FILE - This May 14, 2012 file photo shows conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh speaking during a ceremony inducting him into the Hall of Famous Missourians in the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. On Wednesday, May 14, 2014, Limbaugh won the Children’s Choice Book Award for author of the year for his best-selling “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims." (AP Photo/Julie Smith, File)

Everybody Freaked the Hell Out Over Rush Limbaugh Yesterday, But He Was Right

“A hurricane denier,” they called him on social media yesterday. Rush Limbaugh started his show talking about Hurricane Irma and liberals along with a number of Republicans who have decided talk radio is the enemy, freaked. the. hell. out.

But did they actually listen to him?

He said nothing unreasonable and much on point. His overarching point, for those who do not or did not listen, is that when even the computer models were showing Irma was going to turn north and go up the eastern seaboard, people were making a run on water in Florida. It was not a casual stocking up of supplies, but a panicked run on grocery stores led by media and advertising designed to induce fear.

And what disappeared first? Water. Bottled water disappeared when, right now, the water flows drinkably through the pipes of South Florida residences.

Rush is right. The media has so invested for so long in the global warming scenario that promised more frequent and bigger hurricanes without ever delivering them, they are right now positively orgasmic that a big storm is coming. It is their “I told you so” moment after two decades of telling us so to no avail. Local TV stations and national networks have ramped up the coverage and it is not coverage keeping people informed, but coverage decided to say “I told you so” and “you’re all going to die.”

Throughout his monologue, Rush repeatedly told people he was not a meteorologist and people needed to check the forecasts and track maps. He merely posited he had his own thoughts on where the storm was headed based on reading the track maps, but he had the audacity to say that information might change as the storm draws closer.

Still, Rush is a hurricane denier according to liberals — for trying to get people to calm down and not panic and for having the audacity to call out the media for generating panic. Irma is a big storm. It is not to be trifled with. The people of Florida have to take it seriously. But there is a difference between taking it seriously and the media generating mass hysteria all in the name of having an “I told you so” moment of global warming cheering.

A friend of mine who actually is a tropical cyclone expert with a doctorate degree in the field has noted a number of the maps used to show unseasonably warm weather in the water have had all the areas of average or slightly above average temperatures downplayed to make the scenario look even worse than it is.

The fact is that Rush Limbaugh is not a hurricane denier. The media is just a fear magnifier and gets upset when anyone points it out.

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