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Media Blames Flu for Economic Downturn

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RUSH: Here's a headline from CNBC: "Major Flu Outbreak Threatens to Slow the Economy Further." Now, what the hell kind of headline is this? "Major Flu Outbreak Threatens to Slow the Economy Further." It was just yesterday I was talking about media propagandists, and you see this headline, and you have to understand that I know what I'm talking about and I was right. The flu threatens to slow the economy further?

Really?

They're throwing that out there now?

We know that it's not the flu slowing down the economy! We know it's not the flu that has the economy near a standstill. The economy's been at a standstill for nearly four years. What has the economy in a standstill are the policies coming out of Washington, DC, right now. Yet here we have a journalist outlet friendly to Obama, CNBC -- obviously part of the trained media -- to make excuses for Obama even before the bad news is out!

The purpose of this story is to give everybody in Washington an excuse before the flu outbreak even hits. I know the reports of the flu outbreak are starting to trickle in now, but we do not have an epidemic yet. We may. Who knows? But what's being established now is that if and when there is a flu epidemic, "That's why! That's why the economy slowed down." I guess this is probably to replace Bush for a while to explain a bad economy.

"On average seasonal influenza outbreaks cost US employers $10.4 billion in direct costs of hospitalization outpatient visits according to the Centers for Disease Control," and this story makes the point that flu season "is putting further strains on an already sluggish US economy as companies get slammed with increased health care costs and lower productivity from widespread worker absences." So the flu epidemic... Am I right?

It hasn't hit yet. Or has it? (interruption) In the Northeast the flu has really hit? It really has? I wouldn't know; I'm not there. Okay. I don't want to be wrong about this. I'm telling you what this is. This headline is a made-to-order, built-in excuse to cover for slipshod economic policies out of Washington. "Major Flu Outbreak Threatens to Slow the Economy Further." I'm telling you, folks: All this is is an excuse in advance.

You know what else is part of this story? It's possible that we could go into a recession! That's right. From the flu. It's possible that this flu outbreak could be so bad, it could reach epidemic/pandemic proportions, and it could throw us right back into recession. Despite the best efforts of the regime to spur a recovery, despite the best efforts of the regime to get employment moving in the right direction, despite the best efforts of the smartest people in the world!

"Damn it, they can't catch a break. Poor Obama."

Now it's the flu.

Did the flu make TIME Magazine lay off 700 people? I have a companion story here from CNBC: "American Express announced it will eliminate 5400 jobs this year and take a $400 million restructuring charge in the fourth quarter." Here's the story on TIME: "Morgan Stanley Planning 1600 Layoffs," and not a word -- not a word -- about the flu. So this is what I mean by being on the cutting edge of societal evolution.

I want you to just keep this in your memory bank. This story is out way in advance. What it tells me is that, in addition to everything else, there are real fears that this economy is gonna sink even further. So, of course, now it's time for the media to move in and exempt Obama and shield him from any responsibility for it. So now they're setting up that this flu is gonna be the reason. That's why there are changes in job applications, of course, 'cause it rained one day during the reporting week.

This is more of the same.

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RUSH: Looky here, folks. I just found this from The Daily Beast. CNN has it, too! " Flu Outbreak Spreads Across US as Media Drops the Ball." Nah, they picked it up, folks! They got it just in the nick of time.

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