Fox News sicced the Twitter trolls on a Scientific American editor on Thursday, a day after he revealed he was asked not to discuss climate change during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”
The hosts of “Fox & Friends” took their revenge against editor Michael Moyer on air Thursday morning for tweeting about his uncomfortable experience on the show. As host Steve Doocy put it, “we put him on, we have a nice conversation and then he stabs us in the back.”
The show even aired a photo of Moyer’s appearance along with the text “‘Scientific’ Coward.”
But the hosts didn’t stop there. They also asked viewers to tweet at Moyer if they didn’t like the way he handled his appearance. And browsing through Twitter on late Thursday morning showed Fox viewers had responded en masse.
Some told Moyer to “lighten up” while at least one slammed the editor’s “climate psychic hotline style crystal ball doomspeak.”
For his part, Moyer told TPM in an email Thursday that he’s “not planning to discuss the Fox matter any further.”
Here’s just a small sampling of the tweets:
@mmoyr Your ignorant
— gRAPE VAN (@terrybollman) May 1, 2014
— Michael Vrabel (@mvrabel) May 1, 2014
— Less Gov. More Fun. (@LessGovMoreFun) May 1, 2014
— Robbie Horton (@ididyourdate) May 1, 2014
— Sundance (@0Sundance) April 30, 2014
@mmoyr Saw Fox interview & your follow-up to the segment. U need to lighten up, too young to be so touchy bad to have wifey mouth off for U
— Scudder (@Scudderguy) May 1, 2014
— Jim (@westcoasttruckr) May 1, 2014
— cameron scott (@cadefoster2112) May 1, 2014
@mmoyr I think I need to wash my TV after hearing your rants.
— Terri Mathes (@MathesTerri) May 1, 2014
Image via Fox News.
This post has been updated.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.