- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 31, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Oh, the humanity. A veritable tempest, a storm of coverage and one f-bomb have erupted after a Washington Times story this week that pointed out a little case of global warming irony during a big EPA public hearing in Colorado this week.

“The Climate Reality Project brought its ‘I’m Too Hot’ trucks and offers of free ice cream to this week’s Environmental Protection Agency hearings on power-plant emissions, but the climate wasn’t cooperating,” wrote Times reporter Valerie Richardson. “When the hearings began at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Denver, the temperature was a chilly 58 degrees. Plus, it was raining.”

The Climate Reality Project was organized by one Al Gore. The Times item was picked up by Fox News, which also included it in an online community site with the headline “Climate doesn’t cooperate with Al Gore.”

That, in turn, apparently did not sit well with CNN correspondent Bill Weir, who tweeted this in reaction: “Weather is not climate, you willfully ignorant f–sticks”, though he spelled out the word in question. Mr. Weir’s comment was retweeted 1,900 times by late Thursday.

The dust-up drew coverage from, among other news organizations, the New York Daily News, The Week, The Wrap, Newsbusters, Mediaite, Salon and the Huffington Post, before the CNN reporter had an apparent change of heart.

Seventeen hours after his criticism, Mr. Weir tweeted this: “The glop of Midwestern guilt stuck in my chest prob won’t go away until I apologize to @foxnation for name-calling. Dumb move. My bad.”

That, incidentally, was retweeted only 29 times.

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