New Video: Debunking Tucker Carlson on Wildfire

October 1, 2020

As soon as I saw that Tucker Carlson had a rather suspect quotation from Daniel Swain, someone I’ve been following for a while, I knew there was something more to it. 

So I called Daniel, and some other friends as well.

The resulting vid has been retweeted by the Senior Editor of MIT Technology Review, you’ll see why in the vid.

7 Responses to “New Video: Debunking Tucker Carlson on Wildfire”

  1. ubrew12 Says:

    It’s well known that in the last 30 years, Western burned acreage per year has doubled. I did an internet search, and found that burned acreage per year in Maine and New York State has been cut in half, in the last 30 years. These contrary trends support climate change as their common cause (the West is drying, the Northeast is flooding). They conflict with forest management as the cause.

    • ubrew12 Says:

      I found the same for Vermont (1905-2011): worst decades for forest area burned per year are 1920s-1960s, after which a steady decline, decade by decade.

  2. jimbills Says:

    Great video! Good job on getting the interviews and taking the time and effort to put it together.

    Scratch the surface on Machiavellian effwits like Tucker Carlson and it always reveals a cynical core of lies and misdirection. What’s sad is that too many in their target audience won’t take the minimal effort required to look deeper.

  3. BL Brown Says:

    I’ve long found it difficult to understand what makes people like Mr. Carlson ‘tick’. But I think my difficulty arose from a naive assumption that’s hard to set aside: humans differ quite a lot psychologically, but we tend to use our own patterns and tendencies as ‘models’ for thinking about what’s going on in other people’s heads. So people like Donald Trump or Tucker Carlson assumes everyone is as corrupt and selfish as they are, while other, more empathetic people have trouble understanding how Trump, Carlson and others can live with themselves. The answer is pretty clear, as Melania’s jacket put it a while back– they really don’t care… and they wonder whether and why anyone else would.

  4. smithpd1 Says:

    Very good video. Thanks!

    It takes a lot of effort to debunk a denier’s lies. The argument is asymmetrical. Having debunked such a lie, does the denier reconsider? Probably not. The chance of a retraction from Tucker Carlson is close to zero.

    Tucker’s lie is interesting. Someone had to scan a bunch of science articles to find a single cherry-picked phrase I could be misconstrued. Who does this dishonest work? Is it Tucker’s staff, or does he rely on one of many denialist websites? It would be interesting to know the source of Tucker’s “research.”

    • greenman3610 Says:

      I heard from a senior Editor at Technology Review, they thought about challenging Fox News and then gave up on the idea as not being worth their time.
      I’m sorry they did that, but he thanked me nonetheless for taking it up in the video.

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