Conservative talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh told listeners that they should go a "drive-by media fast" and skip watching and reading the mainstream media in order to life a more optimistic life. He made the comments Monday on his popular radio show.
"Do you want to live a better life?" he asked his audience. "Do you really want to have a normal optimistic outlook on life everyday?"
Don't watch that stuff! Don't watch CNN, don't read the New York Times. If you look at Drudge, and if you see headlines that portend the end of the world tomorrow, don't click on it. Just avoid the crap that pollutes the daily "so-called" news that comes from left-wing news organizations.
You will be amazed. When it doesn't take long either. Just two days. You go on a drive-by media fast, two days of it, and your outlook on life will be dramatically improved. You won't believe it.
He addressed what he thought might be an common objection from people saying, "I gotta stay focused on the opposition."
"No you don't," Limbaugh asserted. "I'll do that for ya. I'll tell you what they're up to. And as a bonus, I'll nuke it! Yu don't need to expose - that's why, one of the many reasons I'm here."
"I know how to do this without it ruining my life," he continued. "I know how to do this without it ruining my day. That's why I'm here to run interference, to be the boundaries for you. I don't watch half of this stuff anymore. Because it's so predictable. And it's so boring, and frankly, a lot of it is really just lame."
It's just lame, some of the analysis that you get to explain things out there. And there's more speculating - y'know everyone thinks they're a political tactician, so you'll take - like this Obamacare versus tax story. You won't believe the number of blogs that you will read, with the possibilities of what this means.
"And it'll all be wild guesses rooted in esteemed political analysis," he concluded, "and none of it is going to be based on anything factual beyond what is known. And it's all to get clicks, and it's all to get eyeballs and this kind of things. Stick to me, folks, and you won't be led astray.
"Drive-by media" is a pejorative that Limbaugh uses to deride the media by comparing them to drive-by attacks by gang members. Limbaugh has been a stalwart defender of Trump, who seems to have taken on the tactic of attacking the press from radio talk hosts like Limbaugh and his colleagues.