Rupert Murdoch Mocks Global Warming With Icy Photo, Enrages Twitter — Again
Murdoch's tweet angered many Twitter users.
Rupert Murdoch continued to deny global warming's existence on Friday, posting a tweet that incensed many people.
Just flying over N Atlantic 300 miles of ice. Global warming! pic.twitter.com/loXwe7lwtK— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) February 27, 2015
Twitter users responded to his comments with rebuttals and insults:
@rupertmurdoch Don't be so ignorant - The ice caps are melting and their usual melt/freeze cycles disrupted by man— Christopher John (@mrchrisjohn) February 27, 2015
@rupertmurdoch did you not watch the Day After Tomorrow? Noob!— TheVic (@TheVic) February 27, 2015
@rupertmurdoch It's winter. You're in the northern hemisphere. Probably not far from the arctic circle. What did you expect? Unicorns?— Mark Patterson (@bohica) February 27, 2015
@rupertmurdoch ever heard of science and scientific reasoning?— Ben Cobley (@bencobley) February 27, 2015
@rupertmurdoch when it gets dark at night do you wonder what happened to the sun?— Ian Rennie (@theangelremiel) February 27, 2015
@rupertmurdoch you have access to the best advice in the world, yet you choose the beleive the ignorant & remain ignorant to protect your $— Economic unit (@ThumpersAunt) February 27, 2015
@rupertmurdoch I swear this old bugger just does this to aggravate.— canthavepudding (@canthavepudding) February 27, 2015
.@rupertmurdoch You believe enough in science to board an aircraft, yet not enough to understand climate change. And you're a "news" man.— Kiwi Kali (@kiwi_kali) February 27, 2015
Following backlash, Murdoch posted two more tweets:
Ok, call it climate change. Can we have honest debate, and if true how bad and how much fault of humans?— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) February 27, 2015
Political correctness shutting down freedom of speech. What happened to the new enlightenment?— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) February 27, 2015
This isn't the first time Murdoch has upset Twitter users with his incendiary tweets. In April 2014, he called Google's ethics into question, despite ethical challenges he has had with his own company's phone-hacking scandal.
This also isn't the first time Murdoch has treated climate change casually, denying it is a major problem. Here's a look at his interview with Sky News on the subject:
The Guardian reports that Murdoch's news outlets are "among the worst when it comes to getting climate change wrong and disseminating climate myths and misinformation." Climate change can produce a variety of effects, and sometimes those who deny climate change should be a concern focus on day-to-day weather, as opposed to looking at climate's transformations over a long period of time.
The 2009 State of the Climate report stated that each of the last three decades has been warmer than the decade before it. In 2014, the National Climate Assessment reported that evidence of man-made climate change continues to strengthen.
Murdoch's logic? "The world has been changing for thousands and thousands of years; it's just a lot more complicated today because we are more advanced."