Daniel Henninger wrote, in a Wall Street Journal editorial, "Ronald Reagan tore down this wall (the Fairness Doctrine) in 1987 ...
Limbaugh claims to have begun to develop his conservative views during this time after going on business trips to the United Kingdom, Italy, Hong Kong, and China, and deciding that they had lower living standards then the United States.
The repeal of the Fairness Doctrine—which had required that stations provide free air time for responses to any controversial opinions that were broadcast—by the FCC on August 5, 1987 meant stations could broadcast editorial commentary without having to present opposing views.
When the Republican Party won control of Congress in the 1994 midterm elections, the freshman Republican class awarded Limbaugh an honorary membership in their caucus believing he had a role in their success.
Limbaugh had publicized personal difficulties in the 2000s.
In 1992, Democrat Bill Clinton was elected president of the United States.
Limbaugh satirized the policies of Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton, as well as those of the Democratic Party.He started with an afternoon show and later did mornings, broadcasting under the name Jeff Christie.Limbaugh moved to Pittsburgh station KQV in 1973 as the evening disc jockey, succeeding Jim Quinn.In late 2001, he acknowledged that he had become almost completely deaf, although he continued his show.He was able to regain much of his hearing with the help of a cochlear implant in 2001.According to December 2015 estimates by Talkers Magazine, Limbaugh has a cume (cumulative weekly audience) of around 13.25 million unique listeners (listening for at least five minutes), making his show the most listened-to talk-radio program in the US.