Zev Chafets' biography of Rush Limbaugh, An Army of One, makes one thing clear: Chafets received extensive cooperation from Limbaugh and from Limbaugh associates and employees.
Probably none of that input came from the employee referenced here. To explain: Back on Friday, June 13, 2003, after publishing a column in local DC newspapers titled "An open letter to Rush Limbaugh," I received this email from a reader, with the subject line "Rush Limbaugh":
I just thought you would like to know a little tidbit of gossip about the subject you are writing about. Every day that I listen to his show (not everyday who could take that?) I hear hatred spewed forth about anything and everthing that doesn't jibe with his ideaology. Calling Gephart "little dick" saying John Kerry "looks French" could be the dumbest thing I've ever heard. So I don't feel bad about outing him on this; Rush is a junkie.
[A former employee] worked for years [for Limbaugh and then-wife Marta Fitzgerald] and Rush made him sign a no-tell agreement before his departure. I didn't sign anything. Well Rush was doing over $2000.00 a week worth of oxycotin pain killers, which he "scored" illegally from a West Palm Beach dealer. Normally I wouldn't pass this kind of info around but you know what? Screw it and screw him and his hate. This is the truth Marge and I am not telling to print it or nothing, just letting you know."
As the date on this email should convey, Limbaugh was hardly chivvied by the authorities about his drug use. Not only was his Oxycontin abuse known among at the very least a widening circle of employees in Palm Beach, word was seeping to the news media. It is unlikely that I was the only journalist apprised.
Yet it was not until October, 2003, that Rush Hudson Limbaugh III was busted. As Chafets writes,
". . . the National Enquirer broke a sensational story: Rush Limbaugh, the voice of America, was a drug addict who might be headed for prison."
Wilma Cline, his housekeeper from 1997 to 2001, was supplying Limbaugh with hydrocodone.
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