Limbaugh Suggests Fires Exaggerated

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I'm Alison Stewart.

MIKE PESCA, host:

And I'm Mike Pesca, sitting in today for Luke Burbank. That announcer guy, all he knows is Luke Burbank. That's all he says.

STEWART: Hey, that announcer guy is my husband, by the way. Easy, pal.

PESCA: That announcer guy's rates are so high we can't get him to say anything other than Luke Burbank.

It is Wednesday, October 24th. And there is a big story out there which we'll get to.

But first, I want to get one analyst's take on a big story. He's a gentleman by the name of Rush Limbaugh.

STEWART: Who?

PESCA: He's this fellow who has the most listened-to radio show right above MORNING EDITION. And he says he knows how the media works. They love this kind of stuff. And what he's talking about are these California wildfires. He says the worse they can make it sound, the better; the more crisis prone, the more disaster certain it is, the more excited they are.

Rush said he's been getting a lot of e-mails from people in Los Angeles. And he's e-mailing his friends saying, are you in trouble from the fires? And they say, not really. It's nowhere near us.

STEWART: So here's my favorite thing about this story: One, Rush, sitting in a nice comfy chair in Florida, doing his radio show. And two, calling the reporters who are on the scene, drive bys.

PESCA: Yeah. Drive bys.

STEWART: He really is…

PESCA: Apparently, maybe the EIB Radio Network not the best source for news because I saw some of this footage and, yeah, I know that TV is prone to showing the fire, but somehow this looks pretty serious.

STEWART: It does indeed. We're going to get into that in a little bit.

Also, we're going to continue our nuke series; part two of a weeklong series on nuclear power. If you don't know how nuclear power works, don't worry. We're going to explain it.

PESCA: And baseball, Ray. People will come, Ray. That is my James Earl Jones impression from "Field of Dreams." It is the World Series. I can do Jack from we want to watch the World Series "Cuckoo's Nest." But more importantly, I'll be talking to Will Leitch. He's the editor of Deadspin, trying to make us care a little bit about a World Series that pits a team that's established versus a team that's new.

STEWART: Also, we got the top stories from Rachel Martin in just a moment.

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