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Rush Limbaugh Downplayed Irma Threat to Millions. Now He’s Evacuating

On Tuesday, right-wing radio provocateur Rush Limbaugh claimed the media was intentionally exaggerating threats about

Hurricane Irma

to advance a “climate change agenda” and enable local businesses to make money off of emergency preparation efforts. On Thursday, Limbaugh indicated he will evacuate South Florida ahead of the storm.

“May as well go ahead and announce this,” he said during his

Thursday show

. “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 … We’ll be on the air next week, folks, from parts unknown. So we’ll be back on Monday. It’s just that tomorrow is going to be problematic. Tomorrow it would be, I think, legally impossible for us to originate the program out of here.”


Many have

suggested

the broadcast would be “legally impossible” because of mandatory evacuation orders. Limbaugh broadcasts from Palm Beach, Florida, where he owns an

oceanfront


estate

.

On Tuesday, as Florida officials began issuing

evacuation orders

and the

most powerful

Atlantic Ocean hurricane ever recorded

ravaged

Caribbean islands, Limbaugh

told

his listeners that media coverage warning of the ”

extremely dangerous

” storm headed for Florida was fueled by “a desire to advance this climate change agenda” and a “symbiotic relationship between retailers and local media” that “revolves around money.”

The radio host, who was immediately

derided

for making such “potentially dangerous comments” that could encourage listeners to ignore official warnings about the hurricane, has since

defended

his remarks from Tuesday, but his announcement on Thursday has elicited strong criticism, as well as some humorous jabs:


Reposted with permission from our media associate

Common Dreams

.

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