These right wing science FAILs are extra funny because they are not just accidental conservative gaffes said in private; they are actual videos of employed "scientists," "news" anchors and radio hosts who have a platform that reaches millions of Americans. While many viewers of these talking heads' shows believe every word they say, it is possible that some of the FOX News audience could even enjoy a chuckle or an eye roll at these ridiculous viral videos. The best FOX News v. Science fails happen when the pundits are extra confident and their science is completely wrong.
Many conservatives who have been wrong about science are right wing commentators on Fox News who have been brought on to the show as "experts" to talk about scientific topics that have a political bent, like climate change, women's health, vaccinations and evolution. It is often unclear if these conservatives pretend like they don't believe in science to push a particular agenda or if they are just uneducated.
Many right-wing politicians have talked openly about misunderstanding science. In the 2012 Republican primary, most of the candidates running for president openly claimed to not believe in evolution or climate change (despite scientific evidence). Michelle Bachman has repeatedly said that vaccinations cause mental retardation and Rick Santorum famously compared homosexuality to bestiality. You have to see some of these videos to believe them--so sit back, enjoy and vote for your favorites!
Bill O'Reilly Tries to Follow Up His Previous Comments, Makes Things Worse
"Okay, how'd the moon get there? Look, you pinheads who attacked me for this, you guys are just desperate. How'd the moon get there? How'd the sun get there? How'd it get there? Can you explain that to me? How come we have that and Mars doesn't have it? Venus doesn't have it. How come? Why not? How'd it get here? How did that little amoeba get here, crawl out there? How'd it do it?"Following up a now notorious remark, "tide goes in, tide goes out," (so God exists), O'Reilly addresses this incredible statement with even more confusing prose.
Bill O'Reilly: "Tide Goes in, Tide Goes Out, You Can't Explain That." (We Can)
The infamous Science FAIL video that spurred many memes and spin-offs: Bill O'Reilly explains that the movement of tides is proof that God exists.
"The Temperature Basically Hasn't Changed Much Since the Ice Age"
Fox Reporter, Tracy Byrnes is indignant at liberal conspirators who are falsely trying to convince the public that the globe is warming. It obviously isn't, she says, because "the temperature basically hasn't changed much since the Ice Age." Yep, that time when most of North America, Northern Europe and South America were covered in solid sheets of ice.And then, “all of my years of high school Aquanet hairspray-use have done more damage to the ozone than any global warming scam has." Props for taking some personal responsibility, Tracy.
Lou Dobbs and His All-Male Panel Freak Out About Female Breadwinners
Women are now the sole or primary source of family income in 40% of U.S. households with children -- a record high, according to a Pew research report. This flustered Lou Dobbs' all male panel. Dobbs said the Pew report is evidence of "society dissolving around us." Juan Williams said the more women become the "primary bread winner," the more we see "the disintegration of marriage." He added, "Left, right, I don't see how you can argue this."
He continued: "I am so used to liberals telling conservatives that they are anti-science. But I mean this is -- liberals who defend this and say it's not a bad thing are very anti-science. When you look at biology, look at the natural world, the roles of a male and female in society; in other animals the male typically is the dominant role, the female is not antithesis or is not competing; it's a complementary role."
Erickson added that "reality" tells us that "having mom as the primary breadwinner is bad for kids." This, Erickson concluded, is "a war on women."