Fox News Memo: Don't Mention Science Without Mentioning Anti-Science

When we last saw Fox News' Washington managing editor Bill Sammon, he was sending his staff a memo telling them to stop saying "public option." What's he up to now? Sending staffers an email pooh-poohing global warming. Principled journalism alert!

Here's what set Sammon off this time, according to Politico: "[Last week] Fox White House correspondent Wendell Goler reported that U.N. scientists had issued a report saying that 2000-2009 was 'expected to turn out to be the warmest decade on record.'"

Bill Sammon could hardly let propaganda like that appear on his own network unchallenged. Just 15 minutes later he sent out this email, which was leaked to Media Matters:

Subject: Given the controversy over the veracity of climate change data...

...we should refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question. It is not our place as journalists to assert such notions as facts, especially as this debate intensifies.

In fairness to Sammon, we need to immediately point out that due to the philosophical reasons laid out in David Hume's Problem of induction, it is completely possible that the entire world could collapse into a sea of random particles at any moment.