Limbaugh says Dems playing politics with Giffords shooting
January 10th, 2011
01:22 PM ET
12 years ago

Limbaugh says Dems playing politics with Giffords shooting

Washington (CNN) - Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh offered a vigorous defense of himself and Sarah Palin Monday in response to claims from some media commentators and those on the left that their charged statements and colorful language may have inspired the Arizona shootings.

"[The media] is unnecessarily stirring up the country in ways that don't merit," Limbaugh said on his radio program Monday. "It's fatuous and silly to even verify and justify these accusations by defending them. The premise is insane, it's silly, it's beneath these people. Or is it? It is who they are."

Limbaugh's comments come in response to accusations that the charged political atmosphere of 2010 – of which Limbaugh, Palin, and others played a central role – may have incited the use of violence among troubled individuals like Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect that is accused of opening fire outside a Tucson supermarket, where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was meeting with constituents Saturday.

"We are we constantly admonished not to rush to conclusions. Now…reporters are bending over backwards to link this shooting to me, to Sarah Palin, to an entire industry - talk radio," Limbaugh said. "Only in these instances is something said in the media said to influence public behavior. Go out and try to tell these same people that one of their top grossing movies has influenced has influenced abject perversion or radical behavior and they will attack you left and right.

"All of this has been pure politics, disguised as compassion and concern for a congresswoman," Limbaugh added.

Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (258 Responses)
  1. emma zinkiewicz

    Rush you need to shut up. You and Sarah Palin are arrogant with no remorse for anyone but yourself. Politics as usual for yourself.

    January 10, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Bill

    Limbaugh is nothing but a fat, dope addled reprobate.

    January 10, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. ColoradoCat

    According to Limbaugh, "[The media] is unnecessarily stirring up the country in ways that don't merit." Hmmmmm... I suspect Rush is referring to himself. Glad to see you are finally acknowledging your weaknesses, Rush - there may be hope for you yet.

    January 10, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Pinche Huerro

    Rush is a tool.

    January 10, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. laurafromwillis

    Oh, leave it to Mr. Personality! He is so generous with his compliments, but, somethings about him NEVER CHANGE!
    Who or whom is he trying to fool?
    Reason he won't defend Sarah Palin's "crosshairs" story, is cuz he cannot honestly do so.
    It would be so obvious that he would be lying. And don't we know Russ doesn't LIE.

    Go crawl back into that Black Hole, Mr. Personality, no body misses your sarcasm.

    January 10, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. cvc

    If the shoe fits. Go back and take your oxycotin

    January 10, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. Concerned

    Once again the pundits are defending an indefensible position. At a time when we as a nation should be coming together in this crisis, the parties involved go forward with business as usual. The republican leadership should be come and get on retrieving for at least this week. We as a nation should boycott the sponsors of any media that refuses to tone it down.

    January 10, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. thechange23

    Limbaugh and Palin are certaibly not responsible for the actions of a violent madman and Rush makes a valid point when saying that you could just as easily say the same thing about the entertainment industry these days. Notice though, that while accussing Democrats of trying to use this shooting politically, he is doing the exact thing he is complaining about.

    Mr. Limbaugh, save us your double talking, hypocritical lectures. The reason people have made such comments about you and Mrs Pailn are based in the reality of the hatred for the views opposite your own that you folks preach. I have listened to your show and am sure that had this been a Republican who was shot, you would have somehow spun it in a way that allowed you to blame the left for the enviroment.

    The truth is that ALL of you politcians and talk radio know-it-alls have proven time and time again that you will spin any story, no matter how tragic or innappropiate, to fit your message and none of you care if its a moral thing to do. Mr Limbaugh sits all day, spewing hatred and mischaracterazations about the left, while Mr Olberman does the same on his show about the right. None of you have the guts to report anything factually, only reporting stories from YOUR personal angle. Then again Rush, you need to keep those people riled up so you can be worth your 4o million a year huh?

    Spare us Rush, your statements are as foolish and see through as is your act that you care about anything other than stuffing your pockets with green and stocking your ego that remains as huge as you once were.

    January 10, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. liblove

    I always new that the talk radio couldn't go on forever with the hate that they spread into their listeners minds. Finally maybe those listeners will stop and think how much nonsense they have digested.

