Rush Limbaugh joins Twitter
March 15th, 2012
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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. Marion

    Mike D wrote:

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

    What Limbaugh said about Sandra Fluke is slander....calling her a prostitute. Saying she was a "slut" is on a par with Bill Maher calling Palin the "c" word which is a derogatory word for part of a woman's anatomy and suggests that is all there is to her, and merely implies that is Maher's opinion of her.. A "slut" is someone who is promiscuous (which can be considered slander as well), but a prostitute is someone who gets paid for sex, which is illegal. Calling Sandra Fluke a prositute is slander because he can't say that is merely an "opinion". Sandra Fluke never said one word about personal use of birth control....., so Limbaugh saying she wants "to get paid for sex....and that makes her a prostitute", was both a lie and slanderous.
    But Sandra Fluke has too much class to sue him. Too bad.

    March 16, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. WhereIsPalin

    “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.

    Finally, the downfall of Limbaugh. No one outside the "bounds of this program" cares about him. This can only create backlash for this unimportant mouth.

    March 16, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. Fred Evil

    "As of Thursday evening, Limbaugh had amassed over 100,000 followers on the site."
    Sheep flock quickly, don't they?

    March 16, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. kevin

    @ SOS thank god i don't know biil maher, like you do must be hard up for friend's. you said he is defending rush hello sos it is to make him look like he really care's. hannity has played bill maher tape's .if rush had more hate speech PMSNBC WOULD PLAYED IT BY NOW. so have a good day . P.S SOS GUESS WHAT DAY WIILL BE THE BEST DAY IN AMERICA . WAITING TO HEAR YOUR'S, YOU NOW WHAT MIND IS.

    March 16, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. pseudo

    100,000 followers ooh scary LOL yeah if we believe that. most of his radio followers doesn't even own a tweeter. nor used one no progressive elf respecting people will ever hear his ugly hateful and ignorant negative diatribe day in and day out much less use the tweeter to prolonged this travesty.

    100,000 is really low try 1,000,000 since they're virtually lying here why don't they make it bigger.

    March 16, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. JMM

    Twitter is a great place for the ignorant and uninformed to gather. Being a moderate I like Rush because he shines the spotlights on all of the extreme crazies, which is a reminder to the sane and educated that America does not vote on the fringe. What I want to know if if Rush give's any of his 400 plus million to charity? Oh, I forgot, he has been married 4 times and therefore pays all of his ex's $$$$$$$. What a family man!

    March 16, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. clarke

    Where has Rush been, Twitter is old news.

    March 16, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    "Rush used a poor choice of words but the point is no one should have to pay the price for someone else's choice to be promiscuous"

    Rush used a horrible choice and defamed Ms. Fluke who NEVER testified that anyone "should have to pay the price for someone else's choice to be promiscuous". Do you know anything about truth or birth control pills?

    March 16, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. Fred In LA

    When the activist Fluke went public, she became a public figure and spokeswoman. So as you highly educated Libs would say, makes her fair game, just like Sarah Palin, who was no longer a candidate for any office. Of course you fall back on the old Maher is a comic and making jokes. However they are sick and twisted. Limbaugh joked that since tax payers are supposed to pay for this woman's birth control pills (in order for her to have all the sex she wants at no risk) makes us all Johns. Get it?

    March 16, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. jim

    The difference between Rush and Bill Maher is the former is the classic mindless chubby schoolyard bully and the latter is usually spot on, bright, funny and at times a little tasteless

    March 16, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Gee, "The Real Tom Paine" mimicing my postings. Yes, very "REAL"! Real pathetic ithat is!!! No original thoughts of your own today? Didn't get the daily talking points from the mothership?? Come on, crank up those two brain cells and give it a try!

    March 16, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    kevin, you must be a Twitter user yourself, since its clear you don't know how to spell. Maher did defend Rush's right to free speech, as he defends everyone's rights to that: the responsibility of what you say is up to you, and rush is currently beign held accountable by the very market forces he so dearly defends.

    March 16, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    @ Get Real...

    I trust then that you don't listen to right wing talk radio then because that is basically all they do...bash Obama, call progressives names, and attack those that disagree with them.
    They are very lucky that the "Fairness Doctrine" has not been enacted because if it had they would have to battle their worst enemy....FACTS!!

