Fox & Friends Devolves into One of the Most Absurd Segments in the History of Cable “News”

fox-friends-stosselI’ve watched my fair share of ridiculous segments on Fox News, but what I just watched easily ranks as one of the most absurd segments I’ve ever seen them produce.

Thursday morning on Fox & Friends, John Stossel joined the usual cast of Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Brian Kilmeade in what I would sum up best as a contest between the four as to who could spew the most asinine statement.


Doocy launched this train wreck off by saying, “A lot of Americans believe in ridiculous stuff. Let’s start with climate change.”

Apparently motivated to try to one up Doocy’s stupidity, Stossel chimed in.

“Every year, fewer people die from the weather because of fossil fuels,” Stossel said. “They are able to protect themselves. Big difference between ‘climate change is going to kill us,’ and ‘climate changes.’”

“In the short term, lives are being saved if the planet warms,” he continued. “There is some good evidence man contributes to global warming. But I say, so what? We can deal with that. It’s not a catastrophe. And cold is far worse for hurting people than warmth.”

Yes, that’s a non-scientist on Fox News saying that, despite all the dire warnings from thousands of actual scientists all over the planet that humans can’t survive if our planet continues to warm, a warmer planet might be “better” for our species because colder weather is harsher on humans.

Another great example of these climate change denying fools proving that they don’t understand the difference between weather and climate. 

They then moved the discussion onto wage inequality between men and women.

“It’s true, you women earn less than we men do,” Stossel replied. “But there are reasons for it. You, maybe, are more sensible. You have put more emphasis in not working in a horrible place, not working in dangerous places, you take time off to take care of a family. There’s a reason for that.”


Nothing like a good rant full of false equivalencies to make someone sound like they know what they’re talking about – without actually making any kind of sense. Because the debate isn’t over whether or not men and women make the same amount of money overall, it’s about men making more money than women for doing the same job. 

From there the entire segment spiraled into one gigantic mess, with references to saber-toothed tigers and the old Saturday afternoon television show Land of the Lost. 

It’s really hard for me to believe that this kind of nonsense wasn’t some skit on Saturday Night Live, but rather it was featured on a major cable “news” network. Then again, it’s like I’ve said before: Fox News isn’t a cable news network – it’s nothing but a conservative entertainment channel.

Watch the segment below via Fox News:



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Shelley

    Are you kidding me?? “Yes, women make less than men. But there’s a reason for it.” Starting @ approximately 2:43 and NO ONE challenged it or really said anything!!!

    • Mainah

      He basically said because women take time off to care for their families, that makes them less valuable. Isn’t that just precious?

      • Chut’s Happ’nin?

        He didn’t ‘basically’ say it makes them less valuable. Just that they choose to do other productive and necessary jobs that don’t pay as well as some tougher and more dangerous jobs men do.

        You’re being disingenuous.

      • Mainah

        Um, no. No I’m not. Maybe you should listen to that again.

      • emsinmd

        He said it because it’s TRUE, it’s the way women are treated, not because he agrees with it. Put your listening ears on.

      • Mainah

    • emsinmd

      What he said, too briefly to make sense to some, is that women are penalized for taking time away from a paying job to stay home with kids. When you go back to work, NONE of your previous work history counts for ANYthing and your pay scale starts again at the bottom–as if you’ve lost all knowledge of work experience by not being in an office every day.

  • Their points are hard to argue against; mostly because the rational brain protects itself by shutting down before it blows the hell up.

    • Mainah

      Ok, this is now the funniest thing today! BWAAHAAHAA!!! Simply perfect. Thanks. 🙂

    • emsinmd

      Yes, shuts down, changes the channel to Fox to get some thoughtful perspective on the news.

      • WeNeedCommonSense

        ems – I think you forgot to use your sarcasm font!

      • wuwu

        You thought this was thoughtful perspective? You have my sympathy for the blow to your head you surely must have suffered.

      • emsinmd

        After 20 years of only CNN to watch for news, FoxNews is a breath of fresh air, fresh reporting, fresh perspective. I doubt you’ve ever watched a FoxNews show, listened to a talk show.

      • wuwu

        Actually I read newspapers (which have always been available) and watched news from all perspectives. I find Fox News and the 4 Bozo’s above an assault to, common sense & factual reporting. That must be the “fresh air’ you needed. Again, my sympathies.

      • dutch163

        I have…and since I watch other news sources I have caught FOX’s “selective editing” on my own..I also know someone who was a guest commentator during the 2008 campaign and was asked “do you have anything good to say about McCain and anything bad to say about Obama?” ..so much for “fair and balanced”..they are not!!

      • emsinmd

        You haven’t noticed “selective editing” on CNN which doesn’t even cover some stories, much less edit them? Pay attention. Expand your news watching, then comment.

      • dutch163

        apparently you did not read my comment: I DO watch and read MANY news sources…my comments here were directed to MY experience with FOX…I did not say others DON’T do it…we also know how often FOX reports are found to be false…see politifact,etc..your comprehension was poor, and you didn’t even address FOX’s blatant bias in the 2008 campaign

      • emsinmd

        “False” reports? Name 3. Didn’t address Fox’s blatant bias in 2008 campaign? Are you kidding? It’s bias to see truth when it’s trying to be covered up everywhere else? It’s bias to weigh facts against cover-ups and ignoring pertinent questions?? Wow…talk about poor comprehension.

      • madame48

        You mean, doesn’t t cover weeks of some hoax crap that has already been proved a hoax or non-issue? Yeah….how about that edit job last week where they edited demonstrators’ chant to change it to ” kill cops”… Speficically to LIE to viewers about a Justice issue…yeah, that

    • Denise L. Purdy

      ..like that scene in Scanners.

