“Take that bone out of your nose and call me back” — In a 1990 Newsday article by Richard Gehr, Limbaugh acknowledged, and said he “felt guilty about” making that statement to a black caller to his Pittsburgh radio show in the early 1970s. At the time, Limbaugh — going by the name Jeff Christie — was a top 40 deejay. Source: Snopes.com
“Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?” — In the same 1990 Newsday article, Limbaugh acknowledged making the crack about Jackson in the 1970s. But Limbaugh insisted he didn’t mean it to be racist, saying “I’m the least racist host you’ll ever find.” Source: Snopes.com
2003: Donovan McNabb “overrated” because he’s black — For some reason, ESPN hired Limbaugh as a sports commentator in 2003. He quickly made them regret it, saying then-Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb had “never been that good,” but had been given undeserved credit because “I think what he have here is a little social concern in the NFL. I think the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well… ” He was soon fired.
1988 – “Amy Carter is the most unattractive presidential daughter in the history of the country” — Rush’s cruel attack on the former first daughter came because he disagreed with her politics while at Brown University. He later followed in 1992 by calling first daughter Chelsea Clinton “the family dog.” Source: Buzzfeed
2010: “President Obama should take his daughters to the airport and let the TSA grope them” — Limbaugh lashed out at airport security screening by telling his callers the president should put his own kids through the “groping” process, “to show it’s safe.” Source: Media Matters
2006: Mocking Michael J. Fox — Limbaugh is no fan of “liberal” Hollywood, but he drew torrents of criticism, including for advocates for the disabled, when he made fun of the actor’s physical movements, claiming he was exaggerating his symptoms from Parkinson’s disease in an ad for Democratic Senator Clair McCaskill. Limbaugh later (sort of) apologized. Source: Media Matters
2007: “The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.” — Limbaugh made the comment on his January 19, 2007 broadcast, while decrying on-field behavior of players from the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots. Limbaugh claimed “boorish, classless” behavior was taking over professional football — something he called a “cultural phenomenon.” Source: Media Matters
2008: “Barack the Magic Negro” — Limbaugh previewed the parody by satirist Paul Shanklin on his show during the presidential race, even singing a few bars of the song from Shanklin’s album, We Hate America. The CD was distributed by a candidate for GOP party chairman, who later lost to African-American Michael Steele. Rush said he was riffing off a Los Angeles Times column with the same title. Source: Media Matters
2011: Dissing Michelle Obama — Limbaugh attacked the first lady’s healthy food initiatives, and her appearance, saying Michelle “does not project the image of women that you might see on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, or of a woman Alex Rodriguez might date every six months or what have you.” He also said if Michelle “is going to tell people to eat like an Ethiopian,” she “had better look like an Ethiopian.” (Video)
2012: Sandra Fluke is a “slut” and a “prostitute” — Limbaugh’s now famous, three-day attack on the Georgetown law student actually included some 20 separate insults, and iterations of calling her a whore for testifying before congress about a friend who needed birth control for medical reasons. Limbaugh has since apologized, but advertisers continue to flee his show. Rush’s self-defense? rappers say it all the time … Source: TheGrio
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Rush Limbaugh is known for pushing the envelope on offensive rhetoric. But his attack on a Georgetown law student may have gone over the line. But Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” was par for the course. Here are 10 of Rush’s most offensive talk radio rants.