Local author Merritt Tierce is quite the media darling these days. After publishing her debut novel Love Me Back, Tierce has made the rounds on TV, been compared to Joan Didion by one critic, and perhaps most famously, told the Dallas Morning News about the time she donated Rush Limbaugh's extravagant tips to an abortion fund. After the DMN published the story, it quickly went viral, and was picked up by outlets like Gawker, Newsweek, and Cosmopolitan.
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Soon after her revelation, fans of Limbaugh came after Tierce with a vengance. Her personal and public Facebook pages were inundated with hate mail, much of which was extremely violent. "You do realize that once a body as a beating heart, it's called murder right?" wrote one gramatically-challenged commenter. "Better yet, someone should just murder you. I mean shit seriously." According to Tierce, Facebook refused to remove the post because it didn't violate their list of community standards, which supposedly exist to protect the platform's users against threats of violence.
"I suppose I should have seen it coming," says Tierce. "[Rush Limbaugh's] fans are legion, and they are people who are exceptionally responsive to the fomenting of hate." And the hate was certainly fomented. Moving beyond Facebook, Limbaugh fans took to Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble's website to spit their vitriol in the form of "reviews" of Love Me Back.