Weather Channel Scientist to Breitbart News: 'Please Stop Using My Face to Mislead Americans'
Right-wing news site Breitbart has been pushing the false claim that climate change is leading to global cooling, not warming. This week, the Weather Channel hit back with an article titled, "Note to Breitbart: Earth Is Not Cooling, Climate Change Is Real and Please Stop Using Our Video to Mislead Americans."
The article was in response to Breitbart using the channel's coverage for a factually incorrect story. In the November 3 video, Weather Channel forecaster Kait Parker spoke about La NiÃ±a weather patterns leading to cooler air temperatures through 2017. Parker, who has a bachelor's degree in atmospheric science from the University of Missouri, became vehement when the 46-second video was hijacked by Breitbart. But due to Breitbart's content-sharing deal, the use of the video in its November 30 story about global temperature trends was perfectly legal.
"Please stop using MY FACE to mislead Americans," Parker tweeted after the official Twitter account of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology shared the article.
Dear #Breitbart, Earth is not cooling, climate change is real and please stop using MY FACE to mislead Americans. https://t.co/8yDnzffdKv— Kait Parker (@Kait Parker) 1481052744.0
.@BreitbartNews: Global Temperatures Plunge. Icy Silence from Climate Alarmists https://t.co/uLUPW4o93V— Sci, Space, & Tech GOP (@Sci, Space, & Tech GOP) 1480619566.0
The Weather Channel issued its own fierce response to Breitbart: "The next time you write a climate change article and need fact checking help, please call," the Weather Channel article stated. "We're here for you. I'm sure we both agree this topic is too important to get wrong."
"Here's the thing: Science doesn't care about your opinion," Parker added in a video response. "Cherry-picking and twisting the facts will not change the future nor the fact... that the Earth is warming. Note: Fact: The Earth is warming."