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Fox And Friends Producer Reportedly Told A Scientific American Editor Not To Talk About Climate Change

Michael Moyer, an editor at Scientific American, was invited to “Fox Friends” this morning to discuss “futuristic trends.”

Things didn’t go quite as planned.

“A recent study by the Union of Concerned Scientists found that while misinformation about climate change was more or less common among cable news channels, Fox News led the pack by airing misleading coverage 72 percent of the time,” Talking Points Memo notes.

Moyer’s whole experience sounds surreal.

The video of the segment, which aired this morning, was not working for us. It seems to have been taken down. We’ve reached out to Fox News for comment, and will update when we hear back. 

Here’s how Moyer felt about the whole thing after it was over:

Later, Moyer wrote a blog post giving the incident some context. The original pitch from Fox Friends, wrote Moyer, was for a segment along the lines of: “Crystal ball: What will science and technology bring over the next 50 years?”

“I agreed to do the spot, but I said that it’s a fool’s game to guess at what technologies are going to exist in a half-century,” he wrote. “Instead I could do a ‘trends for the future’ in science. They said OK.”

Here is Moyer’s account of what happened next:

About the only interesting thing that the scientific community is sure will happen in the next 50 years is that climate change is going to get worse, and that we’re going to have to deal with the impacts. So I put that as one of my talking points… The Fox producer came back and very politely and matter-of-factly said that we would have to replace the climate change item. 

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