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Longtime Sidekick ‘Bo Snerdley’ Reveals the Secret of Rush Limbaugh’s Success



The iconic voice of Rush Limbaugh no longer graces the airwaves, but the broadcaster’s legacy lives on in a new book by his longtime sidekick.

James Golden, known on air as “Bo Snerdley,” spoke to The Daily Signal about the man he worked alongside for 30 years. Golden recently published a book about Limbaugh, “Rush on the Radio: A Tribute from His Sidekick for 30 Years.”

Golden, who served as Limbaugh’s call screener, recounted, “You had people that depended on him to help guide them through when they were feeling badly about where the country was at a particular moment. We had a regular reoccurring theme amongst some callers, ‘Rush, is it time to panic yet?’ ‘No,’ he would say, ‘No, there isn’t.’”

Listen to the full interview on “The Daily Signal Podcast” or read a lightly edited transcript below.

Rob Bluey: It was just about a year ago that The Heritage Foundation honored Rush Limbaugh with our Titan of Conservatism Award and dedicated our new state-of-the-art broadcast studios as the Rush Limbaugh Radio Studios. [The Daily Signal is Heritage’s news outlet.] It was such an honor to make that tribute. And a couple of months later, unfortunately, we lost Rush after he was suffering from cancer. And now you’re out with this book. Can you tell us why it was so important for you to tell his story?

James Golden: It is important for the people who loved Rush, and I mean loved him and took the time to really listen to him, to help shape his legacy going forward instead of the left, or instead of people who never listened to him, or who had just political motives for being detractors.

It was important for me to get on the record having known Rush for over three decades, how just what an incredible human being he was and how generous he was, what a gentleman he was.

Aside from the incredible success that he had as a broadcaster and in that success he changed the footprint of media in America. So what a life he led. And for the parts that I was able to share with listeners, Rush was a very private person, but still there was enough to share with people that I hope leaves them with the proper impression of how truly wonderful a human being Rush was.

Bluey: He certainly was. Rush started his broadcasting career as a teenager and made stops in several cities, some of which weren’t always successful before he really hit it big. What would you say was a big motivator for him to keep trying until he got it right?

Golden: Well, to me, he started his broadcast career at age 6, with an audience of one, his mother, in their house in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. It was there that Rush had a little Remco toy radio set, and really started broadcasting. He had an urge from age 6. Can you imagine to be on the radio? And when other kids were out playing, he was doing scripts for play-by-play. And he always had the passion for radio.

Once he was able to get into it as a teenager, and you’re right, he had several instances where he was fired. He talked about that numerous times, and yet he left the industry at one point to work for the Kansas City Royals, but he came back. It was still something he desired to do above all else. And when he came back after that brief stint in baseball, he flourished. His career flourished out in Sacramento and from there he moved to New York, and the rest is history with the EIB Network.

He was able to finally do the kind of radio show he wanted to do that all of his life, where it was his opinions and only his opinions that mattered. And the way that he wanted to do the show was totally up to him with the complete artistic freedom that he needed. And when that happened, oh my goodness. The rest of the country was just in for a storm because he took the country by storm.

He loved this country and people knew that,” says James Golden, longtime sidekick to Rush Limbaugh. Golden writes about their time together in a new book, “Rush on the Radio.” (Photo: Mark Peterson/Getty Images)

Bluey: Oh, he certainly did. And James, why do you believe so many millions of people made Rush appointment listening every day?

Golden: Trust. Look, this is something that to me is highly unusual. Whether it be a television broadcaster or a radio broadcaster, anyone in the media, we’ve heard stories.

For instance, I remember hearing stories about how [CBS anchor] Walter Cronkite had the trust of America and [President] Lyndon Johnson knew that he was not successful the day that Walter Cronkite turned on him in the Vietnam War. So while you lost Walter, you lost the country.

Rush had that same level of trust, if not greater. This show never stopped growing, which is remarkable. For 33 years, he did a syndicated program and up until he passed away, this show kept growing.

You had people that depended on him to help guide them through when they were feeling badly about where the country was at a particular moment. We had a regular reoccurring theme amongst some callers, “Rush, is it time to panic yet?” “No,” he would say, “No, there isn’t.”

Finally, in the last year of his life, he just said it out front. There’s never a time to panic on America. America’s not a place you can give up on.

He loved this country and people knew that. He also worked very, very hard to “get it right.” He saw no value in getting anything wrong. He researched long hours his entire career to make sure that the information that he was providing was the best sourced information he could find and that it was accurate information.

