Why Fox News Was Just FORCED To Apologize

The left has done so much worse…

Fox News issued an apology after a panelist described Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg as “a mentally ill Swedish child.”

The Monday night “The Story with Martha MacCallum” panel featured conservative podcaster Michael Knowles matched up against Democratic Party activist and frequent Fox News contributor Chris Hahn. Hahn took immediate and dramatic umbrage at Knowles’ characterization of Thunberg during his commentary about environmentalists’ opposition to eating meat.

“[Meatless diets] increase emissions, the increased energy use, water use, but none of that matters because the climate hysteria movement is not about science,” said Knowles. “If it were about science, it would be led by scientists rather than by politicians and a mentally ill Swedish child who is being exploited by her parents and by the international left. So what you’re seeing is a political movement and a religious movement, and it’s fulfilling religious and political goals of the left, but it isn’t doing that much for science.”

Hahn could be heard scoffing and saying “how dare you” in the background, reacting to Knowles’ comment.

“You’re a grown man and you’re attacking a child,” he said later. “Shame on you.”

“I’m not, I’m attacking the left for exploiting a mentally ill child,” Knowles responded.

“Relax, skinny boy!” said Hahn. “I got this, okay? You’re attacking a child. You’re a grown man. Have some couth, ok, when you’re on television.”

Knowles insisted that he was simply “attacking the left for exploiting a mentally ill child.”

“Maybe on your podcast you can get away and say whatever you want because nobody is listening,” said Hahn. “You’re on national television. Be a grown-up when you’re talking about children. She’s trying to save the planet because your president doesn’t believe in climate change. And kids need to take to the streets to worry about their future. You are despicable for talking about her like that and you should apologize on national television right now.”

Knowles noted that Thunberg is, in fact, “mentally ill” through Hahn’s insistence on taking the comment back.

“She has autism,” he said. “She has obsessive-compulsive disorder. She has selective mutism. She had depression.”

Fox News guest-host Harris Faulkner moved the panelists to another topic. Later, the network provided a statement of apology:

The comment made by Michael Knowles who was a guest on The Story tonight was disgraceful. We apologize to Greta Thunberg and to our viewers.

Knowles later defended himself on Twitter, retweeting several tweets of support and commenting back at some of his critics:

Src: The Daily Caller

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23 Comments

  • Jeanne
    Posted September 24, 2019 6:08 pm 0Likes

    Why apologize for telling the truth – same on FOX! IF YOU STEP INTO THE BIG BOY ARENA EXPECT TO BE CHALLENGED. ANYONE TAUGHT CLIMATE JUNK SCIENCE SHOULD BE APOLOGIZED TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ROBERT POWELL
      Posted September 24, 2019 7:16 pm 0Likes

      it is now against the rules of decorum to speak the truth about a communist puppet. one can only speak ill of the republicans. not the . democrats/communists/marxists and fools..

    • Donna Lindsey
      Posted September 24, 2019 9:34 pm 0Likes

      Ever since the new administration took over FOX it has definitely began leaning way to the left. Seems like no one is allowed to have their own opinion…….especially if it is no PC. Shame on FOX for starting to become another CNN!!

    • Roger D Mann
      Posted September 25, 2019 3:48 am 0Likes

      Is this FOX kissing Obama’s ass? I think so!

  • Radone
    Posted September 24, 2019 6:13 pm 0Likes

    Funny how you come to the rescue of this child but where are you when the left’s attacks are made on Baron Trump. Again another one of the lefts double standards.

    • Bill Box
      Posted September 24, 2019 9:09 pm 0Likes

      Where is all concern about kids when they are killing thousands a day with abortion. I guess those babies don’t count. Hell will not be hot enough for these idiots.

  • Laurie Jenkins
    Posted September 24, 2019 6:34 pm 0Likes

    No matter what it is…the left will twist it to their narrative.

    • John Zoe
      Posted September 24, 2019 8:03 pm 0Likes

      I guess because the majority of the media industrial complex is anti-Trump, Fox had to appease the PC left.

  • Doug_S
    Posted September 24, 2019 6:35 pm 0Likes

    Of course the left would take exception to the facts, because they continually choose to ignore them. If indeed the child has been diagnosed with these syndromes and they have been publicly acknowledged then calling them out is not an attack, it is a statement of fact. And who is exploiting this child,; the left pushing an agenda by using her as a sympathetic spokesperson.

  • Zakkova
    Posted September 24, 2019 6:48 pm 0Likes

    Knowles is right. Greta has aspergers wich is a form of autism which is a mental illness.

    • Connie
      Posted September 24, 2019 7:33 pm 0Likes

      I have a son with Asperger’s Syndrome. You are correct, it is within the Autism family. There are different levels of impact, but still a mental disability. He is 24 now, but I cannot imagine using him when he was younger for a political agenda. I like to believe we raised him well, with respect and the expectation he think for himself and make his own choices. The far left can really get him worked up and angry; and that is by his own choice!

  • Robert Gagliardi
    Posted September 24, 2019 6:50 pm 0Likes

    How Sick the Left Dems are by exploiting a developmentally disabled child !!!!! The Dems can not stoop any lower in my opinion.Being a nurse having worked with the MRDD how disgraceful to use this child Greta Thunberg as a Pawn for their Sadistic work.SICK 1 SICK ! SICK !!!!!

  • GomeznSA
    Posted September 24, 2019 6:56 pm 0Likes

    “skinny boy” eh – so much for the kind hearted and tolerant left – chastise someone else for name calling while doing the exact same thing. SMH.
    WHY is FOX apologizing for one of their guests? Do they not repeatedly state that the opinions of their guests do not necessarily represent/reflect the views of the network. Unfortunately the left wants to insult and denigrate those who do not agree with their viewpoint anytime they want to, and with impunity. Sooner or later they will reap what they are sowing.

