Energy 17 April 2019 Sky News anchor attacks Extinction Rebellion as “Incompetent, middle-class, self-indulgent” In a bizarre ad hominem attack, presenter Adam Boulton aggressively berated a climate change activist. Sky News screengrab A class act. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up 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: Extinction Rebellion representative stomps out of interview after being taken to task by Sky’s Adam Boulton #ExtinctionRebellion pic.twitter.com/ybdEQ3tqPV — Thomas Newton (@SkyTNewton) April 17, 2019 › Poly Styrene's voice went through me like a stiletto – and she woke me up I'm a mole, innit. Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!