Rush Limbaugh Slammed For Dissing Robin Williams After Suicide

Thu, August 14, 2014 4:43pm EDT by 95 Comments 47,655 Article Views

Rush Limbaugh is facing a major backlash after he had the nerve to suggest that Robin Williams took his own life because he had an ‘angry’ and pessimistic ‘leftist’ attitude. Now the radio show host is trying to defend his shocking attack on the beloved late actor and comedian, claiming that ‘the leftist media’ is unfairly ‘twisting’ his words.

Rush Limbaugh, 63, outraged fans when he implied on his talk show on Aug. 12 that Robin Williams had committed suicide because he had a pessimistic “leftist’s worldview.” Now Rush is defending his appalling comments, which he claims have been taken out of context.

Rush Limbaugh On Robin Williams Death: Host Clarifies Controversial Comments

Rush attempted to explain his contentious remarks about Robin’s death during a long segment on his talk show on Aug. 14.

“What the left, and particularly the leftist media, is attempting to do in twisting my comments about the Robin Williams suicide yesterday cannot go unnoticed,” he said.

He went on to accuse the media of taking his words out of context and “glorifying” Robin’s death, adding: “What I did was analyze the coverage, which is what I do every day on this program, is analyze who the left is. I didn’t presume to know why Robin Williams committed suicide. I didn’t know yesterday, and I don’t know today. But they do. They claim to know.  All these people giving me the business claim they know why. And it was that that I was analyzing.”

He then played a clip of his initial remarks on Robin, and said:

“Now, all of that — all of that – is repeating what media said … None of it was characterizing what Robin Williams did or said because I don’t know, and neither do they. They were the ones offering the excuses, the reasons. They were the ones wringing their hands and lamenting how sad and unfortunate it was.”

Rush Limbaugh On Robin Williams’ Death: ‘Leftists Are Never Happy’

While discussing Robin’s passing during his radio show on Aug. 12, Rush spoke at length about the “leftist” attitude, saying of the acclaimed actor and comedian: “He had everything, everything that you would think would make you happy. But it didn’t. Now, what’s the left’s worldview in general? What is it? If you had to attach not a philosophy but an attitude to a leftist’s worldview, it’s one of pessimism and darkness, sadness. They’re never happy are they? They’re always angry about something. Not matter what they get, they’re always angry.”

Rush then referenced a Fox News story that suggested that Robin had committed suicide because he was not happy with his career and he was having financial troubles.

“He had it all but he had nothing. Made everybody else laugh but was miserable inside,” Rush said of Robin. “I mean, it fits a certain picture or a certain image that the left has. Talk about low expectations and general unhappiness and so forth.”

Rush also mentioned another report that claimed Robin felt “survivor’s guilt” after the deaths of his close friends Christopher Reeve, John Belushi and Andy Kaufman.

“He could never get over the guilt that they died and he didn’t,” Rush said. “Well, that is a constant measurement that is made by political leftists when judging the country.”

So HollywoodLifers, what do YOU think of Rush’s comments about Robin’s death? Do you think they’re out of line or is he just misunderstood? Let us know.

– Tierney McAfee

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JAI

Posted at 10:01 AM on August 21, 2014  

Robin Williams gave the world love, laughter, immense generosity and kindness. Rush Limbaugh can only spew hate. He is such a poor excuse for a human being.

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Linda Cray

Posted at 11:49 PM on August 20, 2014  

So much for having respect for Rush. Have you heard of Karma?

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MPN

Posted at 7:30 PM on August 20, 2014  

Rush totally uncalled for………. RIP Robin and may your angel wings take you to a better journey…

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Didi

Posted at 10:05 AM on August 20, 2014  

May God give you blood to drink.

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Daina

Posted at 11:58 PM on August 19, 2014  

REALLY…like he should be throwing any stones Mr. I was (and probably still am) addicted to pills. Douche Canoe

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Linda Cray

Posted at 1:09 PM on August 20, 2014  

I doubt very seriously Robin killed himself over politics, I hope flush Rush looses his radio show I now have lost respect & remember he also mocked Micheal Fox some yrs ago.

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Phillip T Crane

Posted at 7:57 PM on August 19, 2014  

May the words of Rush Limbaugh forever leave the taste of salt in his mouth!!! FOREVER!!!
May you Rest in Peace Robin Williams. YOU SHALL ALWAYS BE MISSED!!!

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J c edwards

Posted at 7:31 PM on August 19, 2014  

Rush Limbaugh, before you accuse, criticize and abuse, walk a mile in my shoes.

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Shima

Posted at 7:45 PM on August 18, 2014  

Poor Rush, his intellectual capacity is so limited
He is is always like a little dumb pit bull and really thinks his opinion is of any value
He is always full of hate, maybe he grew up in a familiar “war zone”
I am soory for this angry old man

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Fellow Human

Posted at 9:07 AM on August 18, 2014  

It doesn’t matter who or what you are, life is precious and we should be treating each other with kindness and respect in life and after. The more we label, ourselves and each other the more we become isolated and lose sight of what’s truly important. The why doesn’t matter, it happened and we must cope and carry forward and remember to be good people because life is too short not to.

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anonymous leftist female

Posted at 4:51 PM on August 21, 2014  

Love it…so true

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Wendy Krumar

Posted at 8:14 AM on August 18, 2014  

Rush Limbaugh!dont judge anyone else unless you have been in there shoes,,, depression is very hard,,, ive been through it is no party,,,, so dont judge Robin Williams…

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Linda Cray

Posted at 5:17 AM on August 18, 2014  

You can now burn in hell!

