Putting this in the Pit because the man, his life and his legacy are vile, malignant humours whose greasy effects gave rise to the careers of Limbaugh, Hannity, Oreily, etc.
I’d started listening to him in the late 80s/early 90s when he was a NY mainstay. An eloquent skullfucker of logic, it wasn’t too long before becoming aware of and repulsed by unabashed use of stereotypes, warped generalizations, and, well, fuck, every rhetorical evil that’s unfortunately commonplace with today’s talk radio and fox news. It was mildly entertaining in a hate radio sort of way, and since evil was still in its infancy at the time, there was still a sliver of basic entertainment and not so heavily linked partisanship (not that evil isn’t perpetual, just that the current flood of santorum drinkers has had ~20–30 years to improve on it).
He was a horrible human being who did great harm to the country and the world.