Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh seems to be turning against his own advice when it comes to heeding the warnings of Hurricane Irma after saying the “hyped” coverage is only to push the “climate change agenda.”
Limbaugh, who has been telling listeners that news media and retailers are just trying to boost profits, indicated he would be evacuating his Florida home, according to CNN.
"May as well announce this. I'm not going to get into details because of the security nature of things, but it turns out that we will not be able to do the program here tomorrow," Limbaugh said during his Thursday show. "We'll be on the air next week, folks, from parts unknown."
His listeners in Florida may want to follow his hidden caution.
Limbaugh hit back at his critics the next day, falsely accusing the media of "lying" about what he said while seemingly standing by his original assertions.
"I explained how severe weather events are opportunities for big ratings boosts in the media and explained how it happens," Limbaugh said. "I explained how severe weather events impact retailers and how some retailers are smart enough to coordinate advertising with television stations. It happens! It doesn't mean it's bad. It happens. It helps to explain things. And that's all I do."
Parts of Florida are under mandatory evacuation orders as Irma readies to make landfall in the US this weekend. Residents in the storm's path have been strongly urged to follow instructions from local officials.