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Limbaugh Responds to Media ‘Smears’ Over Hurricane Irma Comments

Rush Limbaugh returned to radio today and said that the flak he’s gotten for his Hurricane Irma commentary is “one of the greatest smears of my career.”

Last week Limbaugh talked about how the media hypes hurricanes, saying, “You can accomplish a lot just by creating fear and panic. You don’t need a hurricane to hit anywhere. All you need is to create the fear and panic accompanied by talk that climate change is causing hurricanes to become more frequent and bigger and more dangerous, and you create the panic, and it’s mission accomplished, agenda advanced.”

Limbaugh ended up getting mocked online after he personally evacuated before the hurricane hit.

“This is all over the place that I told people there is no storm. That I told people you don’t have to run away from Florida, you do not have to evacuate, because I said the storm isn’t coming,” he said on his radio show today. “I did not say that. I did not say the storm is not big. I didn’t say the storm is gonna go somewhere else. They did. I didn’t say anything. There is not a thing that I said about this that anybody can prove I was wrong about, not a single thing.”

Limbaugh proceeded to rail against media “groupthink” on climate change before saying, “I explained how the world works. I explained how local media seeks to hype these storms ’cause it’s good for ratings, and it’s also good for grocery stores and advertisers that sell things you need during a hurricane.”

He continued:

“This is a series of lies and misstatements, and this is because I do not heel. I do not join everybody in the conventional wisdom, the consensus and the groupthink. I did not join in the panic. I did not join in helpless wailing and ‘Oh, woe is me!’ I did not join in any of the things––and I specifically didn’t join the idea that global warming or climate change was causing this…

“Shouldn’t the hurricanes today be far worse than ever if what they’re saying is true? You’re not supposed to think this way, folks, and you’re not supposed to ask that question. You’re not supposed to give people an alternative way of looking at something outside the groupthink. If you do, they’re gonna come after you and try to destroy your credibility and smear you, because they have an agenda that they seek to advance using every public event they can.”

You can listen to the audio above, via The Daily Rushbo.

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