February 13, 2010

Idiot of the Week: Sean Hannity

sean_hannity.jpgWith the snowstorm on the East Coast, this was a week where I knew exactly what type of idiocy I wanted to highlight for this post: climate change denial. However, it was a bit tricky to select the individual who best represented this particular form of idiocy this week. In the end, I settled for Fox "News" pundit, Sean Hannity. While it was very tempting to go with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), I think Hannity is more deserving for reasons I will offer below.

While Sen. McConnell may have been the single-most powerful individual to speak out against climate change this week, Hannity has a different kind of power: the power to shape public opinion. Here's what Hannity had to say:
And tonight’s “Meltdown” is brought to you by the D.C. snow storm, you know, the storm that dumped about two feet of snow on the Washington area over the weekend causing thousands of power outages and keeping many people home from work today. And it’s the most severe winter storm in years, which would seem to contradict Al Gore’s hysterical global warming theories.
I put the video of Hannity making an idiot of himself up at Red State Progressive.

Anybody with a modicum of scientific literacy probably understands that scientific theories of climate change predict that precipitation will increase around the world as temperatures warm. Remember, warmer temperatures mean accelerated evaporation, resulting in more water in the air.

I have to assume that Hannity knows this and is willfully ignoring it in service to his corporate masters. Of course, he also receives bonus idiot points for the smug manner in which he delivers his misinformation.

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