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2018 Crookie Awards: Meet The Press Fail Of The Year, Danielle Pletka

An American Enterprise Institute flunkie momentarily teaches the beltway media a lesson with her "I'm not a scientist, but" nonsense re climate change.

We at the Crookie Awards have a special place in our hearts for Meet the Press. Whether it's Chuck Todd's incessant both-siderism, the show's addiction to booking Republican lawmakers, or the need for panels that include people like Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute just because...

...Meet the Press makes at least one Crookie Award easy to give.

The good news about this Meet the Press moment is the number of media mavens who peeked out from their cubicles to note the "I'm not a scientist" moment. Even AdWeek noticed the blow-back not just to Pletka for toeing the coal industry line, but also to Meet the Press for booking her to talk about climate change.

While the overwhelming majority of Americans understand that climate change is a real and significant problem which will cost American resources, jobs, and lives, now and in the decades to come, some talking heads seem to feel otherwise. The shows that have booked climate change skeptics have been getting criticized for doing so. It came to a head on Sunday.

Howard Dean asked the right question. We know why Danielle Pletka, paid hack, makes pooh pooh noises about Climate Change being "a religion" instead of science. The question that matters is, why does Meet the Press save a seat for her?

The Crookie Award should sit in the offices of the Meet the Press bookers, the end

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