Friday Funny – facts don't matter to dumpster diving journalist Fox Van Allen

From Senator Inhofe’s office, more on the story about the melting street lamps in Oklahoma and follow up press release:

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Yesterday Inhofe revealed that a dumpster fire, not global warming, was the reason for streetlight lamps to melt in Oklahoma city, yet Yahoo has failed to correct the story. The headline remains: Oklahoma is so hot that street lamps are melting http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/oklahoma-hot-street-lamps-melting-203656312.html

Who wrote the story? Fox Van Allen – described on his Twitter account as: “LA-based freelance writer for Tecca and WoW Insider. Yahoo!, MSNBC, and USA Today syndicated. Editor and all-around creative. Egotistical monster. Gaymer.”

We have asked Fox Van Allen to correct the story on Twitter. His response? Via twitter:

“OH MY GOD YOU GUYS I PISSED SENATOR JIM INHOFE OFF this is turning out to be an amazing day”

Matt Dempsey

Communications Director

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

Inhofe Staff

matt_dempsey@epw.senate.gov

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Get a load of this, from Fox Van Allen‘s website. http://foxvanallen.com/

Writer. Editor. Perfectionist.

his FAQs section says a lot about him: http://foxvanallen.com/faq/

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Brian Johnson uk

Could that duct tape gag be made permanent?

Jimmy Haigh

I have lots of single word descritions for people like this but they would all have to be snipped. All I can say is that I am glad I will never ever meet anyone like this in my line of work as I do a real job.

Espen

I’m afraid that the more the C in CAGW turns out to be bogus, the more story-telling and the less facts we’ll see 🙁

Mike

Well there you have the Warmist camp – a brain dead Gamer in a position (he hopes) to try and influence people’s minds.

Let me fix that for him…
Writer. Editor. Perfectionist. D-word.

That’s ok, have you been reading the comments on his “article”? I’m pretty sure that Yahoo is fine with the article, as it drives traffic to be controversial.

Edohiguma

Oh, that guy. I know his shadow priest guide. It’s not really the best there is. If I want the best, I scour the WoW forums.

Doug in Seattle

NO H8?
Gotta love the hypocrisy.

Pamela Gray

Then I gather he is not a reporter. A freelance writer would be like a Dave Barry (my apologies to you Dave). No one, I mean no one, takes his exploding toilet series seriously. Unless you are an ardent fan of Fox Van Allen. I would imagine his fan base actually considers Dave Barry’s works to be representative of CO2 warming. I once saw a dead skunk explode in the heat of the day. Must be CO2 doncha know. We are all gonna explode!

Another one of those “if you disagree with me you are a hater” folks. Stay classy, Fox!

tckev

Fox Van Allen – composite virtual personality of all in the sanatorium on medication.

Caleb

I left a link on “tips and notes” about the north pole camera showing a funny black shape, like smoke from an distant icebreaker’s funnel. But don’t tell this fellow, or his headline will be, “North Pole On Fire!”

Just another LA loser.

Don Searing, Ph.D.

Read the new story at Yahoo… contains gems like this:
It’s possible the heat itself isn’t responsible for the event — it’s being reported on Facebook that a nearby dumpster fire may have been the cause of the melting plastic light housings. Still, that dumpster fire was caused and aggravated by the record heat and dryness. And if dangerous, spontaneous fires aren’t reason enough to go green, we don’t know what is.
I guess the dumpster was suffering drought conditions…

Jeff Mitchell

He seems not to care that his headline is wrong. Yahoo might want to replace him if they valued their reputation. Controversial topics don’t help traffic in the long haul if they aren’t reported accurately. I don’t use Yahoo unless somebody links them because I already don’t trust them.

Chuck L

Another imbecile who discards any pretense of being a journalist for being a CAGW drone.

Michael H Anderson

Just another sock-puppet disinformation vector in the war against civilization. Guess his Mommy never told him that if you win by cheating and lying, that makes you a BAD PERSON.

