On Fox & Friends Sunday, anchor Clayton Morris admitted that Fox News factcheckers have confirmed that man-made global warming is “certainly” real, but argued that it “doesn’t matter” because climate denial is popular among Fox News-watching conservatives. Morris contrasted Jon Huntsman’s defense of the National Academy of Sciences with Rick Perry’s claims that scientists have “manipulated data” to concoct manmade global warming:
MORRIS: If you dive into the weeds a little bit on this global warming thing, you see that it seems that facts are certainly on Huntsman’s side on all of this and fact checkers have come out, we’re actually having our own brain room look look at this right now that any of Perry’s comments don’t seem to hold a lot of water. It doesn’t matter. What’s resonating right now in South Carolina is helping Governor Perry tremendously and he fired back at Huntsman on global warming and gaining traction, facts or not.
The only reason, of course, that the facts of global warming don’t “matter” for conservatives is the constant bombardment of anti-science propaganda by Fox News and other right-wing media. Americans care deeply about energy, weather disasters, food prices, clean air, and a safe future for their children. Maybe if Clayton Morris and his Fox News colleagues decided that facts should matter, they’d be able to rally Americans to fight global warming pollution before it’s too late.
(HT: Brian Merchant at TreeHugger)
HUDDY: He also went after a guy who wasn’t there at the debate, Rick Perry. And here is what he had to say with regard to Perry’s global warming stance. “When we take positions that basically runs counter to what 98 of 100 climate scientists have said. what the National Academy of Science has said about what is causing climate change and man’s contribution, I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science and therefore in a losing position.”
BRIGGS: When talking about global warming and climate change, it’s hard to imagine him getting any traction there. I don’t know if that’s what the voters are concerned at all about.
HUDDY: I’m pretty sure it runs way down on the list.
MORRIS: I think, that may be last on the list. Not joking.
BRIGGS: You mention the tweet though and he tweeted yesterday, “$2 gas, treason, bus tours, it’s time to get serious.” So, in that tweet he’s taking on Michelle Bachmann’s notion that she can lower taxes to $2 a gallon and the treason comment’s from Rick Perry. John Huntsman going after everyone. He’s taken on Mitt Romney in the past regarding job creation. Will it work? I don’t know.
MORRIS: Certainly, if you dive into the weeds a little bit on this global warming thing, you see that it seems the facts are certainly on Huntsman’s side on all of this and fact checkers have come out, and we’re actually having our own brain room look at this right now, that any of Perry’s comments don’t seem to hold a lot of water. But it doesn’t matter, because what’s resonating right now in South Carolina is helping Governor Perry tremendously. He fired back at Huntsman on global warming and gaining traction, facts or not. Take a listen.
PERRY: John is going to make his own decision. I just happen to believe that, you know, the earth’s temperature has been moving up and down for millenniums now and there are enough scientists out there that are skeptical about the reasons for it, and I happen to be one that are skeptical, that for us to spend billions of dollars on a theory that is not proven and that you have skeptical science against that, is not in America’s best interest.
HUDDY: It’s kind of weird that we are talking about global warming. Don’t you think? With everything that’s going on?
BRIGGS: With unemployment rate over 9, and the economy, jobs —
MORRIS: The Dow off 600 points in two days — It’s taking him off message after talking jobs, jobs, jobs, to be talking about something like this, it seems we’re doing retreads for something people aren’t really concerned about right now.