Fox News Special Earth Day Edition of “How Dumb are These People”?

April 23, 2013

Fox News celebrates Earth day by re-plumbing the depths of stupid  - rehashing the “they used to call it global warming now they call it climate change so therefore it another liberal plot” meme.

Media Matters does a quick body slam above. I covered the topic a couple years ago – below.

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12 Responses to “Fox News Special Earth Day Edition of “How Dumb are These People”?”

  1. MorinMoss Says:

    Yes, many on Fox are dumb but not as dumb as we may think and I’m sure most are well aware of the the historic usage of “climate change” and “global warming”.

    This is just a lie they keep retelling to feed the real idiots – the ones for whom Fox is gospel and who seek to add to their bible of falsehoods about the Muslim-loving, treehugging liberals who only want to help Obama burn the Constitution that Jesus wrote, take away their guns and turn America into a heathen slum of fornicating abortionists.

  2. sailrick Says:

    Wow! Even dumber than I thought.
    The founding fathers are rolling over in their graves, wondering what happened to their Age of Reason.

  3. livinginabox Says:

    The Frank Luntz memo, archived for posterity.
    http://tinyurl.com/a8dr82b
    Also for YouTubers: tinyurl(dot)com(slash)a8dr82b

    Enjoy!


  4. It’s quite interesting that people can get away with conflating terms like “climate change” and “global warming”. Global warming is actually quite trivial to define (increasing energy entering the global system) and if the satellite measurements are correct, then there is an energy imbalance and we are undergoing “global warming”. Climate change is a little trickier as it is what we think the consequences of global warming will be. You would think that it would be straightforward to explain the difference and to convince people that global warming is real (given the satellite measurements) while climate changes is maybe less certain (although probably not by much given that adding lots of energy to climate system is likely to change the climate). However, it seems virtually impossible – at the moment at least – to do this and I certainly have no idea how one can sort this out.

  5. neilrieck Says:

    I am currently reading “The Republican Brain” by Chris Mooney which is something of an eye opener. I’m only into the first couple of chapters but the underlying theme there is that conservatives are not stupid but do think differently compared to liberals. One of Mooney’s points (which has been acknowledged by many writers on the right) is that, on average, liberals tend to see everything in shades of gray while republicans tend to see everything in black and white. Now everyone alive today knows that the world is so much more complicated then the environment in which we evolved. And if you see things in black and white, then it is highly unlikely your brain will be open to any “gray facts” which might make you question your initial black-white conclusion. So they become locked-in.

  6. Ryan Gainey Says:

    Even worse from the Washington Times:

    “If the world were experiencing a climate crisis owing to global warming, there shouldn’t be a single record low temperature anywhere in the world.”

    http://p.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/apr/23/the-real-deniers-of-climate-change/#ixzz2RNmEETBZ

    How do these people get jobs at universities?


    • He is an associate editor for the journals Petroleum Geoscience and Ground Water.

      An adjunct faculty member Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs and the National Center for Policy Analysis.

      http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=National_Center_for_Policy_Analysis

      The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) is a free market think tank primarily funded by private foundations established by wealthy conservative business families and billionaires, including Charles and David Koch. It is a “communications and research foundation dedicated to providing free market solutions to today’s public policy problems … [and] prides itself on aggressively marketing its products for maximum impact by ‘targeting key political leaders and special interest groups, establishing on-going ties with members of the print and electronic media, and testifying before Congress, federal agencies, state lawmakers, and national organizations.’”

      http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Oklahoma_Council_of_Public_Affairs

      In its 2006 IRS Form 990, the Cato Institute stated that it provided a grant of $50,000 to the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs

      “How do these people get jobs at universities?” It’s oil money
      Or was your question rhetorical?


    • Just as with global temperatures, there is a natural scatter in the capabilities of a typical academic. Universities aim to hire those who are more academically capable than the average, but don’t always succeed :-)

  7. mrsircharles Says:

    It’s global climate change due to rapid global warming. Simple as that.

    • neilrieck Says:

      Don’t forget the 7 billion people on the planet wanting to live like westerners (we add 1 billion every 12 years). I recently attended a lecture by David Suzuki where he stated that the human population had tripled since he was alive. I checked the stats and found out the same was true for me. The big problem here is that there are ~ 20 years between our birthdays.


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