We might elect the first female president in our nation’s history ever to be indicted for mishandling state secrets.Or, we might finally be able to look our young billionaires and reality show stars in the eye and tell them: “See, even you can be president someday.” And, perhaps most importantly, all your #hottakes about the presidential election may no longer be . With huge platforms and massive audiences, successful hosts ought to take more care than the average person to be truthful and avoid misinforming listeners.The full cost of doing so became evident this year, when a faction of populists shaped by years of talk radio, Fox News, and picked Donald Trump to lead the Republican Party, a choice that makes a Hillary Clinton victory likely and is a catastrophe for movement conservatism regardless of who wins..Limbaugh’s vicious comments earned rebukes from the presidents of both Georgetown and the United States: The former issued a thoughtful and wise statement on the matter, and the latter called Fluke to offer his support.Their gracious behavior not only highlighted how crass and nasty Limbaugh is, but it also raised the question: Who are the 15 million people who listen to this guy?Born as the second child of three, he had a very easy childhood and grew up in a joint family.Interestingly, many male members of his family including his brother, uncle, grandfather and cousin are all lawyers and judges in different courts of America.
For almost a decade, I’ve been angrily documenting the way that many right-wing talk-radio hosts betray the rank-and-file conservatives who trust them for information. Yet they are egregiously careless on some days and willfully misleading on others. Rush Limbaugh is easily the most consequential of these hosts. And over the years, parts of the conservative movement that ought to know better, like the Claremont Institute, have treated him like an honorable conservative intellectual rather than an intellectually dishonest entertainer.Rick broached those questions in his call: comment that you just made about Trump and his deportation shift.I just distinctly heard you say that it’s not considered a flip flop.The subject: various positions Trump has staked out on illegal immigration, particularly a recent reversal where he suggested he may not deport everyone.Why didn’t the conservative media inform voters about the unreliability of Trump, who had only recently criticized Mitt Romney for being too harsh on immigration, during the GOP primaries, when he pledged a course that was politically and logistically impossible?