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Fox News apologizes to Greta Thunberg, says comment by Michael Knowles was ‘disgraceful’

On Monday night, Fox News said that it has “no plans” to book podcast host Michael Knowles again, saying “we…

By Jenny Scordamaglia , in Politics , at September 24, 2019 Tags: , , ,

On Monday night, Fox News said that it has “no plans” to book podcast host Michael Knowles again, saying “we apologize to Greta Thunberg and to our viewers.” The statement followed a segment where Knowles referred to 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg as a “mentally ill Swedish child.”

In addition to condemning his comments about Greta Thunberg as “disgraceful,” Fox News told me that it has “no plans” to book Michael Knowles again as a guest.

Autistic Self Advocacy Network executive director Julia Bascom: “It’s absolutely unconscionable to attack someone for their disability, especially when that person is a child.”

Thunberg, who has Asperger’s syndrome, delivered a powerful speech at the United Nations earlier in the day about the impact of climate change on her generation.

The speech was then the subject of a segment on Fox News’ The Story, featuring reaction from conservative writer and the Daily Wire host Michael Knowles and progressive podcast host Chris Hahn.

“The climate hysteria movement is not about science,” Knowles said. “If it were about science, it would be led by scientists, rather than by politicians and a mentally ill Swedish child who is being exploited by her parents and by the international left.”

Hahn told Knowles he should be ashamed.

“Relax, skinny boy. I got this,” he said as Knowles began to interrupt. “You’re attacking a child. You’re a grown man.”

Knowles continued: “She is mentally ill. She has autism. She has obsessive-compulsive disorder. She has selective mutism. She had depression.”

Fox News apologized for the comments on Monday night and said the network had “no plans” for Knowles to appear as a guest on future shows. In addition to on-air appearances, Knowles writes opinion articles on

“The comment made by Michael Knowles who was a guest on The Story tonight was disgraceful — we apologize to Greta Thunberg and to our viewers,” a Fox News spokesperson said.

Scientists, of course, are saying a lot about a climate change, and Thunberg is using her new fame to ask global leaders to listen to them. The teen also recently opened up about her diagnosis in a series of tweets.

But a commenter criticized the idea that people with Asperger’s could not be taken seriously for their opinions.

Later in the evening Monday, a Fox News host mocked Thunberg’s activism.

Laura Ingraham played a clip of Thunberg’s speech to the UN on her program, comparing it to the horror film Children of the Corn

A spokesperson for Fox News did not immediately respond about Ingraham’s comment.


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