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The Weather Channel blasted Breitbart for cherry-picking data to deny climate change


Last week, the Breitbart website published an article that used a Weather Channel video clip to "prove" that global temperatures had decreased by one degree Celsius. In fact, all data indicates the Earth is warming at an alarming rate.

On Tuesday, The Weather Channel fired back, claiming Breitbart cherry-picked data to support a conclusion that was the opposite of the channel's intended message. 

Kait Parker, the anchor in the video used by Breitbart, did not hold back in her criticism.

A Message to Breitbart from Weather.com

WATCH  | Here's the clip from The Weather Channel debunking Breitbart's claims.  

This clip shows the video Breitbart used in its article. TWC said Breitbart had legal permission to use the clip, per a content-sharing agreement.

Breaking it down

Breitbart has been a prominent platform for elements of the so-called alt-right movement -- an ideology that’s a mix of racism, white nationalism and populism. 

The site claimed a satellite detected a drop in land temperatures. However, that was from one satellite estimate. Two other data sources disagreed. Additionally, it didn't account for water temperatures -- and since Earth is mostly water, that's where most heat is stored.

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The Weather Channel

Breitbart also claimed the 2014-2016 El Niño weather pattern was the reason for the record highs. 

But even without that data, 2015 and 2016 are the hottest years on record. Temperatures are likely to drop in 2017, typical for a post-El Niño year.

Parker was particularly indignant that she was part of climate change-denying article.

Twitter, by and large, loved TWC's and Parker's response.

Some writers just laughed.

Some hearkened back to another recent setback for the news site.

Breitbart's response? 'Man behind the curtain'

In the meantime, visitors to the Breitbart site can see a video explaining TWC's rebuttal as a built-in, auto-playing video.

An article from October is prominently displayed on the site, telling viewers: 

"With global warming, expect 'colder winters'."  That article calls the claim a "'pay no attention to that man behind the curtain' moment," noticeably dismissive of the claim that global warming can create colder winters.

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