FOX News Radio host Brian Kilmeade suggests only “corrupt” climate scientists believe in consensus global warming theory and asks “how [else] do they make their living?” [General Commentary]

January 13, 2014 6:45 pm4 commentsViews: 355

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Fox News Host Brian Kilmeade

Fox News Host Brian Kilmeade.

Caller: “So you don’t believe in the scientists, the 98% of the climatologists that said that…?”

Host Brian Kilmeade:  “You mean the corrupt ones? You mean the corrupt ones who admit they screwed up — they skewed — their findings?”

Caller:  “[..] [R]ead my lips, 98% of climatologists!”

Host Brian Kilmeade:  “[..] How do [the climate scientists] make their living? Their industry has to be addressed. Believe me, for anyone at the very least to think that it is settled science is a huge leap.”

Source: January 22, 2013 edition of Fox News Radio’s Kilmeade & Friends.  Full audio of exchange at http://mediamatters.org/video/2013/01/22/foxs-brian-kilmeade-suggests-only-corrupt-clima/192344 (00:23-).

THE SCIENTISTS' COMMENT THREAD

  • It’s really not worth responding to such hypocritical idiocy. We don’t have time for it.

  • Dr. Bouldin,

    I will rarely jump in the scientists’ comment thread, but I think an explanation of why I posted this is warranted. I do not mean to waste your time or be disrespectful to the CCNF scientist community.

    Why I posted this:

    1. Such attacks on the profession are actually quite prevalent, and this needs to be recognized.

    2. I envision the ‘Climate Change in the Media’ section to partly act as a barometer of what the media is saying about climate change. This includes the good, the bad, and the ugly.

    3. Whenever someone Googles “Brian Kilmeade” and “climate change,” this CCNF post will display in the search results.

    I will not be posting every sensational or incendiary claim about climate change that pops up in the media, but I think in this initial phase of the CCNF, such an attack needed to be noted in the record.

    Very Respectfully,

    Michael Quirke

  • Actually, there’s no claim made in this exchange that’s specific enough to fact-check.

  • Basically Kilmeade claims that the vast majority of climate scientists is corrupt and are engaging in a massive conspiracy. This is so improbable as to be laughable.

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  • http://ecologicallyoriented.wordpress.com/ Jim Bouldin

    It’s really not worth responding to such hypocritical idiocy. We don’t have time for it.

  • http://ClimateChangeNationalForum.org Michael Quirke

    Dr. Bouldin,

    I will rarely jump in the scientists’ comment thread, but I think an explanation of why I posted this is warranted. I do not mean to waste your time or be disrespectful to the CCNF scientist community.

    Why I posted this:

    1. Such attacks on the profession are actually quite prevalent, and this needs to be recognized.

    2. I envision the ‘Climate Change in the Media’ section to partly act as a barometer of what the media is saying about climate change. This includes the good, the bad, and the ugly.

    3. Whenever someone Googles “Brian Kilmeade” and “climate change,” this CCNF post will display in the search results.

    I will not be posting every sensational or incendiary claim about climate change that pops up in the media, but I think in this initial phase of the CCNF, such an attack needed to be noted in the record.

    Very Respectfully,

    Michael Quirke

  • http://atmo.tamu.edu/profile/JNielsen-Gammon John Nielsen-Gammon

    Actually, there’s no claim made in this exchange that’s specific enough to fact-check.

  • http://ourchangingclimate.wordpress.com/ Bart Verheggen

    Basically Kilmeade claims that the vast majority of climate scientists is corrupt and are engaging in a massive conspiracy. This is so improbable as to be laughable.