Climate Change

Weather Channel anchor calls out Breitbart: ‘Stop using my face to mislead Americans’

Breitbart is notorious for fudging facts when it come to science, and now the Weather Channel is calling them out.

After the conservative website used one of their videos in a piece claiming that climate change is a hoax, WC host anchor Kait Parker slammed Breitbart for cherry-picking data to support their claim.

In a video posted on Tuesday, Parker, who also works for ABC News, said Breitbart “used a completely unrelated video about La Niña, with my face in it, to attempt to back their point.”

Parker also posted an article featuring the video to her Twitter account, calling on Breitbart to stop using her image to “mislead Americans.”

In the article, Parker specifically addressed the fact that Breitbart featured the Weather Channel’s video “at the top of the Breitbart article.”

“Breitbart had the legal right to use this clip as part of a content-sharing agreement with another company,” Parker’s article stated, adding that “there should be no assumption that The Weather Company endorses the article associated with it.”

The article also went fairly in depth into debunking the conservative website’s claims:

CLAIM: “Global land temperatures have plummeted by one degree Celsius since the middle of this year – the biggest and steepest fall on record.”

TRUTH: This number comes from one satellite-based estimate of temperatures above land areas in the lower atmosphere. Data from the other two groups that regularly publish satellite-based temperature estimates show smaller drops, more typical of the decline one would expect after a strong El Niño event.

Temperatures over land give an incomplete picture of global-scale temperature. Most of the planet – about 70 percent – is covered by water, and the land surface warms and cools more quickly than the ocean. Land-plus-ocean data from the other two satellite groups, released after the Breitbart article, show that Earth’s lower atmosphere actually set a record high in November 2016.

In her closing message, the Parker told Breitbart:

“The next time you write a climate change article and need fact checking help, please call. We’re here for you. I’m sure we both agree this topic is too important to get wrong.”

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