- Weather Channel
The Weather Channel on Tuesday skewered Breitbart after one of its videos appeared in a story which aimed to cast doubt on the science of climate change.
An article and video published on the Weather Channel’s website was headlined: “Note to Breitbart: Earth Is Not Cooling, Climate Change Is Real and Please Stop Using Our Video to Mislead Americans.”
“Global warming is not expected to end anytime soon, despite what Breitbart.com wrote in an article published last week,” the story on the site said. The video included commentary from meteorologist Kait Parker.
A tweet from the weather news outlet was also published, garnering thousands of retweets:
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) December 6, 2016
The Weather Channel was referring to a Breitbart story headlined: “Global Temperatures Plunge. Icy Silence From Climate Alarmists.” That story was promoted online by the House Science Committee.
Alex Marlow, editor-in-chief of Breitbart, stressed in a statement to Business Insider that the Weather Channel video embedded alongside its story was auto-generated by a third-party vendor.
“This is not a Breitbart video. It’s provided by and placed by a third party video vendor,” Marlow said. “The Weather Channel should chill out.”
The Weather Channel had noted in its story that Breitbart “had the legal right to use this clip as part of a content-sharing agreement with another company,” but wanted to ensure with its article there was “no assumption that The Weather Company endorses the article associated with it.”
Breitbart, which strongly supported President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign, has for years cast doubt on the idea of manmade climate change, despite the theory being accepted by scientific community.
“In fact, thousands of researchers and scientific societies are in agreement that greenhouse gases produced by human activity are warming the planet’s climate and will keep doing so,” the Weather Channel said in its story.
The weather news outlet said Breitbart’s story was a “prime example of cherry picking” to “build a misleading case” against climate science. In its story, it went point-by-point to combat Breitbart’s claims.
A source at Breitbart predictably told Business Insider in a message that the website would continue to remain skeptical of climate change science in its reporting.
“For years, the institutional left and legacy media establishment has gotten away with group think in the worst possible way when it comes to climate,” said the Breitbart editor, speaking on background. “We look forward to exposing that in the coming weeks and months.”
The Breitbart editor added: “The environmentalist agenda drivers in the media can go back to their safe spaces now.”
Breitbart is also currently embroiled in a war against Kelloggs after the company, amid pressure, stopped advertising on its website.
A spokesperson for the Weather Channel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include comment from Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow.