Rush Limbaugh Did Not Call Hurricane Fake News

by Toni Williams on September 7, 2017

Holy swirling winds, Batman. The known world and the Victory Girls are torn asunder over whether or not Rush Limbaugh called the prediction of Hurricane Irma fake news. Lord help me, Jesus, what a stramash. On his show on Tuesday, Rush Limbaugh began his discussion about the hurricane with the water issue.

Rush wondered why people are buying water when they could get it from their own taps. Not after the hurricane. Before the hurricane. Tuesday, when he began this discussion, it was a full five days before the hurricane was predicted to hit Florida, if it hit Florida. This is from the Washington Post, not a big Limbaugh fan:

“Has anybody ever heard of the tap?” Limbaugh asked his listeners. Throughout the program, he chastised his fellow Floridians, who “in panic” had bought out all the bottled water in Palm Beach.

Digressing to lambaste “Big Water” companies he claimed had duped the public into eschewing their faucets, the host suggested various options.

See, Rush was talking about this storm this week. And, FEMA (The Federal Emergency Management Agency) agrees with Rush Limbaugh. Again, from the Washington Post article, this is the FEMA advice:

FEMA’s advice:

There’s a government checklist of all the things you should keep ready in your home, workplace and car: from a can opener to extra batteries. At the top of the list is water, of which you should have at least three gallons per person for three days — or twice that much in hot weather.

And you can’t just fill old milk jugs from the bathtub and forget about it. FEMA says to buy commercially bottled water if at all possible. If not, you need to use food-grade water containers, thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, and replace them every six months.

That’s what I do. I have a panic room. Earthquakes, tornadoes and Nor’easters. Been there, done that. I buy water and have it on hand. I do this because I am a sentient being endowed by my Creator with Common Sense.

Three Hurricanes

Rush does believe that the hurricane panic by the media is, in part, to further the belief in man-made climate change, global warming or global cooling or whatever it is today. As a middle schooler might say, “whatevs”. From his show transcript:

RUSH: So here’s another one I didn’t know that happened. The Washington Post. The reporter is Callum Borchers. Headline: “Rush Limbaugh’s Dangerous Suggestion that Hurricane Irma Is Fake News.” Now, any of you listening to this program 24 hours ago, did I ever say the hurricane wasn’t there? Did I ever say it wasn’t a big storm? Did I ever call it fake news? I didn’t do any of that. I’m convinced Borchers didn’t even listen. He may have read a transcript out of context from a reporting site or whatever. All I did was tell you how the world works.
All I did was remind everybody that there are people throughout levels of government that believe in climate change, it’s an emotional issue, and they look at for any evidence they can to prove it and they go nuts with it — and that’s exactly what’s happening here. Remember, big hurricane. Algore said after his first book, after Hurricane Katrina, “We’re gonna have these things all the time and they’re gonna get worse and worse and worse ’cause of climate change!” We went 12 years without a single one hitting the United States. Well, now, two of them are hitting and they can barely contain themselves. They want to be right, and so they’re milking this. They’re milking it for all they can get out of it.

Now, I have never lived in a hurricane area. My point of view is that the industrial media complex uses hurricanes, because you can’t predict tornadoes a week or ten days ahead of time. We get hours or minutes. That’s why I keep ready.

My dear Floridians and Carolinians, be like Rush Limbaugh. Prepare in advance. Don’t panic and stay aware. During hurricane season and every day, this is good advice.

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Joseph September 7, 2017 at 7:10 am

Prepare in advance, indeed. There is a very good chance that you won’t be able to find emergency supplies just before an emergency. People will panic buy, and many of them will be there before you.
Water is an essential supply, only below oxygen. After every disaster, almost the first thing you hear about is a need for clean water. I live in South Texas, and during the summer you can dehydrate in a matter of hours even if you are only doing light work. I’d go with 2 gallons of water per day, per person for 10 days (yeah, that’s a lot…but consider if you don’t have that water and need it.) There are liners you can place in your bathtub and fill, 5 gal. water jugs, etc. Do some research, find out what is best for you.

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GWB September 7, 2017 at 10:56 am

BTW, the “3 gallons a day” is not all for drinking. It includes what’s necessary for cooking, and for bathing and flushing the toilet. (And, yes, you will need more in a really hot environment.)

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Scott September 7, 2017 at 7:20 am

I don’t like in a hurricane area, but I have multiple 20 gallon food grade barrels that are surprisingly good at holding water..(though they may have a slight beer flavor, since that’s what they’re usually used for)… It’s just not that hard to prepare for something you know is coming. And yes, we may only have days, or even a week to know a particular storm is coming, but if you live in Florida, Louisiana, Texas, etc, in an area where you can’t even buy flood insurance, it stands to reason that sooner or later, you will get hit by a bad storm…So have a plan, and if you don’t have supplies pre-packed, at least have a checklist, so that when you get that couple days notice, pull your stuff together, put it in a vehicle, and be ready to go..
Another good practice is to fill your vehicle whenever it gets to 3/4… that’s the rule on every fire department I’ve worked for, and it’s there for a reason.. and in these situations, where everyone is in line at gas stations, or they run out, at least you’ll have most, if not all of a tank of gas..

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Jodi Giddings September 7, 2017 at 8:32 am

Awesome advice, Scott, particularly the gas tank tip. Thank you!

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GWB September 7, 2017 at 8:17 am

One item to consider in favor of bottled water: atomization. That is, with bottles you can store small bits of water, and it can be used in small amounts.
One reason I don’t like the WaterBob that Instapundit has been endorsing is that you have all your water in a single container, occupying your tub (so you can’t get in it if a tornado forms, for example). I prefer the 10 gallon bladders I bought when we lived on Guam: black so you can heat the water in the sun, and a handle so you can hang it (for showering, for example), and a threaded spout. You can keep the bladders outside your tub, and use the tub water for flushing your toilet.
But, yes, eschewing tap water is silly.

I think Rush might have gone too far in his rant. But he’s also a lot more trustworthy than the WaPo. I hope people don’t panic, and they’re smart about dealing with this. Sadly, many of them will panic and won’t be smart.

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David R Byler September 8, 2017 at 7:25 pm

“industrial media complex” another good phrase that I am flat out going to steal. rings of the mysterious “military industrial complex” of another generation,,,,,,,,,, only this industrial media complex is observably real ……..

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