John Greenfraud

He fails at being a perfectionist, and a writer, and an editor, and I would reconsider the ‘NO H8’ face tattoo (judging from your twitter response). Hey, he might just want to consider re-writing the whole bio …. more of a ‘useful idiot’ persona or something. I think it’s a better fit.

charles nelson

I love this, what Foxy doesn’t realize is that he’s enlightening people to the fact that there is a debate going on about Global Warming. People who mostly thought the ‘science was settled’ are asking themselves what the fuss is about. A few ‘activists’ might well applaud his efforts but in reality he’s doing our work for us. Actually come to think of it he’s not so much Foxy…more Wiley E. Coyote!

Kaboom

That’s the hairy backside to citizen journalism, but I’d rather have the odd moron pee in the pond than hand the power of publishing back to the gatekeepers of big media. I assume you feel the same.

Steve C

Journalist? Are you sure?

blogagog

Heh. His photo make it look like he just realized he was being photographed while he was digging for a booger :).

Chris B

About Fox, from his website: “When future historians unearth the mysteries of our modern civilization, what will they use to define our culture?
The collective works of Dean Koontz? “Party in the U.S.A.?” Taylor Lautner’s shirtless form?
Possible, but unlikely. The true defining cultural artifact of our time is syndicated technology blogger Fox Van Allen.
Sometimes narcissistic, usually tolerable, but always entertaining, Fox Van Allen (né Albers) is best known for his work at general technology website Tecca (syndicated to Yahoo!, USA Today, and MSNBC, among others). There, he produces delicious consumable news content to make your day slightly less mundane.”
Says it all.

AnonyMoose

“Doug in Seattle says:
August 3, 2012 at 9:27 am
NO H8?”
I prefer V8. Both types.

D Caldwell

Blogagog, I am wiping the coffee off my iPad I spewed when I read ur comment. Really funny and slightly above the level of discourse this guy deserves.
And, yes, I enjoyed the movie, Dumb and Dumber, as well…..

Brian J BAKER

What a [snip]!!! Where the hell do you yanks get such trash!!

Gary

Pity the dude. All he’s got is glibness and a tenuous grasp on the current vibe. Tough to earn a living when you got no other skilz.

Willis Eschenbach

My favorite comment on the Yahoo article:

The suffering of dumpsters everywhere due to global warming can no longer be ignored!

w.

Writer. Editor. Perfectionist.
Fidelity to the truth: Fail.
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Susan Sample

Man, getting tired of this garbage on the news. Anyone with a lick of sense would see that only two of those covers melted, by being exposed to a heat source, re; dumpster fire. The story is sensationalistic at best and has no basis on fact.
(I wonder can we suggest that Fox van Allen get the Thurber Prize?)

Craig

So the guy with “No H8” written on his face has an “amazing day” when he pisses somebody he doesn’t like off. Go figure.

David M.

Brian BAKER: Unfortunately here in California, we have our unproportional share of fruits and nuts. Fox Van Allen is just one such example.

SunderlandSteve

seems like a bit of a prat!

Always welcome….fact free….unicorn and rainbow opposition to the scientific method…..we don’t have to prove ‘they’ are absurd….they do that themselves….and, thankfully ‘they’ are not ‘haters’ with duct taped orifices.

MLCross

Who cares about Oklahoma? I was in Hawaii a couple of years ago and it was so hot they actually had melted rock blocking the road!

Justthinkin

Writes for YAHOO. Never have used those idjits.The name says it all.
Willis @ 10:31 AM……noticed that also.Bad enought they stuck anthropogenic onto nature,now inanimate objects like dumpsters. Gawd. Walt Disney would be so proud.

Dodgy Geezer

I can’t follow the previous posters. Stop knocking Mr Van Allen. He’s one of the best things to happen to the anti-global warming side in a long time.
We NEED idiots on the other side. They really build up our case. Now we can say that the Warmists make up stories about melting lights which are really caused by dumpster fires, and WHEN TOLD THE TRUTH, REFUSE TO CORRECT THEM!!
That sort of thing is really good PR for us. We should encourage anyone on the other side who is that stupid to keep shooting his mouth off….

