Conservative talk radio show host Rush Limbaugh took a jab at Matt Drudge for using his highly-trafficked aggregation website to scare the American people.
During a segment on his radio show, Rush took issue with figures in the mainstream media spreading fear about the coronavirus in America.
Limbaugh also questioned hospitalization numbers throughout the country, and took particular issue with the Drudge Report pushing these unverified reports out to millions of Americans.
“One of the things that interests me is the hospitalization numbers,” Limbaugh began. “Because if you look at Drudge, if you look at the drive-by media, you would believe there is not a single hospital bed in this country, right?”
“You have been led to believe that every hospital is overflowing,” he continued. “That dead bodies are in body bags and refrigerated trucks that are being parked off to landfills, or whatever. I mean, some of the most incredible reporting I have seen, and it is in New York, it is in Washington, D.C., Maryland, the eastern seaboard states. There’s just not a hospital bed around, the hospitals are overflowing.”
He then said that if someone needed to go to the hospital, they might as well “pack it in and die.”
Limbaugh did not acknowledge that approximately a dozen states have taken steps to create additional field hospitals to treat the overwhelming flow of patients. Sports stadiums and convention centers have been repurposed, while the Army Corps of Engineers has looked into building temporary structures.
Additionally, two Navy ships have been deployed to help alleviate the burden on hospitals.
Rush comments came one day after he revealed that he is “feeling better than I have in a long, long time” in the wake of his recent diagnosis with advanced lung cancer.
“Just a little update on me. You might notice my voice is a little strange. It’s not. It’s just from lack of use. I’m actually feeling better than I have in about a month. I’m actually feeling what I would call normal prior to the cancer diagnosis happened,” Limbaugh began on Monday’s show.
“And I’m in a temporary hold right now. I had a dire, dire, dire reaction, side effect reaction to the type of chemo I was on. The bottom line is I couldn’t walk for three days. My leg muscles had swollen, it was hideous. It was hideous. Blood clot in the left calf. Even had some eye damage in my right eye,” he continued.
Limbaugh concluded: “And so I had to go off the stuff, and I’m in a temporary hold right now. Steroids have been administered to undo the damage, and they’re working like a champ. And so regardless of how my voice sounds, be confident here that I’m feeling better than I have in a long, long time.”
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“But it’s ongoing. It’s been two weeks now. It’s not enough time to know anything, although I’m extremely optimistic about it for a host of reasons, not the least of which — and I mean this from the bottom of my heart — is all of you,” he said.
“I believe God is good. I believe that there is good in everything that happens,” he said.