Rush Limbaugh accused his critics Wednesday of willfully misconstruing his remarks on the untimely death of noted actor and comedian Robin Williams, accusing his detractors of deliberately taking his words out of context.
“All of these low-rent, despicable, irresponsible, pathetic, so-called media watchdogs on the left are trying to make it sound like I said that Robin Williams gave up because he was a liberal and is hopelessly doomed to misery and despair because that’s what liberals are devoted to,” Limbaugh said during his radio program.
Several news organizations reported Tuesday that Limbaugh had attributed Williams' apparent suicide to the fact that the actor held left-leaning political beliefs.
Limbaugh said no such thing.
Limbaugh explained Wednesday that his remarks were aimed at the media’s coverage of the Williams' suicide, not the suicide itself.
“What I did yesterday was express some real concern over the fact that they’re glorifying this,” Limbaugh said of the media. “I was worried about the coverage of all this leading to copycats.”
News organizations, including the Huffington Post and Talking Points Memo, were quick to attack Limbaugh's Williams' monologue, accusing the radio host of callous insensitivity and political opportunism.
“Now, what is the left’s worldview in general? What is it? If you had to attach not a philosophy but an attitude to a leftist worldview, it’s one of pessimism and darkness, sadness,” Limbaugh said earlier this week. “They’re never happy, are they? They’re always angry about something. No matter what they get, they’re always angry.”
Here's a transcript of Limbaugh's Robin Williams monologue: