Rush Limbaugh declares, “I firmly believe that the conservative-media revolution has caused the liberal media to abandon any pretense of objectivity and fairness and actively advocate on the Left’s behalf.”
In an oped written published in National Review on Wednesday, the nationally syndicated talk radio host took credit for leading the charge of a “conservative-media revolution” that has ushered in the “destruction of the Left’s national-media monopoly.”
Limbaugh wrote about the “highlights” of his career in his battle against media bias. For example, “In 1993, while aboard Air Force One, President Clinton called my St. Louis affiliate, KMOX, to complain that I had three hours each day on the radio and that there was no truth-detector responding to me.”
Later when the Republicans took the House of Representatives in 1994 for the first time in 40 years, Limbaugh wrote, “I was made an honorary member of the GOP freshman class and was asked to speak at its orientation. I warned them that the media were not happy, would not treat them as victors, and would do their best to secure Republican defeat in 1996.”
Another Clinton administration “highlight” occurred in 1995, when during a national address, Clinton “blame me for the Oklahoma City bombing.” Limbaugh writes that Clinton, “spoke of “loud, angry voices in America,” a remark that was widely interpreted as a reference to me.”
During the Obama administration, Limbaugh’s highlight was Barack Obama telling John Boehner and the rest of the congressional leadership to “stop listening to Rush Limbaugh,” because “that’s not how things get done in Washington.”
Through the evolution of Limbaugh’s show, which has lead to a multitude of other conservative talk radio programs, “conservative-media revolution has caused the liberal media to abandon any pretense of objectivity and fairness and actively advocate on the Left’s behalf. This has led in turn to the hyper-partisan nature of our politics today.”
Since Republicans use to be “perennial losers,” the “media could stay hidden behind their wall of phony objectivity… Now there is a fierce competition for the hearts and minds of the American people, which the Left used to believe it owned,” insisted Limbaugh.
The radio host later blamed the “Democrats and the Left” for the “partisanship in Washington” and for “trying to destroy the traditions and institutions that have defined this country. We stand in defense of this great nation, and we always will. And we look forward to the Republican party’s someday joining us.”
Twenty eight years ago, when Limbaugh started his nationally syndicated talk radio show, he was broadcasted on 56 radio stations. In 2015, Limbaugh hosts the most listened to talk radio program and it is broadcasted on over 600 stations.