  • Mainah

    Oh my word! That was just the funniest thing I’ve see today! BWAAHAAHAAA!!!! “It’s true, but if it gets warmer … more people won’t freeze to death! It’s true you women make less, but there’s a reason for that too. You take time off to take care of your family which makes you less valuable.” Oh my sweet Lord!
    Land of the Lost would be appropriate Kilmeade. For once, you said something useful. Indeed, you all live in the Land of the Lost.

    • emsinmd

      In the world of working people, women who stay home to care for kids ARE less valuable when they try to return to work. ANY work experience from previous years is disregarded as if it never happened. I know this from experience and it hasn’t changed. They were not saying it’s TRUE that women are less valuable but that employers consider them less valuable. Think about it in the context of the discussion, not one sentence taken out of context.

  • ganjagogo

    Wow.

  • crabjack

    “Non-scientist is” an understatement of the highest order. Stossel is an ignoramus. As are the rest of that distinguished panel.

    • emsinmd

      Did any of them claim to be scientists? Does this mean they can’t have an opinion? Did you not see the reports, 3 or so years ago, that the GW issue is bogus? If you saw the reports, how can you and why would you ignore them?

      • crabjack

        No, they didn’t claim to be scientists, but I think the implication is that their opinion is more important than scientific opinion.

      • emsinmd

        I took it as informed opinions, not an official challenge to scientists. I have an informed opinion on GW and I’m not a scientist. No implication implied 🙂

      • madame48

        Except that they are clearly NOT informed. If 97 doctors told me the growth on my arm was cancer, and then 3 told me it was nothing…..I would be getting that treated…and so would YOU

  • Lindamae1

    What a crock! Everyone knows laws banning paying men more than women for the SAME job have been on the books for years! The Ledbetter bill just extended the time limit to sue to a number many lawyers called too long. Was it 10 or 20 years? Certainly not immediate.
    No one believes that man has caused global warming due to his use of CO2! Weather changes! Always has! Amazing that science deniers refuse to accept actual data in lieu of computer programs written to show man created global warming! Such arrogance! Note that the media has done well to hide the predictions we were expected to accept from the realities we’ve had these past 18 years.. Cooling! No heat! Fund scientists to prove the moon is made of blue cheese and be certain they will create a computer program which will “prove” it!

  • curmudgeon VN Veteran

    Wow, you Gruber’s sure are obsessed with Fox News. Go over to MSNBC and watch the escapees from “The Island of Misfit Toys” for some substantial ‘reporting’ of the ‘news’.

    • Chut’s Happ’nin?

      Liberals would rather complain about Fox News than go out and vote or do anything productive. It’s a cottage industry for them. Somehow it raises their serotonin levels saying the same things over and over day after day about how Fox is ruining their collective lives.

      • emsinmd

        Fox may be ruining their collective lives by reporting on things other will not even look at. Read the viewer stats.

      • dutch163

        viewer stats are not a good indicator of what is worthwhile..half of the population is below average..look how many people will watch “The Jersey Shore” or “Real Housewives of…”

      • regressive white trash reli

        or who eats at McDonalds

      • dutch163

        exactly! LOL

      • dutch163

        i think you have that backwards,,,the FOX viewers are sheep..it is the conservative brain which likes to be told what to think and FOX does that..do some fact-checking on them and see how often they are wrong …I have caught them in lies myself just because I will access different sources of news

  • Harold Leggett

    Pretty funny. You. Not Fox. Your ignorance is on full display, and you double down on your stupidity and irrationality. Sorry ..

    • WeNeedCommonSense

      Sorry for what? Your low IQ or gullible nature?

  • Gord S.

    I tried to watch it , but it was just to surreal, these people are hurting units for sure. wow ask anyone in Ca. right now what they think about climate change…

  • dstatton

    I foolishly thought that they might discuss something like ghosts, so starting off with climate change startled me. I’ve never watched Fox & Friends, but I’ve always heard that they were pretty clueless. Oh well, we can’t expect them to list ridiculous beliefs like Obama being born in Kenya, much less that an invisible cloud being created the earth in six days around 6,000 BCE. Or that Dick Cheney is an actual human being.

  • WeNeedCommonSense

    John Stossel, just another faux and flubber. How little self respect do you have to have to be on that show.

  • Mark Stone

    But let me guess, believing in the bible makes the believer reasonable. When the hell did science become a bad thing? And before your head starts spinning, I am talking about his climate change rant and his bogus study on astrology, not those who believe in ghosts or UFOs. How many who think science is bad realize how incredibly different in a horribly bad way our lives would be without science? Hell without science, their love of big oil would be love for nothing more than a useless mess of crude oil. So let’s move on to the next better source of energy that is renewable because one of these days scientists will run out of ways to extract what crude is left to extract or they will have exhausted the supply.

    • emsinmd

      WHO said science is bad? smh

      • Mark Stone

        If you don’t get the point,
        the synapses in your brain aren’t firing fast enough. Speaking scientifically as it were. Translation: you are too stupid to understand.

      • emsinmd

        You wrote above: When the hell did science become a bad thing? I replied with a question: WHO said science is bad? YOUR retort addressed neither thought. Plus it’s rude. What are you, 12?

  • Kathy Veltman

    Fox News is actually Satire… they just don’t know it yet..

  • Fred Macarthur

    33% believe in fox news that’s
    dangerous

  • wuwu

    John Stossel has become oddly weird. I guess the fall from 20/20 did more brain damage than he even knows.

  • dutch163

    ah the warming doesn’t hurt you? let us hope they do not live in coastal areas like Miami, NYC or LONG ISLAND that will disappear as sea levels rise!

  • Nathan Parks

    I think the real take away is people actually watch this stupid bullshit

  • Rebecca Glesener Davis

    Harder to accept that people believe in Fox News.