Olbermann Mocks Canceled Anti-Global Warming Event; Group Fires Back
Consider the source on this one, but the face of liberalism on cable television, MSNBCâs Keith Olbermann, finds it âironicâ an event meant to shed light on the âhoax of global warmingâ would be canceled due to tropical weather.
Olbermann, on the August 19 broadcast of MSNBCâs âCountdown with Keith Olbermannâ took aim at the Americans for Prosperityâs âHot Air Tour.â AFP defines the tourâs mission as âexposing the ballooning of global warming hysteria.â
âNumber 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 â this group was to have town hall meetings tonight and Thursday in
Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, responded to Olbermannâs definition of AFP as being a âcorporate-funded lobbying group.â He called Olbermannâs statement âoutrageousâ and noted AFP is a âgrassroots operation.â
âHe called us a corporate-front group, which is pretty outrageous,â Phillips said to the Business & Media Institute. âWe had 200-and-something people at an event last night, yesterday evening in
Olbermann called the cancellation due to the weather surrounding now-Hurricane Fay ironic, suggesting thereâs a link between tropical weather and the phenomenon of global warming.
âThis announcement from the group, quote, âThe 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.â Global warming deniers meetings postponed by tropical storms. As late great Bill Hicks used to say, âItâs irony is pretty base, but itâs still a hoot.ââ
Phillips noted the trend is consistent with Olbermannâs rhetoric â global-warming alarmists using natural calamities to advance their pet causes.
âItâs ironic that guys like him and global warming extremists will use any weather event â whether itâs a hot spell, whether itâs a hurricane or a tropical storm or a hailstorm or a snowstorm â anything, any weather event â theyâll try to tie it to their pet cause which is ideological extremism at its worst.â
He also noted Olbermannâs and otherâs disregard for science.
âIt shows just how silly and ideologically driven they are,â Phillips said. âThey donât look at the science. They donât look at any factors. Itâs just an ideological extremism. It would be funny if it were not so serious for our nation.â