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    Surge Summary: Conservative pundit Michael Knowles has been barred from FoxNews for referring to teen climate-change champion Greta Thunberg as “mentally ill”. The episode has lots to teach us about the realities of 2019’s media environment and Democratic hypocrisy.

    A fresh controversy over at FoxNews is a terrific example of a situation stirred up in-part by a mildly obtuse but sincere and accurate conservative spokesman and, as is typical, a wild overreaction by the unscrupulous left.

    Greta Thunberg is the sixteen-year-old environmental activist who has garnered quite a bit of attention lately for emotionally addressing that topic at the United Nations. She seethingly lectured and hectored hearers over and over with her “How dare you!” diatribes concerning adults’ alleged negligence on the global warming issue. Her comments — likely written by grown-ups who are manipulating her for their ideological purposes — were strikingly delivered in a strict performance sense. But that doesn’t require those of us with more years under our belts than she — and with a brain — to embrace them as anything more than enviro-hysteria boilerplate.

    Which brings us to Michael Knowles.  He’s the Daily Wire podcaster/author who has run into a nettle for bluntly criticizing Ms. Thunberg. You see, Knowles didn’t just disagree with the young woman, unpacking her remarks. He employed what is considered indelicate language in doing so.

    Ed Mazza at HuffPost summarizes:

    Fox News apologized on Monday after a guest on the network attacked 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg as a “mentally ill Swedish child.”

    The comments by Michael Knowles of the Daily Wire, who appeared on “The Story,” came hours after Thunberg delivered an emotional speech at the United Nations berating world leaders for failing to act on climate change.

    …[Knowles] repeatedly called Thunberg “mentally ill” and claimed she was “being exploited by her parents and by the international left.”

    Democratic commentator Chris Hahn, also on the show, immediately called him out for it.

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

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

    But Hahn didn’t let it slide.

    “Relax, skinny boy, I got this, OK? You’re attacking a child,” he said. “You’re a grown man. Have some couth.”

    Hahn called Knowles “despicable” and demanded that he apologize.

    Knowles instead said she has “many mental illnesses.”

    He did not apologize, but Fox News did.

    “The comment made by Michael Knowles who was a guest on ‘The Story’ tonight was disgraceful,” a network spokesperson said. “We apologize to Greta Thunberg and to our viewers.”

    The spokesperson added that there were “no plans to book Knowles again.”

    Greta Thunberg is, indeed, suffering with the developmental disorder known as Asperger’s Syndrome. Some people reject Knowles’ characterization of the condition as a “mental illness”. And the obviously intelligent conservative commentator should know that in today’s climate especially, one cannot blithely throw around terms like that, particularly when addressing a minor child being mascotted by progressives and with whom you are publicly disagreeing.

    The general sentiments Knowles uttered were certainly accurate, but delivered with an iciness that could only undercut their effectiveness in 2019’s media environment – even at Fox News. Now he is paying the inevitable price for it.

    The Resurgent’s Erick Erickson offered thoughts similar to Knowles’, but presented with a dash more grace – or as the smug Democratic hack Chris Hahn might say, “couth”.

    This is a terribly scared child. We should all be understanding. … When the adults around her told her the world was going to end in a decade, she sprung into action. She should be commended for taking action when those around her would not.

    But she is being used by adults who do not want to be questioned. Questioning Greta Thunberg will get you savaged by the progressive mob for daring to question a child.

    That is the world as she sees it — hopelessness that might lead to an anti-democratic movement to impose her values and views on the world. …

    Setting world policy based on the histrionics of a sixteen year old with developmental disabilities would be terrible policy.

    Once more, Erickson is a skoche more sensitive here than Knowles had been, but their points are nearly identically correct.

    He continues,

    We should, however, be reminded to teach our children that forgiveness is a necessary virtue and when adults and children say something is unforgivable, we should understand their fear and their hurt, but also know they are wrong.

    Once Greta Thunberg, or anyone, makes them self a figure publicly extolling any policy or value, by definition they make themselves eligible for that same public’s scrutiny and analysis – and, if appropriate, disagreement. Youthfulness does not automatically confer untouchableness.

    Is that a cold-blooded standard? Perhaps, but it’s also unimpeachably reasonable and pragmatic — if we want to live in a world where differing viewpoints can be discussed, that is.

    FoxNews has gone overboard with its putative banishment of Michael Knowles. And, in the future, that opinionator might want to reel in his language a tad when challenging the views of a little girl.

    Chris Hahn and his Dem colleagues howling at the moon over Michael Knowles’ “despicable” behavior at a high-schooler “climate activist” might want to back it up and consider their own despicableness: They never pull back from their support for one remarkably gruesome but fashionable brand of literal child-killing. In their world, Ms. Thunberg’s mother possesses a sacrosanct right to have killed her daughter sixteen-plus-years-ago while she was still in her womb.

    But, hey! The conservative guy used an untactful phrase.

    H/T: Ed Mazza at HuffPost

    H/T: The Resurgent/Erick Erickson

    Image: Adapted from: Anders Hellberg – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/ w/index.php?curid=77270098

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