  • Sam
    Posted September 24, 2019 6:58 pm 0Likes

    Just saw Nancy Pelosi on TV talking about her announcement today at 5 PM… I actually heard that “woman” say that the Demonrats impeachment strategy is “not about partisanship or politics, it’s about what’s right.” That is total bullshit! The Demonrats have done nothing but block, resist, and HATE our President since BEFORE he was even elected! This has been TOTAL bullshit. The Demonrats sit on their hands and do nothing but hate, criticize, and try to under mind our President…a DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT! He was still a candidate when they started and look how it’s been! Total vicious attacks against him and our nation!

    I know millions of us are out there listening to these attacks. It’s time to rally around our President and let them know we don’t agree. He’s done one hell of a job even with these idiots attacking him EVERY SINGLE DAY, EVERY HOUR…I don’t see how the man stands up to all this but it’s time to call EVERY SINGLE CHRISTIAN, EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN, INDEPENDANT, and EVERY LAW ABIDING, EVERY ONE THAT CARES ABOUT AMERICA….STAND UP!

    REMEMBER WHAT THEY’RE TRYING TO DO…REVERSE THE 2016 ELECTION RESULTS! They want to take him out and replace him that will take your money and pay for illegals Medicare For ALL….Let’s show them that we CAN stop their treasonous actions. Heaven help us if they get into the White House, people. We have to act….Let’s tell them at the ballot box that we’re not going to let these kind of coups. We elected Donald J. Trump as our President but they want to take your vote away.

    I’m not going to let that happen! I’m going to make sure I vote when the time comes. PLEASE! Remember what they are doing. Nothing else they have tried has worked. Trump is smarter than all of them put together! Let’s show them what the word “RESIST” really means. Stand WITH YOUR PRESIDENT….PLEASE! This is an effort to make borders open…Medicare for all at OUR expense. Our taxes will go up and America will NOT BE the America we have known.

    STAND UP FOR OUR PRESIDENT! Don’t let Pelosi, Schumer, Schiff, and all their BLOWHARDS take what you have away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • LloydO
      Posted September 24, 2019 11:19 pm 0Likes

      A very good comment, Sam. I agree.

  • David MacKAY
    Posted September 24, 2019 7:37 pm 0Likes

    Gotta support other comments – Knowles was reiterating the mental illnesses described in the book written by Thunberg’s own Mother!
    There was o attack. If Fox wants to criticize attacks where is Fox on the relentless attacks against Baron Trump! Where has Fox been over the attacks by media personalities on Baron Trump?

    Fox is quickly becoming the “Flibbertigibbet News Service” that even the left laughs at.

  • Terry L Earl
    Posted September 24, 2019 8:08 pm 0Likes

    I’m sick of that EGGHEAD Hahn and all of his partisan nonsense. FOX news seems to legitimize way too many of these crazy left wing activists. All they do is argue and use silly fake grins like Hahn does. This man needs to be shown the door. Get lost creep!!!

  • David Shelby
    Posted September 24, 2019 8:25 pm 0Likes

    This BULLOBAMA is why I NO LONGER WATCH FOX..ATTACKING A CHILD..WHAT ABOUT THE LEFTIST ATTACKING BARRON TRUMP…IS HE NOT A CHILD?

  • Donna Lindsey
    Posted September 24, 2019 9:33 pm 0Likes

    Since new bosses took over FOX they are becoming more & more like CNN. What few good ones are leave will be jumping ship before too long!!

  • Dennis Karoleski
    Posted September 24, 2019 10:18 pm 0Likes

    Dennis K September 24, 2019 at 10:09 pm
    Your comment is awaiting moderation

    So here we have a mentally disturbed 16yr old girl brainwashed by climate alarmists into believing the world is ending parroting inaccurate “scientific facts” while confusing pollution with the weather to equally ignorant laymen. All this sponsored and paid for by George Soros, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bobby Shiver, Ed Scott, Bob Geldof, Jamie Drummond and other one-worlder billionaires with vested interests. Who in their right mind wouldn’t consider terrifying an ignorant teen with her imminent doom child abuse? Who are the real monsters here?

  • Judy Stinger
    Posted September 24, 2019 11:16 pm 0Likes

    Knowles clearly was not criticizing that young girl but rather the Dems who obviously were/are victimizing her and using her as their political pawn with no regard for her. Chris Hahn is an overbearing obnoxious arrogant bully. Don’t know why anybody put him on at all. He screams and yells above everyone else never giving them a chance to express their opinions/facts and express them. He tries to take over every program he’s ever on. He’s just so annoying that the only thing that anyone can think to do when they see him is to change the channel.

  • Sandra
    Posted September 25, 2019 12:26 am 0Likes

    Knowles could have worded his statement better but what he is saying is on target. I don’t think the girl is mentally ill but I do think she has been brain washed like many of the kids in this country. She does not now but what she
    is told and no one knows what the real truth may be. Scientists have so many varying opinions and each declares his or hers to be the ultimate truth. But alas, many of them are proven to be faulty science. If we could hear from scientists who do not have ulterior motives or financial gain but speak for the love of science only, then we might believe. The Liberals buy what they want the people to hear.

  • Jon
    Posted September 28, 2019 3:24 am 0Likes

    ” … a panelist described Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg as “a mentally ill Swedish child.” WELL, SHE IS ! CORROBORATED BY HER OWN FAMILY !!!

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