It's bad. There's no doubt about it. Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti and hit the Florida coastline hard --- and it's not over yet. But has the media coverage been responsible?
"There is no doubt this is a deadly, really powerful, very dangerous hurricane. But the coverage so far . . . is it just me?" Co-host Pat Gray asked Friday, filling in for Glenn.
Reporting at Fox News, Shep Smith had this to say:
This moves 20 miles to the west, and you and everyone you know are dead. All of you. Because you can't survive it. It's not possible unless you're very, very lucky. And your kids die too.
"That is not responsible coverage," Co-host Stu Burguiere responded.
Granted, Smith witnessed and reported on the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but does that warrant sensational fearmongering?
Read below or watch the clip for answers to these responsible questions:
• What hurricane was two categories higher than Matthew?
• Does Fox News typically cover funeral expenses for citizens?
• Do carton-like threats work better to prevent widespread panic?
• Will Hurricane Matthew be the strongest on record?
• Does climate control prevent hurricanes?
• Did hurricanes occur before people inhabited the U.S.?
Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:
PAT: Glenn is out today, the Glenn Beck Program. It's Pat, Stu, Jeffy, filling in.
Are you aware that we're all going to die? That's what we heard yesterday on Fox News. We'll start with the media chaos and the insane coverage that is going on, right now.
PAT: It's the Glenn Beck Program. Pat, Stu, Jeffy.
There is no doubt this is a deadly, really powerful, very dangerous hurricane. But the coverage so far has -- is it just me?
JEFFY: A little strange?
PAT: It's crazy. It is crazy. Listen to this.
SHEP: Over on our wall, a look at the storm track. The forecasters today have expanded the area where the storm may hit.
See this? Melbourne, Daytona Beach, all the way to Jacksonville. This moves 20 miles to the west, and you and everyone you know are dead. All of you. Because you can't survive it.
PAT: Wow. Wow.
SHEP: It's not possible unless you're very, very lucky. And your kids die too.
STU: What? What the hell?
PAT: Is that responsible coverage?
STU: That is not. That is not responsible coverage.
JEFFY: That is not responsible coverage.
PAT: Then there was this.
VOICE: Hugo was, get out.
VOICE: As hundreds of thousands of people try to get out of harm's way, I'll speak with somebody who is flatout refusing to leave, and I'll ask her why she's staying and if she expects us to cover her funeral.
STU: What the hell?
PAT: I'm going to guess no, she probably doesn't -- since Fox News doesn't cover a lot of funerals, I would think the answer to that would be no.
JEFFY: No, they do not.
STU: They covered Mandela's funeral.
PAT: Mandela. Maybe Ronald Reagan.
JEFFY: They get Princess Diana?
PAT: I don't remember. Probably.
STU: They could have also picked the person in Florida who decided not to leave.
PAT: They could. It's unlikely.
STU: That is weird.
PAT: Wow, that's nutty.
STU: I think there's that element of coverage where they think if they don't scare you, you're going it think, "Eh, that's not that big of a deal."
STU: So they, I think, intentionally are telling you thinks that are attempting to scare you. That being said, it actually is a very scary storm.
PAT: It is.
STU: And there is a legitimate amount of panic and preparation that should happen. And "panic" is not the right word. You shouldn't be panicking. But you should be reacting to the danger. The issue is, when you start getting carton-like threats like that, no one takes it seriously.
PAT: I know.
STU: It's like global warming. They keep telling you you're going to die every nine seconds. And when you don't die, nobody believes it anymore.
PAT: Right. Over on the Weather Channel, more of -- I mean, not quite as bad as Shep Smith. But...
VOICE: This is like no storm in the record books. We are concerned about reports of people deciding to stay in areas under mandatory evacuation orders.
PAT: Now, let me ask you just that. This is like no storm on the record books? Andrew was a Cat 5. It was much stronger than this.
JEFFY: Ever. Yeah, ever..
STU: There's only five categories.
STU: And we all know it's one through five.
PAT: And they're acting like this is a Category 206. There's never been a Category 206 because the scale only goes to five. What are you talking about?
VOICE: This is a mistake. This is not hype. This is not hyperbole.
VOICE: And I am not kidding. I cannot overstate the danger of the storm.
PAT: I think you just did.
