Rush 'Not Convinced' Newt-Bashing National Review 'Has That Much Impact'

Patrick Burke
By Patrick Burke | December 16, 2011 | 10:35 AM EST

Discussing a National Review piece criticizing Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh offered some thoughts on how the publication has changed since its founding:

“National Review used to, indisputably, it was the voice of conservatism. There was no question. Now, it’s not so much that, as it is the voice of Republicanism, which could also be said to be the inside the beltway or Washington-New York conservatism.”

This perception of National Review was echoed by Media Research Center founder L. Brent Bozell III in a post on Twitter in which suggested National Review has abandoned its original vision established when the publication was founded by his uncle, William F. Buckley, Jr.:

“The @nrocorner endorsement of Romney/Huntsman proves that this is no longer the magazine of William F. Buckley. My uncle would be appalled.”

Limbaugh began the segment by debating whether or not he should be discussing the op-ed because of his uncertainty as to the influence of National Review in today’s media:

“So I wasn’t going to really talk about it (the Op-Ed) because I’m not convinced that it (National Review) has that much impact.”

At the end of his preface to the editorial, Limbaugh reinforced his opinion that National Review isn’t the same publication it used to be:

“They’ve got great people there; there’s some nice people. But it’s changed a bit from what it was.”

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