Rush Limbaugh joins Twitter
March 15th, 2012
09:42 PM ET
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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. Pander Express

    GOP Observer- No sponsors dropped Maher because he does not have sponsors. He is on subscription TV. You have to pay to watch his shows, unlike Limbaugh who spews on the open airwaves. No, Obama did not accept $1 million from Maher. The donation went to the Super Pac, which is by law, separate from the candidate. You have seen just what you want to see through your partisan blinders.

    March 16, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. Tyler Durden

    BTW Maher and Stewart make fun of ALL politicians, that is their job, they are satirists. Although Maher does get a little too ugly at times.

    March 16, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |

    So long sucker!

    March 16, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. Dave A

    Hi there "reality" I am a decent American, and I love Media Matters!! Put that into your so-called "reality"

    March 16, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    I'm a bit surprised he wasn't already on there. Look out lefties! He's comin' for you!! hahahaha...
    Surprise! He has already tried it. 140 characters is tight. Judge his skills by the fact that you have never heard of it.

    March 16, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Malory Archer

    Actually haink Smith, he CAN be kicked out of the twitterverse for his inappropriate comments. If I were a betting woman, I'd wager that he's going to be shut down within 48 hours.

    March 16, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Malory Archer

    GOP Observer, there are no sponsors on HBO. Viewers have to pay for the service.

    March 16, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Rbnlegnd101

    GOP Observer,
    Bill Maher's sponsors didn't drop him because he doesn't have sponsors. He runs a weekly show on premium cable with no commercials, late at night. It's hard for his sponsors to drop him when he has no sponsors.

    And you want to complain about the Presiden'ts past experience operating a voter registration campaign as though that was his entire resume? He managed hundreds of volounteers, raised money, and handled the entire organization to meet all the goals that were set, on time and within the budget for that effort. You leave out his years of work as a lawyer, law school professor, state legislator, board member for multiple large charitable organizations, his book, and so on and so on. But Rush gave you a sound bite, so you aren't interested in any more comprehensive truth. Did Rush tell you about Romney's history, lets see, he was governor for a little while, and a family friend gave him an executive position in an investment house. I am sure that will give him plenty of experience to fall back on. And if he can't solve a problem, I'd bet you ten shousand dollars he can just write a check to fix it. Santorum? Couldn't win re-election after his first term in congress, no state office experience, and what did he do in the private sector? Anything? Was he a fiction writer, writing stories about magical bracelets people wear in far-away lands?

    March 16, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. jb1963

    Rush should go on the Glen Beck network. This way only people willing to pay for his trash can hear it.

    March 16, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Hey, if Bill Maher can tweet his vile tripe on twitter, Rush should be able to communicate on it as well. I'll bet Rush has one of the largest list of followers after a few months. Way to go Rush!! ANOTHER forum to drive the libtards crazier!!! There are no means of communication that the left owns all to themselves anymore. And it drives them INSANE!

    March 16, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Rush Limbaugh=Twitwit

    March 16, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. kevin

    @ rbnlegnd101 why does'nt your hero BILL MAHER get a radio show if he is soo great . he hides behind HBO, because if he had sponsor's like rush he would not be spewing the hate speech he does on HBO.

    March 16, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Stan

    Yeah well someone should start a blog to inform followers of who's advertising on Rush's program. That would get him off the air in a few months.

    March 16, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Malory Archer

    Because kevin, the majority of libs really aren't interested in listening to such vitriol. It's the reason Maher lost his gig on commercial TV, and why Air America didn't last.

    March 16, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. NVa Native

    He is a coward and the people who follow him need to pull their head out of his butt.

    March 16, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. Geo

    Mr. Rush Limbaugh has certainly helped the Liberal cause. His repulsive character and rantings alarm and offend the majority of citizens, driving moderates / independents into the welcoming hands of the Democratic party. You have to wonder if he isn't an Obama operative. But in reality, his ratings improve with the failure of the conservative movement. Angry frustrated Right Wingers make devoted listeners, as long as they stay out of power, which he is working to insure.

    March 16, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. Dem Leaning Independent

    Rush is an entertainer. He's paid extremely well to delight and enchant his audience. Every time he gets in trouble, he reminds everyone of this fact. So, if he's an enterainer and the GOP are scared of his shadow and he has a listening audience of millions, what does that say about THEM?? That fact alone should keep critical thinkers up at night......

    March 16, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Mom to 3

    Sounds like Limbaugh is worried that no one is listening to his pathetic excuse for a radio show anymore. Bill Maher may use "swear words" or inappropriate language but the big difference is that he is respectful of women in general. You think the "slut/prostitute" comments from Limbaugh are the first time he has attacked women and said very discriminatory and chauvinistic things about women? HA! He does it all the time and has for years. Limbaugh has a pattern of putting down women and people are tired of it. His audience is made up of old men - he disgusts young people and women. Limbaugh and his Fox buddies are so desperate they keep attacking Maher when there is really no comparison, but it isn't working.

    March 16, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. SOS

    @Kevin Maher is a standup comedian, what makes you think he would even want to do radio? Who is hiding, the guy on TV, or the guy sitting behind a microphone on the radio? Limbaugh has sponsors, and he spews hate continuosly. So much for your theory. If you knew anything at all about Bill Maher, then you would know that he has been defending Limbaugh against the efforts to have sponsors drop him. If the situation were reversed would Limbaugh be doing the same? Somehow I doubt it.

    March 16, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    Rush should be able to communicate on it as well. I'll bet Rush has one of the largest list of followers after a few months.
    I'll bet he will have an even larger list of trolls if Bill Maher commands it. "Make it so."

    March 16, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |

    This is news and how?

    March 16, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. JohnRJohnson

    I'm canceling my Twitter account. Never saw much value in it anyway, but now Limbaugh has provided the motivation to delete it.

    March 16, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. snowdogg

    Guessing he won't be able to curse on twitter and that's going to be a BIG handicap for Rush!

    March 16, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. Core republican Values

    Now it can tweet vile, disgusting and filthy things as the national spokesperson for the republican party.

    March 16, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. Jon in Balto

    To start: I do not like Rush Limbaugh – I've listened to him and have even sometimes agreed with him – way back in his early days. But the issue isn't Rush Limbaugh or Bill Maher, it is something pointed out by Jon Stewart several years ago in the age of Confrontational Political Shoes – where people yelled at each other and took absolutist stands. Stewart said, "Stop it, you are hurting my country." And this still holds true. Satire has it's place, and I do not blindly follow Stewart, Colbert on that, but civility is something that they both use. The other night Grover Norquist appeared on the Stewart show. He was treated with respect by the host and his audience, allowed to make his points and never personally mocked or derided. Can the same be said of Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Beck or Coulter?

    And that is why those types make we want to say the same thing, "Stop it, you are hurting my country." Rush wants to tweet, let him, it is his right...but let the tweets be civil – and not only his but Mahers, Becks, etc. etc. etc.

    Our government, Congress specifically, is non functional because civil discourse and compromise are denigrated by absolutists – and Limbaugh and Fox are the purveyors of this – more than their counterparts on the left.

    March 16, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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