The hosts of “Fox and Friends” are about to make one powerful animated enemy — SpongeBob Squarepants.
The morning show on Fox News went after SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs and the rest of the undersea gang last week for partnering with the U.S. Department of Education on books and videos discussing the effects of global warming. Among other items, the materials offer advice on ways to cut carbon dioxide emissions, a leading cause of climate change, according to 32 national science academies.
This news was met with disappointment by show co-anchor Gretchen Carlson, saying the Department of Education “blamed man for global warming, but they did not tell kids that is actually a disputed fact.”
Some scientists, including climatologist and Cato Institute senior fellow Patrick Michaels, believe climate change to be a naturally occurring phenomenon.
Steve Doocy, another “Fox and Friends” co-host, added to Carlson’s comments stating, “Nickelodeon is pushing a global warming agenda.”
Calls to Nickelodeon seeking comment were not returned.
This is not the first time “Fox and Friends” has raised eyebrows as it relates to global warming. In 2009 the show aired a graphic with results from a Rasmussen survey saying 59 percent of respondents believed it “Somewhat Likely” and 35 percent believed it “Very Likely” that scientists falsify global warming research, while only 26 percent believe it “Not Very Likely.” The problem: That adds up to 120 percent, a statistical impossibility.
SpongeBob has sucked up his fair share of controversy as well. In 2005, Focus on the Family’s Paul Batura suggested a video featuring the Nickelodeon character singing “We are Family” alongside people, muppets and other animated characters was “an insidious means by which the organization is manipulating and potentially brainwashing kids.”
Wonder what Al Gore would say about the “Fox and Friends” broadside against Bikini Bottom.
Here’s the video…