If there was something that wasn’t, he didn’t wait until the end of the broadcast to try to hide it. If he found something had been erroneously reported at the top of the program, he would get it right.

He developed trust with people and he was witty. He was articulate, funny. He had an irreverent sense of humor that people loved, playful. The braggadocios tongue in cheek on air was also infectious. He just had so many skills as a broadcaster. He had honed his skills so well. His audience trusted him and they loved him. It was an uncanny relationship that most people in the media will never be able to attain with an audience the size of his.

Bluey: That is for sure. You talked about Rush and the research that went into each show, and I know how much he personally devoted his time to doing that. How did Rush come to adopt conservative beliefs?

Golden: I think he was always conservative. Rush talked about, as being a child, about how conservative his dad was and coming from a family that was steeped in the law. His grandfather was a practicing lawyer, past 100 years old he was still practicing law. The family in Cape Girardeau, such wonderful people. They have the family law firm and it is a big deal in Cape Girardeau, very well known.

His dad was also a World War II veteran, flew P-51s in World War II and was conservative by nature. So Rush grew up in a conservative household.

He used to remark about how he and his friends would gather around the house and listen to his father, and listen to his father just wax eloquently about the evils of communism and how it was going to be a threat to the country. And they used to love how his dad would get so passionate and worked up talking about this. So I think a lot of it came from the family that he came from.

James Golden, aka “Bo Snerdley,” served alongside Rush Limbaugh for 30 years. “His audience trusted him and they loved him. It was an uncanny relationship that most people in the media will never be able to attain with an audience the size of his,” Golden says. (Photo:

Bluey: James, I want to ask about your story. How did you first get connected with Rush?

Golden: I was at WABC in New York. I had a history. WABC in New York was the station that I really flourished at. I got my start at WWRL in Woodside, Queens, doing research. Long story short, I became the last music director of WABC when it was the iconic top 40 radio station in the country and their first talk producer.

I was there when Rush came to WABC. I didn’t work with him immediately, but I did meet Rush outside of ABC as he was coming in on his first day and had a long chat with him.

I knew the former president of ABC Radio Networks, Ed McLaughlin, who was one of Rush’s business partners. He introduced me to Rush that first day, and I remember remarking to Rush after I met him and we talked a bit about what he wanted to accomplish.

I said, “Wow, it sounds like you’re going to be bigger than Paul Harvey.” And of course, Paul Harvey at the time was the biggest name in radio.

Well, little did I know that Rush would far eclipse anything that any other broadcaster had done up until that point in radio. And also, of course, I had no way of knowing how intertwined my own life would be with Rush starting very soon after that.

Bluey: Thanks for sharing that. You spent 30 years with him. Do you have a favorite memory you want to share with our listeners?

Golden: There’s no one favorite memory of it. There are just so many great memories of being with Rush, but I’ll tell you one that was really special.

The last year of Rush’s life, of course it was COVID and we could not go into his control room because of fear of infecting him with anything. But last Christmas, about this time, Rush invited the three of us that worked with him in that southern command every day, Dawn, the stenographer, Brian, our Florida engineer, and myself.

He had us come in the studio so we could exchange gifts with him, and you know what? We dropped the mask and we all gave each other hugs and that was just so special, especially now, remembering that that was the last Christmas that we had with Rush.

Rush Limbaugh spoke at many Heritage Foundation events, including this one in 2009. Heritage honored him with the Titan of Conservatism Award in 2020. “As long as there has been conservatism, there has been The Heritage Foundation,” Limbaugh said. (Photo: The Heritage Foundation)

Bluey: I was going to ask you what Rush was like off the air. I feel like we got a little bit of a flavor of him there. What was the biggest misperception that people had about Rush Limbaugh?

Golden: I don’t know. It depends on where they got the misperceptions from.

You read all these cruel things about him being racist, which was complete nonsense or somehow bigoted. Rush loved people. He loved this country. He loved people. He was a gentleman.

I have been around Rush long enough to see how he treated people and it was consistent. No matter how big or small, whatever you did, if you brought Rush a cup of coffee, you always got a thank you, sir. Thank you, ma’am. He was exceedingly polite, exceedingly humble, and exceedingly generous.

I’d like to point out aside from his personal generosity. I mean, members of our staff will attest to that. Strangers can attest to it because some of them, in their darkest moments in life, were surprised to learn that Rush had heard about their stories and had been their benefactor in some way or another, and did it all without seeking or gaining publicity for it. He didn’t want it.

