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13 June 2012updated 07 Jun 2021 1:53pm

Sky News anchor attacks Extinction Rebellion as “Incompetent, middle-class, self-indulgent”

By Media Mole

As climate change protests continue shutting down parts of London, a representative from the Extinction Rebellion group appeared on Sky News for an interview.

He gave a measured yet passionate explanation of the urgency of environmental action, warning that “people are not going to be able to put food on their plates, and I won’t stand for that”.

But during the interview, Sky News presenter Adam Boulton delivered a bizarrely aggressive ad hominem attack against his interviewee, providing zero evidence or even a nod to impartiality:

“So, half term week, when Parliament isn’t even here, you come here and you cause disruption in Westminster – you’re not even getting your message across, you’re a load of incompetent, middle-class, self-indulgent people who want to tell us how to live our lives, that’s what you are, isn’t it?”

Shortly before the interview came to an end, the protester walked out – having showed remarkable patience for what was an incredibly personal and hostile line of questioning.

Watch the whole thing here:

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