Rush Limbaugh Says the Left Will “Politicize” Ebola for Their Gain

Limbaugh_Award_croppedAnd the pot calls the kettle black.

via The Raw Story:

Radio host Rush Limbaugh warned his listeners on Monday that liberals would make Ebola into a political issue and use it like they had used AIDS to “undermine” President Ronald Reagan.

In an audio clip flagged by Media Matters, the conservative talker explained that he had received some complaints from listeners who said that he should not be spending time talking about the Ebola outbreak in Africa.

“You know, it never ceases to amaze me,” he opined. “Twenty-six years and there are people who still think I miss things. If you really want to understand this program — if you really do — you’re going to have to accept something, that pretty much everything I talk about, I’m talking about because it is political.”

“Have you ever heard of AIDS?” Limbaugh asked. “You think that wasn’t political? One of the most intense efforts to undermine support for Ronald Reagan was hatched through AIDS.”

“I mean, the left politicizes everything. They look at everything within the realm of whether or not it can move their agenda forward.”

After Reagan’s death in 2004, reporter Alan White wrote in 2004 that “[h]istory may ultimately judge his presidency by the thousands who have and will die of AIDS.”

Continue reading aThe Raw Story.

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  • Oginikwe

    Good Lord, this guy!! Reagan was not taken down by AIDS but he should have been. Even back then, the homophobes were setting the agenda. People really believed that AIDS was god’s “punishment” on gay men–it was called “gay cancer,” and there were headlines stating that men could not get AIDS from women. So the government did exactly nothing while people died because Cowboy Ronnie couldn’t even conceive of “Brokeback Mountain.”

  • http://spiritnewsdaily.com/ Donovan Moore

    Hate to admit it. But he’s right.

    • Shrdlu42

            No, he’s merely “right-wing”, which isn’t the same thing at all.

  • doodahman

    Do you really have to repost crap from Raw Story? That is the Democrat Party version of Rush Limbaugh. Ironic that you use one Limbaugh to attack another Limbaugh. You also realize that Raw Story brutally excludes comments and commentators who do nothing more than question their bigotry against people of faith, and their own scientific fundamentalism on climate change. Really, it’s a rank source, Disinfo.

    • Andrew

      Brutally? What do they do, line questioning commenters up in a ditch and machine gun them?

      • Shrdlu42

              No, they probably politely refuse to agree. For an ideologue (particularly “conservative” ones) that’s “brutal”.

    • Shrdlu42

            Actually, you must be looking in a mirror. The “rank Disinfo” is yours.

  • philip d
    • Shrdlu42

            Thanks for doing my work for me. I didn’t really want to have to search for that.

  • swabby429

    Does anybody of merit listen to Limbaugh? Reagan took himself down through his lack of empathy. The Reagan administration failed to comprehend the horrible nature of suffering and death that AIDS was and is. Ebola is a tragic, horrible disease and should not be used as a political gamepiece in Limbaugh’s or anyone else’s political gamesmanship.

  • Andrew

    The same kind of “logic” got us into Iraq. Preemptive “self-defense” is aggression.

  • InfvoCuernos

    Years before he was on in the morning-1996 or so, Rush had a small radio show on right before Art Bell (cuz I like crazy shit, you know), where Rush was saying that Anthrax was not deadly and that the Clinton Admin had concocted the story that it was in order to use US Army personnel as guinea-pigs and that’s what caused Gulf War Syndrome. A doctor called in to tell that ,no he was wrong, that Anthrax was deadly to humans, but Rush shouted him down, said that because the Dr. was just a GP, he wouldn’t know epidemiology at all and accused him of being a left wing plant. Anything Rush has to say from that point on is totally irrelevant to me. He’s obviously a right wing propaganda organ grinder monkey. Not that the left doesn’t have them as well, but Rush is in a class by himself on this.

    • Shrdlu42

            Yes, although he has no class.

  • Joel Orlando

    And Rush will visit Costa Rica with a suitcase full of Vicodin and Viagra to have sex with teenagers, what else is new? No one cares about the fat pig other than a few graybeards who listen to him while they tinker in the garage.

    • Shrdlu42

            Hey, not all of us “graybeards” fall for this guy’s schtick. (Then again, I don’t have a garage to tinker in, so I guess I’m not included in your remark anyway.)

      ;-)

  • iwanttobelieve

    From 1976 to the present day, including the current “outbreak”, something like 3000 people worldwide have died from Ebola. That’s 3000 dead in 38 years.

    In the US alone, 36,000 people die every year from the common flu.

    Thank you mainstream media!

    • Oginikwe

      And nearly 1,000 since April.
      That’s why this is the biggest outbreak in our history.

      • iwanttobelieve

        ~16,000,000 people have died since April.

        It is not my intention to make light of or disrespect anyone’s suffering. Just adding perspective.

        • Oginikwe

          If those 16 million people died of one thing, that would be perspective.

          • iwanttobelieve

            Perspectives are similar to opinions, in that the concepts they refer to lose their meaning absent multiple differing instances.

            If absolutely everyone had the exact same opinion on everything, the word “opinion” would entirely lose it’s meaning,

            Similarly, if there were only a single possible perspective on a given situation, the word “perspective” would be meaningless when applied to that situation. The whole point of the word “perspective” is that there are differing ones. In order to triangulate one’s way to the ever elusive truth, it is always valuable to view situations from multiple perspectives.

            I try to take into account multiple perspectives when possible. I thank you for yours.

            We’re seeing the worst Ebola outbreak ever. That’s a fact.

            — It’s a huge story that warrants our concern more than the hundreds of thousands of people dying of other things every day. — That’s one perspective.

            — It’s a blip on the radar. Let’s keep our eye on it, but so far, thankfully, the death toll is insignificant compared to the number of people that die every year from the common flu. — That’s another perspective.

            ps. Forgive my wordplay, I know what you meant to say there in your reply… nevertheless, every one of those individual 16 million people DID die of one thing.

          • Oginikwe

            Yeah. Death.

  • Shrdlu42

          One of the things I’ve noticed as a constant among ideologues is how they falsely accuse others of what they’re guilty of themselves! Do I really have to provide links to all the examples of “conservatives” politicizing this issue by screaming about Ebola infected people illegally entering the country (thanks, of course, to Obama’s policies on Immigration)?

          Actually, I don’t. Philip d did it for me already. Thanks, sir.

    http://disinfo.com/2014/08/rush-limbaugh-says-left-will-politicize-ebola-gain/#comment-1530266164

          About the only true statement in Limbo’s tirade was when he said: “pretty much everything I talk about, I’m talking about because it is political.” Even then he’s guilty of deceptive “spin”. The truth is, everything he talks about, he’s talking about in order to make it political!

  • Burnt Ryan

    This has to be the most ironic thing I’ve heard all week.

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