But then there’s what happened on the air with his generosity. … Everybody in this industry has participated in these charitable drives. And through that we’ve raised tens and tens of millions of dollars to fight diseases like leukemia. Leukemia doesn’t have a political ideology. It can strike anybody anywhere, anytime. And the advances that were made because of those tens of millions of dollars raised have helped humanity.

Also, you look at the fundraising that he and [his wife] Kathryn did for the families of first responders who had fallen in the line of duty. Now, if you lose your parent or your spouse, one of the things that you’re going to worry about is whether you’ll be able to keep a roof over your head. The family, how will the family survive? Well, Rush and Kathryn raised millions and millions of dollars so that the families of first responders could have their houses fully paid for. And in some cases have scholarships so that the kids could attend school without financial burden.

These are the kind of things, the generosity that defined to me Rush as a human being. Rush was a giver. He gave. His staff stayed with him for decades and decades. He was generous to a fault with his friends and they will all tell you stories about that. And yet one of the things that he did not seek was, “Oh, look at me. I want to be known because I’m such a great guy.”

He asked people to keep it private because it was a private matter. He lived it, he walked the walk, he lived it, but he wasn’t seeking the attention for all of the good that he did that still impacts people’s lives.

Bluey: Thank you for telling our listeners about Rush’s generosity. That is something that I don’t think many of us really knew about the man and that’s why we appreciate your making sure that we all know that.

One final question for you. The moment that sticks out to me, aside from all of the incredible things that Rush would say day to day is his appearance at the State of the Union address when President Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. What was that like behind the scenes for Rush and for all of the preparations that went into it?

Golden: Well, Rush was due to begin his treatment that day. He had just made the announcement that he had this advanced lung cancer and off he went, he and Kathryn, to Boston to get treated.

It was there that President Trump reached him the day he was supposed to start. So it was a frenzied day. They didn’t even have the proper attire. They had to arrange all of that very quickly and get to DC. It was a surprise and it was just a delightful surprise.

I got a tip from Sean Hannity that something special was going to happen that night. And Sean had been very instrumental of making that happen. He and Matt Drudge. And of course, President Trump.

I said, and I’ll say it again, President Trump did something that I don’t think anybody else could have done. He gave Rush a well deserved, well earned honor, the highest civilian honor in the United States of America and made sure that almost every important elected Democrat in the federal government was there to watch it.

And it was just beautiful. And we are so much in gratitude for President Trump for doing that. And it was certainly a moment that we all cherished to see our beloved Rush honored the way that we felt he should have been honored for most of his career.

Bluey: It was just a fantastic moment. James, thanks so much for writing Rush on the Radio. How would you like listeners to follow your work and what you’ve been up to?

Golden: I’m back at WABC, my home station doing a show six days a week, you can go to, find out more information there. You go to WABC Radio and I’m working on a few other projects. So life has been very busy and of course, missing Rush every single day.

Bluey: We certainly do as well. James Golden, thanks so much for joining “The Daily Signal Podcast.” It’s great to talk to you.

Golden: Thank you, my friend. Awesome, Rob. Thank you so much for having me.

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Hailey Bieber Details Terrifying ‘Life-Altering’ Mini-Stroke She Suffered And Procedure To Close Hole In Her Heart



Hailey Bieber has spoken out in her “own words” about the “life-altering,” “scariest moment” of her life she had after suffering what she called a mini-stroke, and later underwent a procedure to close a hole in her heart.

The 25-year-old supermodel and wife of superstar singer Justin Bieber took to her YouTube channel Wednesday and opened up about the terrifying experience of being hospitalized last month after she suffered a blood clot to her brain that traveled through a hole in her heart between 12 and 13 millimeters, reported People magazine.

“I had, like, a very scary incident on March 10, basically,” Bieber shared. “I was sitting at breakfast with my husband, having a normal day … and all of the sudden, I felt this really weird sensation that kind of like traveled down my arm from my shoulder all the way down to my fingertips. And it made my fingertips feel really numb and weird.”

“Justin [her husband] was like, ‘Are you okay?’” she added, as she explained that she tried to respond to him, but she “couldn’t speak.” “The right side of my face started drooping; I couldn’t get a sentence out.”

“Obviously, immediately, I thought I was having a stroke,” the supermodel continued. “He thought I was having a stroke. Right away, he asked for somebody to please call 911 and get a doctor.”

Hailey said that where they were, there happened to be a medic who started asking her lots of questions and testing her arms, calling it definitely the “scariest moment” of her life. The model talked about how the “facial drooping lasted for probably like thirty seconds.” Her speech did came back, but her “anxiety” about what was happening just made “everything worse.”