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Casey Colleen Brazell

Posted at 1:26 AM on August 18, 2014  

Rush is an abominable creature

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Aiko4

Posted at 10:45 PM on August 17, 2014  

I read the transcripts and he definitely insinuated a lot about Robin Williams that was wholly untrue. He modeled the bad journalism of the mainstream media that he so likes to condemn by making suppositions and stating opinions without any actual facts (making the mistake of quoting Fox “News”). However, the key word here is ‘opinions’. Rush is a radio personality who spouts his opinions to attract an audience who believes what he believes. Listening to him reinforces their own misguided notions and they can feel good about themselves. Unfortunately, many of his listeners take his opinions as facts. Saying that all other media is wrong prevents his listeners from seeking other sources, so they continue to live on the fringes of society. Forbes magazine (not a leftist source!) had an interesting article about him in April discussing how Rush’s audience is too old for advertisers to care about. Basically, good old capitalism will silence him, so the majority of us just have to keep NOT listening to him and he will slowly fade away.

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BigDingo

Posted at 7:02 PM on August 17, 2014  

Since very few leftists listen to Rush, you have no clue as to anything that he says. His shows are available on-line and you can listen for yourself instead of reading the tripe that Media Matters sends out. Rush said absolutely nothing disparaging about Williams, he was commenting on the media coverage of Williams death.

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Jim

Posted at 6:47 PM on August 17, 2014  

Rush is an intellectual midget. I do not know why anyone would follow anything he says.

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Colonel Parker Buns

Posted at 7:55 PM on August 17, 2014  

Jim,

Force yourself to listen to his show. People who hate Limbaugh have never listened
to him. He discusses the news and comments upon it. The lame stream media, who
has a monopoly, is leftist and is only too happy to disparage him.

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Casey Colleen Brazell

Posted at 1:28 AM on August 18, 2014  

right on Jim, and I have listened to his show, and I still find Rush a disgusting individual

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Sandy Kalalau

Posted at 12:33 PM on August 17, 2014  

I wonder how many people would have been upset had it been Rush in Robin’s place? There are good people in this life and there are nasty people! I place Rush in the Nasty status! When words flow so freely from your mouth no matter what YOU are responsible for them! Don’t back track as you often do Rush and place blame on someone else! Seems you have forgotten your own faults with your addiction and rehab!
I have never, nor do I plan to ever listen to your show! Maybe you would have appreciated things a little more had you put on a uniform, fought for your Freedom of speech or done something good for your Country instead of Bashing everyone or everything about it!!
I am Sandy and I approve this message !!

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Colonel Parker Buns

Posted at 7:58 PM on August 17, 2014  

Rush is not nasty. If he was, he’d be off the air. You have been conditioned to hate
him because the media has brain washed you. You don’t plan to listen to him because
you would rather grovel in your hatred of him rather than find out for yourself. Enjoy your
hate!

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bevansuits

Posted at 9:50 PM on August 17, 2014  

Colonel, see who is advertising on Rush’s show any more. Almost no one. What other media icon continues to broadcast with no advertisers…? How is he funded? I don’t know.

 
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Ronald

Posted at 10:57 AM on August 20, 2014  

Colonel, if he was nasty he wouldn’t be on the air?? I presume it’s Howard Stern’s wholesomeness that keeps him on the air. How many years was Jerry Springer on?? People are drawn to negativity, and an attitude of dissension for it feeds something within themselves. Rush Limbaugh was only offering his opinions based on his agenda, but he is a hate-monger.

I’ve seen nothing on the news coverage of Robin Williams that makes the tragedy of his death “glorious” or worth impersonating. Rush’s comments were not based on hard evidence of anything, but were opinions and flimsy conjectures. He could have made a comment that people were honoring a talent that touched so many lives, or offered a constructive comment on the dangers of severe depression and ways people living with it can get help, but that wouldn’t have pushed his hateful agenda against liberalism. I don’t know if he’s as 2 dimensional in real life as his show is, but that’s all it is…a program aimed at spreading anger and negativity. Rush went on and on about only having one life to life, so not to waste it. Then don’t waste yours either Rush. Spread positivity into this world. There’s enough negativity to go around already. Peace.

 
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Linda Cray

Posted at 3:26 PM on August 20, 2014  

Rush has no idea of what respect means I’m done with his remarks I won’t listen to him anymore.

 
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anonymous leftist female

Posted at 5:02 PM on August 21, 2014  

Colonel
Brain washed…REALLY!!!! Lets see how much love and respect he gets when he dies. He doesn’t think before he speaks. The only people who listen to him are up tight jerks that like to spew hatred, not the liberal like people like Rush would like you to believe. People hate him because he is a negative douche and should have been gone from the airwaves years ago but gets Republican money that keeps him on the air.

 
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emma

Posted at 9:23 AM on August 17, 2014  

depression has no forte no colour
nor religion, depession is a disease that is cruel.unkind and has no empathy for anyone you love
nor yourself depression is a life long illness…………………………………………………….
yes it is all of the above
but its also eye opening.truthful and exploring.
the happiest minds are the saddest
rip rob and all of you that dare to smile!

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Katharine

Posted at 9:16 PM on August 17, 2014  

That’s beautiful… thanks for sharing it

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Patricia Rodriguez of San Antonio TX

Posted at 2:13 PM on August 16, 2014  

Rush Limbaugh knows nothing. I feel unless you have experienced severe depression then you can begin to understand what Robin Williams was going through. It is a daily battle for me so I understand fully what demons he was battling. So until Rush Limbaugh goes down that road he has no room to speak badly about Robin Williams. Robin Williams was a beautiful soul! RIP Robin Williams 07-21-15 to 08-11-14

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Happy

Posted at 11:26 AM on August 17, 2014  

Try to find a laugh in every thing that comes your way. Even if you are the only one who gets the joke. Soon you will be smiling at what others think is nothing, but you find inspiring to go on.

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