Fox News is at it again. The latest target of the week is Nickelodeon, specifically that yellow, talking sponge all kids love, SpongeBob Squarepants. The beloved cartoon characters that live under the sea, eating krabby patties, are now responsible for teaching our children lies about global warmingÂ—something Fox and Friends claims is unproven.
Yes, that is right. According to Fox, global warming is not a credible theory and our schools should not be teaching our children about this "myth" and worse, children's programming should not have this unproven theory.
According to Fox host Gretchen Carlson, who earlier in the news show said she "couldn't follow" the show said, "The government agency showed kids this cartoon and handed out books that blame man for global warming, but they did not tell kids that that is actually a disputed fact. Oops."
Carlson complains that the cartoon is only showing one side and one opinion, yet her opinion, as well as the other experts interviewed by Fox, fail to mention the evidence of increased global warming by human use and misuse of burning fossil fuels. Yes, a volcano eruption hurts the air quality and contributes to the ozone naturally, but what about the billions of automobiles running daily and their impact on the ozone layer? Neither Carlson, nor her guests make any mention of the damage caused by human beings to the planet.
SpongeBob has been on air for over a decade and has touched the lives of many children. Not all adults or children will like or understand the cartoon, but it has made its legacy in the cartoon world. Just as Mickey Mouse and Goofy were used by SpongeBob's predecessors to spread education, another cartoon will pop up and pass on the education and morals of the current society it is serving.
Today's generation watching Spongebob is tomorrow's generation driving, making decisions, and changing the world. So why not teach them not to repeat the mistakes of their parents, now that their parents are armed with the knowledge to help change the future generation's negative impact on the environmentÂ—one we cannot live without.
Fox News should spend less time on "debunking" science, and more time looking within. Where is their coverage of Murdoch and the scandals ripping apart at least the British half of the media giant's legacy?