Fox News commentator Steve Milloy runs the website Junk Science. With it Milloy issues reports and press releases to refute scientific findings.
In his press releases, Milloy makes sure to cite credible sources. Like the time he sent "a news release issued by Steve Milloy repeatedly quoting Steve Milloy, including bolstering an argument made by Steve Milloy by quoting a [Wall Street Journal] article written by Steve Milloy."
So what advanced degrees does Milloy hold to be able to comment on all things scientific? In addition to being a Fox News commentator, Milloy is a lawyer and lobbyist with close financial and organizational ties to tobacco and oil companies.
Milloy disputed second hand smoke is harmful and considers climate change a hoax. He also claimed the studies of harm from DDT, global warming, Alar, breast implants, ozone depletion and mad cow disease are false.
Beyond quoting himself, what type of proof did Milloy provide?
Things like this December 2018 Twitter post:
DeFazio on climate: "This is the existential threat to the future of the planet." Insanity. For comparison, the a… https://t.co/QcppP2UqjL— Steve Milloy (@Steve Milloy)1544838691.0
If you haven't seen Venus lately, it looks like this.
Venus Unveiled: https://t.co/X9GHCoi1Nd by Venus (left):s@NASA, @NASAJPL, Magellan Project;sEarth (right):s@NASA,… https://t.co/R1qH6nSAPp— Astronomy Picture Of The Day (@Astronomy Picture Of The Day)1549776607.0
Venus is on the left, Earth on the right. They are not precisely a mirror image of each other.
Recently Milloy turned his attacks on the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Summit and most aggressively on teen activist Greta Thunberg.
So Wild Geerters—aka @classiclib3ral—decided to reshare Milloy's climate wisdom again because of things like this:
conservative: Greta Thunberg should be ignored. She's just a kid. She's no expert. me: Ok, so do you listen to the… https://t.co/9Eizo9f5fr— Wild Geerters (@Wild Geerters)1565863889.0
Know your information sources.
"Don't worry, there's a lot more CO2 on Venus and that planet still exists" is still the all time worst climate cha… https://t.co/XvekpdR3CX— Wild Geerters (@Wild Geerters)1566147158.0
The guy is not joking. He's a Fox News commentator and the reason his @ is junkscience is because that's the name o… https://t.co/loLjRVSChq— Wild Geerters (@Wild Geerters)1566147907.0
Others quickly added their own equally sound science.
@classiclib3ral @gtconway3d You think we’re getting hot, hello, check out the sun.— Schooley (@Schooley)1566188220.0
@Rschooley @classiclib3ral @gtconway3d Last time I checked, the sun still exists!— Chris (@Chris)1566226500.0
@classiclib3ral Ah yes. Venus... the verdant utopia teeming with mammals.— Kate with a Y (@Kate with a Y)1566147544.0
@classiclib3ral Now I feel super selfish for worrying about the survival of my species instead of the continued phy… https://t.co/8MG8bNCw0P— Samuel J McKenna (@Samuel J McKenna)1566147432.0
@classiclib3ral @gtconway3d And Mercury has no atmosphere and it's still around. That proves that all this malarkey… https://t.co/5Ab2bqfF8d— Dave Bowman (@Dave Bowman)1566188215.0
@classiclib3ral the human population on venus is thriving wdym— laura lux (@laura lux)1566148061.0
@DarthLux Back in the day we did fine on Venus. But the millennials and zoomer snowflakes are too soft for the sulfuric acid rain on Venus— Wild Geerters (@Wild Geerters)1566148354.0
@Pointman160 @classiclib3ral You could try, but they are under a lot of pressure.— disgruntled pelican (@disgruntled pelican)1566153497.0
While many suggested Milloy's science was what might be junk.
@classiclib3ral @spacequeensoph He’s....he’s aware that...Venus does not support any form of life, right? https://t.co/Hp9KBZAVOK— Ezrah but he’s done with everyone’s bullshit (@Ezrah but he’s done with everyone’s bullshit)1566156101.0
@classiclib3ral That guy in the year 2050 https://t.co/SGVwrNxuSI— ☭ 🌹mrs daddy🏴🚩 (@☭ 🌹mrs daddy🏴🚩)1566147296.0
@rashiuable @classiclib3ral Yeah, but it’s a dry heat of 875 degrees so it FEELS like it’s only 845— Revved up like a deuce (@Revved up like a deuce)1566156708.0
@classiclib3ral @jamiekingcz https://t.co/VbP2Hmu8PX— Ciarán Ó Raghallaigh (@Ciarán Ó Raghallaigh)1566147654.0
@classiclib3ral Venus. The planet where a runaway greenhouse effect has mad it so hot it literally rains molten metal. Great example.— nerve staple (@nerve staple)1566148454.0
@classiclib3ral https://t.co/72MIkCId5I— JG Pearl (@JG Pearl)1566152101.0
Again, knowing your sources is critical.
There seems to be a common thread of bullshit expertise with #rightwing commentators. Steve Milloy @JunkScience is… https://t.co/QyQo4hjdNt— Nicholas Fossland (@Nicholas Fossland)1565701868.0
As usual, Milloy has not responded to any of the criticism.