Accuracy in Media

On Tuesday night’s edition of MSNBC’s Hardball, host Chris Matthews used the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy to attack global warming skeptics by calling them “pigs” who “don’t care about the planet.”

Matthews was speaking with Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) and professor Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University, who is also a former chief scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund. Rep. Markey said that the hurricane “frames the election next Tuesday” as a battle between “Mother Nature” and the “Koch brothers,” who have been vilified by the Left for funding groups that push back against global warming.

Markey added that if Romney wins the election, he will roll back the fuel economy standards which will endanger the planet, and endanger the people who will have to go to the Middle East to import the oil.

Matthews then turned to Oppenheimer:

Back in the 60s, we called such people pigs. Pigs. No, really. They don’t care about the planet, they don’t care about the destruction of war. All they want is what they got, their stuff, and they want more of it. Is that what we’re facing here, just greed? I’m not talking about the guy at the coal mine—that’s hard work. I’m talking about people who won’t listen to you, won’t listen to science because they want more stuff.

Matthews has joined Al Gore in taking the tragedy that has resulted from Sandy and turned it into a political football. They are saying that the hurricane and its subsequent devastation is a result of global warming, though they don’t have any solid evidence to back up their claims. They are using it as another reason to support Obama, because he believes in global warming and Romney doesn’t.

If Matthews was truly interested in having a legitimate discussion about global warming and hurricanes, he should have asked Joe Bastardi from Weatherbell Analytics. Bastardi has pointed out that we having cooling in the Pacific and warming in the Atlantic, and that it’s all part of a cycle, and not global warming.

Matthews, Gore and other global warming alarmists would like to see this become a bigger campaign issue, as opposed to jobs and the economy which have dominated the election, because they believe it would help Obama’s reelection chances. The economy has been the albatross around Obama’s neck that could drag him down to defeat next week.

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  • spartacus

    the leftist “scum’ and their lackies need to get their heads out of their asses and realize that if this nation implode’s ( it does not look good ) that the utopia they envision will be poverty and death on a scale never seen is this country !!! , fools leading other fools into the “ovens “

  • Chris Matthews is no expert and until somebody can offer positive proof that Global Warming actually is happening I am not going to subscribe to such BALONEY. Chris you are a TOOL.

  • Bronco13

    Chris who??? He is irrelevant. His leftist vomitus has been the laughing stock for years. He is not a journalist; instead he is an idiot with a microphone and no common sense.

  • voter suppression

    does anyone really like this “guy”?

  • Dave

    What will we do
    if we do not have Chrissy Matthews to kick around. He so gracefully offers
    himself up for an ass kicking every week with his rants emanating from his crap

  • Ted

    And … how about the rightist vomitus and laughingstock qualities of, say, Limbaugh and Hannity? Would your claim be that these two are objective, fact-based, common-sensical “journalists”?
    All the bronco-riding has addled your brains.

  • Ted

    And, exactly, where are the heads of, say, “righist scum” like Joe Walsh (he of $100,000+ unpaid child support), Todd Akin … and even Donal Trumped-up?

  • Ted

    Nobody has a bigger “crap trap” than college-flunkie and convicted drug-abuser than Limbaugh … who’s problem is that the dork hasn’t actually had his ass kicked enough along the way.

  • Ted

    And … the GOPs who contend that there is no such thing as global warming … of course … they’re all “expert” and can offer positive proof ???

  • Ted

    If “like” is the operative characteristic … then obama will beat Romney by at least 2 to 1! ( PLENTY of people “didn’t like” Abraham Lincoln.)

  • Ted

    Regarding the “pigs”: if the shoe fits … wear it! And, anyone who doubts that made-made pollution is degrading the planet and ultimately affecting the quality of life on Earth … is, apparently, brain-dead.

  • ConservaDave

    I bet that fat pig Matthews has a lot more “stuff” than I do. It’s hard to understand why they pay this propagandist (propaganda?…maybe that’s the reason why…) millions to spue out this diarrhea from his mouth when no one with half a brain bothers to listen to him.

  • R Kirkland

    How can anyone take this guy seriously. He is obviously more concerned about having “shock” value type status and fame. He is, at most, humorous to watch as his politics are a joke. Watching him tires me very quickly as he comes across like a senile old man with his yelling and talking over everyone.