Olbermann Mocks Canceled Anti-Global Warming Event; Group Fires Back

     Consider the source on this one, but the face of liberalism on cable television, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, finds it “ironic” an event meant to shed light on the “hoax of global warming” would be canceled due to tropical weather.


      Olbermann, on the August 19 broadcast of MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” took aim at the Americans for Prosperity’s “Hot Air Tour.” AFP defines the tour’s mission as “exposing the ballooning of global warming hysteria.”


     “Number three: Irony-gate. Americans for Prosperity, one of the many corporate-funded lobbying groups working hand-in-hand with big oil and the administration and other people who make more money the more there is doubt that there is global warming – this group was to have town hall meetings tonight and Thursday in Florida to spread its word about global warming alarmism,” Olbermann said.


      Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, responded to Olbermann’s definition of AFP as being a “corporate-funded lobbying group.” He called Olbermann’s statement “outrageous” and noted AFP is a “grassroots operation.”


     “He called us a corporate-front group, which is pretty outrageous,” Phillips said to the Business & Media Institute. “We had 200-and-something people at an event last night, yesterday evening in Ft. Collins, Colo. I don’t think those folks consider themselves corporate insiders – all those families and folks that were out.”


      Olbermann called the cancellation due to the weather surrounding now-Hurricane Fay ironic, suggesting there’s a link between tropical weather and the phenomenon of global warming.


     “This announcement from the group, quote, ‘The August 14 Fort Myers town hall and August 21 West Palm Beach town hall will be rescheduled as a result of Tropical Storm Fay. We apologize for any inconvenience.’ Global warming deniers meetings postponed by tropical storms. As late great Bill Hicks used to say, ‘It’s irony is pretty base, but it’s still a hoot.’”


     Phillips noted the trend is consistent with Olbermann’s rhetoric – global-warming alarmists using natural calamities to advance their pet causes.


     “It’s ironic that guys like him and global warming extremists will use any weather event – whether it’s a hot spell, whether it’s a hurricane or a tropical storm or a hailstorm or a snowstorm – anything, any weather event – they’ll try to tie it to their pet cause which is ideological extremism at its worst.”


     He also noted Olbermann’s and other’s disregard for science.


     “It shows just how silly and ideologically driven they are,” Phillips said. “They don’t look at the science. They don’t look at any factors. It’s just an ideological extremism. It would be funny if it were not so serious for our nation.”