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Rush Limbaugh has said some pretty awful things over the years.
But did he really say that politics played a part in Robin Williams' death?
The right wing shock jock is defending himself after various sites are claiming that he said on his radio show that depression and suicide come from a "leftist worldview."
But Rush says he was actually just criticizing the liberal media's coverage of Robin Williams. So what's the real story? Well, in order to show we're not quoting Rush out of context, here is the full quote:
"So our last caller from Des Plaines, Illinois, wanted to know, 'What is the politics in the coverage of the suicide of Robin Williams?' Well, I believe there is some. But I don't think that the politics is driving it. I think there was, on the part of media and Hollywood, genuine affection for the guy that is driving it, but there is politics. If you notice the coverage is focused on how much he had, but it wasn't enough.
'He had everything, everything that you would think would make you happy. But it didn't.' 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.
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. I mean, right here there's a story on the Fox News website. 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. 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.
He had it all, but he had nothing. He made everybody else laugh but was miserable inside. I mean, it fits a certain picture, or a certain image that the left has. Talk about low expectations and general unhappiness and so forth."
OK, he certainly is talking about the media's coverage and not the act itself. And he does NOT say that Robin killed himself because he was a depressive leftist.
But we have to take issue with this anyway. First off, the "liberal media" he's attacking is Fox News? How far right is Rush now anyway??
But the real issue here is that even though he wasn't ascribing his odd, horrific image of liberalism on the late Robin Williams, what he IS doing is using the story as an opportunity to espouse his angry rhetoric. Again.
Is there anything political in people trying to make sense of a tragedy? People can't understand why their hero, their icon, their friend took his own life. They're speculating, they're asking questions. They're trying to make sense of it all!
There is politics here- but it's all coming from one man– Rush Limbaugh.
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