Hardball host Chris Matthews on Wednesday ranted that "clowns" and "hyenas"
like Sean Hannity "don't care" about the awful things global warming will do to
the planet. The Fox News host on Monday highlighted the winter storms that the
D.C. area has been suffering and then mocked Al Gore.
After quoting similar remarks by Republicans Jim DeMint and Mitch McConnell, Matthews frothed, "It isn't something to laugh about, gentlemen, unless you don't care about what happens to this planet down the road. And I suspect that some of you folks, sadly, don't."
Previewing the segment a few minutes earlier, Matthews lashed out at Hannity and the Republican Senators: "Up next, the anti-science crowd in the Republican Party is saying that that the snow storms we're having are evidence against global warming." Continuing the name-calling, the MSNBC anchor slammed, "These guys, these clowns- go to high school!"
A transcript of the segment, which aired at 5:30pm EST on Febuary 10, follows:
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Up next, the anti-science crowd in the Republican Party is saying that that the snow storms we're having are evidence against global warming. These guys, these clowns - go to high school!...
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Next, hyena time. Here's Sean Hannity on Fox, Monday. Quote. Here's Sean talking, "It's the most severe winter weather in- winter storm in years, which would seem to contradict Al Gore's hysterical global warming theories." Here's Senator Jim DeMint twittering yesterday. Quote, "It's going to keep snowing in D.C. until Al Gore cries uncle." And here's Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell when asked about passing climate change legislation, just yesterday. Quote, "Where's Al Gore now?"
Well, here are the facts, gentlemen. The average global temperature last year was the second highest on record. The past decade was the warmest ever. Cold weather in one area over several days doesn't change the reality of what's happening to this planet, the only one we've got, by the way. It isn't something to laugh about, gentlemen, unless you don't care about what happens to this planet down the road. And I suspect that some of you folks, sadly, don't.
- Scott Whitlock is a news analyst for the Media Research Center.