Fox News’ Pete Hegseth and Lara Logan tore up the New York Times on Thursday for bidding farewell to conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who died of lung cancer on Wednesday. (Fast-forward to 10:15 p.m. in the video below.)
While the conservative media mourned the loss of Limbaugh, who built a large right-wing following, outlets like The Times and HuffPost took a more critical approach to their obituaries.
On “Fox & Friends,” Logan said that for millions of people, Limbaugh “was a heroic figure and icon, and he is not remembered that way.”
“What you said is completely reflected in the way the New York Times remembers Rush Limbaugh today,” Hegseth said later. “It’s so sick I hardly feel comfortable putting it on the screen.”
Hegseth read aloud the Times headlines describing Limbaugh as a media figure who built “talk radio into a right-wing attack machine” and “smuggled conspiracy theories.”
To which Logan, host of Fox Nation’s “Lara Logan Has No Agenda,” responded, “You know what, Pete? I was raised to be a better person than that. I can only think of my mother. She would have looked at that and said “how small these people are very small”. She would have left it there, and honestly, I’m going to leave it there for them because I think their actions and their language speak for themselves.
Hegseth said that Limbaugh called the mainstream media “the passionate media because it shows up based on emotions, spreads misinformation, and then it leaves.”
When it came to amplifying the lies, Limbaugh proved formidable even in the months leading up to his death. He has repeatedly echoed former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims that the 2020 election was rigged from the start.
“There’s just no way Joe Biden was legitimately elected president,” Limbaugh said, suggesting that Trump hire his own “vote count czar” to investigate.
Last month, Limbaugh appeared to endorse the violence of the pro-Trump mob that stormed Capitol Hill and also falsely claimed Democrats and their allies were responsible for the riots.
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