    January 10, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Ernie

    I feel limbaugh has more hatred than all human kind. He is a drug addict and sick and uses politics to push the ongoing opression in what we call the U of A. Remember Karma

    January 10, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    now this is funny because I heard the sheriff in Az give his speech and although he pointed out media and talk shows never once did I hear him say RIGHT WING talk shows nor just Republicans. In fact he just said political climate and Sen Kyl, (R) in AZ got all bent out of shape, many on the right took it to mean them and of course Rush points the finger of blame at at everyone but himself. The sheriff must have hit a nerve. The congresswoman herself mentioned Sarah Palin's map before all this even happened now of course the right says "WHO ME??" I knew Rush was gonna attack the keft on his talk show today, it keeps his dittoheads in line and in the fog of what is really going on in this country.

    January 10, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. Michelle

    I don't agree with Rush, as usual. The only Rush i like is the rock group.

    January 10, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. NamVet

    Guilty dog barks first syndrome.

    January 10, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. HerbRosenthal

    He must ahve a guilty conscience. I don't recall anyone charging him by name.

    January 10, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. lynn

    The facts speak for themselves Limbaugh. You and Palin have made millions keeping the political pot stirred up with your lies and distortions. Your brand of politics has torn our Country apart, creating enemies among neighbors and family members.

    January 10, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. chris

    Limbaugh just don't get it!!!
    The actual link to this shooting to him or Palin is not what people are saying, I mean he is right we don't know why the guy did it. However the intensity and fervor that he, Palin, and folks like him use to deliver their message needs to change. I think that is what people are talking about in regards to toning it down!!! I mean look at the message he sent out regarding it today.
    I mean seriously, other Countries look at the US as an examples, but tell me what kind of example does this set? The US civility has been hijacked by people like Limbaugh and that is on both sides lib and conserv's.

    January 10, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. NameNei

    I was wondering how this fat f&ck would spin this. NOW..... Will the zombie masses that listen to this piece of used toilet paper see what he/it really is. Oh and hey Rush, I hope the round goes through both sides of your brain and just bounces around in that granit hard cranium of yours till it actually finds something to turn into jelly.

    January 10, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. Beth

    Really? Disgusting. Someone shut him up.

    January 10, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Let the right wing extremist projection begin in 3...2...1...

    Guess where you'll gind a wonderful discussion of projection-type behavior and the refusal to accept and the effort to rationalize responsibility and accountability for any role in actions that hurt others or contributed to hurting others: that's DSM-IV and treatises that discuss sociopathy.

    January 10, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. JJ

    Rush you and Sarah Palin are guilty as charged. It is the people around the world that are making these charges not the politicians. See how quickly you and your followers try to turn this away from you and onto the Politicians. We the peoploe
    know what we have seen and heard over the pass 2 years and have prediictedthat this could be the result. Stop the lying and decieving. Lets start this year a new page. You, Sarah, Michelle Bachman and the Tea Party can start by
    telling only the truth.

    January 10, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. Son of CSM.Wiggins

    And before you conservatives bash my statement. I am a Christian man but I understand that our founding fathers clearly stated that our country is a place where there is freedom of religion. We can not govern and make laws against those who disagree with our beliefs because of our religion. My bible has taught me that one has to be accepted in ones hart. We as men can only offer the knowledge of gods words we cannot force him in others hart. Think about it. Peace and support our troops

    January 10, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Squigman

    What a piece of work. Why would any reasonable person listen to this cretin? And why would any person buy products, goods, or services advertised, on any station running his program?

    January 10, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. rusty155

    It because you Rush Limbaugh ,Saran Palin and Glenn Beck spread hate and racist almost ever time you all talk. Saran Palin put cross hair on her and other people. You people are just as sick as the young man that did the shooting. Their Is no way Saran Palin Is qualified for any PUBLIC OFFICE. You ,Glenn Beck and Saran Palin should betaken off the radio or T.V. so people of American don't have too hear the hate and racist you people spread.

    January 10, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. Hotoro

    Limbaugh gets upset about the Dems supposedly playing politics with this shooting. How does he respond? By playing politics with the shooting. Someone without an actual agenda would've simply said this isn't the time nor place for this argument and left it at that.

    January 10, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. Aquarius

    Upset you have been implicated, Limbaugh, with your rhetoric?

    January 10, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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