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Al Roker Blasts Rush Limbaugh For Hurricane Comment - There's Just One Problem

It takes a decent amount of stuff to get affable ‘Today’ show weatherman Al Roker riled up, but conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh has managed to do just that with one of his signature rants. As the Daily Mail shares, Limbaugh tried to blast the media’s coverage of Hurricane Harvey as being overblown, and Roker’s simply not having it.

Roker quickly hopped on social media to set Limbaugh straight after his comments began making the rounds.

“To have Rush Limbaugh suggest warnings about Irma are fake news or about profit and to ignore them borders on criminal,” Roker wrote.

So what did Limbaugh have to say? As per usual, a whole lot.

“These storms, once they actually hit, are never as strong as they're reported,” Limbaugh said. “The graphics have been created to make it look like the ocean's having an exorcism, just getting rid of the devil here in the form of this hurricane, this bright red stuff.'”

As Limbaugh sees it, there’s a simple answer as to why that’s the case. He notes that “there is 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.”

In fairness to Limbaugh, the media does have a tendency to overhype weather events, but it was right on the money when it comes to Harvey. This was a storm of epic proportions, and the devastation it left in its wake is beyond comprehension. Limbaugh’s not suggesting that Harvey was all hype and no substance, is he? It certainly sounds that way.

“The local media, in turn, reports in such a way as to create the panic way far out, which sends people into these stores to fill up with water and to fill up with batteries, and it becomes a never-ending repeated cycle,” he adds.

Limbaugh would also point out that he was incredibly off put by those that used Harvey as an opportunity to advance climate change narratives.

“Hurricanes are always forecast to hit major population centers because, after all, major population centers is where the major damage will take place and where we can demonstrate that these things are getting bigger and they're getting more frequent and they're getting worse — all because of climate change,” he continued. “You have people in all of these government areas who believe man is causing climate change, and they're hellbent on proving it, they're hellbent on demonstrating it, they're hellbent on persuading people of it.”

That’s a fair enough point on those with a clear climate change agenda, but the rest of his monologue would’ve been best saved for another day. We get it: the media hypes things, and they often miss the mark on storms. This wasn’t one of those times. As such, Limbaugh’s rant comes across as being incredibly out of touch.

Source: Daily Mail
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