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Media falsely claims Rush Limbaugh tied Robin Williams' death to liberal view

Liberal media takes Rush Limbaugh out of context, falsely claims the tied Robin Williams' death to liberalism.
Liberal media takes Rush Limbaugh out of context, falsely claims the tied Robin Williams' death to liberalism.
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On Tuesday, liberal media outlets attacked conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, falsely reporting that he attributed Robin Williams' suicide to a leftist world view. Twitchy said that as usual, the criticism came from people who never listen to Limbaugh.

"Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday tied Robin Williams' death, which sheriffs believe was a suicide, to the 'leftist worldview,'" Talking Points Memo breathlessly said. Caitlin MacNeal cherry-picked portions of the transcript, but didn't give the full context of what he actually said.

"Now, what is the left's worldview in general? What is it? If you had to attach not a philosophy but an attitude to a leftist worldview, it's one of pessimism and darkness, sadness. They're never happy, are they? They're always angry about something. No matter what they get, they're always angry," Limbaugh said. "They are animated in large part by the false promises of America, because the promises of America are not for everyone, as we see each and every day."

Had MacNeal read the rest of the transcript, she would've realized Limbaugh was talking about media coverage and the current state of pop culture, not Williams himself. But it seems that once again, accuracy took a back seat to advancing the liberal agenda, which includes smearing conservatives like Limbaugh.

"I mean, right here there's a story Fox News website," Limbaugh said. "Do you know, it says right here, that the real reasons that Robin Williams killed himself are he was embarrassed at having to take television roles after a sterling movie career."

"He had to take movie roles that were beneath him, sequels and so forth, and he finally had to do television just to get a paycheck because he was in so much financial distress," Limbaugh added. "He'd had some divorces that ripped up his net worth, and he had a big ranch in Napa that he couldn't afford any longer and had to put up for sale, and a house in Tiburon that he couldn't afford anymore. This is all what's in the Fox News story."

The Washington Times also claimed Limbaugh connected Williams' suicide to liberalism. Unlike Talking Points Memo, however, the Times actually mentioned the Fox story Limbaugh referred to and noted that Williams had donated money to Democratic candidates.

The reliably-liberal Media Matters, the George Soros-funded organization that once declared war on Fox News, jumped on the bandwagon, falsely claiming that Limbaugh used Williams' suicide to attack political leftists. In a tweet, Media Matters claimed Limbaugh "exploits Robin Williams' death to attack 'political leftists.'"

But as a number of Twitter users noted, anyone who actually read the transcript of Limbaugh's show could see he was talking about media coverage and pop culture. As usual, the liberal hate machine simply could not be bothered with quoting Limbaugh accurately and in context. Unfortunately, Twitchy said, quite a few conservatives fell for the false narrative presented by the so-called "mainstream media."

Limbaugh finished the segment making fun of stupid questions asked by members of media. One example he mentioned was a question wondering if Williams' death was accidental.

"What do you think the percentage is of media people who are actually low-information, incompetent people themselves?" he asked. Judging from the coverage we've seen on this and other issues, that percentage appears to be fairly high.

Update: Limbaugh fires back, says liberal media outlets lied about his comments. More here.