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Dr. Savage called it one of the most important shows he’s ever done, and that was certainly true for one listener who called in.
“Joe” told Savage that he’d been thinking about taking his own life, and those thoughts multiplied after the suicide of actor Robin Williams.
However, Joe continued, Savage’s candid condemnation of suicide had helped change his mind.
Savage, who lives in the same San Francisco-area neighborhood as Williams did, told the audience he’d occasionally run into the Oscar-winner while both men were walking their dogs.
“We never talked politics because we were at opposite ends of the spectrum,” Savage recalled. “The fact is, he was a nice guy and genuinely funny, too.
“But let’s stop turning him into a saint,” he added. “Committing suicide is the most outrageously aggressive and selfish act you can commit against your family” (Free audio).
Not for the first time, or likely the last, the media took Rush Limbaugh to task this week for something he didn’t actually say.
Unfortunately, this meant Limbaugh had to spend half of his next show debunking the rumors: “These media people think I am just a reprobate, a cold, heartless guy because I accused Robin Williams of committing suicide because he was a liberal. And I did no such thing. I don’t know why he committed suicide. This is my point. And neither do they. They are the ones trying to tell us why. They are the ones trying to explain it. They are the ones justifying it. They are the ones glorifying it” (Free audio).
Limbaugh addressed the week’s other breaking news story: the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of a supposedly unarmed teenager by a police officer. After condemning the shooting, the radio host called for “a sense of proportion.”
“How many murders are there every week in Chicago?” asked Limbaugh. “Chicago is setting records for this, and there’s not a whole lot of coverage of that” (Free audio).
President Obama suddenly seems intent on intervening in Iraq. Aaron Klein asked why now, and what can we expect America’s military response to look like? Klein and former Ambassador John Bolton discussed these issues and others.
He also welcomed a pioneer founder of one of the former Jewish towns in Gaza to talk about whether or not the time had come to rebuild these “settlements.”
Klein continued his ongoing investigation into Benghazi and shared new information with listeners (Free audio).
“Our enemies, the terrorists, have never had it so good under this truly pathetic commander-in-chief,” declared Mark Levin.
He called on President Obama to authorize “deadly military power against these cockroaches,” as Levin called ISIS.
“Put cockroaches where they want to be,” Levin continued. “They want to be in the Stone Age, then we should accommodate them” (Free audio).
Ingraham’s winning streak ended last week, when Joe Carr – whom she’d backed in his bid to unseat Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander – was soundly defeated.
This loss comes two months after she made headlines for campaigning on behalf of David Brat, who succeeded Rep. Eric Cantor in Virginia.
Ingraham explained, “We didn’t have a lot of people helping. Sarah Palin endorsed, which was great. But we didn’t have a single national figure getting involved in this race, to barnstorm, to get to do a rally, to show up in the state.”
Turning her attention to the future presidential race, Ingraham said that as far as she could tell, there was “no difference” between Hillary Clinton and John McCain.
She added, however, “I don’t think that Hillary Clinton’s criticism is going to transform Barack Obama into a wartime president. The idea that Barack Obama is going to turn on a dime because the Clintons are criticizing him, I don’t see that. … I don’t think there’s any love lost between the Clintons and the Obamas.”
“I didn’t know Robin Williams, but I think all of us felt we knew Robin Williams,” said Beck following the comedian’s death. “We all knew that there was something inside of him that drove him, and drove him to the point of madness. We all, I think, knew that something was inside of him that caused great pain. I’d like to believe that maybe, just maybe, we helped him live a little longer.”
Beck added that Williams was one of the few celebrities who was beloved by people of all generations, which explains why news of his suicide has prompted such an outpouring of grief and reflection (Free video).