Weather Channel to Breitbart: You're Using Our Video to Mislead People

Climate change is real, channel tells conservative site
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2016 7:52 AM CST
Weather Channel to Breitbart: Climate Change Is Real
The melting Pastoruri Glacier in Peru.   (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

The world is getting warmer—and just got burned. The Weather Channel laid into the conservative site Tuesday for using one of its videos in what it says was a misleading article, which claimed the "last three years may eventually come to be seen as the final death rattle of the global warming scare." The channel says the Breitbart story is a "prime example of cherry picking, or pulling a single item out of context to build a misleading case," noting that "thousands of researchers and scientific societies are in agreement that greenhouse gases produced by human activity are warming the planet's climate and will keep doing so" and rebutting the scientific claims made in the article; the piece was retweeted by the House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology.

Weather Channel scientist Kait Parker rips the Breitbart story apart in a video retort, reports Gizmodo, which notes that the site has been publishing "skewed" climate change stories for years. Breitbart published a story claiming "global warming is nothing but a scare, and global temperatures were actually falling," Parker says. "The problem is, they used a completely unrelated video about La Niña with my face in it to attempt to back their point." She goes on to say: "Cherry picking and changing the facts will not change the future, not the fact—note: fact, not opinion—that the Earth is warming." The Weather Channel says Breitbart should get in touch the next time it needs help fact-checking a climate change article, because "this topic is too important to get wrong." (Read more stories.)

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