Radio host Rush Limbaugh on Thursday said that the news media was covering the crash of a Malaysian flight that went down in the Ukraine because it was an "opportunity" to save President Barack Obama from the crisis of refugee women and children coming to the U.S. border.

"It's a Malaysian Airlines jet," Limbaugh explained to his listeners. "I've got the British Open [golf tournament] on the top monitor. I haven't had CNN on all day. What do you want to bet they have broomed everything, and are covering wall-to-wall the Malaysian Airlines flight shot down by a missile?"

"I don't want to appear to be callous here, folks," he continued. "But you talk about an opportunity to abandon the bad Obama news at the border!"

Limbaugh insisted that he wasn't "suggesting anything other than how the media operates."

"It's really eerie, why would it be shot down?" he asked. "Over Ukraine, it was shot down by a missile. This would lead one to believe that it is not an accident."

In fact, CNN wasn't the only network that devoted major airtime to the downed jet. Fox News also began wall-to-wall coverage immediately after the crash.

Listen to the audio below from the Rush Limbaugh Program, broadcast July 17, 2014.

(h/t: Media Matters)