Resourceguy

Follow the money,,,,,,,again!

Fred

He is so amazing. So proud to play the Eco Greenie Fool.
He’ll be a legend, his name spoken in reverence when they gather around the Greenpeace camp fire and in the board rooms of the Sierra Club and the Tides Foundation.
A foolish legend for a very foolish man.

GlynnMhor

Did he run for office in New Hampshire in 2008?

MarkW

Why is it that people who write things like NOH8, always seem to be consumed with hatred towards those who don’t agree with them.
I also love the way he includes perfectionist in the words that he uses to describe himself, but he doesn’t care that he got this article completely wrong.

Mac the Knife

Ugh….. Fire melted street lights, puported to be evidence of AGW, by a snarky, lying, and unapologetic blogger.
Sadly, this is more representative of opinions expressed by many of my acquaintances on the left side of the political spectrum. After showing one such the evidence of natural climate variability, the fraud behind the Al Gore/ Mike Mann ‘hockey sticks’, and similar, the lady replied “I don’t care if it’s true or not. If it guides public opinion to greener, more sustainable choices, it’s all good!”
Straight out of Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals .
Pathetic.

Kevin Schurig

“Don Searing, Ph.D. says:
August 3, 2012 at 9:32 am
Read the new story at Yahoo… contains gems like this:
It’s possible the heat itself isn’t responsible for the event — it’s being reported on Facebook that a nearby dumpster fire may have been the cause of the melting plastic light housings. Still, that dumpster fire was caused and aggravated by the record heat and dryness. And if dangerous, spontaneous fires aren’t reason enough to go green, we don’t know what is.
I guess the dumpster was suffering drought conditions…”
We must save the dumpsters. Long have they had to deal with mankind’s trash, being treated horribly by trash collecting vehicles, and the occasional arsonist. NO MORE!!!! For just 8 dollars, you can symbolically save the dumpsters by increasing my bank account. Please, have a heart and donate today. Save the dumpster.

Justa Joe

Now all we need is Rosie O’Donnell to make a statement like,
‘First Time in History a Dumpster Fire Has Ever Melted plastic’

Rogelio Diaz

Facts do matter to Judith Curry
http://judithcurry.com/2012/08/01/john-christys-epw-testimony/#more-9260
One weonders if she not about to through AGW under the bus pretty soon

Rogelio Diaz

Apologies misspelling wonders and throw previous

John another

Don’t know at which point Yahoo decided to close comments off. At 2224 comments in 6 hours it was;
Wow! This is going into a great many archives as we read. This most clearly represents the heights of hysteria and the depths of dementia when the mainstream media accepts that trash can fires never occurred before Carbon Dioxide reached 4 parts in 10,000 of the atmosphere.

DirkH

Fox Van Allen:

““OH MY GOD YOU GUYS I PISSED SENATOR JIM INHOFE OFF this is turning out to be an amazing day””

Not only is he a hater with NO H8 written on his face but he’s proud to have produced that crappy article. That’s quite an achievement. Where do they get these people? Remind me to sell my Yahoo shares. Oh, did that already in 2000. Fine.

Skiphil

this guy has proved beyond a doubt he is unfit to practice journalism….. bad enough to publish such an incompetent article in the first place, but to snark at the obvious correction instead of being grateful to get the facts right indicates he is wholly incompetent to practice any fact-based craft (I know, contemporary journalism doesn’t qualify either, but it should):
all of these entities should dump this clown immediately (for they cannot trust what he writes for them):
“freelance writer for Tecca and WoW Insider. Yahoo!, MSNBC, and USA Today syndicated”

John another

Never mind….. Yahoo moved it from the top of the front page to the Tech section…and no, don’t ask me why the Tech section.
Still, I am not sure how many hits Yahoo gets in an hour compared to all rational sites in a week but I feel alone, very alone.