A week after Breitbart News published a wildly inaccurate article chalking climate change up as a hoax, The Weather Channel decided to teach the hyper-conservative news outlet a thing or two about scientific fact.
In a post to its website, TWC called the Breitbart piece, which relied heavily on a story published in the Daily Mail, “a prime example of cherry picking, or pulling a single item out of context to build a misleading case.”
“Here’s the thing: Science doesn’t care about your opinion,” Parker says in the video. “Cherry picking and changing the facts will not change the future, not the fact ― note: fact, not opinion ― that the earth is warming.”
Here’s Parker’s full takedown:
“What’s worse” than the Breitbart story itself, Parker said, is the fact that the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology posted the story to Twitter.
That’s ridiculous but shouldn’t be surprising. The committee is chaired by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who has a long history of denying climate change, attacking those who accept the scientific consensus and defending the fossil fuel industry. (Also unsurprisingly, the congressman has received more than $693,000 from the oil and gas industry over the course of his career.)
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was among those who mocked the House science committee for circulating the story.
Along with its video, TWC’s published a lengthy retort to each of the article’s three main claims, as well as a final message for its “friends” at Breitbart.
“The next time you write a climate change article and need fact checking help, please call. We’re here for you,” it wrote. “I’m sure we both agree this topic is too important to get wrong.”
If their response on Twitter is any indication, the folks over at Breitbart aren’t planning to run a correction.