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"Polio is not a Virus" Rush Limbaugh Said on Radio Today

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Today at about 2:35 PM (EST) on his nationally syndicated radio program, Rush Limbaugh made a keen observation.

"Polio is not a virus," Limbaugh speciously declared to bolster his flawed argument that scientists have no vaccines for viruses.

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"America's Anchorman," as he calls himself, alerted his audience that he was putting on his thinking cap and made us all proud as he mused aloud, among other inaccuracies: "There are no vaccines for viruses." 

The comments came after he read a report that suggested scientists were at least 20 years away from an AIDs vaccine.  Limbaugh found it preposterous that scientists were looking for a vaccine for AIDs since, according to his superior grasp of world events, scientists have never discovered a vaccine for any viruses. 

Someone might want to explain to Limbaugh that we have vaccines for smallpox, chickenpox, the Human Papillomavirus, influenza, Hepatitus A and B, the rabies virus, the Japanese Encephalitus Virus, measles, and mumps--all of which are...viruses. 

Someone off the microphone may have alerted Limbaugh to the fact that he was getting way off-course. Limbaugh said, "Well there's a vaccine for the flu, but then you get the flu any way and it misses the strain you've caught." He said this as if it negated the existence of a vaccine for the common flu...which is a virus.

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The misstatement provides an opportunity for Democrats to make a laughingstock out of a man whose comments make Reverend Jeremiah Wright's diatribe sound like the instructions on how to assemble a vacuum cleaner...a virus for which there is apparently no vaccine.

Media Matters is sure to have the audio tape, and they ought to release it to the world. 

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Dean Powers lives in Castleton, VT. He has apprenticed at several newspapers including The Nation. He currently writes for OpEdNews. He can be found at facebook.com/deanppowers.


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