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I Did Not Tell Anyone to Stop Watching Fox!

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RUSH: Those of you who were listening to the program yesterday might remember a call, a guy by the name of Tony from Tampa.  Tony was fit to be tied.  Tony was outraged.  Tony was so mad, he was spitting.  Our phone lines got wet.  The guy was livid, and he was talking very rapidly, which made it difficult for me to understand every word that he was saying. He started spouting names of people, and I didn't recognize many of the names.  It turns out that Tony was watching the Fox Business Channel, and he was ticked off at listening to all the liberals there.  And I said, "Well, Tony, then stop listening to them. Stop watching those people." 

That became this on Politico today.  Headline:  "Rush Limbaugh Tells Caller Not to Watch Fox -- Rush Limbaugh had a message for one of his callers: Stop watching Fox News. 'Tony from Tampa' called into Limbaugh’s radio show on Monday to complain about the lack of outrage from the right over President Barack Obama’s policies and the liberal war on coal, according to a transcript. Tony mentioned Julie Roginsky saying coal was 'horse-and-buggy stuff,' and Limbaugh asked who she was. Tony said she was a 'Democrat-Obama-Alinskyite' on a panel with Charles Payne and Neil Cavuto, at which point Limbaugh cut him off."

We don't cut people off here.  I simply said, when he mentioned Cavuto and Charlie Payne, "Okay, he's watching Fox."  And since it's Payne, it's gotta be the Fox Business Channel.  I mean sometimes Payne crosses over, maybe sometimes Payne guests on Cavuto.  But I said, "Tony, stop watching these people because they're intended to make you question your sanity.  You need to stop watching these people because they're not gonna change."  That has become "Limbaugh told listeners to stop watching Fox."  I did not tell anybody to stop watching Fox.  I said stop listening to these people that make you so mad.  What else am I gonna say?

I don't watch these people that make me mad anymore.  I gave that up years ago.  What is the point?  I told Tony they're not gonna change.  They're there to tick you off.  Don't let it get to you.  It's not like I haven't criticized Fox before.  Have they ever heard me talk about Geraldo?  The grim reaper?  I mean, it is I, El Rushbo, who has opined that whenever you see Geraldo on TV, somebody's died.  That's when they drag him out.  Is that telling people not to watch Fox?  I know some of you people, "You said last week that the Fox morning show wouldn't let you talk about the Republicans and immigration."  That's true.  But I never said not to watch Fox. 

The Fox & Friends show called and asked me to come -- H.R. is not here today, he's got a medical day off, but he could back me up on this.  They requested for a specific couple of reasons.  I don't need to get into 'em, but they requested that I appear and I couldn't do it on the days and the week they wanted, but I did it the next week, which was Tuesday, and they said, "What do you want to talk about?"  And I told 'em.  And then that morning, like 15 minutes before the show, I get this note what they're gonna lead off with Egypt, and I said, "You guys are gonna be wasting your time if you ask me about Egypt."  "Well, what do you want to talk about?"  So I told 'em again.  And they never brought it up.  They actually asked me three or four times.  That was interpreted by people as a blanket overall criticism of Fox, and it wasn't. 

You know, when I do these things, television is such a pain, folks.  I wasn't even on camera but I got e-mail, "Why didn't you say this?  Why didn't you talk about that?" I tried.  I tried.  You don't know, I tried.  But they weren't interested in it that day, and that's it, nothing more than that.  I will be on Fox again.  I will be urging people to watch Fox.  Fox is the most-watched news network in the country.  Gallup had it yesterday.  More people get their news from Fox News than anybody else.  Now, if you add up the others they will outnumber Fox, but if you take a side-by-side individual network-by-network comparison, Fox is it, it's numero uno.  I mean, Fox and I, we're on the same team.  Even Obama has said the only opposition he's got left is me and Fox. 

But see, these people in the media, they can't stand it. They can't stand that there's even two voices of opposition to Obama and liberalism, so now they're seeking to drive a wedge here, and they're trying to create these stories that I, El Rushbo, am urging people not to watch Fox because Fox, whatever...  And, you know, this is such a big story. This has been picked up by Mediaite, it's been picked up by Salon.  When's the last time a caller made news like this on this program?  Mediaite, Politico, Salon. It will probably be the lead on the NBC Nightly News tonight. (laughing) Stranger things have happened.

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