MSNBC's Sunday episode of "Meet the Press" fulfilled the demands of many clamoring liberals by focusing entirely on the issue of climate change — and by explicitly declaring that climate change skeptics would not be given any air time because they have nothing to add to the discussion.
Host Chuck Todd opened the program with a statement indicating that climate change "deniers" would not be welcome on this episode of "Meet the Press" since they were without a doubt wrong anyway. Todd said, "We're not going to debate climate change, the existence of it. The Earth is getting hotter. And human activity is a major cause, period. We're not going to give time to climate deniers. The science is settled, even if political opinion is not."
As noted by Axios, liberals have long complained that climate change has not gotten enough attention from the cable news networks, and have also complained about networks giving time to "non-expert" climate change skeptics. The thinking goes that it is irresponsible for news media outlets to even allow people to hear from anyone who doubts the so-called scientific consensus on climate change.
Meanwhile, the majority of Sunday's episode on climate change was not dedicated to scientific climate experts making the case for climate change, but rather to politicians who have no particular scientific expertise on the earth's climate, but were nonetheless welcome to offer opinions on this climate change program because they are not guilty of climate change wrongthink.
According to the AP, Sunday's lineup featured former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who made millions of dollars from his financial and media businesses but has no background in climatology or any other science. Other headliners included California Governor Jerry Brown (D), a lawyer by training who has no educational background in climate science. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) was also invited on the program to criticize his fellow Republicans who have blocked climate change proposals, even though his educational background is in public administration and not in any kind of scientific field at all.
According to the show's transcript, the panel of climate change "experts" included Craig Fugate, who ran the Federal Emergency Management Agency under former President Barack Obama. According to media profiles, Fugate has training as a paramedic and a firefighter but no background in climatology whatsoever.
The show also featured "expert" Michele Flournoy, who served as undersecretary of defense under Former President Barack Obama. Flournoy has extensive education and is a widely published academic in the field of national security, but does not have any obvious expertise in climate science at all.
The only actual climate expert who appeared on the program was NASA scientist Kate Marvel, who was given a total of less than five minutes of airtime.