    March 16, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. Fred In LA

    To vote the party: And you obliviously don't watch network news or MSNBC because that's all they do. Bash Conservatives. And now Gloria Allred is involved? Need I say more?

    March 16, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. New York George

    When are we as Dems going to realize we are, for the most part, have a double standard? We argue about Rush, but leave Maher alone, we try to promote healthcare for the needy, but raise taxes to do so. We wont promote oil issues here, but blame the Middle East for gas prices. We have the entitlement disease that most low income people have that we are trying to help. Stop the insanity! We have to stop this spending to fix things mentality!! It's Crazy!

    March 16, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. JimJam

    Or look at Rush's stance on global climate change, he was pushing that article about scientists saying there is no global warming... Just the smallest bit of research on the people who signed that statement will show you who's behind it. The lead guy doesn't believe asbestos causes cancer. Says it's a leftest ploy and asbestos is completely safe. Is that who the extremest want to follow, someone who is that out of touch with reality.... I guess so, cause Rush, their God, says it's true they believe it. This is why we have a dysfunctional government, the left represents big oil and they don't even know it, they buy into the bull hook, line and sinker!

    March 16, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. Gary

    RUSH RULES !!...... I love how this man can bring out the vile hate in the liberal left. RUSH is now stronger then ever!

    March 16, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. Rbnlegnd101

    Fred,

    No, I don't get it. Taxpayers don't have anything to do with health insurance benefits. And Ms FLuke didn't testify about her own healthcare. If someone who uses insurance benefits to pay for contraception is the subject of insults, how did Rush and his 4 wives manage not to become parents?

    March 16, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. MRN

    Why is this under Pollitcal Ticker instead of Entertainment? Limbaugh is no more a politician than a Khardashian.

    March 16, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "When are we as Dems going to realize we are, for the most part, have a double standard? We argue about Rush, but leave Maher alone, we try to promote healthcare for the needy, but raise taxes to do so. We wont promote oil issues here, but blame the Middle East for gas prices. We have the entitlement disease that most low income people have that we are trying to help. Stop the insanity! We have to stop this spending to fix things mentality!! It's Crazy!"

    Dude. Thanks for the giggle. I absolutely love posts that say "I'm a [insert party affiliation]" and then proceed to regurgitate the other party's talking points. It's so convincing. Very fancy. Because, you know, liberals are all running around thinking thigns like "my my my, those poor people I want to help have, quote, entitlement disease, unquote."

    March 16, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    I just want to know how the Great Bloviator will be able to limit himself to 140 characters. I know that is the total intellectual capacity of many of his listeners, and of his champion, The-Former-Governor-of-Alaska-Who-Quit-Before-Her-Term-Expired, but Rush needs at least 200 words to say anything.

    March 16, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. Get real

    Peter
    Get real wrote: "Only the liberals can get away with saying something offensive because everyone expects it, but when a conservative says something offensive there is hel l to pay."

    The sanctimonious nature of the team cheerleader is amazing. The opposing "team" is full of lowlifes, and their "team" is pure as the driven snow.

    Are some of these people children? They sure sound like it.

    Oh come on PETER! I'm not saying conservatives are pure as the driven snow but really, have you ever heard the offensive garbage that comes out of the liberal machine or do you just shy away from it and pretend it's okay? I never hear as big an uproar as was directed at Rush so get serious when you make your comments.

    March 16, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |

    March 16, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. Bozzieb

    Rush Hudson Limbaugh....Mmm, mmm, mmmm!

    March 16, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Thinks2010

    @Joe from CT, not Lieberman–By using links to articles, Rush is working around the 140 character limit. Of course Rush has not taken his followers' literacy rates and propensity to read into account. They might have the attention span required to read a 140 character tweet, but one wonders if they can make it through a bunch of articles. Will many of them want to wade through tweets filled with what will seem to many to be abbreviated gibberish (don't forget a lot of his followers are old men)? It should be interesting to see how long this Twitter adventure will last.

    March 16, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. Malory Archer

    Nice try George. You're as much a dem as I am a rethug. But thanks for playing!

    March 16, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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