Rush Limbaugh has quite an extensive history of saying factually-challenged things, but a Facebook post from late September that I recently stumbled upon pretty much takes the cake.
Limbaugh, like other conservative pundits of late, are making a last ditch effort to reach Millennials this election season, hoping to pull the pro-Bernie, anti-Hillary crowd into Donald Trump’s camp.
Since Facebook tends to be a huge source of fraudulent information, and since Millennials tend to share that fraudulent information with reckless abandon, Limbaugh’s approach might not be so random. But nevertheless, this post from Limbaugh’s official Facebook page is profoundly stupid. I mean, profoundly stupid.
“Solar panels are not sustainable, Millennials,” Limbaugh wrote. “May sound good, yes. “Clean, renewable energy.” But what do you do when the sun’s down at night? What do you do when the clouds obscure the sun? We’re not there yet.”
With just a minimal amount of research, Limbaugh could have found out how science offsets the problem of cloudy days and nighttime in regards to solar energy. But that would require a process known as fact-checking, and as Limbaugh has said himself, fact-checking is just another liberal ruse.
“The fact that The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and USA Today, and all these other papers and networks now have fact-checkers is for one reason,” Limbaugh said on the September 28 edition of his radio show. “It allows them to fool you into thinking they have an objective, nonpartisan staff or person analyzing everything the candidates are saying, and telling you what they’re saying is true, or what they’re saying is false.”
“When in fact the fact-checkers are no different than the biased left-leaning reporters and columnists at these papers and on networks. But the fact-check, the idea that it is a fact-check story is designed to say to you that it is objective and analytically fair, and all it is, is a vehicle for them to do opinion journalism under the guise of fairness.
“Which, if you fall for it, gives it even more power,” Rush continued. “Because if you think that the fact-checkers like PolitiFact or Snopes, or whoever else, if you quote them constantly as the Bible, well then you’ve fallen for it.”
Anyway, the comments on Rush’s post about solar panels were amusing. The first one below is from my friend Yvette, a.k.a. the SciBabe: