Limbaugh says itâs time to turn off Fox News
Republican shock jock Rush Limbaugh advanced a view on Monday that very few in the conservative media would dare to enunciate: he told a caller to stop watching Fox News, particularly the networkâs panel discussions, which he said are âdesigned to get you ticked off.â
âYou know, you need to stop watching these people, because theyâre not going to change, Tony,â Limbaugh said, talking down a caller who seemed convinced that Obama is preparing to launch a âStalinistâ attack on America with windmills and solar panels. âI really care. Youâve got to stop watching these people.â
âAll these names you mention, theyâre not going to change,â he went on, noting the callerâs reference to the networkâs ostensibly liberal pundits. âAnd youâre exactly right, if all of this were happening with a Republican president â which it wouldnât, it couldnât by definition, we donât believe in these policies â but if it were, youâre right. Theyâd be raising holy hell about it. Theyâd be calling the president cold-hearted, mean, extremist, exclusionary. The rich, theyâd be all over a Republican president. But that isnât gonna change.â
âSo your blood pressure is going to suffer if you keep watching these people,â Limbaugh added. âTheyâre designed to get you ticked off. Theyâre designed to make you question your sanity. Youâre gonna watch these people and say, âHow in the world can we have such idiotic people?â And youâre gonna thing maybe theyâre not and youâre crazy. And I assure you, Tony, youâre not. Trust me on that.â
A recent Gallup poll of Americansâ news consumption habits revealed that Fox News is still the most popular 24-hour news network, with about 8 percent of Americans who use TV as their primary source of news tuning into the Republican-leaning channel. As such, a whopping 94 percent of their viewing audience claims to be either a strong Republican voter or at least leaning Republican.
However, a University of Maryland study published in 2010 discovered that Fox News viewers were the most widely misinformed news consumers around on a whole host of issues. A full 60 percent of Fox News viewers surveyed said climate change is not happening; 63 percent said the president is not an American citizen or that his citizenship is unclear; and a whopping 91 percent thought that the economy-saving Recovery Act, widely credited with preventing another Great Depression, somehow cost American jobs instead of bolstering the economic recovery.
CNN trailed behind Fox News in APâs news consumer poll out on Monday, pulling in about 7 percent of American TV news viewers, most of them moderates or voters who lean Democratic. Thatâs still pretty good compared to the Democratic-leaning MSNBC, which clocked in at just 1 percent of TV news viewers, just above ânon-specificâ cable news in the poll.
This audio is from âThe Rush Limbaugh Show,â aired Monday, July 8, 2013, snipped by The Daily Rushbo.