'Fox and Friends' Went From Mocking the Climate Strike to Reporting on Catastrophic Weather in Under Two Minutes in the Ultimate Self-Own
Fox & Friends often draws criticism for their hosts' comments. Openly displayed devotion to President Donald Trump, his administration staff, and family members means whatever Trump loves, Ainsley Earhardt, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade—the weekday couch denizens—promote.
And whatever Trump dislikes, the Fox hosts mock or otherwise attempt to discredit.
Friday morning's target was the Fridays For Future (#FridaysForFuture founded by Swedish teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg) Climate Strike. Millions of people around the world decided to join Thunberg's weekly act of climate activism with events and rallies on September 20 and 27, 2019.
Brian Kilmeade began the disdain with comments about the futility of the gesture. From there the hosts moved on to criticizing Democratic presidential candidates for understanding science and caring about climate change and global warming.
Earhardt added an attempt at humor by mentioning cheeseburgers. But as soon as the segment ended it was time for a news brief.
Top of Friday morning's news?
Extreme weather conditions—a byproduct of climate change and global warming—in Texas which caused flooding, destruction and death topped the news segment.
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Watch the clip below:
Fox & Friends attacks students participating in global climate strike, then immediately reports on catastrophic rai… https://t.co/tMm01Xm3nJ— Media Matters (@Media Matters)1568982885.0
While Doocy, Earhardt and Kilmeade may have missed the irony, Media Matters for America—a rightwing watchdog group—picked it up, as did their followers online.
@mmfa They are such a joke.— (((Lisa Solod))) (@(((Lisa Solod))))1568983125.0
@mmfa “Flooding is God’s will!!” or sometimes “God’s punishment for libs behavior!” and not at all related to climate change duh... 🙄— Solo Soul (@Solo Soul)1568983423.0
@PDuster2018 @yayacoosburr @mmfa 2 have died, whoopty doo, I guess you don't care about Americans dying. Not a big… https://t.co/KjMX0fSNye— Octopus Illusion (@Octopus Illusion)1568993235.0
@mmfa @RegisteredHere Because Fox watchers are not expected to be able to connect dots. That's another level of int… https://t.co/u6rhRFwF2C— Ăn Chay Ⓥ (@Ăn Chay Ⓥ)1568984384.0
@mmfa They failed connecting the dots as toddlers too— VirginMary (@VirginMary)1568982938.0
@mmfa The self own would be hilarious is our civilization wasn’t at risk— Chris Anderson (@Chris Anderson)1568987215.0
Although a few were in Fox's camp.
@Camburnclimate Well you could also point out the unprecedented daisy chain of tropical depressions that are headed… https://t.co/rTkZLdGtQ5— David Warren (@David Warren)1568984581.0
But not many.
@mmfa @ayanaeliza Imagine being paid to sneer at children who understand physics.— Nic Dafis 🌍 (@Nic Dafis 🌍)1568989101.0
@mmfa @BrendanNyhan Because @foxandfriends is where intelligence goes to die.— Next (@Next)1568989184.0
While one person pointed out the shortsightedness of ignoring "kids."
@mmfa @jfreewright Again, R's ignore them because they are "kids" forgetting that even the youngest will be voting… https://t.co/ghLyhTyRao— REDACTED Human Scum (@REDACTED Human Scum)1568992219.0
Greta Thunberg began her Fridays for Future strikes in August 2018 to go to Sweden's capital and campaign for climate awareness and action. Since then many people around the world have joined her.
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