You really couldn’t make this up (via The Daily Beast):
Rush Limbaugh will evacuate his South Florida residence in advance of Hurricane Irma, despite his previous claims that the news media had intentionally overhyped the storm to boost ratings and gin up fear about climate change. “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 admitted on his radio show.
“We’ll be on the air next week, folks, from parts unknown.” On Tuesday’s broadcast, Limbaugh claimed, “There is a desire to advance this climate-change agenda and hurricanes are one of the fastest [ways] to do it.” He added that, via its storm coverage, the “liberal media” is “hell-bent on persuading people of [anthropogenic climate change].” Limbaugh also boasted Tuesday that he had been “exactly right since last Friday” in his predictions about Irma’s trajectory. Turns out he might have been wrong.
There’s little that needs to be said about this, other than the glaringly obvious: global warming is real, and Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the right wing media are lying to their audiences about it.
You could respect conservatives like Limbaugh if they stuck to their principles. If he genuinely believed Hurricane Irma was liberal fear mongering, then he should have stayed in Florida to prove them wrong. Even if his house had been destroyed, Limbaugh could have held his head up high knowing he’d stuck to his guns. But no, Limbaugh, like many other fraudulent right wing radio shock jocks, are well aware of the reality of climate change, yet choose to lie about it to please their uninformed audiences. It would be funny if the consequences weren’t so goddamn serious.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.