Mediaite Catches CNN’s Weir Calling Fox Nation ‘Ignorant F***sticks’

[Update, 5:24 p.m. Thursday: Weir did issue an apology on Thursday afternoon with a tweet saying that: "My 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."]

Late Thursday morning, Mediaite’s Eddie Scarry came across a particularly disparaging tweet that CNN anchor Bill Weir tweeted out to his over 49,500 followers Wednesday evening regarding a link on the website Fox Nation about Al Gore and global warming. In commenting about the Fox Nation post, he referred to Fox as "you willfully ignorant f***sticks."

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More from Scarry: 

On Thursday, the Twitter account for Fox Nation, a blog run by Fox News, tweeted a link to a post headlined “Climate Doesn’t Cooperate with Al Gore’s Group’s Visit to Denver EPA Hearings.

The story, aggregated from the Washington Times, relates to a Denver visit by former Vice President Al Gore’s “Climate Reality Project” for EPA hearings on power plant emissions.

The group showed up to hand out ice cream even though it was 58 degrees. 

The rather inappropriate statement came when he retweeted the Fox Nation story and made the following comment: "Weather is not climate, you willfully ignorant fucksticks."

Scarry reached out to CNN for comment, but has not yet heard back.


Weir, who used to work for ABC News, is no stranger when it comes to expressing liberal views (including on the environment). The Media Research Center’s Scott Whitlock reported on April 24, 2013 on Weir filing a gushing piece for ABC’s Nightline that profiled a far left environmentalist (without labeling him a liberal, of course) and toeing the left’s line on carbon taxes. 

In 2012, he lamented the lack of questions about climate change during the three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate. Weir tweeted on October 22, 2012 that: "Four #debates come and go without a single question on climate change."

Back in 2011, he referred to a former Obama White House social Secretary as “fashionable, vivacious, interesting, telegenic person in a town without not a lot of that, frankly.”

Instead of criticizing articles from his competitors, perhaps Weir should focus on reporting the stories that viewers deserve and from a neutral, even-handed perspective.

Curtis Houck
Curtis Houck
Curtis Houck is a news analyst for the Media Research Center's News Analysis Division