“By the time I got to the emergency room, I was pretty much back to normal – [I] could talk, [I] wasn’t having any issues with my face or my arm,” Bieber explained.

She said scans revealed she had, in fact, suffered a “small blood clot” to her brain which was labeled a “TIA” [Transient Ischemic Attack]. Hailey told her followers it was basically like having a “mini-stroke.”

Doctors still weren’t sure what caused it, but she said it was widely believed it was a combination of birth-control issues, recently having COVID-19, and having just traveled “to Paris and back in a very short amount of time,” calling it a “perfect storm.”

Further testing at the University of California, Los Angeles, revealed Bieber had a Grade 5 PFO [a small opening in the heart that usually closes after birth]. The outlet said the hold measured between 12 and 13 millimeters. She later underwent a procedure to close the hole, and said it went “very smoothly” and she’s recovering.

“The biggest thing I feel is I just feel really relieved that we were able to figure everything out, that we were able to get it closed, that I will be able to just move on from this really scary situation and just live my life,” Hailey shared.

“If there’s anybody that watches this that has gone through the same thing or something similar, I definitely really empathize with you,” she concluded. “And I understand how life-altering and scary it is.”

Bieber, who’s the daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin and Kennya Baldwin, married her husband Justin in 2018.

Related: Hailey Baldwin Credits Christian Faith For Marriage To Justin Bieber

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Wikipedia’s Left-Wing Bias



I love Wikipedia. I donated thousands of dollars to the Wikimedia Foundation.

Before Wikipedia, all we had were printed encyclopedias—out of date by the time we bought them.

Then libertarian Jimmy Wales came up with a web-based, crowd-sourced encyclopedia.

Crowd-sourced? A Britannica editor called Wikipedia “a public restroom.” But Wales won the battle. Britannica’s encyclopedias are no longer printed.

Congratulations to Wales.

But recently, I learned that Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger now says Wikipedia’s political pages have turned into leftist “propaganda.”

That’s upsetting. Leftists took over the editing?

Sadly, yes. I checked it out.

All editing is done by volunteers. Wales hoped there would be enough diverse political persuasions that biases would be countered by others.

But that’s not what’s happening.

Leftists just like to write. Conservatives build things: companies, homes, farms.

You see the pattern comparing political donations from different professions: Surgeons, oil workers, truck drivers, loggers, and pilots lean right; artists, bartenders, librarians, reporters, and teachers lean left.

Conservatives don’t have as much time to tweet or argue on the web. Leftists do. And they love doing it. This helps them take over the media, universities, and now, Wikipedia.

Jonathan Weiss is what Wikipedia calls a “Top 100” Wikipedian because he’s made almost half a million edits. He says he’s noticed new bias: “Wikipedia does a great job on things like science and sports, but you see a lot of political bias come into play when you’re talking current events.”

Weiss is no conservative. In presidential races, he voted for Al Gore, Ralph Nader, and Barack Obama. Never for a Republican. “I’ve really never identified strongly with either political party,” he says.

Maybe that’s why he notices the new Wikipedia bias.

“People on the left far outweigh people on the center and the right … a lot [are] openly socialist and Marxist.” Some even post pictures of Che Guevara and Lenin on their own profiles.

These are the people who decide which news sources Wikipedia writers may cite. Wikipedia’s approved “Reliable sources” page rejects political reporting from Fox but calls CNN and MSNBC “reliable.”

Good conservative outlets like The Federalist, the Daily Caller, and The Daily Wire are all deemed “unreliable.” Same with the New York Post (That’s probably why Wikipedia called Hunter Biden’s emails a conspiracy theory even after other liberal media finally acknowledged that they were real).

While it excludes Fox, Wikipedia approves even hard left media like Vox, Slate, The Nation, Mother Jones, and Jacobin, a socialist publication.

Until recently, Wikipedia’s “socialism” and “communism” pages made no mention of the millions of people killed by socialism and communism. Even now, deaths are “deep in the article,” says Weiss, “treated as an arcane academic debate. But we’re talking about mass murder!”

The communism page even adds that we cannot ignore the “lives saved by communist modernization”! This is nuts.

Look up “concentration and internment camps” and you’ll find, along with the Holocaust, “Mexico-United States border,” and under that, “Trump administration family separation policy.”

What? Former President Donald Trump’s border controls, no matter how harsh, are very different from the Nazi’s mass murder.

Wikipedia does say “anyone can edit.” So, I made a small addition for political balance, mentioning that President Barack Obama built those cages.

