From ‘Common Cold' to ‘Cannibalism': Rush Limbaugh's Whiplash-Inducing Evolution on the Covid Pandemic
Added 07-15-20 01:34:03am EST - “From 'Its the common cold' to adapting to 'cannibalism' in five months: Rush Limbaugh's whiplash-inducing evolution on the Covid-19 pandemic” - Mediaite.com
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In the space of less than five months, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh has gone from haughtily dismissing the coronavirus as nothing more threatening than the “common cold” to scolding Americans for not adapting to the raging pandemic in the manner of the hardy pioneers of the Donner Party, who infamously only survived a deadly winter crossing of the Rockies by restoring to cannibalism.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom winner made this last, gruesome analogy during his Tuesday radio show, with the national fatalities from the Covid-19 outbreak surpassing 136,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. But back on February 24, the same day that the WHO Director General warned Covid-19 had “pandemic potential” — and nearly one month after the organization had declared a “global health emergency” because of the virus’ serious nature — Limbaugh was airily dismissing the risks of the outbreak to his listeners.
“I want to tell you the truth about the coronavirus,” Limbaugh intoned. “The coronavirus is the common cold, folks. The drive-by media hype of this thing, as a pandemic as the Andromeda Strain as ‘Oh my God, if you get it, you’re dead!’ Do you know what the, I think the survival rate is 98%.”
“It probably is a ChiCom laboratory experiment that is in the process of being weaponized,” he added, pushing a completely unfounded conspiracy theory that Covid-19 was created in a lab. “It’s really being hyped as a deadly Andromeda Strain kind of Ebola pandemic,” he added, before launching into a mock hysterical voice: “‘Oh my God, it’s going to wipe out the nation! It’s going to wipe out the population of the world!'”
“Two percent of the people who get the coronavirus die, that’s less than the flu, folks!” Limbaugh falsely claimed, as Covid-19 has death rates that are, in fact, many multiples of the typical flu, according to an analysis in the Journal of American Medical Association. “Do not misunderstand, I’m not trying to let you get your guard down. Nobody wants to get any of this stuff. I hate getting the common cold. You don’t want to get the flu, it’s miserable. But we’re not talking about something that’s going to wipe out your town our your city if it finds its’ way there.”
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