VOICE: Central and North Florida have never been hit by a hurricane this strong. If you live in a Florida evacuation zone, you need to head to a safe spot now. Do not assume you can survive if you choose to stay. There will be overwhelming damage and likely a heartbreaking loss of life. Based on everything we know, Matthew will make history. The Weather Channel does not want you to be part of that history.
JEFFY: Thank you.
PAT: Is it because they haven't had a major hurricane to sink their teeth into, in 11 years in America that this kind of coverage is going on?
JEFFY: Yes. Well, we did have, what, Hermine right up in the armpit of Florida this year, earlier this year.
PAT: Although it was a Category 1.
JEFFY: Yeah. Yeah. And by the time, when it -- it made landfall as a hurricane and then broke apart, you know, almost immediately.
PAT: And, by the way, Hillary said this about Hurricane Hermine.
VOICE: What will I tell my son?
PAT: Oh, that's the other one.
STU: She does do those accent to certain audiences. You can detect it.
PAT: She does.
JEFFY: She does.
HILLARY: Another threat to our country is climate change. 2015 was the hottest year on record.
PAT: Yeah, I've been saying that.
HILLARY: The science is clear.
PAT: The science is not clear. But they keep saying that so you will eventually believe it.
STU: That is --
HILLARY: It is real. It's wreaking havoc on communities across America. Last week's hurricane was another reminder of the devastation that extreme weather can cause. And I send my thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by Hermine.
HILLARY: But this is not the last one that's going to hit Florida, given what's happening in the climate.
PAT: By the way, it's not the first either, given what's happening in the climate.
STU: I think she's right on that last part though.
PAT: It is not the last that will hit Florida. I'll guarantee you that. It's not -- there's not -- the last hurricane will never happen on this planet because hurricanes happen, and they've always happened. And they'll continue to happen. And they've happened with much more regularity than this.
STU: Because of global warming. Is that --
PAT: No, no.
STU: If you end that --
PAT: Long before global warming. Back in the third century, hurricanes were happening in Florida. Nobody lived there, so we didn't know about it. But hurricanes were happening. In the BC period of time, hurricanes were happening. Was there a lot of global warming, climate change happening at that time?
JEFFY: The media didn't cover it.
PAT: How devastating was Hermine? Because it was a Category 1.
JEFFY: Yeah, Hermine was the first one to hit since '05.
PAT: Since '05. First hurricane.
JEFFY: Technically was a hurricane. And, you know, there was some flooding and stuff. But the aftermath in Florida alone --
JEFFY: -- in Lee County, crews were deployed to collect plant debris.
PAT: I mean, plant debris.
JEFFY: Hernando County --
STU: You can joke about that, but what does that mean to the plant? The plant -- it hurt the plant quite a bit.
PAT: It means a lot.
JEFFY: Worked in Hernando County before. They provided curbside debris removal, and two parts were closed.
PAT: Two? Is that hyperbole on your part, Jeffy?
STU: I mean, look, there's a big --
JEFFY: I know there was a lot of flooding damage and stuff throughout it.
JEFFY: But it was --
PAT: And I will say, a tree fell on a homeless person and killed him. So they were able then to call it a deadly storm.
STU: Quite a different scale of what we're looking at now.
JEFFY: No kidding.
STU: Haiti, the death toll is up to 478.
PAT: Oh, my gosh.
STU: I mean, it's brutal.
JEFFY: So sad.
PAT: But it has nothing to do --
PAT: I can't believe they're making this into climate change. And they are. I can't believe they're making this into a climate change storm. They've had nothing to go on for 11 years.
STU: And, remember, this was the marquis claim of people who believed in global warming and wanted to scare you about it, when Al Gore's movie came out.
PAT: Right. "There's going to be stronger and more frequent hurricanes."
STU: To the point of, on the theatrical poster of An Inconvenient Truth was a giant hurricane.
STU: It was their prime time, number one claim. Following that movie, we went 11 years with no hurricanes in Florida. And, you know, nothing --
PAT: And not a single --
STU: This is the first major one.
PAT: Major hurricane in all that time. We've had a few minor ones. A few smaller ones. I think -- the one that hit us before we left Houston, Ike, was a high two or low three.
STU: Yeah, the one thing that everyone will point to is, quote, unquote, Hurricane Sandy, which was not a hurricane.
PAT: Not a hurricane.
STU: Wound up not being a hurricane before it hit. And it was not a wind-situation incident. You had an island there. There was very unique circumstances.