My edit was taken down.

I wrote Wikipedia founder Wales to say that if his creation now uses only progressive sources, I would no longer donate.

He replied, “I totally respect the decision not to give us more money. I’m such a fan and have great respect for you and your work.” But then he said it is “just 100% false … that ‘only globalist, progressive mainstream sources’ are permitted.”

He gave examples of left-wing media that Wikipedia rejects, like Raw Story and Occupy Democrats.

I’m glad he rejects them. Those sites are childishly far left.

I then wrote again to ask why “there’s not a single right-leaning media outlet Wiki labels ‘reliable’ about politics, [but] Vox, Slate, The Nation, Mother Jones, CNN, MSNBC” get approval.

Wales then stopped responding to my emails.

Unless Wikipedia’s bias is fixed, I’ll be skeptical reading anything on the site.


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Public Health England to blame for sending patients to care homes without Covid tests



Speaking on condition of anonymity, Whitehall officials alleged that Prof Duncan Selbie, the former PHE chief executive, was ultimately responsible for informing Mr Hancock of the risks.

Prof Selbie is working as a senior adviser to the DHSC. Neither he nor the department responded to requests for comment on Wednesday.

Mr Hancock, who was replaced by Sajid Javid last year, claimed the High Court ruling had exonerated him and the had been cleared “of any wrongdoing” because PHE “failed to tell ministers what they knew about asymptomatic transmission”.

The High Court judges concluded that care home policies in March and April 2020 were “irrational” because they failed to advise that those discharged from hospitals “should, so far as practicable, be kept apart from other residents for up to 14 days”.

“Since there is no evidence that this question was considered by the secretary of state, or that he was asked to consider it, it is not an example of a political judgment on a finely balanced issue,” they said. “Nor is it a point on which any of the expert committees had advised that no guidance was required.”

After the ruling, Boris Johnson said he wanted to “renew my apologies and sympathies” to relatives who lost loved ones, adding: “The thing we didn’t know in particular was that Covid could be transmitted asymptomatically in the way that it was.”

However, the risks of asymptomatic transmission had been highlighted by Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government’s chief scientific adviser for England, who said it was “quite likely” as early as March 13 2020. Varying levels of risk had been outlined in papers from late January, the ruling said.

The judicial review was brought by Dr Cathy Gardner and Fay Harris, whose fathers, Michael Gibson and Donald Harris, died after testing positive for Covid.

‘Opens the floodgates for potential claims’

Paul Conrathe, a solicitor at Sinclairslaw who was instructed by both women, said: “It’s possible that care home providers and relatives who lost loved ones in the first wave could bring compensation claims. The Government was found to have acted ‘irrationally’ – that’s a very high legal hurdle.”

Nadra Ahmed, who chairs the National Care Association, said the ruling “opens the floodgates for potential claims to be brought against government policy”.

“This will be especially pertinent where the individual was not given a choice,” she said. “There will be a lot of people assimilating to the information as they consider if the loss of their loved one was premature, and holding the Government to account is the only way forward for them.”

Helen Wildbore, the director of the Relatives and Residents Association, said that the ruling proved “the protective ring around care homes was non-existent” and that older people were “abandoned at the outset of the pandemic”.

A government spokesman said it had been a “very difficult decision” to discharge hospital patients into care homes, taken when evidence on asymptomatic transmission was “extremely uncertain”.

The spokesman added: “We acknowledge the judge’s comments on assessing the risks of asymptomatic transmission and our guidance on isolation, and will respond in more detail in due course.”

‘He was in a home and should have been safe’

They stood outside the Royal Courts of Justice, two women unknown to each other before the Covid pandemic but brought together by tragedy, writes Tom Ough.

Cathy Gardner spoke first, delivering a steely reading of a statement. Matt Hancock’s boast of a “protective ring” encircling care homes, Dr Gardner said, was “a despicable lie of which he ought to be ashamed and for which he ought to apologise”.

Fay Harris, more downcast in demeanour but no less forthright, told journalists: “I have lost precious years with my wonderful Dad.”

Both women lost their fathers in early 2020, arguing that they might still be alive were it not for hospital patients having been discharged into care homes without having been tested for Covid.

Michael Gibson, born in 1931, had been a superintendent registrar of births and deaths. “He was in a home and should have been safe,” Dr Gardner told The Independent after his death.

Mr Gibson, who had advanced dementia, had fallen ill a couple of weeks before the first lockdown. Staff at his care home were unable to procure tests for Covid, but the virus is believed to have struck him down.

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