Keller @ Large: Hurricane Warnings Are Not ‘Fake News’

BOSTON (CBS) – 2019 will be the 100th anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court decision that established an important boundary for free speech.

In Schenck v. United States, the Court ruled unanimously that while the First Amendment protects freedom of expression, it does not protect dangerous speech – like falsely shouting “fire” in a crowded theater.

I thought of that famous ruling the other day when I saw that talk-show infotainer Rush Limbaugh had decided to use his forum to ridicule the dire forecasts for Hurricane Irma.

rush Keller @ Large: Hurricane Warnings Are Not Fake News

Rush Limbaugh. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

“My theory,” he said, “is that because of the biases, because of the politicization of everything, because you have people in all of these government areas who believe man is causing climate change, they’re hell-bent on proving it.”

English translation – the hurricane warnings are “fake news,” designed to manipulate people for political purposes and having no integrity or public safety use.

No matter what political extreme hosts this kind of thing, it’s profoundly disturbing. Impeding the efforts of public safety officials to keep the public safe is about as low as it gets, and risky, too.

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(Photo by NOAA GOES Project via Getty Images)

What if someone dies after ignoring evacuation orders and their decision is traced back to Limbaugh’s venality?

He seemed to sense he had gone too far, saying later that based on new information “it’s gonna be pretty close…. Not enough time to delve into it,” he added.

And not enough words in the English language to describe how irresponsible and sick this was.

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  1. “English translation – the hurricane warnings are “fake news,” designed to manipulate people for political purposes and having no integrity or public safety use.”

    No, Jon…That is YOUR translation of what he said.

    Cliff Maas, certainly not a climate change denier, opined about hurricane Harvey that climate change had nothing to do with Harvey’s genesis, development, intensity or track…And he provided specific statistics to prove it.

    Here’s the link to his latest blog…Remove the spaces… cliffmass. blogspot.com/2012/08/climate-distortion. html

    It is foolish to blame every weather phenomenon on man-made climate change…just as foolish as to believe polls that said Hillary Clinton was going to win by a landslide.

  2. Then, Jon, there is this in today’s New York Times, one of the bibles for you in the news media.

    “…As to whether climate change has somehow made this year worse, the links between climate change and hurricane activity are complex and there are still many uncertainties….”

    https://www.nytimes. com/2017/09/06/climate/storms-harvey-irma-jose. html

    Perhaps Mr. Limbaugh wasn’t as far off the mark as you would want to think….

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