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Well here's an interesting little catch, courtesy of Media Matters (whose unenviable job it is, evidently, to watch Fox News 24/7). In this segment on 'Fox and Friends', the hosts team up to bash Jon Huntsman. He's behind in the polls, and has been publicly criticizing his rivals for their extreme views, especially on science. But the interesting part comes around two and a half minutes in -- when the hosts say their fact-checkers have looked into it, and, well, Huntsman is right about that whole global warming hoax stuff being nonsense.
Here's the pertinent transcript, via MM:
MORRIS: If you dive into the weeds a little bit on this global warming thing, you see that it seems that facts are certainly on Huntsman's side on all of this and fact checkers have come out, and we're actually having our own brain room look at this right now and any of Perry's comments don't seem to hold a lot of water.To recap:
a) Uber-hyped GOP candidate Rick Perry says that climate change is essentially a hoax whipped up by data-manipulating scientists.
b) Jon Huntsman says that Perry is dead wrong.
c) Fox fact-checks Perry's statement, and they're forced to agree with Huntsman.
What has really happened here is that Fox has fact-checked the notion that data-manipulating scientists are behind the consensus theory that human activity is causing the planet to warm -- and determined that notion to be false.
Strange, then, that this is the very notion that most of its pundits not only embrace, but promulgate. Fox has given heaps of air time to the so-called Climate Gate (non) scandal, to global warming-doubting meteorologists, and to authors and 'experts' who seek to prop up the narrative that climate change is based of faulty, manipulated science. And yet, with some quick research, the network's "brain room" discovered that it's all bunk.
Chances are that this was merely a rare slip-up on a scarcely-watched segment (it was the Sunday edition of Fox & Friends) -- when the honchos weren't around to enforce the usual ideological code requisite of a bit airing on the network. But it is interesting to bear witness to a tiny flicker of truth emerge from an institution typically so uniformly saturated in propaganda.