is exactly what our world needs! I really think with the far-reaching capabilities of Rush Limbaugh's newly expanded internet presence, we can finally start making progress. Now more people who hadn't heard of Rush Limbaugh and his extraordinary vision for a new America, they can join in the fun! Now they can have instant dialogue with Rush himself, what a true honor! They can discuss all the progressive ideas Rush has for bringing cultures and people together for a common good, and his Christian message of tolerance and love! Maybe now with Rush on twitter, Americans will finally be able to move past racism and bigotry. Its truly a blessed day for us all!

    So if you couldn't tell that paragraph was a satire then you should probably wear tin foil on your head so everyone knows who you are. And yes, it felt very strange writing it.

    VOTE NOBODY in 2012
    Change will only come from the people

    March 16, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    Why is that righties always want to silence people they don't agree with? Is the fascist in you that wants to control ALL means of communication so that you can con people into thinking only YOUR way works?

    BWAHAHAHA!!!! Talk about living in the PAST! You old Nazis have had your day and you're history. You'll never be able to con the world like you did last century. Your ways and ideas are rotting on the garbage pile of yesteryear.

    What are you afraid of, truth, BESIDES Bill Maher?

    March 16, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  19. patricia sturdevant

    i cant help but see a link between limbaughs hate filled verse and the recent actions of some of our servicemen from urinating on corpses to the number of rapes of both women and men being reported in our millitary i dont think this is the message that the ARMED SERVICES RADIO should be sending our troops

    March 16, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. J.C.

    He should learn Arabic and go over to Pakistan and spew his venom in a mosque. He'd fit right in.

    March 16, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. Everyman

    His followers were called diito heads. Now they'll be twitter heads.

    March 16, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Dan

    Rush is dishonest, but I wouldn't say he's any less dishonest than Obama. or for that matter most of the media dedicated to politics.

    March 16, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. New York George

    I am an American, I have voted Democratic in past elections, cannot do it this fall. we need a leader in the WH, not an occupier As loud mouthed Rush is, I am emarrassed the the DNC is keeping Mahers $$$$
    \

    March 16, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. larvadog

    I saw "Ticker: Rush's next frontier" and thought maybe it was about the band. Nope, it's about this tool. D'oh.

    March 16, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. Andy

    Limbaugh is in a way the unofficial entertainer for the republican party. Anyone here remember when then RNC chairman Michael Steele said something about Limbaugh and then had to apologize later. Republicans in office (senators, congressman) have no morals. He called a girl a slut and then asked for sex videos? Not only is this guy crazy, he is a pervert that the republicans cower too. Frankly, this is going to bite them bad. Obama 2012!!

    March 16, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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