Radio host and arch-conservative Rush Limbaugh said that President Barack Obama was ‘hoping’ that Hurricane Irene would become a major catastrophe and that most of the mainstream media over-hyped the magnitude of the storm in order to boost Obama and push the leftist agenda.”
“The hysterical reporting on Irene? They couldn’t wait for this storm. I'll guarantee you Obama was hoping this was going to be a disaster as another excuse for his failing economy, Limbaugh said on his show Monday (the nation’s number one radio program).
If he's out there blaming tsunamis, blaming earthquakes, this one [was] made to order, but it just didn't measure up.
Limbaugh also fired some volleys at the mainstream media for their coverage of the storm.
You know how the media lies, how politicized everything is to push the leftist agenda, he said.
You know how the media distorts.
Limbaugh added: “Politics is part of everything. The weather's been politicized; the climate's been politicized; hurricane track forecasts have been politicized.”
The radio multi-millionaire said he was in Hawaii during the storm and worried about his oceanfront home in Florida.
He stated: “I was over in Hawaii, and they said, 'Okay, Hurricane Irene,' and start the first tracks, and I looked at it because if it's gonna target my house I gotta leave Hawaii early and come home and get the family out. So I'm looking at it and, lo and behold, on the first day or two of the track, dead hit Palm Beach. I said, 'Okay, we're out of the woods. Ain't gonna happen.' I know damn well it is not gonna happen. They're gonna move that track, they're gonna be moving it east. I am looking at hurricane models and they've got the track on the far left side of the model guidance, they've gotta have this track over land, over populated areas to get people to pay attention to it. After Hurricane Katrina, everybody is just on politically correct alert, fearful.
Limbaugh was amused that Ray Nagin, the former mayor of New Orleans during the Katrina disaster, was used as a commentator during the Irene hurricane on TV.
“Television networks went out and actually got Ray Nagin as a preparedness expert to advise other communities in the path of Hurricane Irene what to do to get ready. What's he gonna tell 'em? ‘Leave your school buses parked so that they get flooded?,’” Limbaugh said.
He also claimed the coverage of the storm was designed to promote the premise of global warming.
“The New York Times is trying to say that this violent hurricane is indeed indicative of global warming. It was a tropical storm when it left New York,” Limbaugh noted.
“I have friends in Connecticut. They were bull's-eye in the path and they're out there waiting for the winds and they're waiting for the winds and there weren't any winds and they finally went out and they staged some pictures of barely holding on to lampposts and so forth. There wasn't any wind. It was a rainstorm and there was a lot of flooding and there were deaths associated with it, but the hype, folks, I'll tell you what this was. It was a lesson, if you pay any attention to this, the hype, the desire for chaos, I mean literally, the media desire for chaos was a great learning tool, this was a great illustration of how all of the rest of the media in news, in sports, has templates and narratives and exaggerates beyond reality, creating fear so as to create interest.”
Limbaugh then went after CNN.
“Anderson Cooper, I think we got sound bites somewhere, I got so many sound bites, no way I can keep track of what's where here, but there's a sound bite we have of Anderson Cooper in a light rain being told by Jacqui Jeras, the weather babe at CNN, that he is in the worst of the hurricane and he's like, ‘Really? I mean it's barely raining here.’ ‘Yeah, well, Anderson, you're in the worst of it there,’ and he can't believe it.”
Limbaugh concluded: Folks, it was a national embarrassment, the hype over this hurricane.