If you’ve ever watched MSNBC’s Politics Nation w/ Al Sharpton, you know that it is a bizarre hour-long program disguised as serious political analysis. Host Reverend Al Sharpton, who hammed it up last year with his ‘Revvie Awards’ aimed at trashing GOP politicians, has a new segment entitled "Science Lab" where he criticizes Republicans as supposedly anti-science.
Sharpton began the January 23 segment by lumping in skepticism about manmade global warming with the likes of disgraced Congressman Todd Akin as a way to demonize conservatives. Sharpton hilariously opened his segment by saying:
We've got a lot of experiments cooking tonight. But I don't need these beakers to give one very special lesson. It's for all of my Republican friends who struggle with science. [See video below jump. MP3 audio here.]
Sharpton then went on to claim that in his second inaugural address, President Obama “went on to hit the climate deniers for ignoring the fact that extreme weather is happening before our eyes.” Sharpton relied on the heavily criticized and disputed U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to justify his attacks on the GOP.
As NewsBusters has pointed out in the past, there is significant evidence to dispute the liberal myth that extreme weather is a result of climate change, but that doesn’t stop Sharpton from claiming that, “Republicans and facts don't mix.” A plethora of data exists to refute the liberal hysteria of global warming, but most is ignored or criticized by a liberal media bent on a the government-boosting narrative of manmade global warming. If global warming is caused by humans, the reasoning goes, then perhaps concerted government action to thwart it can stop it.
Sharpton’s "science lab" segment may be entertaining in a buffonish clown sort of wy, but it exposes a dangerous trend by liberals: demonizing those who disagree with them as out of touch and ‘science deniers’ despite substantial evidence to refute the global warming extremists.
As Rev. Al likes to say, “nice try, but we got ya.”
See relevant transcript below.
Politics Nation w/ Al Sharpton
January 22, 2013
6:27 p.m. EST
AL SHARPTON: Thank you, thank you. And welcome to the PoliticsNation science lab. We've got a lot of experiments cooking tonight. But I don't need these beakers to give one very special lesson. It's for all of my Republican friends who struggle with science. And wow. It's a growing list. First there was this member of the House Science Committee.
PAUL BROUN: All that stuff I was taught about evolution, and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell.
SHARPTON: Evolution is a lie. And then there was Todd Akin. Yeah, he missed Biology 101.
TODD AKIN: If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.
SHARPTON: Well, he got shut down. But that brings me to the issue of climate change. President Obama is confronting the mad scientists head on.
BARACK OBAMA: We will respond to the threat of climate change knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.
SHARPTON: He went on to hit the climate deniers for ignoring the fact that extreme weather is happening before our eyes. So guess what the right wing talkers did this morning. Deny, deny, deny.
BRIAN KILMEADE: I hardly think it’s settled scientific collective thought that the world is a victim of climate change due to industrialization.
GRETCHEN CARLSON: Part of the speech. The direct quote was that the science proves—
KILMEADE: But it doesn't.
CARLSON: I know but I'm just saying that's what he said.
SHARPTON: There's no collective thought that climate change is due to humans? Here's an idea. Let's find out what real scientists think about it. A study by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found a 90% probability that humans are the main cause of global warming. And more than 97% of climate researchers, yes real researchers, surveyed by the U.S. Academy of Science think humans are causing climate change. Folks, unlike the PoliticsNation science lab this issue is real. Climate change needs to be addressed. The results of today's experiments are in. Republicans and facts don't mix. This has been a special edition of the PoliticsNation Science Lab.