Rush Limbaugh made a total fool out of himself last week when he declared that the media was hyping up the threat posed by Hurricane Irma to push their climate change agenda. His irresponsible and ill-informed remarks were met with an almost instant backlash. Even weatherman Al Roker called out his statements as “dangerous” and “borderline criminal.”
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And now, naturally, Limbaugh is having a white-hot meltdown.
I’m going through one of the greatest smears of my career. This is all over the place that I told people there’s no storm. That I told people you don’t have to run away from Florida. You don’t have to evacuate because I said the storm wasn’t coming. I did not say that. I didn’t say the storm is not big. I didn’t say the storm was going somewhere else. [The media] did.” Limbaugh raged on Monday. “There isn’t a thing I said about this that anybody can prove that I was wrong about.
Leading up to the hurricane, Limbaugh told his listeners that “there is a desire to advance this climate change agenda, and hurricanes are one of the fastest and best ways to do it. You can accomplish a lot just by creating fear and panic.” After a weekend of sharp criticism, he now says that he was just explaining “how the world works.”
I explained how the world works. I explained how local media seeks to hype these storms because it’s good for ratings. And it’s also good for grocery stores and advertisers that sell things you need during a hurricane. Never did I say the hurricane — did I say you ignore the forecast. Never. Nothing, that is out there on social media is true. This is a series of lies and misstatements because I do not heel. I did not join in the panic.
Hurricane Irma holds the title as the strongest storm of its kind on record. After wreaking havoc throughout the Caribbean, Irma made landfall in Florida late Saturday night and into early Sunday morning. Although many people did hunker down and ride out the storm in their homes, it should be noted that Limbaugh was not among them. Despite his concerns that Irma was nothing more than media hype, he didn’t waste any time evacuating.