08/12/2011 03:17 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Rush Limbaugh Rails Against Fox News Over GOP Debate: 'They Want Approval From The Mainstream Media' (AUDIO)

Rush Limbaugh shredded Fox News over their questions for the Republican presidential candidates in the debate on Thursday night.

Speaking on his radio show on Friday, Limbaugh blasted the network, which co-hosted the debate in Iowa. He blamed the candidates' attacks on each other on what he believes was the hosts' attempt to gain the approval of mainstream media.

"My gosh, does nobody on this panel remember that we're running against Obama?" he thundered. "What is this business that these guys are trying to tear each other up?"

Then, he alleged, "Fox wants these people to tear each other up. Cause they want approval from the mainstream media, cause that's what the mainstream media would do." He added, "You never see the Democrats pitted against each other, not like this was."

Limbaugh especially took issue with Byron York, who had asked Michele Bachmann to explain what it meant to be a submissive wife. Limbaugh said, "Now I guarantee you, I guarantee you that the favorite journalist of the mainstream media today is Byron York.”