Rush Limbaugh says he never told anyone not to watch Fox News, and that he thinks the media dustup over his words are an attempt to drive a wedge between the opposition of the "leftist agenda."
Limbaugh appeared on Fox News Channel's "The Five" on Wednesday to clear up what he told a caller to his radio show
The caller, "Tony from Tampa," complained about what he'd seen Democratic strategist Julie Roginsky say on Neil Cavuto's show on Fox Business Channel.
"I said, sir, just stop listening to those people, stop watching those people, and I kept saying 'those people.'" Limbaugh told the panel of "The Five" via telephone. "I never said, 'Don't watch Fox.’ I have said over the course of my career, ‘don't watch ABC, don't watch NBC,’ and that's never made the news."
Politico ran a story at 6:14 a.m. Tuesday headlined "Rush Limbaugh Tells Caller Not to Watch Fox." After Limbaugh denied the characterization, Politico updated the story
at 8:02 p.m. with a new headline: "Rush Limbaugh Denies Fox Snub."
"I guess they consider me and talk radio and you guys the last vestige of any opposition to the leftist agenda in the country," Limbaugh told "The Five" panel. "So they'd like to drive a wedge."
The defense rested in the George Zimmerman murder trial earlier in the day. Limbaugh said he believes the media is invested in a guilty verdict based on racism.
"There is a desire to categorize this as racial, when it probably had nothing to do with race," Limbaugh said.
It is almost a right of passage for being a liberal in the media that you have to see America as inherently racist, Limbaugh said. And the media takes every opportunity to feed that narrative, he said.
"This trial I don't even think should be taking place," Limbaugh said. "I don't even think there's a case here."
Limbaugh does not believe that President Barack Obama was attempting to introduce race into the case when he said if he had a son "he'd look like Trayvon" Martin. The media would have made it a cause celebre even without Obama's statement, according to Limbaugh.
"Obama was just icing on the cake," Limbaugh said.
Turning to the immigration debate, Limbaugh said the only thing broken about the current system is that existing laws are not being enforced. "I don't think we need a whole new set of laws."
The real purpose behind the call for comprehensive immigration legislation is that the Democrats need a permanent underclass, he said. As Americans climb their way through middle class, Democrats have to replace them.
"Democrats see 11 million votes here," he said.
Republicans, on the other hand, are scared that if they don't pass the law they'll never get the Hispanic vote, he said. But he pointed out that Hispanic turnout was 7.8 percent in 2012, with Romney getting only 27 percent of that.
"If Romney had gotten 70 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2012 he'd have still lost," Limbaugh said.
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