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. Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye

    Looks like RL is looking for a backup plan when his radio show ceases. At first I thought I would follow him on twitter to make comments on his trash but I don't want him thinking he has fans. He may fade into obscurity as Glenn Beck, Imus, and Bill M. Bill ended up going into cable t.v because he lost so many sponsors, Imus was suspended for his trash, and Glenn Beck, well........Glenn Beck.......somewhere out there. See ya R.L

    March 16, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. Steve

    If he spoke about his meals, I dare say there would be no time for anything interesting, like denigrating women, gays, etc. Maybe he will speak about the cyst on his tush that he used to stay out of Vietnam? But don't count on it.

    March 16, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Wow

    What does CNN and Media Matters have in common??? They are obsessed with Conservatives................

    March 16, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. David

    Who are the 15 million people who listen to him every week? I truly don't get it! Can't think for themselves. Lemurs.

    March 16, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Peter

    Here. I'll save you all the trouble of reading his tweats.

    "Liberals caused every problem that we have in the USA. Every single one. Elect Republicans wherever you can and everything will be fixed."

    There. Each tweat will be a variation of the above.

    So, this will save you a lot of trouble and time.

    March 16, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Get real

    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. 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.
    Welcome to twitter Rush!

    March 16, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. ThinkAgain

    @M: "He may think that flooding the twitter world with "re-tweets" is a great thing until even more creative people flood his account with posts. It goes both ways."

    EXCELLENT idea – Let the flooding commence!

    March 16, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. tct

    I'm disappointed, I hoped his new frontier would be wandering into honesty and patriotism.

    March 16, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Kathy

    He can spew his hate justvasvwell on Twitter then over the free airwaves. Time to ackbit up Limbaugh. Go to satellite radio where people can pay to hear your white hate trash speech. Your free ride is over!

    March 16, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. cf

    Great. Another slimeball passing off lies and opinion pieces as "facts" to stupid people who believe it because it's "on the internet."

    March 16, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. Reality

    Cool. Anything that goes against the destructive ambitions of Media Matters has to be good for decent Americans.

    March 16, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Larry L

    I'll bet Hitler would have used social media to deliver his message... It's important for us to understand the root of the problem. Rush Limbaugh is simply an entertainer who uses outrageous and hateful speech to incite his audience. If he didn't have a willing population of people to accept his dishonest and hateful message he would fail as an entertainer. Those of us willing to accept his distorted and inflamatory rheortic allow Limbaugh to continue his message of hate and division. Without listeners he'd go spiraling around the vortex in the toilet bowl and disappear from sight.

    March 16, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. us1776

    Well, we now know where to look for the list of LOSERS !!

    It will be the Limbaugh followers.


    March 16, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. haink Smith

    There's NO WAY Rush will be taken off the Air!!!

    March 16, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. newz4i

    "... an effective means of informing people outside the bounds of this program,” Limbaugh explained. As though his "program" isn't working?

    March 16, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. Dave

    Ha! Social media – the last refuge of the scoundrel! He got sacked hard on advertisers and he's not being defended by his brainless goons as much as usual because he picked on a girl, and it scares him. He feels the moment of his greatness flickering so now he's gonna try to make up for some of his loss on Twitter. He slinked over there like a scorned schoolgirl and now he's tweeting about how mean everyone was to him! LOL! The pitifulness of it is hilarious! How the mighty have fallen!

    March 16, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. Jane

    Bye-bye Rushie. Time to join the rest of the slimeballs at the BOTTOM of the dirt pool. This is right where you belong.

    March 16, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. GOP Observer

    How many left leaning liberal sponsors dropped Bill Maher after he used far more vile language defaming Michelle bachman and Sarah Palin - NONE. And what did President Obama do after Bil Maher's expletive profanity? He accepted $1 million from Maher for his campaign..... Obama talks a good game -but actions are a LOT LOUDER - and we have not seen any actions from this one term community organizer – what we have seen is a double standard when it comes to morals, ethics, and honesty - and we have seen worse

    March 16, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. Willy Brown

    Rush this will have the progressives wetting their cookies!

    March 16, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  20. Texas Bob

    If Fox and the GOP had any moral compass he would be fired and banned from all media!!!

    March 16, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. Texas Bob

    For all the references to Bill Maher please note he is a comedian and has nothing to do with the Democratic media. He is not the moral compass of their party. He is not like Rush who is 100% GOP mouth piece.

    March 16, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  22. Dewey

    Read "Berlin Noir" by Phillip Kerr. This book explains the months leading up to Hitlers reign. Limbaughs' hate is exactly how the Nazi's began their terror.

    March 16, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. 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.

    March 16, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    Riiight, GOP Observer, and how many right-leaning sponsors dropped Rush prior to this latest slander? Few, if any. The Right has been getting a pass for decades by using the Bill of Rights as a fig leaf to cover their hatred, and the none of the GOP members of Congress or the candidates for POTUS had the cajones to denounce him: they keep doing these Stalin-esque style apologies, recanting their errors. Remember Chris Wallace after he called Bachmann a flake? Went on the internet the next day to tape an apology. No crude language, just called her a flake. Frankly she's a lot worse. Maher went way overboard, but he's not the de facto head of the GOP. Maher was not made an honorary member of the Congressional Class of 2006, and he's gone and defended Rush's right to speak. Please, keep a little perspective.

    March 16, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  25. maf5454

    There is no measurement scale known to mankind that a division small enough to measure my indifference to this person and his so called use of Twitter.

    March 16, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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