eteorologists did not make up hurricane Irma.
On Tuesday, Conservative talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, who is known for his tirades against liberal media, used his platform to talk about the his analysis of hurricane Irma.
He is not a meteorologist (which he admits), but despite his lack of education on storms, he persisted in saying that all the media is doing by warning people to evacuate Florida is inciting unwarranted panic in Floridians.
Then, he did something surprising.
In his post, Limbaugh said that there was no need for news agencies to warn people 10 days before the hurricane hit.
Hmm, we don’t know, can you think of a reason? Maybe so people could prepare for a natural disaster? Maybe because people need more than a day to gather their belongings, protect their homes, and evacuate from the targeted area? We don’t think it’s crazy to want to have some proper warning before a potentially life-changing event.
If Rush Limbaugh had kids, he wouldn’t want to know about the pregnancy until a day before the birth. Why would he need to know earlier? Same goes for surgeries, weddings, divorces, hurricanes, etcetera. He doesn’t think preparation is necessary.
This is coming from one of the highest paid people in U.S. media.
Limbaugh's post from Tuesday started out by talking about tap water.
He’s annoyed that everyone is buying bottled water at the stores.
He said, “How in the world is it that there isn’t any bottled water? And why does that cause a panic? Has anybody ever heard of the tap? I’m sure you have some empty water bottles from previous usage. Just put them under the faucet and fill it up. In many ways, it’s the same stuff you’re buying at the grocery store. You may not know that, but it is.”
Limbaugh, you're missing the point!
When the hurricane hits, people may not be able to use the plumbing at all. People may not be able to get to the store. Because there will be water everywhere. Stores will not be open. Because of the hurricane.
He adds, “Tap water is entirely safe, and nobody can hoard it away from you. It’s in your house every day in whatever amounts that you want.”
True, except in natural disaster situations when water can be highly contaminated. Which this is.
Next, Limbaugh says that the media is warning people about the hurricane just to prove a point about climate change.
He said, “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.”
Here’s the thing, Rush, climate change is causing hurricanes to because larger and more frequent. It’s not an agenda, it’s just science.
Limbaugh would prefer that people not know about impending natural disasters, if that meant that they wouldn’t believe in climate change, or, I don’t know, science.
Then Limbaugh said, basically, that disaster reporting is a conspiracy between the media and retailers to make money.
He said, “People run to the stores, they stock up everything, and they hoard. And they end up with vacant stores, nothing there. And it’s a big success. TV stations got eyeballs, the advertising businesses have sold out of business, gotta restock, and the cycle repeats.”
But that wasn’t even weirdest thing he said…