PAT: There was flooding.
STU: Where a storm hits the place where we store all of our tall buildings. So there was a lot of damage that happened there.
STU: But as far as natural disasters go that could be linked to climate, we've had a really good run there. And this is the point with global warming. It doesn't matter what the run is. It doesn't matter what the past is.
PAT: Not at all.
STU: It's just, what is happening right now? Right now, people are focusing on weather. Therefore, global warming is going to be -- Al Gore is going to be out on the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton. That's what's going to happen. They're going to tell millennials that this is all daddy and grandpa's fault. You know, the people who built your society. Those terrible, terrible people, they're responsible for the .9-degree temperature rise, and they should be blamed for it. And somehow, that means you should vote for Hillary Clinton, which is inexplicable in --
JEFFY: Well, I mean, technically -- I mean, Matthew is wreaking havoc along the east coast. Right now, it's a little north of Cape Canaveral. But technically Matthew has not made landfall.
STU: Right. I thought I heard --
JEFFY: It obviously made landfall in Haiti, when it was cutting across -- you know, when it was coming across the Caribbean and the Bahamas, but not the US.
STU: Right. I thought it did on an island.
JEFFY: Yeah, that's possible.
STU: Yeah, right.
Regardless though, this is a dangerous storm.
STU: They're saying they believe that the way it's turning -- you know, it's going to be more of a north Florida -- Georgia is going to be the hardest part hit, rather than Southern Florida, which kind of got away with --
STU: Which is great. But, I mean, the thing about this is, as you look at these hurricane paths -- you'll see this all the time. They have this -- they're called the spaghetti --
JEFFY: The spaghetti models, yeah, sure.
STU: You'll see the spaghetti models. And it looks like a bunch of lines just drawn on top of each other that all pretty much go generally same way.
JEFFY: They all want to go back east.
STU: And then there's always one or two that shows it turning back and circling South America and then stopping on Hawaii for nine months. You know, there's always that one model that's totally --
JEFFY: There's more than one model showing Matthew doing that now.
STU: Right. There's a couple that -- not that. But something else --
JEFFY: No, but turning back around. Turning back around.
STU: I'm just making a general point about when you look at these models. Because this is the time of when everybody is thinking of them. The spaghetti models, they all shoot up the same way. And then there's always one or two that drifts off that kind of just drifts off in some weird direction.
STU: With global warming predictions, they have the same modeling. They have the spaghetti model. And all of them shoot up in all of the same direction. And then there's one or two that just kind of straggle around. And there's almost no warming at all. The temperatures are matching those models. It's going the opposite way.
STU: The crazy, outlying -- the hurricane model that makes it circle around South America and stop over Hawaii for six months, that's the model the temperatures are actually following. And to see that, when we're supposed to be so sure about what's happening with global warming and how there's going to be so certain -- and the science is settled -- we can give you some polling on this. The American people certainly don't think the science is settled, including liberal Democrats. Even they don't buy --
JEFFY: The administration just keeps driving it home.
STU: They just keep saying it. It's like Shep Smith. I guess if you continue to tell people they're going to die, in your mind, you think, well, maybe one person will take it seriously. Maybe somebody out there will listen.
But I think the other side of that is that a lot of people kind of laugh and move on with their lives.
PAT: What happened to their theory -- and I think is fact: Weather is not climate, and climate is not weather.
PAT: Don't confuse a weather event with the climate. Because they always said that to us because they were predicting that there was going to be no more snow. Remember that?
PAT: Every Democrat living today. And especially living back then in the early 2000s, would say, "There's not -- pretty soon, you're going to have to tell your children what snow was. Because we're not going to have any." Really? So every time it snowed, we said, "Well, it's still snowing."
Yeah, don't confuse climate with weather. That's just a weather event. But every weather event now that is severe, whether it's a hurricane, snowstorm, whatever, that is now climate change. Every single one of them proves their point.
STU: Right. Even the snowstorms.
PAT: Even the snowstorms.
STU: Which is amazing. Because you're right. That was their answer to, well, there's a big snowstorm. Eh, it's just the weather. It's got nothing to do with climate. Now, even the snowstorms have to do with climate.
PAT: Talk about science deniers. Oh, man.
Featured Image: Screenshot of Fox News anchor Shep Smith reporting on Hurricane Matthew.