On New Year’s Day, conservative radio host and mega-pundit Rush Limbaugh spoke about his health conditions in a press conference outside of a Hawaiin hospital, two days after being admitted with chest pains. Limbaugh announced that he did not have any heart problems, yet Fox News, as cablers are prone to do, showed the speech live as a breaking “alert,” despite the lack of overall substance.
Though it is fortunate that the man’s health is fine, one has to question the newsworthiness of it all and Fox’s decision to mark a niche press conference as breaking news, “Alert” logo flashing below. (Update: In the interest of clarity, Limbaugh’s illness was also covered by competing networks including CNN, all of which tend to overestimate the gravity of breaking alerts.)
But in this case, true to form, Limbaugh used the spotlight to highlight some of his political views, addressing health care with a right-ward spin. “I’ve been treated to the best health care the world has to offer, and that is right here in America,” said Limbaugh. “Based on what happened to me, I don’t think there’s one thing wrong with the health care system. It’s just fine, just dandy.”
“I got no special treatment other than what anybody else that would have called 911 and had been brought in with the same kinds of symptoms,” he continued, enthusiastically.
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