In a truly amazing CNN interview with Miles O’Brien, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), the chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, was asked to respond to the statement by John McCain (R-AZ): “I believe climate change is real. I believe that we need to act as quickly as possible.” He replied:
But as far as John McCain’s concerned, he’s a good friend of mine. I’ve served with him. However, John McCain is running for president and this is a huge, popular issue. Seventy percent of the people have been duped by the media.
If the public has been duped by the media, then apparently Sen. McCain has too — unless we are to read Inhofe’s comments as saying that McCain knows he is wrong and is intentionally misleading the public merely to win votes from duped Americans. It is tough being a good friend of Sen. Inhofe.
[Yes, the headline could have been “Inhofe says Public has been Duped by the Media,” but that didn’t strike me as news.]
The entire interview is worth watching because CNN’s Miles O’Brien really did his homework and pushed back hard on Inhofe’s misrepresentations of the science. Amazingly, Inhofe seems to think he gets the best of this interview, since he has the tape on his web site.