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This report comes to us from Deborah at News Hounds. They watch Fox so you don’t have to!
Mike Gallagher Can’t Keep Up with RFK Jr. on Fox
Only FOX News would think of pairing Robert Kennedy Jr. and Mike Gallagher for a debate on energy issues. Yesterday morning (June 18, 2008), FOX Friends were buzzing about John McCain’s recent flip flop on offshore drilling and a Rasmussen poll saying 67% favor off shore drilling. Instead of having Kennedy on as an informed voice on this issue, they decided to cloud the issue with the help of uninformed right wing talker, Mike Gallagher.
Kennedy explained that all the proposed domestic drilling would only produce 2% of the needed oil. He noted that a better alternative would be reducing consumption. He made the important point that a one mile per gallon change would generate more oil than could be drained from ANWR.
Mike Gallagher jumped in with a typical radio talking point calling Kennedy’s suggestion a “warm and fuzzy bromide.” He claimed 2% was “huge” and repeated the daily mantra that 67% want drilling off shore.Kennedy informed viewers that although off shore drilling should be a states rights issue, California experienced an oil spill creating a huge disaster for the state.
When Gallagher challenged him on nuclear energy, Kennedy made the point that the nuclear industry can’t get insurance because the power plants are too unsafe. Gallagher’s only response was to attack with the same tired points using terms like “global warming crowd” and even bringing up “polar bears”.
After the debate, a clip about air cars was shown and Alisyn Camerota called them “ugly” and quipped about air power, “How great! There seems to be a lot of that around here. I mean hot air.” Then she made this unenlightened observation about the air cars. ” Not going to pick up chicks in that car.”
Oh, but it gets snarkier still. Now, check out Mike Gallagher’s own version of events on his Townhall.com blog:
Meeting him in the Fox News Channel’s green room before the appearance, I began to have some concerns. I’m the kind of guy who likes to have a little friendly banter, even with someone I disagree with. Mr. Kennedy pretty clearly does not, at least not with me. I asked him how his uncle Ted was doing, joked about us being invited to be on the “early morning” shift that day (our appearance aired at 6:15am), and did everything I could to try and establish that, contrary to the way many liberals believe, a conservative like me doesn’t have any horns or fangs.
He wasn’t buying it.
To describe Mr. Kennedy as aloof might be the understatement of the century. The Kennedy family might be a lot of things, but for RFK, Jr., “warm and fuzzy” doesn’t exactly come to mind.
And the ice didn’t thaw much once we got out onto the set and began the segment. The host directed the first question to him and he launched into a fairly lengthy monologue that reflected his many years of leading the “let’s go green” brigade.
When he got to the part about how the United States should be more like countries like Iceland and Costa Rica in terms of energy conservation, I couldn’t take it any more. As I finally got to speak my mind about the scare tactics of Kennedy’s disciples on the loony left — those who bellow about carbon footprints, a “planet in peril”, the evil Republicans like me who believe in drilling in just about every square inch of our country so that we don’t have to pay 10 dollars a gallon some day — the look of rage on Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s face was priceless.
If I thought he didn’t like me much in the greenroom, he positively loathed me out there in that TV studio.
…And I realized that this is a man who is probably rarely, if ever, challenged in public or private. The global warming hysterics don’t just offer opinions and beliefs about greenhouse gases and the like. These are people who speak as if they belong to a cult.
Yet many of them are hopelessly hypocritical.
As angry as Kennedy was with me, I decided not to remind him of his well-publicized opposition to wind-powered turbines near the Kennedy compound at Cape Cod, Massachusetts because it would spoil the view.
I really thought he might become unhinged.
Funny – to me, it looked like Mike was the one who was about to blow a gasket.