So, remember the good ol’ days of…long about March 2018? Back in that long-forgotten era, Fox News host Laura Ingraham tweeted this: “David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA…totally predictable given acceptance rates.)” Hogg immediately called on his followers to boycott her advertisers, but Fox News, to their credit, stood beside the controversial conservative. Hogg had forcibly put himself in the limelight, and it was Ingraham’s right to comment on his public statements. She didn’t say anything that wasn’t true, and she didn’t even say anything offensive. She simply told it like it was.
But apparently those days are gone, because Fox News just breathlessly announced that they were severing ties with Daily Wire writer Michael Knowles for remarks he made about climate change activist Greta Thunberg on their network.
In an appearance on Martha MacCallum’s show on Monday, Knowles pointed out that Democrats were exploiting Thunberg.
“The climate hysteria movement is not about science,” Knowles said. “If it were about science, it would be led by scientists rather than by politicians and a mentally ill Swedish child who is being exploited by her parents and by the international left.”
This drew gasps from Chris Hahn, a Democrat on the panel, who said, “How dare you” and doubtlessly wondered where his fainting couch was located.
But Knowles held his ground, insisting he was not attacking Thunberg so much as…well, telling the plain truth about her.
“She is mentally ill,” Knowles said. “She has autism, she has obsessive-compulsive disorder, she has selective mutism, she had depression—”
And then he was cut off by more whining from Hahn.
That could have – and should have – been the end of it, but then Fox News released this statement: “The comment made by Michael Knowles who was a guest on The Story tonight was disgraceful – we apologize to Greta Thunberg and to our viewers.”
The network told Hollywood Reporter that there were “no plans” to book Knowles in the future.
Well, that’s great. The left wins again. By using children as human shields for their insane climate agenda, they get to have their cake and eat it, too. You just have to sit there and respectfully listen to the flood of nonsense, because “how dare you” backtalk this wonderful child of God!
For the record, Thunberg, by her own admission, suffers from depression, has Asperger’s syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and even has something called “selective mutism.”
“That basically means I only speak when I think it’s necessary,” she said in a TEDx Talk last year, but we have to imagine that a preference of that sort would not come with a special diagnosis.
But this is less about Greta Thunberg and more about Fox News Channel’s increasing spinelessness. If the liberals are taking over the asylum over there, it’s time for conservatives to find a new TV news outlet and fast.