After claiming the media creates panic over hurricanes to perpetuate a climate change narrative, Rush Limbaugh is now evacuating his home in Palm Beach as Hurricane Irma bears down on south Florida.
“May as well announce this. I’m not going to get into details because of the security nature of things, but it turns out that we will not be able to do the program here tomorrow,” Limbaugh said on his nationally-syndicated radio program Thursday. “We’ll be on the air next week, folks, from parts unknown.”
Conservative media personality Mark Steyn will fill in for Limbaugh on Friday.
As it often does, controversy surrounded Limbaugh this week after the 66-year-old said while he’s “not a meteorologist” and nothing he says “should be considered to be a forecast or a prediction,” he believes that hurricane anxiety is purported by the liberal media to underscore climate change as a real issue.
“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,” Limbaugh said on Tuesday. “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.'”
He then claimed large retailers and local media collude to use the fear and panic of hurricanes to profit off consumers.
“Now, how do you do this? Well, any number of ways,” he continued. “Let’s take South Florida television, for example. There is a symbiotic relationship between retailers and local media, and it’s related to money. It revolves around money. You have major, major industries and businesses which prosper during times of crisis and panic, such as a hurricane, which could destroy or greatly damage people’s homes, and it could interrupt the flow of water and electricity.”
“So, what happens? Well, the TV stations begin reporting this and the panic begins to increase,” he added. “And then people end up going to various stores to stock up on water and whatever they might need for home repairs and batteries and all this that they’re advised to get, and a vicious circle is created. You have these various retail outlets who spend a lot of advertising dollars with the local media.”
However, as it became clearer that the Category 5 hurricane in the Caribbean was going to hit south Florida head on, as a Category 4 hurricane, Limbaugh quickly changed his tune, to the utter joy of his detractors.
“It’s gonna affect Florida no matter where it goes. And the effects in Florida, depending on where, are gonna be damaging,” Limbaugh said on his radio show on Thursday.
He said it was “legally impossible” for him to do his radio program from his home on Friday, meaning he’d been forced to evacuate.
Omg. “Legally impossible” = mandatory evacuation. This is too rich. Real deniers don’t listen to evacuation orders. Fight the power, Rush. https://t.co/0NAqMHxxDG
— Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) September 8, 2017
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