Rush Limbaugh joins Twitter
March 15th, 2012
09:42 PM ET
11 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. EBall

    @limbaugh, hey, welcome to the real world!

    March 17, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  2. .

    Rush laughs at CNN because they don't even have half the audience he has. Most of the advertisers who left his show have lost money.

    And when Obama is voted out of office in November, Rush will laugh even harder.

    So will a lot of other people, too.

    March 17, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  3. rika33

    Less misinformation, not as much self agrandizement, shorter lies – sounds like a marked improvement.

    March 17, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  4. Simeon Namore

    Debbie wrote: "As a conservative, I'm embarrassed by Limbaugh! He "mis-speaks" only slightly less than Mitt Romney. But at least Romney has advisors show up in an attempt to clean up the mess he seems to leave wherever he speaks."
    Strange you should bring this up. In fact, MITTENS OWNS RUSH and has since BAIN CAPITAL (Mitten's company) purchased CLEAR CHANNEL COMMUNICATIONS in 2008. Mittens pays Rush's salary contract of 400 million USD and also profits from Limbaugh's lies. Don't believe me? Look it up yourself–it's not a secret, but the media is treating it that way.

    March 17, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  5. ampeg

    Darn, I though after reading the headline RUSH the band was in the story. I am usually conservative and dislike RL

    March 17, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  6. madmaninthemiddle

    Who gives a tweet?

    March 17, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  7. ReginaP

    I still cannot believe that this piehead, in calendar year 2012, basically sent the following messages to all women, believing he was championing a valid cause:
    1) if you take birth control paid for by an insurance company, you are having "too much sex" at the expense of US taxpayers; and
    2) By accepting said insurance payments, you should be obligated to provide videotapes of your bedroom activities for taxpayers to view.
    Not only is this utterly non-sensical, it absolutely disgusts me that type of conversation is actually part of our "political" discourse.
    So tweet away Rush, and bring the rest of the Republican party down the toilet with you after you flush.

    March 17, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  8. steve

    so dems can say all those bad words about women, palin for one and when rush says something he has to appologize..again who are the idots

    March 17, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
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