This article was just posted on Fox News’ website calling out the Politico, Mediaite, and the Huffington Post over talking Limbaugh’s comments to ‘Tony from Tampa’ out of context, saying Limbaugh told the caller to stop watching Fox News:
FOX NEWS – Rush Limbaugh never steered his audience away from Fox News, even though that’s how a host of websites are construing the talk radio king’s comments to a caller.
A caller named Tony from Tampa dialed Limbaugh and vented about a comment Fox News Channel contributor Julie Roginsky had made regarding coal on a show hosted by Neil Cavuto. Tony lumped Roginsky, a former aide to the late Democrat Sen. Frank Lautenberg, in with several other liberal contributors who appear regularly on various Fox News shows.
That prompted this response from Limbaugh:
“You need to stop watching these people, because they’re not gonna change, Tony,” Limbaugh said. “Your blood pressure’s going to suffer if you keep watching these people. I mean, they’re designed to get you ticked off.”
At no point did Limbaugh advise his vast audience not to watch Fox News in general. But that did not stop Mediaite from posting a story headlined: “Rush Limbaugh Tells Caller To Stop Watching Fox: ‘Designed To Make You Question Your Sanity.’” The Huffington Post ran a story headlined: “Rush Limbaugh To Caller: Stop Watching Fox News,” and Politico titled its story “Rush Limbaugh tells caller not to watch Fox.”
Limbaugh did not respond to a request for comment, but several posters chided Mediaite for taking El Rushbo out of context. One, identified as “Blottomania,” called the article “patently disingenuous” and said it was obvious that “Limbaugh’s not referring to the entity that is Fox News, but rather some of the individuals who prop up the Democratic line on Fox News.”
“What this also makes clear is that there certainly are outlets for the Democratic viewpoint on Fox News, contrary to the ridiculous contentions to the contrary made by many here and elsewhere,” Blottomania wrote.
Another reader urged people to listen to the tape.
“Anyone with half a brain who listens to the recording you posted will conclude Limbaugh was NOT referring to Fox – but to the liberal Democrats who stir things up ON Fox,” he wrote. “Love him or hate him, you shouldn’t put words into Limbaugh’s mouth!”
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